Originally Posted by DRFerron
Depends on where you are sailing, how long, how far, under what conditions. I think the question is too open-ended to answer.
Not for me.
1. A good knife
2. All safety equipment in working order (PFD, flares, radio's - ALL of it)
3. A float plan communicated to someone ashore.
Doesn't matter if it's a day sail solo on my home river, or a delivery to Bora Bora, I don't go without those 3 things at a minimum.