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Essential Gear for a Delaware River Daysail
If my tow vehicle is up and running by then, I'm considering a short jaunt up and down a bit of the Delaware river on Sunday. I plan on riding the tide from the boat ramp in Pennsauken up to the Riverton Yacht Club, then turning around at about the slack tide, and making the return trip.
Sure, it's only about 7 nautical miles, but it should chew up a good amount of time in my Javelin.
Here's my question: What's the essential gear for such a trip? There's not a lot of room in the Javelin, and so far, PFDs, a paddle and sunscreen have done me fine on the no-motor-traffic Cooper River.
I definitely plan to add a whistle to the inventory for signalling, but I wonder about things like VHF transceivers and whatnot. Assuming I stay very clear of the shipping lane (with a 6" draft, that shouldn't be trouble), can I get by with a whistle, floats, and a paddle, or am I nuts for considering it?