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New to cruising - what would you have on board?

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Hi CruiseTalkers!

 

Apologies if this has been covered before!  Excited to have taken ownership of a 40ft that needs some stuff in it, so a bit of an open question.  Apart from the obvious (though do feel free to state the obvious!), what would be the first things you'd put on a cruiser, or would not do without?  Also the "wish I knew about that years ago" tips would be awesome!  Any words of wisdom or experience really.

 

Thanks very much!!

 

 

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Someone said on here a while ago which I thought was spot on.  Dont second guess . Sail it for a season and it will all become crystal clear.

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Hmm, very open question! What type of boat, cruising where, for how long, and with what crew? In the first instance, a suitable boat in good condition is required! With more info, perhaps we can provide a better reply!

Oh, and congrats on the boat, and welcome aboard!????

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Someone said on here a while ago which I thought was spot on.  Dont second guess . Sail it for a season and it will all become crystal clear.

+1 Just go sailing. We are coming up to 3 years now without doing anything (as a result of the deal I did with the previous owner - we will own her outright in Oct this year). In that time the work list has actually shrunk as I have realised that what the designer and previous owners had already was working pretty well.

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a chartplotter and depth sounder that will tell you about things that you may be about to run into and a good anchor system that will keep you in one place in a blow. Oh and preferably 2 of the important bits , ie 2 motors , 2 rudders and 2 hulls :thumbup:

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Agree with a decent anchor, sounder and reliable engine.  Could live without a plotter as, although real nice to have, you can get away with handheld gps or phone. Would rather get a decent autopilot first.

 

A good dodger makes things so much more pleasant when bashing into a seaway, although you are cruising so there isn't really an excuse for going upwind.

 

Good batteries and alternator often top my list, although I love our new solar panels.

Also after years of stuffing around with engine run compressor fridges we bit the bullet and brought a self contained electric a couple of years ago and haven't regretted it. the solar easily keeps up.

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I've always found that  family who pesters you to go sailing is about top of the list. To that end I'd suggest that you take it easy and choose your weather for the first season, not frighten them , and then you'll get that ok.

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cheap cans of beans

 

at 65 cents from pak'n'sav

 

they're a drink and a meal in 1 that keeps for years and doesn't need heating ;-)  

 

- small white board + marker, so while you are preparing to sail somewhere you can tune to channel 21 and write the down write the important information

 

- tide times + heights

- wind direction - strength, now and expected

- swell 

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