Well Evans, there is a enormous gap between your passage
experience and mine, but I did notice a couple of points.
1- running lights - should be checked and spares carried
2- harness for going up mast
- checked and tried (go up the mast)
3- check foulies, stitching, zippers etc etc
4- same for sea boots, shoes, sunglasses (carry spares) sun lotion (replace if not new)
5- Carry a couple of extra telltales, if the ones on the sails
6- Man in the water
. Don diving
suit and go over every inch of the bottom, especially all the through-hulls, rudder
7- Make a watch plan. Post it
8- Practice man overboard
9- practice dry-run abandon ship
10- practice fire drill
11- rig tethers and jack lines around boat
12- check PFD's
13- pieces of marine plywood
, already cut and drilled to fit exactly over every window on the boat
(in case one gets stoven in). Necessary screws in a ziplock bag attached to the plywood
. Cordless drill/screwdriver charged and readily available.
Some of the above may be no-brainers - but as you have pointed out many times, the biggest threat to sailing is complacency. So checking off the list is a good idea.
I did notice that you have not included materials for jury-rigging a rudder
. I believe that all boats on passage
, should at least have thought about what they would do if the rudder crapped out. Could be as simple as using the spinnaker
pole and a piece of plywood - but it is a damn good idea to have practiced it at least once. These things always happen in a storm.