So I signed up for swiftsure!

Then I looked at the safety requirements and…. arghhhhhh

So, I have three weeks to do the following (it’s really all stuff I should have done before I go offshore anyway)

  • replace lifelines with unjacketed steel ones
  • add proper jacklines
  • replace hatchboard with solid one (current one has slates)
  • add a way to fasten the hatches closed from inside
  • add a way to secure the hatchboards even when not in
  • add latches to lazarette seats
  • reroute bilge pump away from cockpit drain
  • get backup set of nav lights
  • crotch strap
  • FLARES (mine expired last week 🙁 )
  • borrow MOB pole
  • get hand bearing compass
  • Make sure each thru-hull has a plug attached to it
  • make a chart of all the safety equipment and thru-hulls
  • get strobes for lifejackets
  • get a numeral pennant
  • display sail numbers on lifelines
  • Attach new spinny pole end


First step – replace lifelines. Probably should have been done years ago but a) it was boring and b) I am lazy.

Stripped all the lifelines off the boat

look at that rust

Should get those back next week. 0.5 down, lots to go :/