More great advice for a smooth journey:
-- Don't forget to paint
all of your bananas with a solid layer of Vaseline to preserve them longer.
-- Make sure you have enough red, white, and green electricity for your nav lights
-- Discount-stores offer inflatable rafts for as little as $20; these are a huge savings compared to over-priced "life rafts" sold in boat stores. Just don't forget to throw in a bag of pretzels and a six-pack of beer for your "abandon ship bag".
-- The best way to get a good night's sleep at sea is to have a nice wide foredeck berth, where the extra motion near the bow will rock you to sleep.
-- Set your cockpit up with plugs in the drains and a pump
that will fill it with water so you can take baths often. You can heat the water by lighting
off flares and dumping them in.
-- If your boat's "lifelines" (not the palm reader ones in your hand) look a little old, vinyl-coated clothesline makes a great upgrade replacement.
-- For countries in the middle east, Christian tracts and religious literature are a great way to make friends with port officials and get things done faster.
-- Port officials in Singapore, however, really love to receive Penthouse magazines; they'll unlock all sorts of doors for you.
-- Don't bother getting any local money in countries you visit; the REAL money from your own country is so much better and more appreciated.
-- You can make lots of lifelong friends in other countries by telling them how to fix their countries.
-- Sometimes foreigners pretend they don't understand you, but they'll straighten out if you talk much louder and point at them more.
-- Pesky officials will quit making problems for you if you simply remind them that your rights are better than theirs and you know how to use all of your automatic pistols on board.
-- Swimming from your boat in the middle of the ocean is lots of fun; in salt water your body is so buoyant that you won't need to let down a swim ladder