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:
The List of Gear We Loaded On Prior to Departure:
The Stuff We'd Take on the Next Trip: