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Offshore in a 24'
I have decided that I want to sail my Islander Bahama 24 from Seattle to Hawaii. In 2 years. I plan to bring an old, blown out mainsail as a backup, and a newer main. As well as 3 headsails, Genoa and 2 jibs. What do you folks think should be on the list of improvements for the trip?
Currently the list is this:
Seal, reinforce, dog all hatches securely.
Design and install a better servo-pendulum vane.
New rudder bushings... (Currently I can simply lift my tiller, and my keel-hung rudder will lift out of the bushing at the bottom of the keel, any ideas on fixing this?)
Install, test, and stow an emergency rudder.
Spectra inner forestay and running backs so that if any one fitting fails, the stick stays up.
Extra stays and shrouds on hand.
Lots of trailing warps.
A sea Anchor.
Double up ports with clear exterior plastic.
Conversion of V-Berth to Storage? ?/
Anyway, if anyone who has done this before has any advice it would be greatly appreciated. I am not planning on buying a bigger boat in which to do this, either.