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Cruising Skipper Kit

 
In the interest of safety, whenever I sail outside of the visibility of the Berkeley Marina or South Basin - I carry the kit detailed below in a dry pack.

Even if you are not an instructor at SailBerkeley, or going to run cruises for Cal Sailing, you are more than welcome to carry such a kit with you.

I can't tell you how many times I've reached for the kit and it has proved invaluable.  I've frequently made use of the first aid supplies, the flashlights, head warmer, repair supplies, knife and wrench.  

Here is what I keep in my Dry Pak (Roll Top Dry Gear Bag 12.5"x28", Yellow):
  • First Aid Supplies
    • Mouth-to-mouth Protector
    • Various Band-Aids
    • Cortaid
    • Tylenol
    • Alcohol Cleansing Wipes 
    • Antibiotic Ointment
    • Gloves
    • Surgical Dressings
  • Emergency Supplies
    • 4 (yes 4!) Waterproof Floating LED Dorcy Carabiner Flash Lights
    • 2 Signal Flares (with expirations well into the future)
    • 1 Whistle 
  • Gear
    • 2 Alligator Wallet 4x4" Dry Paks
    • 1 Pair Winter Neoprene Gloves
    • 1 Head Warmer Hood
    • 1 Compass
  • Repair Supplies
    • 1 Harken Cam Cleat
    • 6' 3mm Line
    • 8' 5mm Line
    • 6' 1.7mm Line
    • 12' 3mm Wire Line
    • Various Small Blocks, Pulleys
    • 4 Clevis Pins
    • 4 Cotter Pins
    • 2 Wood Screws
    • 4 Bolts with Washers & Nylock Nuts
    • 1 Small Wrench
    • 1 Roll Electrical Tape
    • 2 Cable Ties
    • 1 Leatherman Tool (with screwdriver, pliers, etc.)
And what I keep on my person (ie. my PFD):
  • 1 Knife with Marlin Knot & Shackle Opener Tools
  • 1 Mini Pliers (with phillips and flat head screw driver fittings, mini wrench)
  • 1 Uniden MHS75 VHF Waterproof Marine Radio
  • 1 Virgin Mobile Prepaid Cell Phone ($20 upfront, ~$10/month)
  • 1 Waterproof Pentax Optio WP Camera
  • 1 Whistle
  • 1 Garmin ForeTrex Wrist GPS/Compass
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