Originally Posted by brucehawsker
You have to be totally self sufficient in any serious sea - and that means studying the chart carefully before leaving - relying on anyone else is not enough
A handheld backup radio is ESSENTIAL, not an expensive luxury
Food must be accessible
If electronics fail, even if you have done the trip before, the coastline at 4.30pm on a darkening October afternoon seems unbelievably hostile and alien
We learned loads, and gained a huge respect for the boat and how well it coped.
Some points well made - I fundamentally don't trust boat electronics availability. A few ideas:
- I'd also agree a handheld VHF is essential and they really are quite cheap now.
- I also carry a handheld gps chart plotter (and spare batteries!). OK, not cheap at several hundred quid but when you need it... If I had a certain second bad weather helm on the boat then laminated charts etc would be ok but I can't helm in bad weather and navigate on paper on my own in a rib! (I am in the process of training up backup everythings in the shape of my sons but they aren't quite there yet!)
- Top-tip... We've found a small lightweight ripstop nylon drybags ideal for immediate to hand items like food bars and hats/gloves. We have a couple that clip round the seat frames or console grab bar. Don't seem to get in the way or bounce around too much.
- Second top-tip. Gingernuts. Resistant to disintegration, better than chocolate in poor weather, don't melt in hot and even have anti sea-sickness qualities. Excellent motivators