Choosing what to bring in your gear bag when sailing isn’t really a case of right or wrong, but being aware of what you choose to bring can make a difference on a sensitive boat, especially with a large crew. Being the one who continually brings too much gear in a bag you could fit in, we’re here to help keep your weight conscious boat and crew happy.
Tip #1: The smaller the bag (even if it’s packed full) the better it looks as you walk down the dock. Try something simple like a 10L or 20L Dry Cylinder bag. The smaller size will keep you from adding any unnecessary items.
Tip #2: Pack for the conditions – check the forecast and know what you’re getting into before you leave. No need to pack a jacket and trousers if it’s going to be sunny, warm
with light breezes.
Tip #3: No one gives you grief if you’re already wearing the gear. If it’s chilly – put on a fleece before you get on the boat.
What I normally keep in my sailing gear bag
- A Small waterproof dry bag
- Light Inshore Jacket
- Rigging Tape
- Personal Gear (keys, wallet, phone) all kept dry
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