Hi, we have a Rhodes 22 and putter about the Chesapeake. Yeah, it's like camping in a pup tent, with the added advantage of maybe drowning. Since the Captain
likes her comfort, we have many fine things not yet on your list:
- Maps and the tide charts
- especially up there, LI sound runs an 8 to 12 foot tidal variation. For example, in Smithtown Bay, there is a nice channel in to Stony Brook Harbor - but you can anchor next to the channel a half mile offshore
and still be high and dry at low tide.
- You didn't mention a radio
...get one, at least a hand-held, so you can monitor
16 and check the weather
. A thunderstorm in a little boat can be exhilerating, but much better if you don't get caught with your pants down or too much canvas
up when the squall line hits. A guy the Captain
has met with another Rhodes like ours got hit with 70-knot winds in a squall on LI Sound, got knocked down three times and broke two stays, but managed to sail it back to Mamaroneck harbor after the wind
died down to 30 knots (!!).
- Cruising guide to the marine
neighborhood so you know how to contact the many fine marinas
and restaurants with docks - as was noted above, a cell phone
often works to get info on how crowded the transient dock
is, when the fuel dock
closes, etc. Plus they have info on harbor entries etc.
- If you are cooking you will need plates, silverware and cookware, and pots and pans. Camping stuff that fits inside each other when not in use works nicely - make sure there's a colander for pasta. Ours has a water
tank and pump
for the sink, but you can use seawater if you don't mind the plankton on your plates.
- don't forget sleeping arrangements, sheets
and a sleeping pad of some kind, and a small 12V fan for the occasional hot night - I am from Long Island
and it does happen sometimes.
- The "Boom Room" tarp is handy - don't forget bungies to hold it out - you might want to work
out where to attach it before you head
- Switch out your old incandescent lights for LEDs both inside and out, to preserve your battery
-Throw a nice little LED lantern or two aboard - nice if you have to go on deck
at night to readjust the anchor or whatever, and if that old anchor light gives out just when you need it - had to do that this summer, damn thing worked the last time we used it but didn't come on when we were in a busy mooring
area, so I ran the lantern up one of the signal halyards.
- We have a built in ice-block type fridge but bring along a smallish portable Yeti cooler for the perishable food
, it stays colder for longer than any other one we've tried.
- An old second-hand I-pad can be used as a navigation
aid, you don't have to reactivate it's cell service
but it still has GPS
, you can load up maps etc. from a PC or whatever, and they are cheap
- Reading material for the three-day frontal passage
- Chargers! When you do get further out your phone
cranks up its output to stay in touch with the cell towers, and they go flat faster. I installed USB charging ports
running off the starting and bilge pump
. Also floating chargers to keep those guys topped off when you are in port.
- Lastly, we have an 8' Jacques Cousteau-type inflatable
but never use the thing, it's too heavy to get aboard and too big to stow. So we have gone with a nice two-person inflatable kayak
, inflates with a 12-v pump
and is ready in 20 minutes, and only weighs 40 pounds so landing the thing is doable.
Good luck and have fun! And remember...B.O.A.T. = "Break out another thou$and".