- first aid kit and personals in small blue bag
- two food bags, orange with snacks stored in deck bag for easy reach, the green bag has meal supplies, the red bag in back is the mess kit
- green bag has miscellaneous items like head lamps, bug repellent, extra matches, etc.
- black bag is camp cloths
- red bag is paddling cloths-warm weather and cold
- skinny blue is mat for bed
- sleeping bag
- in the deck bag I had my charts, note book, binoculars, sun screen, deck light and a survival kit.
I also packed 4 gallons of water, a tarp and a newspaper. Everything fit fine and I actually had more room in the boat for storage.
Here are some of my learnings from this trip.
- A retractable fin is a must. The boat paddles so much better with a fin, however the fin has to come off to paddle through the shallows.
- Having a bit more free board would make the stowage process easier and keep the rider drier.
- It is important to be able to stow the sail and rig while on the water. If I had decided to sail out of Tampa Bay I would have had to change my plans and de-rig while on the water. I need to practice this maneuver more before I attempt the EC.
- As I paddled across the bay it became very apparent that I am in no shape to do the EC this year. My lower back was in extreme pain even with a backrest.
- Although I had a great time, it would really be better to have a few friends along to share the fun. I need to get busy and build some more boats.
So now that I have decided to pull out of the EC, what will my next adventure be?