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Half the fun (and challenge) is deciding what equipment you need, and don't need to sail around the world... and then going out and buying it. Prior to reading this long list, I must emphasize the importance of keeping things simple and doing with less. The less you take, the sooner you are out cruising (if you have a budget) and the less time you spend fixing things once out there. If possible, get the bare necessities and then spend a season or a year cruising. You will soon know what equipment is important and what isn't.

The trend is toward bigger and more lavishly outfitted boats. Personally, I feel there is something special about arriving in a port not knowing everything - which boats to expect (and vice versa) and the exact cost for washing a bag of laundry. That said, I think on our next voyage we would have a SSB radio, not just a little short wave receiver (which we picked up in Panama and doesn't appear on the following list).

One of my dreams is to sail on a disposable, inexpensive boat. A boat that I could lose on a reef without worrying about insurance, that I could leave in remote locations without security concerns, and that I could invite a whole village aboard for a day sail, without worrying about the disparity in our wealth, or that my suede settee might get wrecked. If I got tired of such a life, I would spend a few nights ashore in a hotel, or fly home, without financial second thoughts. 

In practice, life is more of a compromise, but these alternatives are important to consider when budgeting and outfitting a boat for extended cruising. To read about the medical kit we took, click here.

Madeline's Inventory List When We Purchased Her:

Electric Windlass (Simpson Lawrence) 3GM30 Yanmar Diesel Engine
Bimini Running Lights
Propane Detector Cabin Lights
Regular Head and Portable Head Signaling Kit with Flare Gun
Propane Stove Spare Propeller
Mainsail, Staysail, Genoa and Spinnaker Stereo with Interior and Cockpit Speakers (leaky)
Hydraulic Autopilot Pressure Water Pump and Strainer
24 lbs CQR Anchor with 20' chain and 100' Rode Solar Vents (leaky)

 The List of Gear We Loaded On Prior to Departure:
15' Parachute Sea Anchor Propane Solenoid and Lighted Switch
350' 3/4" Nylon Rode for Sea Anchor 12 VDC & 120 VAC Refrigerator (Norcold Icebox Conversion Kit)
Thimbles, Shackles & Swivel for Sea Anchor Wind Generator (Windbugger)
3/4" Nylon Anchor Bridle, Thimbles & Shackles Spare Interior Cabin Light
33 lbs Bruce Anchor, Swivel & Shackle Anchor Light (battery powered & ship's supply)
200' 3/8" BBB Chain Rode for Bruce Spotlight
16 lbs Danforth Anchor - Kedge Anchor Plugs in Cockpit for Anchor Light and Spotlight
10' Chain & 200' Nylon Rode for Danforth Navigation Tools - Divider, Parallel Rulers, etc
Stern Rail Mounting for Danforth Sextant and Sight Reduction Tables
Anchor Rode Bag for Danforth Handheld Compass
Electric Windlass Foot Switch Canadian Flag
Electric Windlass Solenoid Courtesy Flags, Q-Flag and Material to Make Flags
35' 6/0 Wire for Electric Windlass Barometer
Mushroom Dinghy Anchor, Chain, Rode & Shackles Binoculars
Stern Cleat for Dinghy Barbecue plus Connectors and Hose
Bow Anchor Roller Second Propane Tank
Stainless Steel Anchor Guard Fishing Rod, Reel & Holder
Bow Anchor Cleat Fishing Line, Lures
Hawser Pipe with lid Gaff
Lifejackets Garden Hose
Whistles for lifejacket Electrical AC Extension Cable
Safety Harnesses and Tethers Deck Dorade Vents and Covers
Jack Lines for Harnesses Tool Box and Various Tools
Deck Hardware for Jack Lines Medical Kit
Emergency Tiller Bosun's Chair
Tinker Tender - Liferaft & Sailing Options Chafe Tape
Outboard Motor (2HP Suzuki) Spare Turnbuckles, Shackles, Various Clevis Pins and
Stern Mounting Rack for Outboard Spare Bulldog Clamps, Hose Clamps, Hooks, etc
Stern Arch for Dinghy Davits, Antennae, Wind Generator and Solar Panel Various Bungy Cords and Clips
Larger Custom Fabricated Diesel Fuel Tank Saltwater Foot Pump and Faucet for Gallery Sink
Jerry Cans for Gas/Diesel Saltwater Pump Hose, Valves and Connectors
Jerry Cans for Water Windscreen (Dodger)
Spare Alternator, Starter, Fuel Pump, Fuel Filter Interior Fans
Spare Oil Filters, Fuel Filters, Air Filter, Engine Zincs Windscoop
Spare Impellers, Hoses, Injectors, Gasket Kit and other parts Mosquito Netting
Spare Engine Oil, Outdrive Oil, Hydraulic Fluid Cruising Chute
Radar Reflector Telltales and Ticklers
Hand-held Flares and Hand-held Smoke Day Flares Sail Repair Needles, Canvas, Stickyback and Sewing Palm
New Meteor and Parachute Flares Foul Weather Gear
Hand-held VHF Radio Rubber Boots
GPS (Garmin 50) Sailing Gloves
CD Player and New Interior and Cockpit Speakers Pressure Cooker
Spare Batteries for all Electronics Spice Rack
Starter and House Battery Hand Held Bilge Pump
Hydrometer Valves for Freshwater Tanks
Electrical Circuit Breakers and Breaker Panel Baskets, Tupperware Containers, Hooks, Netting, to hold Produce & Supplies
Battery Selector Switch Boat Cleaning Fluids, Bucket, and Brushes
Smart Alternator Regulator (Ample Power) Caulking, Underwater Epoxy, Epoxy, Glue
Multimeter Mace
Tinned Electrical Wire Speargun
Electrical Shrink Tubing Masks, Snorkels, Fins, Booties and Wetsuits
Electrical Connectors Boat Lettering
Spare Light Bulbs for all lights, including masthead lights Cruising Guides
Amp-Hour Meter (Ample Power) Reference Books: Boat Repair, Navigation and others 
Inverter (250W PowerStat)  

The Stuff We'd Take on the Next Trip:
Engine Hour meter SSB - Single Sideband or Ham Radio
Foreign Language Dictionaries Propane Pressure Gauge
More Wildlife Reference Guides Spare Shrouds
Cockpit Shower Spinnaker Pole
Saltwater Distiller Head Gasket Kit
Watermaker Socks for Spinnakers
More Spinnakers for Light and Heavy Air (Various sizes and weights) E-mail
Bigger Inverter Scuba Gear (If the boat is big enough!)