Have cruised extensively in the tropics and also skippered a charter
boat in indonesia
for many years. Here's my 2 cents:
1. If you have to anchor
on a foul bottom or coral
(and sometimes you will have no choice), make sure to dive on the anchor to make sure the tackle is not snagged = good set of mask and fins in cockpit
2. Fishing: you dont need rod and reel for fishing. Rods get in the way and reels dont last. Get a few plastic spools of thick 300pound monofilament, linked to bungees. Use skirt/feather type lures as they can handle higher speed. This allows you to trowl and haul in the fish whilst under sail. "Swimming" or rapala type lures are a pain in the butt as they dont cope with a surge of speed under sail. A good pair of gloves, a hook-out tool, a gaff and a good knife. I also have nice wooden plank at the aft for filleting. When pulling in a fish make sure not to stand in the loose coils of line. Dont forget these lines when approaching your anchorage!
3. Salt water
wash down for the aftdeck area. This is a must have. Think blood and fish guts. Make sure you have deckwash for the anchor, the stern area and also by the galley
4. I like cold beer
. I would add a small portable camping style 12v chest fridge/freezer which i find to be more effective than regular fridge, they are cheap
and can double as a icebox/coolbox
5. Figure out a way to catch rain water off your awning/bimini.
6. Avoid night sailing due to floating logs
etc and 100's of fishing boats/nets in some areas.
7. Dont like watermakers. Our tank fresh water is not for drinking. For drinking water
we use the big 20l dispensers, you can stow 5 of them and swop them for full ones at 3rd world tropical villages. We put one upright in a head
with a little screw on pump thingy on top. Everyone keeps their own water bottle topped up.
8. The closer you are to the equator the more squally and unreliable the winds become. You will motor
a lot. Take spare fuel
, make sure your motor
is running 100%.
9. Dingy: its good practice to always lift
it out at night at anchorage for many reasons. Tropical squalls come unnanounced and not predicted on charts
. A spare outboard
is awesome. I would buy a new outboard
for the start of this new voyage. Make sure its at least 9hp to get you onto a plane.
10. Nav stuff: Radar
is great but a lot of smaller radars give a false sense of security
. Many charts for remote
tropical areas are very bad, old, bad detail etc. When inshore use these items as an aid only.
11. My last great item: a variety of colapseable pvc buckets. Too many uses to mention.