Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay area
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Originally Posted by turbulicity
It's been a few months since I got my first boat. The boat had not been used much before so it is not equipped well. The engine and rigging and sailing gear are in good order but that's about it. The only other working thing is the depth sounder.
So far, as I am learning, all I have been doing was about 3-4 hour long rides in the south SF bay. I feel like it is about time I ventured a little further on longer day trips or weekend cruises. But first, I need to make sure I have at least the basic safety equipment aboard and in good order. Money is issue so I am prioritizing from most essential and cheap towards less critical and expensive. Here is my list:
- Connect and test VHF antenna (antenna is there and coax runs to mast base. Currently not connected to VHF. The wire will need extending and routing and ends fitted)
- Get wooden plugs for leak emergencies
- Assemble and mount man overboard pole
- Fix nav lights (a few bulbs out on hull fitted ones. Masthead is not connected yet but I haven't been doing any night sailing)
- Get bronze caps for unused seacocks
- Get spare hose clamps of various sizes
- Get a horn
- Get flares
- Get a good flashlight
- Get paper charts (currently using iPhone + navionics app)
- Get a high capacity second bilge pump (I have a low capacity one I am sure, though I can't see the label since it is covered in grime. Bilge cleaning is in progress. Also float switch works intermittently)
- Fit a handle for the manual bilge pump (the unit is there, handle is missing)
- Upgrade throwable PFD. (I have one but a lot of UV damage on it)
- Get mayday Scripttie
- Get first aid kit
- Get mirror
- Get binoculars
- Get new extinguishers
- Get a second anchor (currently only have a single CQR 45 lbs)
- Get spare anchor rode
- Get spare engine parts (belt, impeller, oil, various hoses)
- Get boat hook
- Get an anchor windlass (none installed currently)
- Get foul weather gear
- Fit davits for dinghy (I have a rigid dinghy but I don't carry it. I am afraid if I tow it, it will fill with water and/or capsize)
- Get handheld VHF
- Get handheld GPS
- Upgrade VHF to a combination unit with AIS
- Fit jacklines and get harness
So these are the things that I can think of. Feel free to bash me for going to sea with the long list of non-equipment. I would appreciate your comments about possibly what to add/take out from the list and how to prioritize. Mind you, some items are cheap and easy. Some are not and will take time to save for. So I want to take care of small stuff first. Also, as you can tell, I am mostly concerned about taking in water. What do you have aboard to fix small leaks at sea and slow the large leaks?
I didn't include the ditch bag since that is what comes after all else fails and it's contents is a whole other discussion.
Cool, I learned to sail in Redwood City. My boat might yet move back there. Having fun tacking that 50ft boat down the channel?
For man overboard you might look at the Lifesling 2.
You should think about how you'll get someone on board after falling overboard. I went for a dedicated rope boomvang ($80 at Garhauer right now) that will work with the spinnaker halyard and the lifesling.