In response to some suggestions:
- storm tri sail on its own track -
I heard mixed things about this especially when going to windward and many recommend a 3rd reef in the main
- third reef in main
- will do
second anchor -
3 anchors on board (44lb Manson, 22lb Delta
, (both with 63' of 2/8 BBB chain) 11lb Fortress
(stern & kedge anchor)
- large diaphragm pump -
one already in the cockpit
and serviced, planning to add one down below
- securing batteries, companionway
hatches, etc. - Yes, much work needed in the 'think cap-size' department
How about reinforcing the hull
structure? The T34 is known to show cracks where the deck
meets the forward cabin
, for example. Anyone dealt with this before?
Thanks Comrades of the Sea!
- mechanical windless
- no plans to add one, this is in place of my gym membership
- a great sea berth with lee cloths
- have one on each tack
- for sure the wind vane -
looking at either a used Aries
, or a new Cape Horn. will be worth it I think and they have a good resale value
backup autohelm -
I'm in tow minds about this. On the one hand the wind
vane will do most offshore steering
, on the other hand the AP will be important while motoring and lifting anchor
preventer on boom
- already in place
- pay attention to anything that will fall or open if the hull is inverted,
- cutters for mast if needed -
yes, for the wires. or a big metal saw for the mast too?
- mixed feelings about the baby stay, can get in the way but nice to hold the storm sail -
the ATN Gale Sail is not fun to rig in a blow. Not a good piece of equipment
in my opinion. On my last trip to the Bahamas
I choose to furl the 140% genoa
in conditions when I shouldn't have. This lead to some trouble sometimes and inefficient sail shape always. Having an inner forestay with a storm jib
attached to it already ready to be hoisted without much effort sounds heaven to me. What do others think?
- watermaker -
on my list to buy is a used hand-operated emergency
watermaker from ebay for about $300 for the ditch bag, needs new diaphagm. Also, planning to add a second water
tank under the port quarter berth. was thinking of a flexible tank for easier installation
. What experiences do people have with this offshore
where there is potential for a lot of chafe?
- jack lines plus attachment points at companion way and at the helm -
already in place
have boat surveyed with the trip in mind, different from a survey for the sale of the boat -
I was thinking about that but it would have to be the right surveyor
with lots of offshore experience, or even an old salt
. Any idea how to find one in the NYC
- life raft -
not sure I believe in their superior usefulness. I mostly share this opinion: http://www.bethandevans.com/seamanship.htm#30.
I am planning to use my 8' Walker Bay hard dinghy
with flotation tubes and sail kit for this purpose. Will need to fit it with a tight and sturdy plastic cover.
-hand held vhf
- have two with GPS
-echo the isaf regs idea - good start
-yes, looks good!
- Extra water
-see above, currently ahve 40 gallon fresh water tank
, will also have 2 x 5 gallons 3/4 filled in jerry cans attached for emergency
- extra fuel -
not sure about this as the A4 is pretty thirsty (~1.2 gallons per hour at crusing speed), current
tank is 26 gallons. Will save this for landfall and motoring away from bad weather
zones, but will just chill out during calms
- drogue -
yes, was thinking a sibngle drogue may be sufficient as opposed to Jordan series drogue.