Blue water preparation

Preparing our coastal cruiser for blue water:

Camomile was an elderly girl equipped to a level you might expect for coastal day sailing when we first started seriously thinking about blue water cruising.
Up to that point we had already re-engined her, added an inboard autopilot a diesel heater, renewed the steering quadrant gearbox and replaced the portlights with opening ones.
From 2004 through to October 2009 we added, changed, modified and re-did another 250 items ( on average about 1 a week) ranging from the trivial right through to a full hull treatment.
It just seemed to go on and on and it turned out that many of our friends had similar lists mainly based on reading blue water books by various authors. I thought it might be interesting to review the list after a some time on board to see how necessary it all seems now we have a perspective based on our time living aboard.
The more or less chronological list below is scored 1 (would do again) to 3 (could live without if I had to) down to 5 (probably unnecessary).

No Description Score
1 A frame added to aft deck 1
2 Wind instrument replaced 1
3 Radar & chart plotter added 1
4 12v Battery drill added to tool kit 1
5 Bow roller (chainplate) repaired on split & upgraded 1
6 Forepeak headlining replaced 3
7 Forepeak side bunk lining replaced 3
8 Anti 360 roll locks added into forepeak area 1
9 Forepeak revarnished 2
10 Fix spinnaker pole bracket with through bolts 1
11 Forepeak hatch replaced and rotated 1
12 Revarnish forward heads 2
13 New heads hatch 1
14 New shower head in heads 1
15 Added additional grab handle to heads 2
16 Reheadlined forward heads 3
17 Cover bracket to protect heating pipes in saloon 3
18 Build Faradays cage into grab box for protection of portable electronics in lightening 1
19 Make new pocket to inside of chart table to take additional charts 2
20 Replace saloon Hatch 1
21 Repair washboards & make complete back-up set 1
22 Fit secure stowage for washboards 1
23 Replace seal in diesel filler in cockpit to avoid water ingress into fuel if swamped 1
24 Buy drogue and rode 1
25 Change taps in forward heads 2
26 Back-up anchor light (additional to gas version) 1
27 Buy electric bug killer  2
28 Buy jump starter unit as an engine battery backup 2
29 Fit davits 1
30 Fit anti halliard wrap rig to radar reflector 1
31 Write and print engine check procedure 3
32 Change engine battery switch 1
33 Write and print new crew briefing procedure 3
34 Fit new mattress in forepeak 2
35 Safety goggles (anti spray) 5
36 Install new sheetblocks to replace broken ones 1
37 Add and connect up water tank level indicator 1
38 Buy spare filler lids (water/diesel) 1
39 Replace aft heads locker lining 3
40 Replace taps and shower head in aft heads 2
41 Get additional winch handles 2
42 Buy rig tension gauge 3
43 repair catches on chart table draws 1
44 Get spare navigation lights 1
45 Add TV ariel 2
46 Buy kedge anchor line 1
47 Set up downhaul system 1
48 Buy hurricane lamp 3
49 Put toilet brush holders into heads 3
50 Write and print mayday procedure – gmdss 3
51 Write and print passage plan procedure 3
52 Add fiddles to cooker hob 1
53 Make hanging bracket for companionway steps 2
54 Make hanging bracket for both engine doors 2
55 Add latches to table bottle locker 1
56 Add tool box compartments & tools 1
57 Replace lining for forward cabin locker back 3
58 Make galley drawers liners 3
59 Replace winch for roller furling 1
60 Seal aft nav lamp properly 1
61 Fit new blind for aft cabin c/w fly screen 1
62 Write and print night sail procedure 3
63 Change galley taps for on with shower head 2
64 Change rope clutches 1
65 Make Corian galley worktops 1
66 Make diesel filling device to allow engine to be topped up in foul weather 2
67 Fit freezer into galley 1
68 Fit subwoofer for radio 4
69 Fit new DSC VHF & speaker 1
70 Buy new dinghy 1
71 Buy new outboard 1
72 Buy new sprayhood & canopy 1
73 Fit Navtex (worldwide) 3
74 Buy new 4 man canister liferaft 1
75 Replace plates and bowls in galley 3
76 Rework chart table IP and re-wire switch panel 1
77 Service Genoa 1
78 Replace steaming lamp 1
79 Add detachable inner forestay 1
80 Add rod kicking strap 1
81 Add mast steps 1
82 Replace domestic water pump & accumulator 1
83 Add bilge pump below decks with back-up 1
84 Make adaptor so toilet can be converted into bilge pump 3
85 Fit Hydrovane self steering 1
86 Fit outboard bracket on port side 1
87 Add gas strut to deck locker to prevent it from closing when rolling 1
88 Make dinghy cover 2
89 Make pushpit seats 1
90 Buy fully battened main 1
91 Buy new genoa 1
92 Buy storm jib  1
93 Set up quarterberth bed for bench vice & tool storage. 1
94 Make cupboards in quarter berth for grab bag stowage 1
95 Replace barometer interior 1
96 Buy 12v vacuum cleaner (dewalt) 3
97 Fit battery fixings suitable for capsize 1
98 Blind and flyscreen fitted to saloon hatch 1
99 Make saloon dorade vents sealable 1
100 New Domestic Batteries (ex red project) 2
101 Upgraded first aid kit 1
102 Buy parachute anchor 1
103 Galvanise and fit 60lbs CQR 1
104 Fit new quarterberth mattress 2
105 Fit back-up tillerpilot for Hydrovane 1
106 Fit new jackstays 1
107 Buy EPIRB 1
108 Add Echomax radar reflector 1
109 Re-model aft cabin to include athwartships bed and extra storage 2
110 Make companionway seat 4
111 Fit yacht legs and trunions 2
112 Upgrade running rigging 2
113 New blind and flyscreen for forward hatch 1
114 Make bookselfs 2
115 Add decklocker water seal fitting & new hinges 1
116 Make additional cockpit drainage 1
117 Fix floorboards 1
118 Fit additional autohelm remote & sockets & ferrites & fix autohelm 2
119 Fit watermaker & drinking water tank 1
120 Fit holding tank 1
121 Add anti roll latches onto chart table 1
122 Fit anti roll latches on all drawers 1
123 Fit anti roll latches onto freezer lid 1
124 Reinforce and repair saloon leeboards. Fit restraints 1
125 Fit anti roll latches onto bunk locker lids 1
126 Fit anti roll latches onto saloon shelves 1
127 Make underfloor storage boxes 1
128 Repair saloon headlining 3
129 Add deep shelf into galley 3
130 Make new curtains 3
131 Retrim suite and replace foams 1
132 Add anti roll locks to cockpit grating 1
133 Make fly screen for companionway 1
134 Make window replacement boards. 1
135 Add anti roll locks onto shower grating 1
136 Reinforce companionway lock arrangement 3
137 Add aft boarding platform 1
138 Get breathable drysuit waterproofs 3
139 Laminator machine for procedures 3
140 Buy vacuum packing machine 2
141 Buy portable (12v printer) 2
142 Fit battery monitor 1
143 Fit new domestic batteries & leads 1
144 Add engine fuel shut-off lever 2
145 Add forward dorade vents & steels 3
146 Replace jerry cans 2
147 Get MOB recovery system (trybuckle) 2
148 Fit gas BBQ 2
149 Replace portable vac cleaner with Dyson 1
150 Fit aft dorade vents & steels 2
151 Fit in line water filter and accumulator into drinking water system 1
152 Fit battery management system to aux. alternator 1
153 Add second alternator & resite new engine batteries 1
154 Rewire bilge pumps 1
155 Add solar panel and regulator 1
156 Fit wind generator 1
157 Fit electric windlass 1
158 Fit 60m of 10mm anchor chain 1
159 Fit LED replacement bulbs 1
160 Fit line bags around cockpit 2
161 Fit floodlamp to A frame 2
162 Fit electric fog horns 3
163 Add teak strake for cockpit canopy tiedown hooks 3
164 Add kedge anchor roller and aft fairleads 4
165 Put boat hook fitting for long hook onto babystay 5
166 Move stern nav lamp up above dinghy for good visibility 1
167 Fit scuff plate to bed latching mechanism 3
168 Add spares kit into engine bilge space for easy access 2
169 Gather spares for engine (filters, belts & impellers) 1
170 Fit dedicated windlass fuse and breaker 2
171 Add electric windlass remote control and chain counter to cockpit 1
172 Assemble a night sail & on deck alone kit personal kit i.e. lights, strobe, flare,floating knife 2
173 Repair electric fog horns  3
174 Fit tufnel safety guard over wind generator dump resistors 2
175 Add second non return valve into grey water pump system to stop flowback 2
176 Change fluorescent bulbs for LEDs in centre saloon lamp and add red night lighting. 1
177 Re-route depth sounder & log wires to try and eliminate flaky readings 3
178 Fit second station for windlass chain counter 4
179 Re-route and up gauge speaker wires for better reliability 3
180 Move TV ariel from A frame to masthead for better reception  3
181 Wire the bilge pump monitor circuit into the DC monitor 1
182 Fit Lifetag MOB alarm system 1
183 Interface Comar AIS to Raymarine plotter 1
184 Make sunshade (harbour canopy) 1
185 Install lightening conductor at masthead and complete shroud and tank bonding 1
186 Varnish cabin sole with 2 pack 2
187 Add more fridge insulation & new thermostat 1
188 Fit new flame sensor to diesel heater 3
189 Replace handbasin seacock fore & aft heads 1
190 Varnish galley 3
191 Varnish chart table 3
192 Anchor well drainage through forepeak bilge 2
193 Fit new copper fuel tube onto Eberspacher 5
194 Remake lightening conductor connection and check electrical path (between keel bolts) 1
195 Osmosis treatment – sheath with grp and Cuprotect coating 2
196 Repack stern tube & replace tube rubber hose 1
197 Replace prop shaft 1
198 Remove, repair and service rudder shaft 1
199 Fit new cutlass bearing 1
200 Repair stanchions (x1 base x3 stanchions) 1
201 Liferaft service 1
202 Sail repairs & clean 1
203 Buy paper charts for Gib to Fiji 1
204 Buy world Navionics charts 1
205 Fit and commission SSB Radio 1
206 Buy and fit SCS bluetooth pactor modem  1
207 Fit strobe light to A frame 2
208 Wire in a relay and better electrical supply for foghorn 2
209 Fit membrane and commission watermaker 1
210 Fit new house batteries 1
211 Change and upgrade cap and lower shroud ubolts 1
212 Buy proper rigging wire cutters  1
213 Replace chafed genoa sheets 1
214 Make tropical sun/rain canopy covers for opening portlights 2
215 Service outboard 1
216 Change front crankshaft oil seal 1
217 Make twizzel rig & commission 1
218 Steering drivechain check & repair slack on quadrant 1
219 Add wheels to dinghy 2
220 Reinforce mainsheet fixing point to boom 1
221 Paint rusty forward heads radiator 3
222 Renew galley water filter 2
223 Check and record SSB fuse types – get spares 1
224 Fit ammeter for Sun, wind & battery charger  1
225 Make bimini canopy 1
226 Fit autorelease Hammer unit onto liferaft 2
227 Fit red LED night lights to aft cab & heads. 1
228 Make mosi net frame for main hatch 1
229 Make repair to bow area 1
230 Strake repairs 2
231 Assemble damage control kit bag and plywood sheets 1
232 Make dinghy tube cover 1
233 Make outboard cover 1
234 Make windlass cover 3
235 Make and fit drip rails above windows 1
236 Block oversize underfloor pipe holes  2
237 Put plastic protection on shrouds to prevent damage to twizzle poles 1
238 Adapt topping lift for MOB recovery- new plus float 1
239 Fit new, brighter lamps for engine bay 3
240 Get spare genoa re-cut for use under twizzel rig 1
241 Fit shroud boots to protect sheets 1
242 Replace broken toilet seat 1
243 Buy seasearcher magnet and fit to bracket forward in deck locker 5
244 Set up twizzel Pole storage points on stanchions 2
245 Service Furlex 1
246 Inspect rig 1
247 Make emergency SSB antenna 2
248 Improve rod kicker mounting 2
249 Add bellybands for dinghy davit mount 1
250 Make mosi net for bed  1
251 Obtain additional jerry cans – total 280 litres 1
252 Make new cockpit seat foams 1

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