FOR BARE BOAT SAILING VACATIONS. BVI
, the Caribbean
, etc. etc.
Items that we bring for bare boat sailing. We do not totally rely on the charter
company although they have quite an inventory to go thru.
1. First aid kit. Most first aid kits on charter
boats are lacking in what you may need.
We add in more bandages, ace bandage, bacirtacin, Alieve, sunscreen , etc.
2. Chart Kit and paper charts
, and our nav tools. parallel rules and dividers. Plus a hand bearing compass
, Our own hand held GPS
as a back up to our own Coastal Piloting and Navigation
skills. Our own ships log, not only for nav info, but a remarks column to record
the sailing vacation
3. The hand bearing compass
we use for taking bearings on landmarks, and note our position on the chart and log, plus using landmarks for bearings when anchored, also noted in the log . We also use the hand bearing compass to verify the accuracy of the boats binnacle compass,and the super elecronic auto pilot heading read out.
4. Chart Kit and Cruising Guide for the area that we are sailing .
5. Good quality flash light, and extra batteries
. back up to vessels flash light, that may or may not be working. I also use my own flashlight for reading at night in the
lights are generally too dim . Also , use the flash light, for a flare up light when using the dink at night. And finding our way down below to turn on the master battery
switch , and cabin
6. Ear plugs, sun glasses with croakies, cap, visor or hat with chiin strap.
7. Extra line for sail ties, reefing lines, flag halyards, etc., or tie downs for the wheel
, if the binnacle brake is not working. Keeps the rudder
stationary when anchored or on a mooring
8. Channel locks. We Dont trust tool boxes and their inventory that are on board.
Some times they are pretty well supplied. Other times, not so good.
9. We also make up a daily calendar, as it easy to lose track of time and dates and days. Big squares for plans of the day.
10. A small, inexpensive battery alarm
clock. Usually only set it in case we have to be up very early for departure back home.
11. Others have covered clothes that you may need, for the boat, ashore, snorkeling , and even air travel.
12. Our own personal snorkeling gear
Face mask, and snorkel and mouth piece that fits our mouth. From a dive shop if possible, Check the fit. A leaky mask will totally ruin any snorkel experience.
13. Our personal flags
, could be sailing club, yacht club, state. Haul em up on the flag halyard
. After a few pain killers ashore, helps us find our own boat, among the many . Plus , helps I.D. our vessel if we have invited new friends to come over for boat drinks.
The other posters have heaped great scoops on to you, all are excellent.
Oh, almost forgot, great music
C.D.'s, Jimmy Buffett, Erica Stone, Caribbean Music
, Hawaiian music, Tahtian music, Irish Trad, Aussie favorites, any thing that makes you and your crew feel good.
I have our own, WHAT TO BRING CHECK LIST, so that we do not forget anything.
The above is what we bring, in our one each carry on duffel . That is it. We actually travel pretty light, no many bags upon bags.
Personal comment: Good on you all for taking your ASA classes
and on board lessons.
At this time, you have your sailing dreams, LIVE YOUR DREAMS, DONT DREAM YOUR LIFE.
You will be surprised, that you will start off with your day sailing
, and then proceed on up to larger vessels for ocean sailing and week end sailing trips, and then, well ypu will start investigating the BVI
, excellent choice for your first international sailing vacation
. You will be sailing the Caribbean. May you fall in love with those great cruising grounds.
fair winds and following seas,
Denny and Erica