Packing List For Cruising With Alibi:
What will I need to bring?
- As already mentioned, a sense of humour and an enthusiasm for travel
- All bedding, bath and hand towels are provided but you will need to bring your own beach towels
- Manual gas lifejackets are provided but you may like to bring your own if you already have one
- Gloves – for avoiding rope burn
- Wet weather gear of your choice. Unless you already have it, I wouldn’t spend a lot on ‘yachting’ wear. Please bring a waterproof jacket. Staying dry and comfortable makes poor weather bearable.
- Waterproof footwear. Again, unless you already have them (or really want them) Dubarry or Musto is probably overspecified for this trip and trainers will do just as well. Try to get non-marking soles (not black). I’m not particularly precious about Alibi’s topsides but there will be times when we have to walk over other people’s if we’re rafted up.
- Sun cream. It is quite expensive in Europe so bring it with you if you can.
- A warm hat and sun hat. Sunglasses. Let’s be optimistic.
- Swim wear. Let’s be really optimistic.
- iPod or equivalent if you have it. We can play it through the boats Lo-Fi system too.
- Your logbook if you have one.
- Camera, camcorder etc
- Books. If you have a 3G Kindle, lucky you. There’s 3G all along the coast so you can email en-route!
- Whatever clothing you prefer. Bear in mind it can get chilly in the evening.
- If you need internet access you may want to bring your own laptop/netbook/tablet. Many marinas have wifi so net access is not usually a problem, There is a tablet pc which can be used by crew for emails, web etc when there’s wifi but the skipper’s laptop won’t be available. When it’s necessary to buy wifi access for the boat the system sometimes allows multiple logins – if not crew need to buy their own. It’s usually 4 or 5 Euros a day but many cafes and bars have wifi for free.
- We can’t store hard suitcases so bring soft, collapsible bags. Finally, please bear in mind that space is limited and that you’ll be storing all the things you bring in the forepeak!
“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.”
– Henry David Thoreau