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Shaula's Spares List



The possibility to buy spares or new equipment during the voyage is very limited, and furthermore there are a lot of equipment that's desirable to be able to keep in working order during the actual sailing, which requires spare parts or even whole new devices to be carried onboard.
The list is never-ending, and there are limitations due to cost and storage space; Shaula's Spare List is just an example, and it's probably incomplete as well!

The small-spares locker aboard Shaula3

- ENGINE OIL AND FILTERS: as already pointed out elsewhere, finding oil is not a problem, but it is strongly advisable to have on-board at least enough to perform a complete replacement and a few top-ups; the same applies for filters, which are much harder to find, and therefore should be always kept in quantity!

- WATERMAKER FILTERS AND CLEANING PRODUCTS: this is highly specialised stuff, nearly impossible to find, carry it from home!

- SAILS: we carried a new mainsail and a new genoa, but decided to keep them as spares and set sail with the old ones (refurbished by the sailmaker). The idea was to switch sails somewhere halfway-through, but we didn't have to, and finished the voyage with the old, albeit well worn, sails. Other boats were less lucky, and had to resort to local sailmakers where one could be found (and you can imagine how busy these sailmaker shops were, with 30-odd boats simultaneously in port!).

- ROPES: we did not carry a lot of spare ropes, and those were mostly already rigged; we used up a lot of mooring lines (carry many, strong and long ones!) while sheets and halyards fared quite well and were still in good shape at the end of the voyage.

- GROUND TACKLE: we carried 3 bower anchors plus a kedge, each ready for use with its own rode: heavy, bulky, but anchors are a critical items, and one can be lost or cast off (it happened to quite a few boats!).

- ELECTRONICS: we had two identical chartplotters, one in the cockpit and one below decks, which were backing-up one another, and carried a spare of their GPS receiver (we did not need it, but was lent to another boat!).
Furthermore, we had another fixed GPS receiver, plus a GPS aerial for use with a PC, and a handheld GPS unit.
We also had 2 sextants, but we never had to resort to them...
After the capsize in the lower Caribbean sea, we had to replace some electronics for which we had no spare and had to order from the USA, but none of them was essential.

We carried a fixed VHF and two handhelds, of which one was killed in the capsize, and we carried a spare fixed station which was not used.

We had 2 PC's on board (although one was really old and slow), anyway they were not used for essential purposes (main use was e-mail), but we overlooked to carry the disks to allow reinstalling all our Sw when we had to buy a new computer in Panama.
Taking into account the new, low-cost netbooks, nowadays I would rather equip 2 (or 3) identical netbooks, of which one would be stored in a waterproof location as a spare.

We broke 2 cameras, and the rewritable CD's we used to backup photos were destroyed by seawater, while the second backup on USB keys survived to the plunge.

- ENGINE SPARES: we carried a long list of spares, as suggested by our mechanic; to my great despair, the mechanic decided to install all spares on the engine, keeping the used parts as spares! His logic was "this way you will probably not have failures, and even if you do, the used spares are good enough to carry you home"; I was unconvinced, but I must say that it worked, we had NO engine failures throughout the voyage, unlike most of the other Rally boats!
A special case is represented by the engine's cooling-water impellers, which need to be replaced at regular intervals: never run short of them!

- DINGHY: we carried a spare dinghy and outboard, and both turned out to be useful, the outboard to ourselves when our main outboard took the plunge in the Caribbean capsize, and the dinghy to another boat, when theirs went AOL...



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Last Update: 11/11/2014

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