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Old 01-02-2017, 13:37   #31
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Re: Clothing needed for sailing across the South Pacific?

All fine. I always carry a long sleeve silk shirt & long silk pants for fend off bugs when in port. May seem strange but works and are light and compact.
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Re: Clothing needed for sailing across the South Pacific?

Re the issue of headphones whilst off watch: How will you hear the desperate cry of "all hands on deck" if you are zoned out, listening to music?

A lot depends on the size of the crew on board. Many folks who take on crew do so because they are single handers most of the time... or couples who want one more hand for passages. IMO, this means that while you get time "off watch", you are never far from being needed on deck, and isolating yourself may not be appropriate.

And re equipment to carry: your own well-fitted inflatable PFD with built in harness will be better than anything likely to be supplied by the ship, so I'd sure agree on taking that. The hand held VHF seems overkill to me, and the AIS type PLB only useful if the ship is equipped with the appropriate receiver. Hardly essential, and more investment than a casual hitchhiker will be likely to crave.

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