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What is in your kit bag?

As a yacht delivery skipper it is impossible to predict everything that you might need whilst on passage... I wrote a list though of the things I always take with me!

What is in a yacht delivery skipper?s kit bag

What do you carry in your kit bag?

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Re: What is in your kit bag?

You young uns have got it made.
Back in the "old days" I had to carry a sextant, sight reduction tables, a nautical almanac, a couple of stop watches, a chronometer, maneuvering boards or the paper to make them, a handbearing compass, sometimes charts, navigation tools like dividers and a parallel rule and plenty of pencils. And then there's those things I still carry today, like binos, a hand held vhf, foulies and boots. Oh, and don't forget my Walkman and a half a hundred cassettes, or so (I LOVE my IPOD).
All that now fits in a little plastic case about 4" X 6" X 2"!
I can't imagine having to go through security today with my navigation "kit". Even back then all that raised some eyebrows.
I guess you have to pick up a new rigging knife every trip, huh? lol
But on the plus side, at least there was legroom on the plane and the stews were friendly, nice looking gals. I even got one to crew on the delivery!

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Re: What is in your kit bag?

My Spot, hand held VHF, hand held GPS, Rain suit, a change of underwear and enough booze to keep me happy for a week.

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Re: What is in your kit bag?

I always carry a spool of 1.75mm dyneema. There seems to be nothing it can't fix when used with duct tape. Splicing kit, GPS and extra batteries, life jacket/harness, extra sun glasses, contacts and eye glasses.

Did I mention the splicing kit? It seems like every boat I delivered had a halyard or sheet break.

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Did I mention the splicing kit? It seems like every boat I delivered had a halyard or sheet break.
You have some seriously bad luck. Or maybe you should inspect the running rigging beforehand.
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Lots of deliveries back from ocean races... The boats are battered and waiting on getting home for a maintenance cycle.

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Re: What is in your kit bag?

Bring assorted shackles, extra pieces of line, twine, extra batteries for everything, a spare block or two. Plus tools. and Tape

Charts. Don't count on assurances as to what's on board. Once I got on a Cal-25 on zero notice to go from Mhead to Block Island Race week, "everything you need is on board", except groceries. Well, yeah, except pots, pans, and charts. the Light List I brought got me through (this in the 1970s so low-tech, no electronic anything). We ended up cooking out of a saltine tin.

Actually, it was a fun trip. But check what's on board first. I just didn't have the opportunity this time, if we hadn't got underway pronto, we'd have missed the tide in the Cape Cod canal.



Also, don't forget to pack up your troubles too ;-)
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