03 Nov What is in a yacht delivery skipper’s kit bag?
Posted at 11:37h
In an ideal world we would be able to equip the yachts that we deliver with all manner of tools and spares, electrical gadgets and home comforts, navigation aids and books. On rare occasions we do get to deliver boats that have almost everything, but so often the yachts are either brand new with just the very basic life saving equipment or have recently changed hands and are therefore devoid of the numerous boxes of useful odds and ends.
Yacht delivery skippers are therefore by necessity creatures of self reliance. Heavily restricted by the budget airlines that we frequent, carrying only the bare essentials in the hope that any eventuality can be dealt with from the depths of our luggage.
You can always spot a delivery skipper at an airport. He will be wearing a huge offshore jacket, pockets bursting at the seams, sailing boots and thick socks regardless of the time of year or ambient temperature. But what exactly is it that we fill our pockets with before squeezing aboard a budget flight?
A Large Shackle
In the event of prop wrap you can run a line through a large shackle and hang it over the bow. Walk the line aft (one person on either side of the boat) and when you reach the transom you will have ‘caught’ the line and can bring it to the surface in order to cut yourself free.
A Couple of Nappies
Strange as it might seem, nappies are the perfect accessory for any sailor! They are incredibly absorbent and ideal for cleaning away any unwanted oil or residue from the engine bay.
A Head Torch
It must have a red light facility for use at night and it should always be turned off when you are facing your crew mates. A bright light in the face can ruin your night vision and seriously damage relationships!
I like to carry a small toolkit which includes mole grips, screwdrivers, magnetic pen and a multi-meter as a minimum.
It is a gift from the sailing gods – after all, what can’t be temporarily fixed with duct tape?
Lovely Soft Mid Layer Thermals
Of course, for warmth – but also to use as a pillow!
For cleaning tiny things, including your ears!
A Section of Tubing
For siphoning – and not always just fuel!
Metal Wire Coat Hanger
To prevent my Armani suit from becoming creased… No, not that – for poking or pulling things of course!
Emergency Navigation Lights
They are cheap and portable and invaluable if your main nav lights stop working!
To make even the most horrible food taste good!
Halcyon Yachts Ltd is a dedicated international yacht delivery specialist with highly experienced and qualified crew. For more information or to see details of their recent deliveries please visit Halcyon Yachts.