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Greg,
Save yourself a lot of frustration & perhaps your life. Sign up for some sailing lessons. I have been sailing on & off for 30 years and I can tell you that I had some close calls those firsts attempts. A knowledgeable instructor can really help and also teach you the right way before you start aquiring bad habits. Over the years I have taken courses with the ASA and have progressed through the advanced coastal cruising curriclum. It really helps; you can't learn everything about sailing in books. Some practical, on the water instruction really pays off. Then, when you further your knowledge through reading, it will be a lot more meaningful. I am still learning after all these years; I still plan on taking some offshore courses to become a better sailor. Just my two cents!
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Well, this weekend will be our first time out.

4 things are going for sure:

A qualified instructor
A spare winch handle
First aid kit.
A bubbly beverage to be opened once we are tied back up.
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Well, this weekend will be our first time out.

4 things are going for sure:

A qualified instructor
A spare winch handle
First aid kit.
A bubbly beverage to be opened once we are tied back up.
A PFD? Especially if you're going on the Big lake.
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PFD for sure, as it is a required item.

Was trying to think of things I wouldn’t leave without as opposed to what I’m required not to leave without.
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Here are some things I'd recommend you have with you...
  • A good rigging knife—that can be opened with one hand
  • some extra food and drink
  • a handheld VHF
  • a handheld sight bearing compass or binoculars with a compass in them
  • a good waterproof flashlight
  • a digital camera
  • paper charts of the local area
  • a battery powered radio, preferably with weather bands
  • a good first aid kit
  • and an open mind
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PLANS! A B & C

As you will be doing many things for the first time, you need to plan ahead, thinking through what you will do in a givin situation.

eg
Man overboard
Can you get back on the boat from the water
Can you get someone warm again I presume hypotheria is a real problem up there
Do not rely on a GPS and Chartplotter - always have a paper chart and keep a note of your position.
You are out on a pleasant afternoon with light winds and it gets foggy.

Those will do for a start.
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Well till watching this.

Rigging knife I need. I do have a Berber hatchet that I keep close by for emergency that is razor sharp. Its starting to get dark here I found out this weekend so I do need a flashlight. I have charts. Not sure what a sight bearing compass would provide for me. One came with the boat and I threw it out I think. I do need to get a hand held since I am having problems finding others to go with me. If I fell overboard there is usually someone within 10 minutes if I can get a hold of them. getting back on the boat!!! yeah I been thinking about that. Out board motor? Well if I catch it and its not running. Dingy? Well if I catch it I might be able to get into the boat from it. Oh well maybe someone can tell me about safty harnesses. Do they come in difference sizes? I have two on the boat but unless I am in a tee shirt they would never fit me. And here, seldom in just a tee, Poly's, rain gear, maybe more, PFD harness would have to go over right?
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