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Re: So: what modifications have you made to your boat to increase its seaworthiness?

What ISAF level are you shooting for? Fortunately for me, my boat met a lot of the requirements straight from the builder. Here are some real basic compliance things that I did in addition (list might not be complete as I’m working from memory and I’ll not mention things that might not be appropriate for your boat.) 1) Making sure everything is dogged down in the cabin including; battery straps, straps on all heavy equipment, dogs on boards covering interior storage compartments, cabin sole boards, engine compartment doors, companionway steps, etc. Secondary (i.e. “baby) latches on interior cabinet doors. Stove locked and with propane shut-off valve. Not expressly covered but good to have is extra Velcro holding down cabin cushions and something to hold exposed items in place. ISAF does this incase of turtle’ng, but your cabin will get tossed in any serious knock-down. 2) Two manual bilge pumps – one in the cabin, the other in the cockpit. 3) Masthead tricolor and VHF antenna then a secondary antenna in case of a dismasting. 4) Waterproofing and locking all exterior hatches. 5) A method of locking in all companionway hatch boards (at least to the shear line.) 6) A method of locking the companionway slider which can be opened from either side. 7) Damage control tools for things like stopping leaks, cutting away the rig etc. 8) Man overboard equipment (I use a MOMS 8).
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