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Measuring and Replacing Sailboat Lifelines | Expert Advice

Lifeline Components How do Lifelines Work Lifelines work as a last resort system to keep a person on board a boat.  In the most extreme instance, imagine someone being washed by a wave from one side of the boat, across the deck and into the lifelines on the other side.  This can generate tremendous loads in the many thousands of pounds; therefore lifeline systems must be able to withstand high dynamic load and translate it directly to the stern and […]

Lifeline Components

Sailboat lifeline illustration

How do Lifelines Work

Lifelines work as a last resort system to keep a person on board a boat.  In the most extreme instance, imagine someone being washed by a wave from one side of the boat, across the deck and into the lifelines on the other side.  This can generate tremendous loads in the many thousands of pounds; therefore lifeline systems must be able to withstand high dynamic load and translate it directly to the stern and bow pulpits.  Lifelines should be taut over their entire length to ensure energy is immediately transferred to the pulpits.  Generally speaking if you take the longest unsupported length of the system (say two stanchions that are the farthest apart) and apply 10 pounds of force at the midpoint (midway between the two stanchions), the wire should deflect no more than 2 inches.  The tighter they are the better, as long as you are not bending your stanchion inboard or making gate eyes too difficult to operate.

In order ensure lifelines are properly tensioned over their entire length, they must be fully adjustable.

 

Lifeline Wire Types

Lifeline wire has traditionally been made of 7 x 7 stainless steel wire with a white vinyl coating.  The internal wire diameters have been 1/8″, 3/16″ and 1/4″ with corresponding outside vinyl diameters of 7/32″, 5/16″ and 3/8″.  Because the vinyl coating traps water, it causes the wire to prematurely corrode, and you cannot see the wire underneath the coating, so visual inspection is not an option.  Most offshore racing rules and regulations prohibit coated lifelines for these reasons.  APS only makes lifelines with uncoated 1 x 19 stainless steel wire which is available in 1/8″, 5/32″, 3/16″ and 1/4″ diameters.

Due to the smaller diameter of uncoated wire, some boat owners will upsize their lifeline wire diameter when replacing coated wire with uncoated wire to make it more comfortable when grabbed by hand.

 

Types of Lifeline Configurations

Illustration of sailboat lifelines with no gates

Lifelines with no Gates – One Section

These are the simplest lifelines.  Since the lifeline runs freely through the stanchions from bow to stern, it only requires one length adjuster.  A turnbuckle at one end (to adjust length) and a simple toggle jaw on the other.  You may substitute the toggle with a gate hook (pelican hook) at the pulpit to allow that area to be opened and the rest of the lifeline slackened for easy boarding and provisioning.  Another alternative is to substitute the toggle with a single gate eye to allow the life line to be lashed to the stern pulpit which allows for occasional opening of the life line by untying the lashings.  Lashings are done using small diameter (around 1/8″) line.  If you lash you lifeline to the pulpit, you will want to reduce the overall length of the overall lifeline length by 4″ (providing 4″ between the gate eye and the bail on the pulpit) to allow for the lashings.

Illustration of Lifelines with End Gates

Lifelines with End Gates – Two Sections

This configuration has two independently adjustable sections.  It is an easy way to create a gate while maintaining the safety provided by somewhat taut lifelines in the rest of the system when the gate hook is detached (unlike a one section lifeline with only a gate hook on the end that attach to the pulpit).  The interlocking gate eye does not allow the turnbuckle to tension the gate part of the lifeline.  Therefore your gate hook (pelican hook), which is adjustable, will be used for fine tuning the gate wire tension.

Illustration of Lifelines with Middle or Center Gates

Lifelines with Mid Gates – Three Sections

Boats designed for gates will have two stanchions approximately two feet apart to specifically accommodate a gate.  This minimizes the open area when the gate is open during boarding, and maintains the safety provided by somewhat taut lifelines in the other sections.  This requires all three sections to have independent length adjustment capabilities.  The turn buckle for the first section, then a gate hook (pelican hook), which is adjustable for the gate section, and an adjuster toggle for the third section.  Both the gate hooks and adjuster toggles have less than 50% of the adjustment range or throw of a turnbuckle, so they are use for short sections of the overall lifelines.  Turnbuckles with their increased adjustment range are used for adjusting the long section of the system.  On larger boats with longer overall lifelines, adjuster toggles may be replaced with turnbuckles.  This allows for a better range of adjustment for properly tensioning longer wire distances at both ends of the system.

 

Measuring Lifelines

What you will need

Preparing Lifelines for Measuring

Lifelines are measured off of the boat, but they must first be properly prepared on the boat, and then removed.  You will do so for both sides, port and starboard, as lifelines are not usually symmetrical.

  1. Ensure your pulpits and stanchions are not bent.  If they are, replace or have them repaired.  You want to make sure you are measuring lifeline lengths for properly configured supports and anchor points.
  2. Equally tension your lifelines over the entire system length on both the port and starboard sides.  Be sure that the load is traveling and transferring to the pulpits (not just against a stanchion).  Generally speaking if you take the longest unsupported length of the system (say two stanchions that are the farthest apart) and apply 10 pounds of force at the midpoint (midway between the two stanchions), the wire should deflect no more than 2 inches.  The tighter they are the better, as long as you are not straining your stanchion inboard or making gate eyes too difficult to operate.
  3. Mark the threaded stud against the fitting housing with tape, a Sharpie marker or measure the exposed threaded length with calipers.  Once you reassemble your lifelines off of the boat this will allow you to set the lifelines back to their proper length.
  4. Remove the lifelines one piece at a time by removing the adjusters and sliding the wire out of the stanchions.  Tag each piece of the lifeline using duct tape  as they are removed.  On the tag write 1) port or starboard 2) upper or lower 3) what piece it is in the system: forward, gate, aft.  Note: Masking tape and tied on tags can get ripped off when coiling and/or uncoiling the wires. 4) if you used calipers, the measurement of the exposed threads.
  5. Put the adjusters back on each piece of the system right after removing them from the stanchions.
  6. Coil each section and remove from the boat for measuring

 

Measuring Instructions

  1. Print out the APS Lifeline Measuring Sheet for the type of lifelines you have.
  2. Set adjusters to their marked or measured length and lock them in place with the set nut and/or pins.
  3. Record the wire diameter for the upper and lower separately on the sheet.
  4. Measure and record your lifeline lengths from bearing surface to bearing surface on the printed measurement worksheet. Please visit How to Measure Wire Rigging to ensure you are measuring from the bearing surface and see some of the methods of doing this.  Also, see how to measure lifeline sections with gate eyes and gate hooks below.
  5. For each section of the lifelines indicate the part number for the end fittings.  To do this, on the measuring sheet take the number next to the fitting in the illustration, and write ir next to the part number you wish to use.

 

Measurements for Lifelines with no Gates

Measurements for Lifelines with no Gates

A: Measured from the bearing surface of the turnbuckle to the bearing surface of the toggle.

Measurements for Lifelines with End Gates

Measurements for Lifelines with End Gates

A: Measure from the bearing surface of the toggle to the bearing surface of the gate eye (where the gate eye would bear against the stanchion).  Note that this requires that the gate hook (pelican hook) is attached to the gate eye while taking the measurement off of the boat.

B: Measure from bearing surface of the gate eye (where the gate eye would bear against the stanchion) – the same point as used in measuring the A section.

 

Measurements for Lifelines with Middle or Center Gates

Measurements for Lifelines with Middle or Center Gates

A: Measure from the bearing surface of the toggle to the bearing surface of the gate eye (where the gate eye would bear against the stanchion).

B: Measure from the bearing surface of the gate eye to the bearing surface of the next gate eye (where the gate eye would bear against the stanchion).  Note that this requires that the gate hook (pelican hook) is attached to the gate eye while taking the measurement off of the boat.

C: Measure from the bearing surface of the gate eye (where the gate eye would bear against the stanchion) to the bearing surface of the toggle.

 

Ordering New Lifelines

By website order:

  1. Add all needed lifeline fittings in your online cart
  2. Add the lengths of  1 x 19 wire you will need, port and starboard, upper and lower.  This is done by simply totaling all of your lengths and entering that one amount
  3. Add the part called I Would Like to be Contacted about Rigging in my Order to your cart.  You many attach a short message to this part.
  4. Check out online.  We will not charge your card nor start your order until we have first talked with you.
  5. Scan and email us your completed measurement for to SAIL@apsltd.com.  Please reference your order number in the email.
  6. We will contact you the next business day to confirm your order and give you a day definite ship date.

By Phone:

  1. Call us to place your order
  2. Be ready to read off the information on your measurement sheet.
  3. We will confirm your order on the phone and give you a day definite ship date.

By Shipping us Your Lifelines:

  1. If you are not comfortable taking your own lifeline measurements, please ship your existing lifeline to us after following the instruction in the ‘Preparing Lifelines for Measuring’ above.
  2. We will contact you to confirm your order and give you a day definite ship date.

* Allow us one week to measure your lifelines

 

If you have questions or are unsure about something; call, email, or live chat us before you place an order for rigging. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have

Photos Courtesy of C.Sherman Johnson Co. Inc.

Guide toWhat to Pack for a Barebaot Charge

What to Pack for a Bareboat Sailing Charter | Expert Advice

What to Pack for a Bareboat Sailing Charter – The Complete Guide Bareboat chartering allows you to choose from destinations around the globe, and the ability to freely explore with few of the trappings and stresses of daily life back home.  Destinations vary from places like the BVI in the Caribbean, Greece in the Mediterranean, Tonga in the South Pacific, the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean, Belize in Central America and more.  The better […]

What to Pack for a Bareboat Sailing Charter – The Complete Guide

Bareboat chartering allows you to choose from destinations around the globe, and the ability to freely explore with few of the trappings and stresses of daily life back home.  Destinations vary from places like the BVI in the Caribbean, Greece in the Mediterranean, Tonga in the South Pacific, the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean, Belize in Central America and more.  The better you plan and pack, the more trouble free and relaxing your time will be.  The more remote your destination, the more self-sufficient and prepared you will need to be.

The suggestions below are based on numerous sailing charters in various parts of the world, and the many lessons learned.  The packing and prep lists are for a weeklong bare boat sailing charter in the ‘islands’ in warm to hot weather where sunny days with occasional passing squalls are the norm.

This article is broken into sections covering:

How Much to Pack

Most first time charterers pack way too much stuff.  Life in the islands is simple and casual, and you really don’t need loads of clothes and accessories.  When packing, put all of the clothes and accessories you have chosen out on your bed, then put half of them back.  Pack light.

 

 

Luggage

Duffel Bag – Remember that storage space on sailboats is limited at best, and sailboats are not hard-shell suitcase friendly.  You’ll want to pack your things in a soft collapsible duffel bag that can be easily stowed once on board.

Backpack – Having a backpack that is comfortable will be one of your most essential items when flying to your destination and when out exploring when you get there.  They stow in the overhead compartment when flying, they keep your hands free to deal with other luggage or getting in and out of the dinghy, and they keep your gear up and away from spray and water sloshing around in the dinghy.  Be sure to pack a bathing suit, shorts, a shirt and a change of underwear in your carryon just incase your luggage does not arrive with you.  If your luggage is lost or delayed, you will need to be proactive in insuring is eventual arrival.  The pace at which work is done and problems solved in the islands can be slow or not done at all at times.

 

 

General Clothing

Hats – having a brimmed hat that can be worn in windy conditions is a must – baseball caps are ok.  Hats with a full brim all the way around them with a chinstrap to keep them on are best and can be used in all conditions.  Light colored materials are cooler in the sun.

Sarong – These colorful cotton body wraps for men and women constantly come in handy.  Use them as light weight beach towels, a pillow, a privacy screen when changing on the beach, transforming your beachwear into a respectable town dress, a blanket on the plane or when napping, an easy cover up when evenings turn cooler, or when you’ve had too much sun.

Bathing Suits – You will be living in your bathing suits by day.  Men should bring 2 -3 bathing trunks.  Women the same, and one should be a full suit if you intend to do some athletic swimming, snorkeling or diving.

Flip-Flops – These will be your go-to footwear off the boat unless you are hiking.  Be sure to pack at least one quality pair of fip-flops that are intended for use around the water.  Leave your leather flip-flops at home.  They will never dry once wet.

Walking/hiking Shoes – One pair of comfortable sneakers or fully strapped water friendly sandals.  No boots please.

Shorts & Pants – Three pairs of fast drying shorts and one pair of fast drying pants.  Try and stay away from cotton.  Once it gets wet with salt water, it is difficult to get dry again.

Shirts – Five comfy shirts or T-Shirts that are light and lose fitting.  One long sleeve tech shirt to keep the sun off of your arms when needed in or out of the water.  One long sleeve button up sun shirt for the best and most comfortable sun protection – collar to help protect your neck and sleeve that can be rolled up or down as needed.  Again, try and limit the number of cotton items.

Dinner Clothes – If there happens to be a nice restaurant at one of the anchorages and you want dress up island style, a nice pair of khakis and a collared short sleeve button up shirt is all men need.   Ladies may choose to wear a nice summer dress or a casual skirt and blouse.  Dining in the islands is almost universally shorts and t-shirt as the norm.  So if you don’t have to, leave your dress clothes at home.

Underwear – Bring four sets.  Wash them on deck in salt water, rinse them in fresh water to get the salt out and dry them on the lifelines as needed.  Stay away cotton underwear.  You want wicking, fast drying undergarments to maximize comfort which are available for men and women.

 

 

Sailing Specific Gear

Polarized Sunglasses – Sailing in shallow water with reefs requires you to ‘read’ the water.  Polarized sunglasses will cut most of the sun glare from the surface of the water making it much easier to spot underwater obstacles.  Be sure to use a lanyard so you don’t lose them overboard.  Take an inexpensive pair as a back up pair just in case.  If you lose your good primary pair of glasses, going days without will strain your eyes and impact your fun in the sun.

Life Jackets – Charter companies will provide life jackets for adults and kids.  Independent charter providers will too, but check with them ahead of time that they have the child and adults sizes you require.  Expect the provided life jackets to be the standard orange type that are not that comfortable.  Adults who wish to wear a life jacket may opt to bring their own inflatable PFD which is much more enjoyable to wear.  Young children will be wearing life jackets constantly and their time will be much more enjoyable if the ones they wear are comfortable.  This is one piece of gear you will want to consider bringing with you to ensure proper fit and comfort – no one wants their children to be hot and cranky, pulling at their uncomfortable life jackets all day.  Solid foam kid’s PFDs are usually preferred over inflatable types for children as they can be used for swimming and snorkeling daily.

Foul Weather Gear – The three key elements  are light weight, waterproof and breathable.  If you are not sailing at night, then you should usually be close to a protected anchorage where you can wait out the rare rainy or stormy day.  Most weather you will encounter will be passing squalls.  This being the case, do not bring heavier coastal, offshore or ocean gear.  You will be over protected, hot and uncomfortable in it.  Inshore foul weather gear is good and light inshore gear is the best.  Taking a jacket alone is usually enough as a jacket and shorts in warm squalls is ideal.  Having a pair of foul weather gear waist high pants is good if you will be doing daytime passages where you will exposed to the weather all day.

Deck Shoes – Sure, many people sail on vacation in bare feet, but if you are going to do some serious sailing or encounter some poor weather, you will need deck shoes for their grip on the deck and to protect your toes.

Sailing Gloves – If you intend on participating as an active crew member and will be handling lines, take a pair of sailing gloves. It is also a good idea to have a pair on stand by, and to loan to someone on board who may need them.

Handheld VHF – A handheld VHF is handy to have with you in the cockpit if your boat does not have a cockpit microphone/speaker, also useful for communicating with those on the boat when you go ashore.  Be sure to pick a working channel (not channel 16).  Check that the boat’s radio is set to the correct channel and that the volume is turned up for those staying on the boat before heading away in the dinghy.

Multipurpose/Leatherman Tool – Some tasks will require a tool, and you will be glad you have a multipurpose tool at some point on your charter.  Be sure not to pack this in your carry on bag or else airport security will confiscate it.

Handheld GPS – Another handy item to have is a handheld GPS as a back up to paper charts and onboard systems that can occasionally fail.  Also, they make finding your boat at anchor in the dark convenient.  Just put in a waypoint before leaving the boat in the dinghy.

 

 

General Items

Ziploc Bags – Large freeze Ziploc bags are excellent for packing any liquids, keeping important documents dry and for organizing small items.  Also good to ensure that special bottle of rum you bought will not leak in your duffel bag on the way home.  You can never have enough of them.

Sunblock – There needs to be an ample supply of sunblock for each person onboard.  Constant winds keep you cool and can make you forget that the sun is consistently beating down.  Start each morning by applying liberal amounts of sunblock to your whole body.  Reapply in the middle of the day and after swimming.  Be sure to have sunblock products for lips, face and body.  You will want a waterpoof sunblock with a 30 SPF rating or higher.  Products with a zinc base are the absolute best.

Flashlight – Take a small personal flashlight or headlamp for finding your dinghy after a few after sunset cocktails at the beach bar, or when dealing with an issue on deck in the middle of the night.

Dry Bag – A dry bag is useful to have when going ashore in the dinghy, which is open to spray and often has water sloshing about your feet.

Insect Repellent – Avon’s Skin so Soft is excellent.  It is a bath oil that is nice to your skin and keeps insects away (you can dilute it with ½ water).  If you are not using Skin so Soft, then just buy insect repellent when you arrival.

Biodegradable Soap – Be sure to bring salt-water biodegradable soap.  This is used when showering on the stern of the boat after a swim using the fresh water shower hose most boats will have.

Digital Camera – You will be taking lots of pictures.  Be sure to have extra memory card and batteries (recharging may be an issue).  Having a waterproof camera bag (or a Ziploc bag) is a must.

Snorkeling Gear – Almost all charter boats have this gear on board or it can be had from the charter office upon arrival.  Always check the gear prior to leaving the dock – try on the gear you will use to make sure it fits correctly.  A leaky mask or loose fins are no fun.  If you are chartering from an independent owner, be sure to check with them ahead of time.

AC/DC Inverter – If your charter boat does not have an inverter (or generator) you may want to bring a small inexpensive personal inverter for charging devices.  Make sure it comes with both a cigarette lighter plug and a pair of clips for attaching directly to a battery (in case there is not a cigarette lighter outlet onboard)

Outlet Inverter – If you will be spending some portion of your vacation ashore prior to or after your charter, be sure to bring an inverter if the outlet current is different than that of the US.  This way you can charge your electric devices.

First Aid Kit – Put together a mini first aid kit in a Ziploc bag.  This always seems to get used on a sailing trip.  Include: Band-Aids, Ibuprofen (Advil), antiseptic, antifungal cream/ointment, antibacterial cream/ointment, and antihistamine for allergic reactions.  Aloe Vera for sunburns.  Nail clippers, tweezers and a needle for removing splinters.

ID and Documents – I suggest you make color copies of your passport information page, laminate it and keep it in a bag separate from your original. Additionally, scan your passport, drivers license, medical insurance card and save copies in  www.Dropbox.com account (or another secure cloud based account) so you can download copies from anywhere in the world (be sure you have a strong and unique password to protect these documents).  Make sure to take your drivers license with you.

Credit Cards – Take both a debit and a credit card with PIN numbers for cash withdrawals from ATMs.  Be sure to call your credit card company and bank to let them know you are traveling outside of the country so they don’t think your card has been stolen and block it when you go to use it.

Prescription Medications – Be sure to bring enough quantities.  As with your passport, scan your written prescriptions and save them in your drop box account – www.dropbox.com, or another secure cloud based account. This way you can access them anywhere you have an Internet connection.  Also, if you are not absolutely sure you don’t get seasick, pack sea sickness medication, prescription or over the counter.  All medications should be in their original labeled containers so as not to have issues when clearing customs.

Prescription Glasses – If you wear them, bring a back up pair just in case your primary pair is lost or damaged.

Food – Provisioning for meals is a large task.  Some charter companies offer meal planning options and will do the shopping and stowage of your provisions based on the choices you submit, but this can be expensive.  Most will plan meals ahead of time, and do the shopping upon arrival.  Be sure to check with your charter company ahead of time what your local shopping options are and what food items are available.  In remote areas, you may want/need to bring in select frozen meets and ingredients in a disposable cooler as checked baggage.  If you like good coffee or tea, be safe and bring your own ground coffee and/or tea bags.  Spices tend to be expensive and of limited selection in many stores.  Consider bringing a few of your most used items.  Check with your charter company to see what provisions customs will and will not allow you to bring into the country.

Flag – If you will be mooring and anchoring among many boats, bring a small distinctive flag to hoist while on your charter.  Your boat will be easier to spot in the anchorage.

For the Kids – Good old fashioned games such as playing cards are especially nice if you are cooped up down below while a squall passes.  A star finder for nights on the bow gazing at the sky.  A book of how to tie knots is fun.  Leave the iPads and electronic games at home.

 

 

What Not to Take

Jewelry – The island scene is casual and lots of jewelry is not needed. Depending on where you are sailing, wearing jewelry could make you a theft target.  Plus, security of jewelry can be tough.  Hopefully you are swimming a lot so remember barracudas have poor eyesight and try to eat shiny objects.

Hair dryers, Straighteners and Curlers – Most boats don’t have generators to power these, and if yours does, you wont have it running often.  If your boat has an inverter, you can strain the boats electrical system due to the high wattage these devices draw.  Pack light, leave them at home and enjoy being free of them.

Makeup – Makeup and fancy personal body care products.  Keep it simple and bring a little as possible, or none.  Go natural.

Extra Electronic Gadgets – These can stay home.  Besides your smart phone (turned off) and maybe a hand held VHS, and possibly a hand held GPS, you don’t need anything else.  Bring a paper book and leave your e-reader at home.  Pack a journal and get writing.  Enjoy being unplugged.

Linens and Towels – These will be provided by the charter company.  Take an inventory of towels upon arriving on the boat to be sure there are sufficient quantities.  I suggest two towels per person.  One for salt water & the beach, the other for fresh water showers only.  Once a towel has salt in it its hard to get it to dry completely. Also make sure there are LOTS of clothespins on board.  Go to the hardware store prior to your trip and get a pack of wooden clothespins to bring with you.  The ones on the boat may be old, rusty and too few.  You will be drying towels and bathing suits on the lifelines and each item will require many clothespins to keep the wind from taking them away.

 

 

Practical Tips

Insurance – Be sure to check with your insurance carrier to see if you are covered in the countries you will be traveling to, and how health care providers will be paid.  It is not uncommon for you to have to pay out of pocket and then submit for reimbursement from your insurance company once you are back home.  I also maintain additional coverage in the form of travel insurance from DAN.  The coverage is specific to the needs international travelers and fills many gaps in traditional insurance – https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/annual-travel-insurance/?

Skype – If you will be sailing in remote areas, make sure you and those you many need to communicate with back home with all have Skype accounts.  Skype is a free online calling program (video calls too).  Load it on your smartphone, tablet and laptop.  All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and you can call anyone in the world who also has Skype (and is online with the program running) on their device for free.  Set up and use Skype before you leave on your trip.  Call people who you may need to Skype with so you and they know how to use it ahead of time.  Skype also allows you to call landlines (and cell phones) anywhere in the world for a reasonable fee.  Have around $20.00 of credit on your Skype account for emergency calls from an internet (Wi-Fi) connected smart phone, tablet or laptop to land lines in case those you are trying to reach are not online with Skype running.  If something unanticipated happens and you are required to talk with someone back home, you need only find a Wi-Fi connection and you can call them.  WhatsApp is another free app/program that is excellent for making internet based calls only with.

Your Doctor – If you will be sailing in remote locations, get your primary care physicians personal cell phone number before leaving home.  Let them know you would only use it in an extreme emergency while traveling.  If you have a medical emergency and can’t get qualified medical help, this is a wonderful lifeline to have.

Cell Phone Calling – If you feel you will need to use a cell phone while on vacation or just want it as a back up you have a few options.  You can contact your carrier and have an international calling plan added for the period or time you are away, you can rent a phone at the airport in some places, you can buy a disposable cell phone upon arrival in some places, or you may be able to purchase a SIM card upon arrival.  If you are going to switch out your SIM card call your carrier and confirm your phone is not ‘locked’, which would prevent you from using another provider’s SIM card.  If you use your own smart phone be absolutely sure your data is turned off (tablets too).  You can create a very large phone/data bill if your not careful and end up using roaming data from a local phone company.

 

 

Checklist

Luggage

      • Duffel bag
      • Backpack

General Clothing

      • Hat 1
      • Sarong 1
      • Bathing suits 2-3
      • Flip-Flops 1pr
      • Walking/hiking shoes 1pr
      • Shorts – fast drying 3
      • Pants – fast drying 1
      • Shirts
        • T-shirts 5
        • Long sleeve tech shirt 1
        • Long sleeve button up 1
      • Dinner clothes 1 set (optional)
      • Underwear fast drying 4 sets

Sailing Specific Gear

      • Polarized sunglasses 1 primary, 1 backup
      • Lifejackets adult (optional)
      • Lifejackets kids
      • Foul weather jacket
      • Foul weather waist high pants
      • Deck shoes
      • Handheld VHF
      • Multipurpose/Leatherman Tool
      • Handheld GPS

General Items

      • Ziploc bags
      • Sunblock – lots
        • Face
        • Lips
        • Body
      • Personal flashlight
      • Dry bag
      • Insect repellent
      • Biodegradable soap
      • Digital camera
      • Snorkeling gear
      • AC/DC Inverter
      • Outlet Inverter
      • First aid kit
      • Ids and Documents
        • Copies
        • Scanned and saved to a cloud account
      • Credit & Debit cards with PIN numbers
        • Call credit card company
      • Prescription Medications
        • In original containers
        • Scanned prescriptions and saved to a cloud account
      • Prescription glasses primary pair and back up pair
      • Food
        • Frozen items in cooler
        • Coffee/tea
        • Spices
      • Flag
      • Kids entertainment items

Practical Tips

    • Insurance
      • Check coverage & how payments are made
      • Additional coverage from DAN or other carrier
    • Skype
      • Downloaded and test with others
      • Set up an account for paid calls (optional)
    • Your doctor’s personal cell phone number
    • Cell phone plan