Provided below is the equipment list that the editor provides to crew. It may be useful for compiling a list for your own boat's crew.
You may wish to have a list of minimum equipment for occasional weekend crew, and a fuller list for crew on extended offshore trips (referred to as 'challenge crew') in the list provided below.
(All items required for challenge crews):
|Baseball cap||Sew on elastic or tie strap so that it won't get blown overboard|
|Sunglasses||Take spare pair - similarly if you wear glasses|
|Waterproofs||Offshore or Ocean variants|
|Wellington boots||Sailing type - not agricultural style with big treads which will collect stones and damage boat deck|
|Sailing gloves||Not fingerless racing style - but of a type that will keep both hands and fingers warm|
|Deck shoes or canvas shoes||Feet will get too hot and sweaty in wellies during sunshine|
|Small towels||Pub bar towel size to wrap round neck to top water going down waterproofs|
|Thermals||Couple of pairs|
|Harness & leash||Leash with three Gibb style hooks Illustration of problem inherent in plain hooks|
|Personal life jacket||Check that the gas cylinder is in date/serviceable Features to look for when buying|
|Jackets||For afloat and ashore|
|Woolly jumpers||Warm even when wet|
|T Shirts||Some with arms to prevent sunburn or even windburn|
|Jogging bottoms||Jeans are not warm when wet|
|Boots for going ashore||I.e. a type which can be used to walk over rough and wet terrain|
|Shore-side rig||I.e. clothes for going ashore and travelling|
|Sleeping bag||3 seasons type summer/autumn, 4 seasons and blankets mid - winter|
|Pillow||For softies only !|
|Wash/shower kit, razors, towels, facecloths, wet wipes, deodorant, etc ...|
|Lip ice||To protect/deal with sun burnt or wind burnt lips|
|Sun tan lotion|
|Passport||Check in date for duration of the trip|
|Watch||Preferably with alarm - for waking up in time for watch keeping|
|Pocket sized torch||You may prefer a head torch|
|Boat kitty||Contribution to kitty varies according to the duration and location of the cruise - details from skipper|
|Spending money||For nic naks, postcards, etc - most of which can be in sterling but carry small amount of local currency, say £50, in case no banks or infrequent opening hours in small villages|
|Sea sickness tablets|
|Camera and film|
|Thermal Protection Aids ( TPAs)||Suits that can be put over oil skins and lifejackets - which protect against hypothermia. Available from Ocean Safety Tel: 02380 720800 or www.mailspeedmarine.com.|
|Personal insurance||I.e. for medical and repatriation, hospital inconvenience benefit, baggage and personal effects, money, travel documents and credit cards - refer to skipper for company experienced in maritime based travel|
|Holdall (large)||Into which all but normal sailing gear can be fitted - ensure no spares metal fittings or fastenings on holdall. Preferably with waterproofed lining|
|Holdall (small)||For use when going ashore i.e. to carry wash kit/changes of clothes/money/passport/camera - or for use when collecting provisions|
If you suffer from any medical condition/are on prescription you must advise the skipper prior to the trip, and provided that such does not preclude your participation, ensure that adequate treatments for the entire duration of the cruise are obtained.
The skipper will be happy to advise on the suitability of equipment prior to purchase.
If ordering personal equipment prior to cruise or challenge ensure that you do so well in advance to allow for any delays in delivery, the delivery of incorrectly sized items, etc.
If going on lengthy passage consider having a dental check up a few weeks before departure and a haircut in the few days beforehand !