Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Jersey
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You could join the BOR race leaving from Annapolis on June 11th, if you're looking to travel with other boats. I don't know if they're still accepting entries.
Crossing the gulf stream is not a milk run by anyones standards.
In choosing your crew, I would look to find people with blue water experience.
I would think that no more than 4 people including yourself would be all you would want onboard your 36 footer.
It would be helpful to know what preparations you have already made or are planning to make.
Do you have long distance communications? SSB? I think this is essential equipment. You'll want to get weather faxes, listen to Herb. etc.
We spent alot of time making the boat ready for this trip, things you need to consider if you haven't already.
Lee Boards or cloths.
Jacklines ( flat webbing)
Strong point to harness to before coming on deck,
wooden Plugs attached to the seacocks,
Tri sail if not at least a double reefed main.
Man over board pole, strobe,
A way to secure the companionway washboards to keep them shut
A way to keep the floorboards secured in place ( hooks and cords? )
Strobes, whistles on all life jackets.
Back-up GPS, Charts etc.
For food, you can plan some cooked meals..but I would also have plans for easy to make or grab food in case you get into some snot.
I don't like bringing glass onboard offshore.
I've carried pain meds, antibiotics and some suturing materials..just in case.
The usual spare engine parts, tools, clamps..etc etc.
Stop the boat and take a swim if you get hot..it's refreshing.
Pay attention to your position..while in the gulf stream..make sure your heading in the right direction and making progress over ground ...:-)
I'm sure I've left some things out, there's alot to consider.
Best of Luck to you...great trip!
Last edited by tempest; 05-17-2010 at 10:11 PM.