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post #6 of Old 03-09-2007
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PFDs, Flares, throwable PFD or cushion, air horn or some other type of horn, fire extinguishers (at least 2), throwing rope, compass, charts, VHF are all good ideas... also a good strong flashlight, and warm clothing...especially if you accidentally fall in.

An excellent book to sink your teeth into is David Seidman's The Complete Sailor.

The stuff in bold is USCG required, the other stuff is optional.

Oh, yeah...one last thing... a nice breezy day... say 10-15 knots of wind... less than that is no fun...more than that is no fun for a first timer...

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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

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