Ok, this is for crewing
on other boats or going with my hubby on that 1 1/2 day tuna trip we did last summer with 30 guys and me…or on our own boat on our various adventures:
1) My PLB -- I have an ACR Resqlink+
2) A sharp knife
3) Good foulies… for warm weather
, I have an NRS kayaking jacket and LL Bean windpants. The windpants are so-so for the water
, and I think a pair of Grunden's are in my near future.
4) I separate a couple of sets of t-shirt, undies and socks, each day's worth in a ziploc bag -- this is so when I get hopelessly wet and miserable, I have something dry to change into when I get a chance. Just knowing I have these is enough to let me soldier on.
5) a facecloth or two or three. Um, you can get really dirty on a passage
6) A hat with a brim wide enough to shield me from the sun, but not so wide that the wind
catches it all the time. Also good sunglasses. I am old now and just got my first pair of polarized bifocal sunglasses!
As far as sunblock, I am partial to Neutrogena. i have some spf 55 liquid for my face first thing in the am, and various other strengths of the water
resistant cream versions. I find having several of them is good, because I want to be able to apply it several times a day. Also a thin beach towel is very useful, both for toweling and for putting over my legs when I am out in the sun for long periods of time. I burn easily. You want a thin one so it will dry quickly.
Advice for any woman on a boat with a head
: Learn how to use it; if it's your boat, learn how to repair it. Learn what you can toss down it and what you can't. Gross though this may sound, it may be that you have to flush your feces before you use any TP, so that you get one part of the load through before the next and don't overtax everything. Also, get used to using maybe three little squares of TP max every time you use it. (Now you get why having multiple facecloths can come in handy.) And if the boat uses fresh water to flush (which makes everything smell less bad), be careful how much you use to flush. You can go through a lot of water with that head
without realizing it. I am seriously considering changing to a composting head to simplify much of the above.
Another must have for me on any boat of mine is a propane
stove. No alcohol, or any other lame thing. I have gas at home and I want gas on the boat. Cooks fast. I also have two pressure cookers
that I bought over 20 years ago when going cruising the first time. They still work (I have replaced gaskets). A Swiss Kuhn-Rikon and a French T-Fal. Great for cooking
in the tropics.