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Re: Gear for a one week+ delivery
"Assume 8 - 10 day" trip? Are you sailing on a 100 foot Swan?
I'd about double that estimate, for anything under 75'.
If you are leaving late November, you are going to be in the North Atlantic in the winter. Some cold weather clothes will be in order. Lots of socks and underwear (even long johns) to change into if some get wet. Then you'll hit warmer and warmer weather and need to start stripping off the layers. You should consider that carrying around all those cold weather clothes might become a pain in the ass after it warms up, so maybe have stuff you can discard or use as rags.
Imperative is foul weather gear of high quality and really good quality sailing boots.
A good pair of sunglasses is also imperative. Gloves, not the silly "sailing gloves" but nice warm ones, in case the autopilot dies and you have to steer.
Pretty much any tool or phone, radio or nav equipment will be aboard a properly outfitted boat, so lighten your load a bit. Everyone likes their own rigging knife, but in reality it's rarely used on a modern boat. A "leatherman" type tool is also unnecessary on a boat with a decent tool kit, and pretty dangerous on your belt.
Again, if this isn't a 100 foot Swan, there's probably not going to be a lot of space for your gear and you'll be living out of your bag. The lighter your kit, the easier your life, crewing on a delivery.