preference, having your own wooden boat is a ticket to freedom,
It will allow you to
escape from the ordinary world, explore new places, experience the
and take as many personal risks as you feel comfortable with.
Enjoy the open air, escape the overcrowded roads and commune with
nature all in
your own time.
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is often assumed that
cruising is for the
rich but anyone can go cruising if they really want to.
If you wait until you can afford that big expensive boat chances are it
If you are not wealthy and you want to go sailing and cruising, you can.
With a small boat the economics become much more realizable.
And you will probably do more sailing, and have more fun, than those
super yachts, and with far fewer worries.
A small boat can even be rowed, eliminating the
need for a motor.
You can explore tiny coves and inlets too shallow for deeper boats and
them all to yourself.
Of course if you want your boat to be a retirement home you would
better off with a larger boat, one with standing head room.
If you need more convincing read "The Joy of Small-Boat Sailing" By Jack London.
important aspect of stocking up for a cruise is ensuring you have
drinking water, preferably more than sufficient for the cruise.
rough guide is to carry
at least 1.5L per each person per day.
you carry will depend on how much storage
much food you need to
set off with will depend on the length of time you expect to be away
convenient shops, always stock some extra just in case.
most idyllic anchorages are unlikely to have a convenient supermarket
are many convenient
food items available which take up little space and are easy to prepare
there is no excuse for going hungry.
romance of that idyllic cruise by going hungry.
could be better
cooking fresh caught fish or foraging
for fresh, free, wild, seashore, plant food?
you can cook it
you need to know how to find it, catch it and where to find the
buy fishing equipment.
on safety for
anyone boating are the responsibility of the individual skipper.
any trip, however
short, let someone responsible know where you are going and by what
you expect to return and don't forget to let them know of your safe
is recommended that
you register the description of your boat and your passage plan with
from safety gear you should have a thorough knowledge of the techniques
basic navigation and passage planning, anchoring and docking techniques
be adept at steering and boat handling.
should go without
saying that you should carry life jackets for each member of the crew
one spare if possible.
is just as important
to have the correct clothing to keep you warm and dry.
is often much cooler
on the water than on land.
is easier to stay warm by wearing
sufficient clothing than to
get warm again once you are cold.
will say that
cruising at sea is dangerous, and it undoubtedly is if you don't know
what you are doing.
although I have been driving longer than I have been sailing, I still
safer out at sea than on some of our crowded roads.
what you are
doing also means being aware of what nature is doing.
aware of how the
weather and tides will affect your passage,
a portable radio
capable of receiving shipping weather forecasts, and consider
VHF radio where appropriate.
well as a First-aid
instructions carry distress flares a powerful signaling light and at
one spare electric torch.
case of fog a loud
horn, bell, whistle or other means of giving audible warning is
the fire blanket and a fire extinguisher, a good bilge pump or a bailer
such as a strong bucket on a lanyard and spare rowlocks and oars or
yourself and your boat
conditions is strongly advised, before setting out on any more
trip, and consider how you would cope in the event of a capsize or a
man overboard situation.
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