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Handy Things



Circumnavigator's Checklist

As a reference for future circumnavigators, here are some lists of items we had aboard Heartsong III during the circumnavigation.




Handy Things to Have


Reference Library (not yet posted)


Spares (not yet posted)


Provisions and supplies (not yet posted)

Major Equipment Aboard Heartsong III During Circumnavigation

Generally, we were extremely pleased with our equipment.  Comments are in italics for those items surprisingly useful or with which we are not satisfied.

Posted under Passages and Ports is "Vendors We Like" -- a list of retail marine vendors that we have used and can wholeheartedly recommend.

We do not accept payment of any kind from anybody for anything posted on this website. 

Rig & Sails

bulletSelden furling mast
bulletSelden Furlex furling jib
bulletRetractable staysail stay
bulletLewmar electric primary winches
bulletLewmar manual secondary winches
bulletModea electric winch handle
bulletLewmar graphite "power grip" winch handles (4)
bulletHood Vectran™ Sails: In-mast furling main, 130% Genoa, storm staysail, tri-sail, asymmetrical gennaker

Anchoring System

bulletMaxwell VWC 3500 electric windlass
bulletCockpit windlass remote
bullet110-lb Bruce anchor
bulletChain, 300 feet (for South Pacific, better to have 350)
bullet 60-lb CQR anchor
bullet Fortress FX 55 stern anchor (no stern roller yet -- would be nice to have)
bullet250 feet rode

Electronics & Radios 

bullet Autohelm ST6000+ autopilot 
bulletAutohelm ST6000+ autopilot (fully installed spare)
bulletRaytheon GPS, stern rail-mounted antenna
bulletRaytheon R20XX radar at nav station, mast-mounted antenna
bulletRaytheon SL70+CRC color radar/chartplotter in cockpit, mast-mounted antenna
bulletC-Map NT+ chart cards (Club C-Map)
bulletTrimble Inmarsat-C, stern rail-mounted antenna
bulletAuthohelm ST50+ navigation instruments
bulletInterphase Probe sonar
bulletSGC 2000 SSB/ham radio
bulletSCS PTC-II TNC (radio "modem" for sailmail)
bulletStandard VHF DSC radio
bulletRemote VHF transceiver (in cockpit)
bulletSpeedtech Weathermate digital barometer (very accurate)
bulletMotorola 3-watt analog cellphone, mast-mounted antenna (totally obsolete; not useful outside US and northern Caribbean waters)
bulletIridium 9505 portable satellite telephone
bulletMagellan Colortrak handheld GPS (2)
bulletMotorola "Freetalk" family band radios (2)
bulletRadio Shack TRC 508 family band radios, with headphones (2 sets of 2) (extraordinarily useful)
bulletICOM M1+ portable VHF radio, waterproof
bulletICOM IC-M3 portable VHF radios (2)
bullet"Blinky II" watch-keeping alarm, by Sea Witch (indispensable)

Computer System

bulletDell Inspiron 8000 notebook (20GB hard drive, CD burner) (CD burner very useful)
bullet Dell Latitude XPi notebook (4GB hard drive)
bulletDell port replicator for each notebook (docking station)
bulletCanon BJC-80 printer
bulletCanon Cano-Scan flatbed scanner
bulletIomega Jaz 2-gig backup drive
bulletXtrafire 911 Slim 120GB/7200rpm firewire hard drive
bulletC-Map PC Planner NT navigation software
bulletNobeltec Visual Navigator software
bulletCoretex Weatherfax software
bulletJVConn weatherfax software
bulletVisual Passage Planner software
bulletSkyMap software
bulletQuicken financial software
bulletOutlook Express email software
bulletFront Page website editing software
bulletAdobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0 photography software
bulletWordPerfect and Microsoft Office
bulletStudio 7 DV video editing software

Power System

bulletYanmar  4JH2-UTE100hp turbo-diesel engine
bulletMaxprop feathering propeller
bulletDual alternators
bulletOnan MDKAL 8kw generator
bullet300-gallon stainless diesel tankage, with fuel cleaning/recirculation system
bulletHeart 2500 inverter, Link 2000
bulletHeart Freedom 300 inverter (dedicated to computer)
bulletIsolation step-down transformer (for NZ/Aus/European power conversion)
bulletFour 210-amp Concord Lifeline AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries
bulletColeman PowerMate 1000 portable generator
bulletDetachable stern outboard motor mount in case of main engine failure

Safety Equipment

bulletFireboy automatic fire extinguisher (engine room)
bulletViking 6-person Yachtsman UK life raft
bulletM.O.M.-8 man overboard module
bulletU.S. Coast Guard safety gear (PFDs, flares, etc.)
bullet406 EPIRB
bulletWest Marine inflatable Sospenders, with tethers
bulletStearns bum-bag PFDs (4)
bulletHydraulic wire cutters
bulletSuper Gyser 4 115V submersible emergency pump (5000gph)

Galley & Water System, etc.

bulletVillage Marine Tec 150 watermaker (6 gal/hr) (very reliable)
bullet200-gallon stainless water tankage
bullet20-gallon hot water heater
bulletForce 10 propane stove/oven
bullet20-lb propane tanks in vented lockers (2)
bulletDual 12V/220 Grunert refrigerator (top- and side-loading) 
bulletDual 12V/220 Grunert freezer (top-loading only) 
bulletCombomatic 6000 marine washer/dryer
bulletBroan trash compactor
bulletCruisair air conditioning (20,000 BTU, 2 blowers fwd; 16,000 BTU, 1 blower aft)

Peripherals & Recreation

bulletSouthern Pacific RIB 3.1-meter dinghy (previous dinghy lasted about 3 years)
bulletYamaha 15hp outboard (many problems with this outboard, and many problems trying to get warranty work done outside USA; however, darn thing won't die so we can justify buying a new one.  Maybe it's better than we thought!)
bulletAvon R341 11ft roll-up dinghy (spare)
bulletMariner 2hp "kicker" outboard
bulletPacer hard-shell sea kayak
bulletMax-Air 35 dive compressor, 3.5 CFM
bulletSCUBA gear
bulletHuka gear
bulletSnorkel gear
bulletFishing gear


bulletDavis Mark III sextant
bulletC-MAP NT+ chart card library
bulletSteiner 50x70 binoculars
bulletNikon 50x70 6.2 Seasider binoculars
bulletITT Night Mariner 150 night-vision monocular
bulletSpeedtech portable Depth Mate sounder
bulletKVH Datascope hand bearing compass
bulletAccusight hand bearing compass
bulletNiteguard 500,000 CP cordless spotlight
bulletMegaphone, with siren, mounted in companionway
bulletRadio Shack intruder mini-alarms (4), mounted in cockpit, companionways (excellent)
bulletShadetree awning
bulletNon-battened "lunch" awning
bulletBaja fuel filter
bulletSunbrella covers: all hatches, winches and deck gear


bulletPanasonic 20" TV/VCR (NTSC)
bullet"Multi" VCR and converter (PAL & NTSC)
bulletPioneer stereo CD/cassette/am-fm system, 12-CD changer
bulletVideo library
bulletCD library
bullet"Books on tape" library
bulletOvation guitar, travel size
bulletYamaha PSR-520 cordless electric piano
bulletFlute & recorder
bulletFujifilm MX700 digital camera
bulletSony PC-100 digital video camera
bulletPentax 35 mm camera, lenses: 80-200, 200-320
bulletGates underwater housing for digital video camera


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