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Taking possesion of a Beneteau First 35s5 this Friday(Aug 16th). I am going to sail it from Galveston to Corpus Christi. Except for ASA bareboat chartering classes this will be my first solo offshore trip. I''m interested in any helpfull comments anyone has.
Thanks in advance!
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This seems like a straightforward endeavor. Some things I would have on board are: paper charts, GPS/Loran, signal fares, PFDs for all on board, signaling device-whistle or mirror, 2 VHF radios-hand held and ships radio, throwable sling or horseshoe, suitable anchor 200''of rode, radar reflector, spot light, flash light, binoculars 7x50, hand held compass, cell phone, safety harness for each person on deck, well equipped first aid kit, comprehensive tool kit, spare water impeller, spare fan belt, 3-4 big fenders, 6 dock lines at least 35'' long, sun screen, food and drinking water, tunes, copy of the Coast Guard Rules, Coast Pilot for that region, vessel documentation and registration, and of course Sailkote.
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Forgot fire extinguishers (2) minimum (3) preferably.
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CptGentry,

Since you are going Solo and offshore I would make it an absolute rule that anytime you are out of the cabin and in the cockpit that you wear a harness and always attach it to strong points and jack lines. I know they are a pain, but you never know.....Just recently a lifelong sailor from Newport was presumed lost at sea by falling over board off the east coast. His vessel was found intact with the sails up, but he was no where to be found.

Story is here --> http://www.sailnet.com/collections/news/index.cfm?newsid=sailne1515

I would make a guess that more people are lost at sea from just falling overboard than by equipment failures or sailing in ill suited vessels. Very rarely do you actually hear of a boat going down and taking the people with it. But very often you hear of someone going overboard and not being recovered.

Here are a few more stories. There are many more

http://www.sailnet.com/collections/news/index.cfm?newsid=sailne0884

http://www.sailnet.com/collections/news/index.cfm?newsid=sailne1186

Also, I would definitely file a Float plan and give it to someone, so they can notify the Coast Guard if you don''t show up on time.

http://www.boatus.com/seaworthy/floatplan.htm

http://www.boatus.com/seaworthy/floatplan.htm
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Thanks for the great responses! The only thing I wont have on your list is a radar reflector. I''ll have to buy one before setting out.
Dont worry, I''ll be wearing a harnes tied to a jackline.

Thanks again!
CaptGentry
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A few additional items you might want to keep within easy reach:

Food- something easy/pre made ie. sandwiches, munchies, etc.
Water
Foulies
Light jacket/sweats
suntan lotion
Spot Light (at night)
Flashlight

It will be fun, just think ahead and try to anticipate your needs.

Chris
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how did you find these specific articles?
was the boat in article ending in 1515 a red one with sail numbers 666 and was it missing around april 2001?
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eric

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spare batterys for the torch

have fun.
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You never reported how this journey went. I live in Houston and am considering a Beneteau First 35s5, how do you like yours?
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