Sorry can't agree with that.
Essentially they are a good comprehensive guide to being well- equipped for a long offshore passage
Having double screwclips and bungs for through-hulls is good practise. If you have a failure 500 miles from land it is no use saying oh I wish someone told me that.
One fairly obvious reason for having these requirements is that more or less any place you go is about a 1000 miles across what are recognised as potentially amongst the world's more difficult sailing areas. Many Americans sail the Pacific but hesitate before coming down to NZ whereas for us it is normal just to go up to the islands.
There are a couple of reasons why some basic offshore experience is required rather than simply extensive coastal. The distances mean that it is hard even with a weather
window to avoid being caught by a weather
system and the seas build up with a greater fetch, with no place to shelter.
Two seasickness is very common disabling some crew.
Three I understand that being offshore freaks some people out. You don't know how people will react. One guy I spoke to had done something like 20-30 trans Tasman crossings and said that they got bashed everytime. He also had stepped up into a liferaft
a day or two out.
On my training course twenty years ago the recommendation was to take someone experienced on your first trip, just the reassurance "Oh this this is nothing." It is now a requirement I gather.
When you are 500 miles from land with no one around, you want faith in your boat and yourself.
Some don't want SSB
however apart from being a means to communicate, it is also a means of hearing someone else's distress
call. Boats are so infrequent that it is highly unlikely that VHF
or flares would work. Sure there is EPIRB
but you might be just two hours away.
As for the drugs and the first aid course, well you hope you don't have to use them, but if someone has a broken leg, kidneystone, or whatever then they may be glad you had it instead of waiting say 4 days for assistance. It happens, not commonly but enough particularly as most cruisers are getting older. So it is self-sufficiency and prudence.
"They" are mostly experienced offshore sailors and well worth listening to. Any clear system might seem bureaucratic or have the odd point that doesn't seem to fit a particular case, however as a whole it needs to be clear and is well -based in the circumstances.
As just one example, a guy I know broke his new professionally made rudder
halfway across the Tasman on the first leg of a circumnavigation
. His choices were know how to cope, await rescue
and abandon his boat, or call the maker and ask for after-sales service
. Pick one.