Recommended Gear – Do you have a list of required equipment and or required safety standards all participant boats must meet? Also, suggested equipment, set-up, training, licenses ?
– this is mostly coastal cruising BUT there are ALWAYS risks
our minimum recommendation is to have
– unlocked android phone with an active central american data plan
– handheld GPS
– physical charts
– safety gear
– trackers such as delorme / gps / garmin / iridium go
– anything that makes you feel comfortable
– get your rig checked
– your engine checked
– your systems checked
– know how to change filters vbelts oil etc.
– we do recommend to have tools and spares so you can repair things that may brake or need replacing including a way to mend sails
YOUR VESSEL – YOUR CREW – YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
Downwind Marine has a more extensive list – see below
1. TOP ESSENTIALS: Life Raft sized for entire crew, an EPIRB and a pre-packed “Ditch Bag” to supply life raft in emergency. SOS Distress Lights– Flares or Electronic Flare!
2. Automatic Identification System (A.I.S.) installed–use to track commercial vessels’ course & speed to avoid collisions.
3. Ham Radio with Marine SSB and Pactor E-mail installed,even if there is no licensed ham operator on board. In emergency Hams will talk to anyone, for either medical or vessel assistance. Use to monitor the maritime mobile HAMS for up-to-date news& weather even if there is no satellite coverage. Unlocked Android or Iphone.
4. “Jack-Lines” installed on each side of the length of the boat.
5. Personal Flotation Device (PFD) with Safety Harness for each crew/person on board.
6. Personal Strobes &Whistles on Lanyards for each crew/person on board.
7. Man Overboard Pole with 20-feet of floating line attached to Horseshoe Buoy equipped with Sea Anchor and Man Overboard Strobe –SOS Distress Light for use here too!
8. Boarding Ladder or other means to get back on board.
9. Radar Reflector/Detector.
10. Masthead Strobe (Not legal except in an emergency).
11. Flashlight for each area of boat (with extra batteries and bulbs) or battery-less light.LED-type works great here too.
12. Powerful Spotlightor light beam gun. You will coem across long liners without much warning
13. Custom First Aid Kit (to meet personal needs& possible illness or accidental injury–& cruisers all say you’ll need more GOOD band-aids!!) plus Chlorine Bleach to sanitize water.
14. One Rigid Bucket per person (for bucket brigade).
15. Air Horn and Horn Refill Can.
16. Boom Gallows, Boom Crutch, or “Lazy Jacks”to secure boom(s)when not in use, or if /when a topping liftbreaks.
17. Lead Line for sounding / handheld depth sounder
18.Anchors, Chain& Rode in multiple copies, with extra Shackles, Swivels, Seizing Wire& Chafe Gear, plus Anchor Buoy with line for quick deployment in emergency – follow the 7 to 1 scope recommendation in sizing your chain.
Anchoring Note: A proficient anchor system is your best insurance. Have different anchors and anchoring gear on board to be able to leave one or two behind in a hurry and still have enough left to securely anchor again. One monster “Storm Hook” is advisable
MAINTENANCE & DAMAGE CONTROL
1. Electrical Wire, Solder, Connectors, Electrical Tape, etc.
2. Silicone Spray Lubricant (eg. Tri-Flow PTFE, Lanocote) plusEngine Starting Fluid, & outboard motor fluids and cleaners.
3. Fin,Mask, Snorkel& Hol-Tite Handle for in-water hull or prop work (also wet suit & weight belt are really useful here).
4. Spares –Zinc Plates, Collars & Pencils for electrolysis control as needed, including use in cooling system.
5. Fiberglass Cloth& Tape, withresin and catalyst, PLUSCaulking Gun with tubes of Silicone Caulking & Adhesives (eg. BoatLife, SikaFlexand/orsimilar 3M-Products)
6. Splash Zone or “Poxy-Putty” (both slow cure and fast cure) for underwater repair, plus Bedding Compound (Dolfinite).
7. Spares –Fuses and/or Circuit Breakers.
8. 3M Scotch-Brite Pads for “boatwork”, plus Sandpaper (wet/dry), Paint &Varnish, Primer, Thinner, &Brushes.
9. Cleaning Aids like Sponges, Rags, Chamois & Deck Brush.
10. Small Whisk Broom, Dust Pan, and/or 12-Volt Vacuum.
11. Canvas Squares for use as collision mat.
12. Plywood or starboard (as large as you can stow) for emergency hull and cabin side repair, (plus large nailsand hammerin your tool kit!)
13. Wood 2×4’s (as large as you can stow) plus Large Hose Clamps for splinting spars and other emergency repair.
14. Assortment of Fasteners –nuts, bolts and screws, etc.
15. Emergency Marine SSB Antenna and/or Ham Antenna.
16. Metal Primer & Acid-Etch –keep safely stored.
17. Rubber “True Plugs” and/or Tapered Plugs (wood bungs) with “Stay Afloat” Bee’s Wax –keep plugs dry but as handy to thru-hulls as possible. PLUS Gorilla Tape&Rescue Tapefor the quick fixes!
18. Expanded Inflatable Repair Kit, to include glue, hull fabric, valves, chemicals, etc.
PLUMBING & MECHANICAL
Check with your engine maker or its distributor for a list of recommended spare parts to maintain onboard.
1. SparesKits –for all Pumps on board including Pressure, Hand and Bilge Bumps with extra impellers as applicable.
2. Spares Kit –for Engine Raw Water Pump, all parts plus extra impellers and complete backup pump.
3. Spares –for Stove, include Burner(s) and/or parts for stove.
4. Spares –for Head, extra pump and all parts you can think of plus extra joker valves and packing.
5. Spare Bulbs for running lights and cabin lights, plusa switch or two. Try replacement LED bulbs in your fixtures!
6. Spares –for Oil Lamps, include Chimneys, Wicks, Mantles and Burners, plus extra Paraffin Oil.
7. Batteries for everything using them.
8. Water-Separating Fuel Filter Funnel.
9. Spares –In-Line Water Filter Cartridges & Heater Elements.
10. Fuel Additive(s) for fungus prevention and water absorption.
11. Spares –Fuel injectors/points, plugs, and distributor rotor.
12. Spare Oil Filter Cartridges and OIL, enough oil for at least two oil changes and any anticipated consumption of motor.
13. Spares –Zincs wherever needed.
14. Spares –Hoses and Fan Belts wherever needed.
15. Distilled Water and Salinity Tester to check quality of any distilled water before using in battery.
16. Hydrometer, Battery Filler, and Baking Soda.
17. Hose Clamps plus Assorted Fasteners –nuts, bolts, etc.
18. A GOOD Volt-Ohmmeter with test leads and alligator clips
19. Tool Kit – the biggest and best you can afford and fit onboard to also include if possible a Vacuum Gauge, Prop Puller, Drill Tapping Set, Battery Operated Drill, &High Speed Drill Bits.
1. Spares –Blocks, Shackles, Thimbles, Clevis Pins& Cotter Pins/ Rings.
2. Spares –Lines for sheets, halyards and/or Wire Rope.
4. Cable Clamps for every size wire on board.
5. Nicopress Tool and assortment of Nicopress Sleeves.
6. Cable Cutter (capable to cutlargest diameter wire on boat).
7. Tape–Rigging Tape, Duct/GorillaTape, Chafe Tape, Rescue Tape…
8. Rigging Knife with Shackler for each crew member.9. Marlin Spikes and Seizing Wire.
10. Bosun’s Chair & Tackle and/or consider a Jumar Ascending Tool.
11. Spares –Winch Handles.
12. Winch Handle Pockets.
13. Downwind Pole(s).
14. Mast Steps or Ratlines for spotting coral (also highly recommend Polarized Dark Sun Glasses).
15. Boom Vang -Preventers.
16. Hand-Powered Sewing Machine.
1. Foul Weather Gear and Boots to fit everyone.
2. Hats and Croakies for everyone, with spares as needed.
3. Sunscreen for lips, nose, and skin.
4. Flip-Flops, Tennis Shoes, Heavy Boots & Reef Walkers.
5. Electric Fan(s) plus a Wind Scooptofit to your front hatch!
6. Sun Awning –best if it can be left up while sailing.
7. Solar Water Showers.
8. Good Dodger and Weather Cloths.
9. Cockpit Cushions and Cockpit Lantern.
10. ReliableSelf-Steering –WindVane or Autopilot, or both.
11. Velcro Hatch Insect Netting and Porthole Screens.
12. D-Con Bombs for roaches, Mosquito (& no-see-um) Coils.
13. Flopper Stopper –ocean-swell roll controller.
14. Charcoal or Propane BBQ to cook outside!
15. Laundry Aids like rub board, large tub, plumber’s helper, portable wringer and clothespins, plus Tide for salt water laundry.
16. Saltwater Soap (for dishes, decks, and shampoo) –plus Hair Rinse. (Joy dishwashing soap works great in saltwater!)
17. Insulated “Travel” Mugs and Thermos Bottles –2 or more.
18. Aluminum Foil Plates for rat guards on lines.
19. Non-skid Matting for lockers, drawers, carpet bottoms, etc.
20. Beach Towels and lightweight, fast-drying Sleeping Bags,Blankets & Pillows.
21. Cookware, Tableware, Cups, Stemware and Kitchen Timer.
1. Extra Set of Oars and/or Paddles.
2. Dark Glasses with polarized lenses necessary for spotting coral -and lots of extras too.
3. Jugs for Diesel, Gas and Water as needed –make sure these are well labeled (color-coded) and well secured!
4. Waterproof Document Bag.
5. Backpacks, Heavy Canvas Bags, Sport Bags.
6. Net Bags and Hammocks.
7. Sparker Lighter for stove and Waterproof Matches.
8. Deck Washing Bucket –Rubber or Collapsible Canvas.
9. Funnels to fit everywhere you need.
10. Paper Towels and Toilet Paper.
11. Fishing Gear–Assorted Hooks, Lures, Line & Wire Leader, Shock Cord, Net or Fish Gaff, and Small Bell. Be licensed!!
12. Deck Knive and Sharp Knives including 1 large for filleting fish & Filet Board.
13. Machete and Folding Shovel.
14. Boat Hook(s).
15. Shock Cord–in different diameters and lots of it.
16. Tie-Down Line, 1/8” or larger –minimum 250-feet.
17. Heavy-Duty Gloves –minimum 2 pair.
18. Flags–Country Courtesy Flags for each country visited, Quarantine Flag, and one extra “Home Country Flag” (or bag of Nylon in assorted colors to make your own flags).
19. Assorted small gifts for trade, (e.g. dark glasses, printed T-shirts, any clothing from Levi Strauss.) Bring School Supplies for village kids.
20. Folding Shopping Cart.
21. Head Lamp, 12V Drop Light and/or Lights in Engine Room –Find good LED versions to work here too!
22. Amp (or Amp Hour) Meter on ship’s main battery bank, plus Amp Meter for Alternator.
23. Hand-Held VHF radio(s) –and good concise language-translation dictionary for every country you plan to visit.
1. Water Maker –good to have a salinity tester for this too.
2. Portable Generator,Wind/Trolling Generator,Solar Panels.
3. Video or Digital Camera, Blank Tapes and Memory Cards/Sticks, Large Hard drive with Video Library.
4. Folding Bicycle(s).
5. Deck Wash-Down Pump.