These are some of the notes that Sim wrote when he was planning the journey
This gives you some idea of the preparation that went into this journey, also of how meticulous Sim is when he wants to do something
Boat? Size? Wood or Glass?
Single or Twin keel?
New or Secondhand?
If second hand, Survey?
If wood what sheathing? Copper or rubber?
Type of anti fouling?
Type of navigation lights?
Type of stove?
Base? Lyme? Bristol? Elsewhere?
Charts and Books
Food and Drink
Glassfibre; 25ft min; Twin-keel
Masthead; New: Paraffin stove;
Electric & Paraffin lights; Vane gear;
Good ballast ratio; Self draining cockpit;
Pushpit and pulpit; Four berth
Long rear deck; No runners
Hand Bearing Compass
Books and Charts
Admiralty Chart No 1229 Africa West Coast which includes all the Canary Islands
No 1876 Eastern Islands from Lanzerote to Gran Canaria
No. 1869 Western Islands from Gran Canaria to Hierro
Note: This list was never completed as we had lots more charts: from England to the Canary Islands to the West Indies, Panama, Galapagos, Marquesas, Tahiti, Raratonga, Tonga, Fiji and Australia. We found them the other day in my dad’s shed, slightly chewed by slaters in a couple of places but otherwise OK. If there’s someone out there who needs some charts, just ask.
Sails: - 1 Main 1 Genoa 3 Jibs 1 Raffee 1 Tri
Anchors: - 1 Large 1 Small 1 Weight
Cables: - 1 Chain 1 Nylon 4 Warps
Stays: - 1 Set spare
Halliards: -1 Set spare
Sheets: - 1 Set spare
Bottle Screws: - 4 spare
Shackles: - 12 spare
Clevis Pins: - 6 spare
Safety Pins: - 6 spare
Anti Fouling: - 1 gallon
Varnish: - 1 Quart
Boot Topping: -1 Quart
Deck Paint: - 1 Quart
Buckets: - 4
Bowls: - 3
Flags: - 1 set
Pumps: - 2
Sail needles, Eyelets, Thread, palm
Razor & Blades