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Old 15-09-2012, 21:06   #1
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What Broken Gear Would Make You Cancel?

You have planned a 30 mile voyage from one island to another, departing at 10 a.m. You will be crossing open water, as in island hopping in the Caribbean. The harbors at both ends are well protected and have good marina facilities available if needed.

The weather is perfect - 15 knots broad reach, sunny day, no inclement forecast for a week to come.

Just before you are to depart, you discover a piece of equipment is not working.

What piecees of equipment being inoperable in this situation would be important enough for you to postpone the voyage until the gear was repaired?

GPS?
Chart plotter?
Radar?
Depth sounder?
Windlass?
Radio?
Refrigeration?
Something else?
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You have planned a 30 mile voyage from one island to another, departing at 10 a.m. You will be crossing open water, as in island hopping in the Caribbean. The harbors at both ends are well protected and have good marina facilities available if needed.

The weather is perfect - 15 knots broad reach, sunny day, no inclement forecast for a week to come.

Just before you are to depart, you discover a piece of equipment is not working.

What piecees of equipment being inoperable in this situation would be important enough for you to postpone the voyage until the gear was repaired?

GPS?
Chart plotter?
Radar?
Depth sounder?
Windlass?
Radio?
Refrigeration?
Something else?

the only one close to counting is depth.
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Old 15-09-2012, 21:30   #4
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Agree, depth is the only one even to consider in my book out of that list..
But I have a backup depth finder and a leadline, so I would be going anyway...
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Re: What Broken Gear Would Make You Cancel?

1) inoperable steering
2) Loss of ability to raise or lower sails
3) Depending on destination, loss of engine
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Agree, depth is the only one even to consider in my book out of that list..
Same here. The first few years I was cruising all I had was a VHF and fathometer.

I did make the trip from RI to FL including the ICW without a fathometer, not my preference but ended up that way. I watched the charts and course very carefully and only ran aground 3 times.
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You have planned a 30 mile voyage from one island to another, departing at 10 a.m. You will be crossing open water, as in island hopping in the Caribbean. The harbors at both ends are well protected and have good marina facilities available if needed.

The weather is perfect - 15 knots broad reach, sunny day, no inclement forecast for a week to come.

Just before you are to depart, you discover a piece of equipment is not working.

What piecees of equipment being inoperable in this situation would be important enough for you to postpone the voyage until the gear was repaired?

GPS? Compass
Chart plotter? Paper charts
Radar? What Radar
Depth sounder? Maybe
Windlass? What windlass?
Radio? Not required
Refrigeration? What refrigeration
Something else?
Navigation lights if there was no backup.
Seacock
steering
Mast and rigging
Appropriate sails with
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Navigation lights if there was no backup.
Seacock
steering
Mast and rigging
Appropriate sails with
Navigation lights if there was no backup = For the OP's 30 mile trip thats daylight unless the current is adverse.

Seacock = Wood plug
steering = That could get exciting. But a board on the spin pole would sort of work
Mast and rigging. =Temp rigging with boom and a bit of sail. NOW I need the nav lights...
Appropriate sails = Just get the sewing machine out and stitch up a new one.

No makeup or out of cat food on the otherhand would keep this girl in port.
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Navigation lights if there was no backup = For the OP's 30 mile trip thats daylight unless the current is adverse.

Seacock = Wood plug
steering = That could get exciting. But a board on the spin pole would sort of work
Mast and rigging. =Temp rigging with boom and a bit of sail. NOW I need the nav lights...
Appropriate sails = Just get the sewing machine out and stitch up a new one.

No makeup or out of cat food on the otherhand would keep this girl in port.

I've spent enough of my life on poorly maintained boats to know where I will draw the line.

My answers were assuming a 30nm passage offshore/between islands or the mainland and an island.
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Broken mast or boom.

Broken rudder or tiller.

One of the keels falls off.


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In the Caribbean? I would leave before 10. 5 knot boat, rather arrive early.
I would not need any of the stuff listed. Sounder is not needed. nor engine for that matter.
Compass , chart, binocs.
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I could not go if the wife did not have enough Ciggys.
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Leaving at 10am? Defunct alarm clock.......
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Re: What Broken Gear Would Make You Cancel?

[QUOTE=bruce smith;1037112].
Compass , chart, binocs.[/QUOTE]

That was my thought too. Which is all i normally sail with anyway.

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I'm probably more of a wuss than most here.

What we need is to knoiw where we are, what hazards are around us, and how deep the water is. Everything else I could fix at the next harbor.

Because of that (wussiness) I have redundant gps chart plotters and redundant sounders. These are online all the time. Above that I actually have spares of these (from past flown in emergency replacents) of those units in the parts locker.
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