Departure preparations is the Key to sucsess

Embarking on a circumnavigation of the globe is an incredible adventure, but it’s also a significant undertaking. As a new sailor, there are many things I must learn and prepare for before setting sail. With Luna as my vessel, I have a dependable and capable boat, but there are still many factors to consider.

First and foremost, it’s essential that I gain sailing experience and knowledge. This includes learning about navigation, weather patterns, sail handling, and safety procedures. I plan to take courses, maybe joining a sailing club, and seek out experienced sailors to learn from. I welcome anyone with experience to come onboard and share hands-on knowledge.

In addition to sailing skills, I need to ensure that my boat is equipped with the necessary safety equipment and provisions for an extended voyage. This includes items such as life rafts, emergency beacons, first aid kits, and ample food and water supplies. I have compiled a safety list for Luna, which is available below. If you notice anything that’s missing, please send me a message through our contact form.

Furthermore, maintaining and upgrading my vessel is an ongoing process. This includes regular maintenance tasks such as checking the rigging, servicing the engine, and maintaining the electrical and plumbing systems. I believe it’s crucial to acquire knowledge in inspecting and repairing all of these systems before setting off. Having to learn this in the middle of the ocean is not an ideal scenario.

Finally, there are logistical considerations such as provisioning, obtaining necessary permits and visas, planning my route, and managing my finances while at sea. These tasks require preparation and attention to detail. Anyone having a pre-departure checklist that you are willing to share?

Overall, I believe that with the right preparation, knowledge, and equipment, I can make my circumnavigation a successful and rewarding adventure. I’m excited to continue learning and preparing for this incredible journey.

Here is a list of items I plan to address before departure:

Navigation equipment: Radar.

Safety equipment: Life rafts, emergency beacons, first aid kits, additional fire extinguishers, life jackets.

Communication equipment: VHF Radios, AIS, satellite phones, and any other communication tools that may be necessary.

Provisioning: Adequate food, water, and fuel supplies for the duration of the voyage.

Boat maintenance: Spare parts, tools, and equipment for regular maintenance tasks, as well as any repairs that may be necessary.

Weather information: Access to up-to-date weather information to help with route planning and decision making.

Documentation: Passports, visas, permits, and any other necessary paperwork for the journey.

Finances: Budgeting and financial planning to ensure adequate funds for the voyage.

Crew selection: Choosing the right crew members with the necessary skills and experience for the journey.

Insurance: Ensuring adequate insurance coverage for the vessel and crew.

Emergency procedures: Establishing emergency procedures and protocols in case of any unforeseen events.

Route planning: Deciding on the best route for the circumnavigation, including potential stops and any necessary detours.

Provisions for long-term storage: Proper storage and preservation of equipment and supplies that may not be needed until later in the journey.

Of course, this list is not exhaustive and there may be other items that are specific to the individual circumnavigator and their vessel.

Please let me know if you believe that I have missed something.