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Old 25-06-2011, 05:26   #1
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Spares for Extended Cruising?

What would you bring? Impellers, belts, filters, oil.. what else?
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Old 25-06-2011, 06:44   #2
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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

Spare engine water pumps if leaving the caribbean, not hard to get parts shipped down there.
Just carry everything you can think of, if you carried a spare for everything on the boat, I WILL GUARANTEE THE ONE THING YOU FORGOT WILL BE THE ONE THING YOU NEED. Murphy's Law
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Old 25-06-2011, 07:49   #3
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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

Filters and more filters, an alternator, spare bilge pump, spare water pump, many impellers, oil, belts and hoses with clamps . Lots of extra hardened bolts in different sizes. Have all your manuals ready. Good luck!
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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

Depends. Extended cruising where and how long you define as extended?

Cruising six months in the Med or Caribbean where you will never be too far from a city and marine supplies or 2 years cruising to areas where you are far from parts, mechanics or even airports to have parts shipped in?

If the former then things that wear and break or need replacing more often like:

belts, essential hoses, filters, etc. and a reasonable selection of basic tools.

if the later, in addition to more of the previously mentioned parts:

spare raw water and freshwater pumps and impellors, starter, alternator, regulator, oil, more tools, assortment of nuts, bolts, screws, clamps, stuff to jury rig essential things to get you to civilization.
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Old 25-06-2011, 08:07   #5
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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

While experimenting with canning in real tin cans, it occurred to me that cans are a really good way to seal up and protect very delicate spare parts that need kid glove handling. If you don't have the equipment there may be a DIY canning facility near you. You might also add a desiccant to keep things extra dry if sealed in a humid atmosphere. Or, bake can in a 100-degree oven to dry out before sealing. Above posts are right. Murphy's Law dictates that you won't have everything you'll need. No need to discuss here ways to rustproof cans. We all have our favorite methods.
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Old 25-06-2011, 08:11   #6
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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

If weight and expense of carrying spare alternaors and starters is too great, consider taking only rebuild kits. Things like diodes and bearings and brushes for alternators, brushes and bearings and solenoid for starters. If you are not able to rebuild things yourself there are usually people nearly anywhere that can help if you have the parts.


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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

Common spares to trade for the only ones I will eventually need and forgot to stow.

Actually, I am taking a slightly different tack in this regard as I am installing a forepeak workshop in which I will be able to perform small to moderate fixing, filing and fabrication jobs with power tools, jigs, etc. The ability to drill, grind, fair, paint and weld should be a nice trading opportunity in the cruising community for those spares or bits and pieces I can't fab myself.
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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

filters
belts
raw water pumpS
impellers for everything requiring same
dinghies
outboards
oars
oarlocks
crew
starter
alternator
fuel system pieces.
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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

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What would you bring? Impellers, belts, filters, oil.. what else?

Thats all really.

One thing I bought from a fasteners shop (tool shop that specialises in nuts, bolts and a zillion specialised things like that) was an assorted box of Stainless steel set screws and nuts; and a box of Stainless Steel Self Tapping Screws. From an electrical shop a box of assorted connectors.


http://www.championparts.com.au/stai...ssortment.html
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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

thermostat, engine mount, injector, just thinking about the stuff we've needed, oh, starter, belts, barbs and thing-ys that join pipes, a spare for every pump on the boat. And the tools from huge pipe wrenches, filter wrenches etc. to install all those spares.
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thermostat, engine mount, injector, just thinking about the stuff we've needed, .
That may have been the stuff you've needed, But would you really take them as spares?
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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

It always seems that the spare I find I desperately need most is the one I had told myself, 'you'll never need one of those' when getting ready for a voyage. Just like mortals, the Fates enjoy a good joke at another's expense, so if you tell yourself you will never need a particular part or other, the Fates will get their laugh by making sure you suddenly find yourself in need of it after you are well out of sight of civilization. If on the other hand you tell yourself, 'I'll never need one of those,' but buy one anyways, the Fates will still get a chuckle by making sure it goes unused in your spare parts locker for the rest of your life.
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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

I carry the mechanicals of my autopilot not the computer + a rebuild kit for my watermaker in addition to most of the above. AP and water makers most often break.
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Re: Spares for extended cruising?

Interesting that most spares recommended are for the engine. I woulda thought for a long trip, most would be done under sail.
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Show me the money...

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned that most versatile of all spares ... money.

So, supposing we are praying to mamon (but not in Mexico or the Philippines, apparently), what sort of sacrifice do we need to make?
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