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All equipment needs to be attached to the boat. After a capsize it doesn't help if your bailing bucket foats away or sinks. Maybe a waterproof bag to keep small items. Consider also extra jackets and hats (if not for you, then for guests).
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sorry i live in rhode island. i will be close to the shore at all times.
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You can check out the RI safe boating info at
Rhode Island Boating Safety Course and Exam - Official Boating License and Boater Safety Course, It has most of the info you would need.
Don't forget a horn, and compass or a portable gps, the bay can go from
sunny to pea-soup fog in less time than you think.

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Here is a USCG publication that not only tells you what you need to have on your boat (carriage requirements), it also tells you some of what you need to know. Also, did you know that Rhode Island has Mandatory Boater Education requirements ? Forgive me if you do know this already.....

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yes i already got the licence

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OK I just looked up the Mistral - it has more in common with my Hobie, than it does with keel boats. Here is what I carry -

My PFD - with big pockets and ALWAYS worn.
- a knife
- a floating VHF
- a loud whistle.
(those three in my vest pockets and tethered)

- spare parts, cord, mini-roll of duct tape
- water bottle
- leatherman multi-tool

Is your outboard electric or gas? If gas, you'll need a fire extinguisher. (I have to imagine you'll be using a trolling motor)
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yes i plan on having a gas motor i was thinking around 2-5 hp it's came with a 3hp but can't get it running. what do you thinking of a electric motor? It would be cheaper. but would it be better than gas. i mean i will be using the motor to go from shore were i launch it out past other boats and than sail and also coming back in and into docks.

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I really have too little experience with small engines to comment either way - I don't use an engine at all. This thread discusses it somewhat. I have used rentals (Pearson Ensign) in the bay that use an electric to get away from the dock.

How lively is your sailing? The pictures of the Mistral I looked at had it rigged with a trapeze. You'll need to strap down the tank or the battery, regardless. On the other hand, is paddling a possibility?

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Paddle could be a possibility my boat isn't rigged with trapeze.

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Less weight = better sailing!

Plus less headache without having to worry about a motor.

You have to consider how you would deal with a knockdown. I know the previous owner had a motor that now isn't working - did the engine get swamped?

How far would you have to paddle before raising sail?

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