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My first day sailer. What do you pack in yours?

I had the following criteria for a day sailer:
1) super easily trailerable, and quickly rigged (under 30 min)
2) sloop rigged
3) stable - focused on relaxed, dry, sit inside, non-hiked, non-racer
4) plenty of room for 2-4 adults, or 2 adults and a 65 pound dog
5) auxiliary power

I chose the American 14.6 for the reasons above plus lots of others. Something just spoke to me with these boats for my particular use. It should be delivered by May.

My primary use will be for myself and my wife to get plenty of hours at the helm doing day sails on the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound, as well as at our lake in the Adirondacks. I'm hoping to spends lots of time this summer beach cruising the Norwalk islands, and various other areas of the CT coast line.

My sea kayaking gear should do double duty:
- PFD with signal mirror, Icom M24 VHF, compass, dive knife, etc.
- A first aid kit I put together in a dry box.
- high volume handheld bilge pump
- dry bags and lashings

I plan on anchor setup of line/chain and anchor in a 5 gal pail. A couple canoe paddles in case my aux power fails, a good cooler, and a waterproof bluetooth speaker for some tunes.

Wondering what everyone's thoughts are on gearing their small daysailers for a day of island hopping and beach cruising.

Go sailing now my brother,
It's later than you think.

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