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This whole abo sounds like that old story about three men in a tub, the butcher, the baker and the candle stick maker. They took some meat, bread and a few candles to cook the stuff with.

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Re: What's in the "Go-Bag" for Crewing?

Okay - so a quick gear report from my last couple of races...

I bought the Garmin Foretrex 401 and have been really pleased with its performance and features. BUT, the damn thing fell apart on this weekend's race after LESS than a freakin' year!



I'm checking on warranty and will see what Garmin does.

Also, I mentioned previously that my ACR Firefly flashlight had stopped working. Well it started working again. Go figure.



I also bought a new pair of foulies (for less than $90 total), but the weather has been great so I haven't gotten to soil them yet:



Everything else is holding up really well.

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I also bought a new pair of foulies (for less than $90 total)...
Bib & jacket for less than $90; where?

Question for all: Once all the gear is in your duffel bag, does it stay in the car?

I work in one coastal city (Gloucester, MA) and sail out of another one (Portsmouth, NH). I'd like to have all my gear with me so if I get an invite (I'm a pleasant person; it could happen!) or decide to go out at the last minute, I don't need to go home to get it. I guess the big question is, Can the auto-inflate vest live in the car all summer?

I think everything else in the bag wouldn't mind the heat too much. The batteries in the strobe might age more quickly...

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Here you go carb:

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And I keep my bag in the house. I want everything fresh and ready for the trip. No way I'd leave my stuff in the car during a Texas summer.

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Thanks for the link, Mr. Daddy.

My house is an hour from the coast. Maybe I should bring the bag into my office.

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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS : I do not know where your sailing or your climate but I always pack a flask and a hot water-bottle (you can use the same water all the time) Take some sun block if you get sunburn under your nose and ears Man it hurts take a wide brimed hat to keep the sun off your head. I have loads of use from those yellow gardeing rubberised woolen gloves just sqeese them when wet (worked on sail training boat for over twelve weeks). shoes fell apart. Take lots of snackies choc and high carbohydrayt bars Oatmeal biscuts (slow release energy bars ) you will be the darling of the watch As ALWAYS GO SAFE.
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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS Put every single thing into vac bags to keep them clean and dry taking up far less space resealable for the dirty stuff as it does get a bit whiffy pack loads of enthusiassim and above all GO SAFE
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I also carry a small maglite on one of those badge lanyards around my neck. I also do this with my personal knife.
No big deal, and this is response to an older post, but please don't tie your knife lanyard (or any other that you're likely to use) around your neck. Years ago I started to do this and a very experienced crew mate on a very large and powerful boat said, "that's going to be pretty interesting if it gets wrapped around something that's loaded and moving quickly." Point taken. Nothing around the neck that you're likely to pull out and actually use while under way.
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What the well dressed yachtsman is wearing this season One of the best things I ever got was a pair of Camet sailing pants and shorts. They are lightweight, cool, have re-enforcing at knees and seat, Velcro adjustments, belt loops and the ability to insert “butt pads” in the seat (The Cal was built before ergonomics was invented). On cooler days I wear fleece underneath. To complete the outfit, I wear a rash guard, breathable high SPH long sleeve t-shirt. I really like the lighter weight spray jackets that I can augment with a fleece sweater or vest if it gets cold. I usually leave my Map 12 GPS at home unless we need it in the ditch bag or for some reason I really want the bread crumb trail. I like my Petzl LED headlamp with the flip down red lens cover. If you have been on as many race boats as I have, bringing your own coffee cup and water bottle will ensure the cleanliness of both. Make sure you rinse out foul weather gear and sailing pants with fresh water as soon as you can. If they dry out completely before you get a chance, the salt stains will set and you may eventually lose the water proofing on the fabric.

Because I sail regularly and my life is not that spontaneous, I keep my gear on my boat. But I will stage it at home before a race on someone else’s boat so I don’t have to make an extra stop on the way to the other boat. Unless your car is very humid, you should be able to store your vest in the trunk without much worries. Your closed up boat probably gets just as hot. I do carry an extra arming kit for my vest as I have had them go off during “wet” races before. Could also be good insurance for storing in your trunk too.

Neck lanyards: The ones that I use have these break-away tabs designed to break away when the lanyard is pulled. I get them from work and they are OSHA approved for a manufacturing environment. I “wear” my knife and mag lite (at night) underneath my shirt and haven’t had a problem with them catching on anything. I used to carry my knife in a pants pocket but the one time I really needed it, it was buried under my foulies and useless. The most important thing about a knife is it must be easily accessible.
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Re: What's in the "Go-Bag" for Crewing?

As a quick follow-up on my Garmin issue, here is the photo of the bits that broke:



You can see that the battery cover clasp has broken off, as well as the plastic tab that holds the strap-post in place.

I've had it less than a year and have pretty much only used it for races (so maybe 10-15 days total). I'm a fan of Garmin and am surprised it's fallen apart like this. It's supposed to be one of the tougher devices out there.

I'm in touch with their service department. I'll let you know how it all turns out. I'm sure they'll come through...I just hope the replacement doesn't have the same issues.

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