Fitting her out – General

IMG_6246 In addition to all the fixtures and fittings that come with the boat, we needed to obtain all the extra kit needed to turn her into a fully functional long haul cruising yacht.  This proved to be a mixture of stuff we already had, stuff we had an opportunity to buy from friends who had recently sold their boat, and new stuff we had to buy. I have put down everything we listed, not to send you all to sleep, but with the idea that those of you that don’t know what goes onto a sailing boat can skim the list and get a flavour of the things we use, and hopefully it will be of interest to others fitting boats out. We will report on how well it all works as we go.

Ray Marine VHF Radio 2018E

Ray Marine MFD E95

Ray Marine Instruments

Ray Marine AIS transceiver e95

Offshore Flares pack – we have to buy these in France as we can’t take them on the Ferry

Jackstays  –  will measure up for these at the next visit

Waterproof Torches and Searchlight – Existing searchlight plus bought 2 Petzl Tikka 2 head torches – I’m a head torch convert now having used them at Scout camp

Binoculars – needed to replace ancient ones, research led us to Binolyt, if they’re good enough for the lifeboat….

Lifejackets – upgraded to Crewsaver Ergo Fit 190 Offshore Hanmar with light and hood

Life jackets from last boat (Service)

Harness Strops

Inflatable Dinghy – trusty old bombard

Clock and Barometer set – Plastimo silver coloured front opening courtesy of a 25 year service award from my employer

Engine Fire Extinguisher, Fire Blanket, 2 x 2kg dry powder cabin extinguishers

Horseshoe/Light/Drogue, Recovery Sling

Grab Bag  – Lightsticks, wind up torch, portable vhf, portable gps, thermal aids, first aid incl stugeron, water, batteries, ships biscuits, waterproof usb drive with our details, money

Gas Bottles – Buy in France

Almanac/Pilots/Tidal Atlas Charts Plotting Instruments

Liferaft – Zodiac ISO offshore 6 man  valise – Buy in France

Main Anchor – 20Kg Manson with 60M 10mm chain

Kedge Anchor – 15kg Bruce from sailing friends, we’re a big fan of Bruce anchors and lucky to get this one as they don’t make them any more

200 Metres of 16mm 3 strand polyester for warps – we don’t like pre made loops in our warps

50 Metres of Octoplait 16mm – Kedge Anchor warp

Heaving line

Dan Buoy

Wooden Bungs


Fenders – Ordered with boat and some from friends, plus a fender mat and step fender

Radar Reflector – Echomax EM230BR

Bosun’s Chair – Banksails

First Aid Kit – Category c offshore plus burns kit and dental kit

Long Wave Radio

Storm Jib & Sheets Staysail – supplied by Alubat

Galley Stuff  – Tefal Ingenio saucepans, Polycarbonate plates etc. and glasses, silicone utensils and knives with sheaths

.Ensign, courtesy flags and Q flag

Tools Misc. Repair kit – Superglue, underwater epoxy, touchup paint, engine spares


Gas Detector


Bed Matting Sheets, pillows, duvets etc.

Lead Line (just in case)

Misc. Repair kit  – Superglue, underwater epoxy, touchup paint, engine spares

Personal beacons (PLBs)

Navtex – Furuno nx300d WIFI Extender

Inflatable Canoe – my 50th birthday present!

Folding Bikes – Montague Boston 8 full size bikes with 8 hub gears, excellent machines

Stereo System GME GR200


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