GP14 Cruising Kit


This is my kit list for a day cruise (in company) in a GP14

The Dinghy Cruising Assoc spend a lot of hours in discussion about what is a recommend kit list. My one is NOT a discussion document! Just make sure you learn from others what to carry and do not be a potential burden to rescue services.

- Dom Degnon

“The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.”

Dom Degnon

1.Tow Rope and carabineer - Yes, most rescue boats already have one but it may not be a rescue boat comes to your aid.

2. First Aid Kit - and put it in a waterproof bag please.

3. Wallet - Not the one I carry all the time, a spare one that if lost will not bring my life to economic halt.

4. Sun Kit - Sunglasses - sun cream - Floppy hat - not a baseball cap - that does not protect your neck, unless you wear it the wrong way round - in which case you definitely not be sailing with me!

5. VHF Radio - Be legal and know how to work it! I use a Standard Horizon HX870E. I find it quite useful to listen into local traffic, what is going on in the area is useful knowledge.

I have a page here on a review I did for the Standard Horizon

6. Horn - For blasting at the giant oil tanker that's heading straight for you. Yellow thing is a torch - not really needed for 'day cruising'.

7. Mobile Phone.... for reporting to the ‘Mrs’ to get the kettle on.

8. Wind Indicator - Remember to put this on before you ‘step’ the mast. The tubes next to it are for fitting on the shrounds and it stops my jib sheets chaffing.

9.Bucket and sponge - You can go and do ‘car washing’ if the boat sinks. Note, the bucket should be 'rubber' (i.e. fit for the purpose) NOT a cheap plastic one.

10. Storm Jib - This is a great wee sail and very useful to have.

11. Mast Buoyancy - A MUST if you have a Mk1 GP14.

12.Fenders - Useful also to ‘roll’ boat off the shore should the tide run out on you. Has a use if you get 'towed' alongside.

13. Anchor - More rope than chain! The folding -grappling type might store better but I found them to be next to useless. A length of nylon string (as you have for crabbing) can be used to attach to the anchor which you take with you to a beach to pull the boat in.

14. Oars/Rowlocks - when in use need to be secure - I have a string attached to the bottom which attaches to a hook under the rowlock hole

This is my alternative means of propulsion. Oars when not in use are tied down but still readily and easily available.

15. Black pouch -Tools (pliers screwdriver, knife, cable ties etc.)

16. Kettle, Cup and Stove - It’s just something to do when you reach that desert Island. Don’t forget the lighter and the tea bags!

17. Water Bottles - I have a blue carry bag and the water bottles are for carrying…water!

18. Dry Bags - Get ones in clear plastic - it saves a lot of searching. This is for clothes for the ‘opposite’ weather you set off in. Red bag in picture is small dry bag for phone and wallet.

19. Charts/maps - Charts are ridiculously expensive, however, I do find them fascinating to study.

One of my emergency kit bits I have found the most useful - a bundle of short lengths to rope!

Food (snack bars, fruit)
Compass (my one is fixed to the boat)
Reading Glasses - (It comes to us all)
RNLI Pennant - was assured that if I flew this the RNLI would give me priority treatment.

I do not carry.....

Flares - Use on a small boat! - you must be joking! (LED’s are the way to go).
GPS - Is on my VHF radio only. I don’t believe anything more sophisticated is necessary. Just another thing to go wrong and how many hands have you actually got?

Charts - Alright, I do have some but in general, a small boat with a draft of about 2 ft an OS map is just as useful, especially estuary cruising. I use online charts to do my 'homework' on.

Furling front sails - I can see the need, stops sails flogging when you go ashore for example. A reefing system to reduce sail area while sailing - just too expensive!

Grumpy says "Alcohol does not solve any problem, but then neither does milk".