If you've been following along other posts I've made in the past few months you already know that I have a 30 foot steel sailboat that I've been refitting to take down the ICW and hopefully to The Bahamas, covid permitting. It's come to the point that I've made my grand packing list, and I'm looking for input: anything I'm missing? anything I can go without? any specific brands or alternatives to things I have on here?
I'll be solo more than I'll have crew, so that was taken into consideration. Another thing of note is that the engine has fewer than 50 hours on it, and is a Volvo, so I'm hoping that means I won't have to be making any major repairs
but it is still in its shakedown phase and settling in.
This is my "boat gear" list and doesn't include "my" things like clothes, books, toiletries, etc. It also doesn't include the super obvious large things like "dinghy."
I also hope that this might be helpful as an outline to anyone else who is provisioning
a boat from scratch
Anyway, here is my very long list:
All the other manuals
General trip logbook
Specific engine maintenance
, hours, etc logbook
o Nigel Calders big mechanical and electrical book
o Waterway Guides
o Perhaps a USCG rules book
o Marine Electronics
, title (in waterproof container in secret compartment)
Passport (also waterproof container in secret compartment)
, credit and debit cards, etc
Swim ladder, and a way to attach it (still working on that)
Line, 30+ feet with knots, to throw aft when solo in rough weatherI don't think this line is long enough, either for you to reach if you fall in and the boat is under way, or as a drogue, just mho, but would suggest at least 100 ft.
Lifejackets at least one per person on board, so bring 5 or 6 just in case
Harness(es) and jacklines
Flares and distress flags
I need a minimum of 3 day use + 3 night use or 3 day/night use distress signals
Spare anchors (2 1 mounted to stern and 1 in the cabin)
Fire extinguishers B type (1 near the engine and 1 forward)
Big electric bilge pump
with hoses (30 gal/second)
Manual bilge pump
All relevant stickers in the right places (fuel tank, VHF)
Plugs attached to thru-hulls
Spare plugs like the soft ones for any size hole
Manual start override for engine
Padlock for head overboard
Locks for interior
and exterior of companionway
Bright colored dry bag that floats and has a carry strap
Handheld backup VHF radio (floating) with GPS
Extra batteries for VHF radio (use alkaline longer shelf life)
Some bottles of water
Protein bars/some high-protein high-carb food
Knife You'll need two, one for the bag and one to wear.
EPIRB put it here
PLB (personal locator beacon) (do I need both it and an EPIRB? They seem very similar) Up to you, of course, but not too hard to imagine a scenario where you get separated from the EPIRB, and would be glad of an AIS type PLB.
Basic small first aid kit (disinfectant/alcohol spray, trauma pads, self adhering bandages)
Cold weather/wool socks, gloves, head and neck covering Yes, and your nitrile gloves will keep water and wind out.
First Aid Kit
Band aids of various sizes
Meclizine (for motion sickness/vertigo)
Trauma pads, gauze, self-adhering bandages/wraps
Quick snap cold packs
Lidocaine cream (or aloe vera with lidocaine)
CPR mask, since I already have one
Winch grease, winch oil
Basic sail repair/patch kit
o Whipping line, other thread, needles, fid set (including heavy sailmaker
o Waxed dental floss
o Emergency press-on sail patches
Bikini Blue freeboard paint?
since I already have some
Paint stir sticks
Cordless power drill and bits
Screwdrivers of various sizes (including stubbys, and one very large flathead))
, including nuts and washers of various sizes
Razor blade/exacto knife
Socket wrench set
Allen key set
Crimper and various sizes of crimps, terminals, connecters, and heat shrink
Electrical tape of various colors
Butane soldering iron
Weather seal tape
Tool bag(s) to put all of this in
Some form of container for paint/other liquids that can spill to be stored in
oil can also get as needed
Stainless polish can also get as needed
Should I bring my old sails
? Will they work with the new rigging? Only if you have room
Should I try to make them work with the new rigging? Start with them, you could have the new sails you're waiting on shipped to you in FL.
Extra sail cars for main, since I have them COLOR="darkred"]yes[/COLOR]
Spare shackles? yes
Some spare blocks? two of the most versatile, like snatch blocks, if you have perforated toe rail.
lines, extra lines in general [COLOR="darkred"]You need at least two dock lines and two spring lines. For extra line, bring what you can. At least one the length of the longest line you need on your boat--it can go a shorter place, but you need to be able to replace the longest one if it chafes through in the middle.
Oil filters At least one, and a whole oil change worth of oil
Fuel filters At least one, only 50 hrs. on engine
Spare fuel injector?if you have one that has been serviced, then yes; however, we don't carry any.
V-belts for the alternator two
Spare alternator? if you have a spare
for the raw water pump
Spare heat exchanger
? I If you're going round the world, yes, but just for a trip to the Bahamas and back to the States, no.
Low hrs. on engine
Spare water pump
shafts? Apparently this is a Volvo issue
o https://www.practical-sailor.com/blo...ruising-sailor Kelsey, you're going to have a storage space problem at some point, and some of the nice to haves will have to not come along. This one, if a known problem, you could be really glad you have it.
Engine fluids (oil, transmission
fluid, coolant) how many quarts of each? Keep empty quarts/have something to drain fluids into for proper disposal We always carry enough for one whole oil change (and we change the tranny oil at that time, also).
o Need to go back and look at what types/weights for each one
kit No, but we carry gasket material so that we can make our own gaskets.
Assorted cotter pins and clevis pins Yes
Extra sail ties Four's probably enough
sheet car? No, can replace sheave if it fails.
Battery operated backup bow and stern lights No, but you might want spare bulbs, or LEDs.
Organizational system of some sort
Nonskid matsbuy it cut off rolls; measure first, and bring extra, as you discover more places.
A thermos or several Have your crew bring one, too. Nice to have two large ones, but not essential.
Small, foldable dish drying rack
A container for doing dishes so I can have a pseudo-double sink use a pot
Pots and pans
Spatula, other things in that category
Percolator for coffee
Denatured alcohol for stove
Electric water heater? Probably dont need it if I have the microwave
Trash can where is this going to go?
Non-smell-stuff for head
Little brushes for sea strainers
detergent (maybe in pod form?)
Mini shop vac
Other Misc. Gear
Docklines and extra docklines
Snorkel, mask, and fins
Bike lock for dinghy and outboard
Flashlights and lanterns (ideally waterproof)
Spare batteries ideally alkaline
Jerry cans If you're headed out into the Pacific, you'll need a couple.
Collapsible reusable water jugs I'd suggest one hard water jug, too; secure it in the cockpit for emergency water, covered with a Sunbrella cover (to protect it from UV degradation). It will float, so if you have a liferaft, you can take some spare line, and secure the water to it.
River-bag dry backpack for going ashore
Outboard harness, and a rig to use the boom as a motor lift
Scrub brushes for deck (dont really need a whole deck brush)
Bath mats as rugs
cord (30 amp)
o Any sort of adapters?
Washdown hose + nozzle
GoPro/camera and gear