Little Rock, AR
Boat Name: Weekender
Model/Year: C22 1982
Hull No. 11192
Hailing Port: Little Rock, Arkansas
08/04/2005 9:51 AM Pacific Time
I am getting a new to me Catalina 22 '82. I'm sure that there are a number of things (fire extinguisher, flares, horn, etc.) that I need to get to have the boat "ready" to sail. I'm not talking about rigging, sails, checking the keel, etc. - more like the ancillary things that would increase safety and comfort. What are your thoughts??
Boat Name: Shadowfax
Hull No. 5990
Hailing Port: Friant Marina
08/05/2005 4:30 PM Pacific Time
This may sound silly, but those floating key rings are something to have handy... several of them.
Of course the ones you mentioned. A good supply of fresh water, hand soap or sanitizer, paper towels - toilet paper in a sealed plastic container.
An anchor hanger mounted to the bow pulpit is very handy...
Start collecting odds & ends - extras... stainless nuts/bolts/wing nuts and tiller-rudder bolts, extras of things you've used more than once... plan ahead...
Boat Name: For Sail
Hull No. 6993
Hailing Port: Titusville
08/06/2005 12:39 AM Pacific Time
How about a portable AM/FM radio and a hand held vhf radio for emergencies. Flares, life jackets, rain protection, dry storage food, bilge pump, and an inflatable woman. All this just in case!
08/06/2005 4:34 AM Pacific Time
Here's my short list.....
1) Pair of cheap binoculars
2) Small insulated cooler with handle
3) American Flag
4) Unfashionable hat with floppy brim
5) T-shirt with trite nautical expression
6) Deck shoes with white soles
7) Multi-functional wrist watch designed for sailors (I don't have one, but they sure look cool in the catalogs!)
8) Current and paid-up Boat insurance card
9) US Sailing sticker for car window
10) Tag for front of car/truck that leaves no doubt that the driver is a sailor of some repute
11) Assortment of bungee cords of different lengths and colors
13) small toolbox with set of stainless steel tools (buy as needed)
14) Catalogs from Catalina Direct, West Marine, Defenders
15) Books about sailing, sailboats, sailors
16) Subscriptions to Sail, Sailing World, Cruising World, Good Old Boat, Wooden Boat, any others that tickle your fancy
17, Web sites of four or five people who are re-doing their sailboat, i.e., Chip Ford.
18. Repair manual for your outboard, replacement spark plugs, spare impeller
19. extra life jackets for guests.
20. If you wear glasses or sunglasses, the string tshing that connects the earpieces and keeps it from flying off your head and into the water (it has a name, I just can't remember what it is called....)
21. Friends that you can take sailing
22. Take a boat safety course
These will get you started and flatten your bank account. It will be worth every penny you spend!
Boat Name: Marrakesh
Hull No. 13645
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
08/07/2005 7:31 PM Pacific Time
Don't forget a waterproof flashlight, first aid kit, shear pins for the outboard, and dock lines so you can tie up at a waterside restaurant and feel really cool arriving by boat.
If you sail at night, make sure you have a couple of personal strobes
Boat Name: Torch of Freedom
Model/Year: C-22 '76
Hull No. 6448
Hailing Port: Arlington YC
08/08/2005 6:48 AM Pacific Time
If you really think about it, your boat is your home, if you are going to be cruising, and like a day trip if you're racing. I think a first need only be a good patch of bandaids. I have found that is the only things that ever got used out of the first aid kits that I have bought over 14 years of sailing a 35' racer/cruiser, so now that is all I have on board. Keep it simple.
Boat Name: Emy Lyn II
Hailing Port: Rochester
08/08/2005 11:12 AM Pacific Time
Looking for Mike Smalter, Paul here C141 group.
Boat Name: Spirit
Model/Year: C22 1986
Hull No. 13485
Hailing Port: Bantam, Ct
08/08/2005 1:17 PM Pacific Time
Bandaids, lots of them. Small toolbox with basic tools, hexsaw, wire cutter, etc. I have a couple of screwdrivers with replaceable bits. Very handy. Also, I tried to find a manual drill (no batteries required) but couldn't find it at any store. Instead, I bought an inexpensive wireless drill with a basic set of drill bits. Lots of usage.
08/08/2005 6:59 PM Pacific Time
All the above items are great and should be on every boat (inflatable women?). But, the things I've noticed passengers seems to like the most are the little tilt gauge, working running lights, a VHF radio they can hear the traffic on, and the barbeque. Just something about an evening cruise while watching the sun go down, anchoring and cooking a small meal, then heading back with the stars come out, the lights a shining, and the sounds of skippers chatting to each other in the distance... An easy and discreet way for a passenger to relieve themselves can also make the trip more enjoyable. Oh, add a bottle opener, matches, log book, and a cheap camera!