Originally Posted by PSea
What would you pack in terms of clothing and shoes for a trip like this? PSea
Your question is a very good one. I donít know why people have been suggesting route
options. The captain
will decide that.
But your question. Hereís a list of things I took for a recent 1,200 mile passage
and New Zealand
. Itís a similar trip, and also from the tropics to the sub tropics. It was a wet boat (no dodger at all) and we were hard on the wind most of the way. When I say that I mean it. She bashed and crashed the entire way; the motion was violent and very loud. Made sleeping very difficult. I had no idea about the boat until I stepped up to her.
The boat was far more primitive than most of the boats described on this forum. For example the galley
was a single
burner camp stove, nothing else; so no sink, no fridge etc. There was only enough fresh water
for drinking; none for washing
bank was very limited. Also at night you have to minimise lights anyway as there is always someone trying to sleep.
Everything gets wet, not just damp but soaking. I wish Iíd had a sleeping bag liner. And as well as spray and waves, it rained several times, poured down actually. There was very little space to put things up to dry, and nothing dried anyway. The wet weather gear just dripped over the berths. With the boat motion, the drips actually sprayed quite widely, wetting everything.
Total time at sea was 12 nights and also had a few days in Fiji
before we left. A pack or dry bag is far more convenient than a suitcase. You canít take too much stuff as there just isnít room on a boat. You wonít want to look like a tourist.
I took two sets of foulies, one of which I borrowed from the local sailing school
. Having two sets really helped. And they need to be 3 sizes too big because they have to fit over all the gear youíll be wearing underneath once it gets cold. And outside in the cockpit
at 4am it is even chilly in the tropics. Also I lost
my only pair of sunglasses over the side on the first day out. Donít waste your money
on flash foul weather gear. Borrow the gear or buy second hand unless youíre going to be using it again.
Someone mentioned layers; good advice. You donít need many clothes. You live in the same clothes for a few days at a time.
4 sets of thermals
4 pairs shorts and tee shirts
2 pairs of pants and warm shirts
2 or 3 beanie hats and wide brimmed hat
Something with ear phones for playing music
etc on watch
2 or 3 head
lamps and spare batteries (red works better)
Wet ones to wash with
Clock or watch to wake for watches and know time on watch
Accessible, good quality sharp knife on your person at all times
Life jacket with tether and light
I was bare foot the entire trip as I didnít have sea boots. Sea boots would have made life more comfortable. Whilst my feet were never cold till towards the end they were constantly wet and I never seemed to be able to get them dry. But wet socks were an issue for the other crew.
I mention above head
lamps and a torch. Always being able to find one in the dark is important. At sea the nights are black. You canít turn on boat lights to dress etc for watches because it disturbs those trying to sleep.
Also as part of getting ready to go on watch we would all fill a water bottle and find a snack to put in our pocket. Plus set up the kettle and cups all ready to easily make a hot drink later on.