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There some touches that can make the passage more comfortable and safe
1) lee clothes so that you can get some sleep while heeled.
2) a galley harness to facilitate cooking and cleaning
3) make sure everything is secure: floorboards, gear, access under berths
4) sufficient handholds for getting around
1) jacklines tethers and harnesses
2) everything securely lashed
1) Be prepared for motion sickness
2) Everyone should trained in first aid as a minimum
3) a comprehensive offshore medical kits
1) set up a system for getting forecasts: SSB, Sat phone, etc..
2) be your own forecaster; watch the sky, wind and the baromter
Prepare for the worst; hope for the best.
I am sure folks can add others.
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