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I have already developed checklists, pre-sail, maintenance, first aid, food, etc. I used to fly, too, and checklists have been my way of doing things since I was a teenager. I have a brand new forestay, and new sails are on order.
I can figure out and repair on the fly mechanical things, but I am not much of an engine mechanic. I have never spent much time working on engines, though I do know the basics.
I spent 11 days on the boat when we motor sailed her home after I bought her. I had hired a captain who treated the whole trip as an unofficial coastal cruising class for me, so I learned a lot from him.
I know how to dead recon (though my notation might not be totally correct) and read nav charts. Of course, I am equipped with a GPS, as well. I don't have an EPIRB, but I think that will be my next big purchase.
I do want to learn celestial navigation. I guess I'll buy a book, some tables and an inexpensive sextant before the trip. I've always thought that the ability to navigate by the stars is a pretty cool tool to have.
Last edited by ScubaSailorLA; 04-28-2011 at 11:15 AM.