Re: Surprisingly useful kit.
Cup Holder?? - wot you need is another hull mate! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
But seriously: I took a tornado bowsprit (a bit like a windsurfer mast) to use as a jibstick. I always hurt myself when using a spinnaker pole single handed (too high and too heavy)(don't need one on a cat anyway). It allowed me to sail straight downwind and stopped the genoa filling with a bang (which has brought more than one mast down)
The other thing was some good books. On land I no longer seem to find time to read for pleasure. At sea I had time to really relax and get into "The Day of the Jackal" and others. I'd forgotten the pleasure of getting lost in a good book (whilst getting lost in a big ocean I know I know).
Also: another vote for an LED head torch with white and red LEDs.
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