Battered and Bruised
Join Date: Nov 2010
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I solo frequently along the east coast. A couple of things that work for me.
I run a jackline down the center of my boat, when I clip in my harness and tether are short enough that I can't go over a lifeline. I keep a water proof handheld radio tethered to my life jacket, has come in handy once or twice while I was forward and someone hailed me.
100 miles of beating on your first off shore on a new to you boat will certainly feed your adrenaline need.
Look for ditch points along your route, one as soon as possible from your leaving point. Have enough fuel to motor the entire way if you need to.
Spare anchor, plenty of rhode good charts and know where you are at all times.
Keep food and water in the cockpit at hand, don't try to pee off the stern.
I suggest you sail VERY conservatively and reef before you think you should.
Ginger ale is nice to keep the tummy calm and tastes great ice cold.
Surgical tubing makes a good self steering cable on both tiller and wheel steering.
Stay on the boat, it will sail without your assistance if you go over the side.
Gets colder than you might think when you are wet and the sun drops, wind is whipping, and you haven't eaten in a while. Dress in layers and have options.
Good luck, have fun and keep us posted!
It's my happy pill
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