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  1. #1
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    Default Things Non-Boaty Friends Should Bring

    Over the Easter week I have some non sailing friends jointing us.

    We have all seen the boat advertisements with a beautiful woman in a swimsuit sunning herself on the foredeck or a group of longtime friends enjoying a glass of wine in the cockpit, all wearing white pants, a pink button-down shirt and a seafoam green sweater tied over their shoulders. Funny that they don't show what it's like when a squall suddenly heads in!

    Has anyone made up a list of things to tell friends and family to pack? As I have so much stuff on the boat I forget some of the obvious stuff to tell um

    So far I have:

    Sunglasses
    Warm sweatshirts/jumpers
    Thermals
    Non marking shoes. (Leave high heels at home please).
    Chap stick
    Fleese type jacket
    Wash kit
    Gloves


    Pack in a soft bag.

    I have waterproofs and sea sickness remedies on board for guests.

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    Wink

    What about a woolly hat? And a thin towel to wrap around their necks when it's raining, stops the water running down inside the collar. Works for me.. http://www.ybw.com/forums/images/icons/icon12.gif
    Things can only get better

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    Gelcoat filler
    Antifouling paint
    Sandpaper
    Overalls safety goggles and mask
    Provisions

    Cheers, Brian.

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    sleeping bag
    pillow
    beer/wine
    waterproofs
    phone charger (12v) if they have one

  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by flobbergob View Post
    Gelcoat filler
    Antifouling paint
    Sandpaper
    Overalls safety goggles and mask
    Provisions

    Cheers, Brian.
    Noted and added to list. Little does nephew know I plan to haul him up the mast to change a bulb!

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    Clothing-wise, I generally tell people to "think hiking".

    Not sure that anyone knows what "non marking shoes" are; might be worth being more specific.

    I assume my friends have the nous not to turn up in high heels or leather-soled formal shoes; I think most modern casual shoes that people my age would wear are likely to be fine on decks. Though admittedly I have workaday off-white fibreglass rather than acres of pristine teak.

    Overall, for the sort of relaxed cruising that you'd do with friends who hadn't been on a boat before, there just isn't a need for lots of special kit.

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly211 View Post
    ...all wearing white pants...
    Must be hot if they've taken their trousers off.

    Camera, preferably waterproof.
    Small binoculars.
    Baseball cap and/or floppy sunhat.
    Reading book(s) or Kindle.
    Personal music player, i.e. with earphones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coaster View Post
    Must be hot if they've taken their trousers off.
    .
    or just very casual?

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    I always tell people to assume they will need one extra layer of clothing than they would if they were on dry land. Always seem to end up beating to windward at some point.

    Also, stress the need for a change of clothing in case they get wet. But, do it in a reassuring way, not "for when you fall in!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly211 View Post
    Over the Easter week I have some non sailing friends jointing us.

    Hey man.

    Just chill

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