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- PFDs for each person aboard...
- At least one Type-IV throwable PFD
- Flares—or some other visual distress signal (I highly recommend getting SOLAS approved flares, since they're much better than USCG approved ones)
- A horn—The EcoHorn is a good one and rechargeable using a normal bicycle tire pump.
- Good navigation lights would be nice... and required by USCG
These things would be nice to have, but not required by law.
- A throwing line would be a good idea
- A good anchor and rode.
- A VHF radio would be a good idea
- An SSB radio would be a good idea if you're going on longer offshore passages
- A LifeSling2 would be an excellent idea.
- Tethers and harnesses for everyone aboard would be a good idea (I recommend getting ISAF approved tethers and harnesses)
- Installing Jacklines is a very good idea (I prefer the spectra line in 1" dacron webbing jacklines)
- Getting rigging knives, whistles, and strobes for all the PFDs or harnesses is a very good idea...
- If you're going offshore, and planning on making any longer passages, an EPIRB would probably be a good idea. If you aren't normally going to be using the boat offshore, but have to make a longer offshore passage, you can rent them from BoatUS.
- A good dinghy and a motor is an excellent idea, as well as a necessity for many anchorages and harbors.
- If you're going offshore a Jordan Series Drogue is a good idea.
- A storm jib and trysail might be good investments if going offshore.
- A radar reflector is an excellent idea... if you can afford it, an upgrade to a Sea-me would be even better.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 12-22-2007 at 02:45 PM.