Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my dinghy cruising blog about my John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. Built over three years, Arwen was launched in August 2007. She is a standing lug yawl 14' 6" in length. This blog records our dinghy cruising voyages together around the coastal waters of SW England.
Arwen has an associated YouTube channel so visit to find our most recent cruises and click subscribe.
On this blog you will find posts about dinghy cruising locations, accounts of our voyages, maintenance tips and 'How to's' ranging from rigging standing lug sails and building galley boxes to using 'anchor buddies' and creating 'pilotage notes'. I hope you find something that inspires you to get out on the water in your boat. Drop us a comment and happy sailing.
Steve and Arwen

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Dinghy cruising grab bags - What goes in your dinghy grab bag?

I am never sure about what to put in a grab bag for a day sail or for extended coastal hop sailing. So here we go. This is my first effort. If you think I have too much, too little, inappropriate stuff......missing something vital, then do get in touch via the comment box.

Now be kind. I have been laid up in bed for two days with a somewhat virulent sickness bug!


Grab bag contents
Spare glasses
Spare vhf
Spare batteries
Bottles of water
First aid kit
Thermal blankets
Sea sick tablets
Chocolate bars
Radio licence
Powerboat licence
Money and credit cards
Spare knife
Some light sticks
Gorilla tape roll
Head torch and spare batteries
Signalling mirror

Longer than an inshore/ rivers day cruise
Fire kit including waterproof matches, cotton wool balls, petroleum jelly 
Power monkey recharger kit
Sunblock and lip salve 
Snorkel mask
Boil in a bag ration pack
10m braided thin line hank
Beanie hat
Waterproof gloves
Liquid soap
Long burn candle
Spare change of clothes

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