The Voyage of Krogen 48' Classic Coral Bay: Voyage to the Caribbean — Paul and Julia Lanter (Voyage: Nov. 1999 - July 2002)
Preparations for our voyage included preparing ourselves as well as the boat, and provisioning all the "stuff" we thought we'd need. We each got physical examinations, the recommended inoculations, and traveler's health insurance. We engaged a mail forwarding service, sent change of address notices, and arranged for bill payments. We purchased navigation charts (paper and electronic), courtesy flags and cruising guides for all the countries we planned to visit, a life raft and GPIRB*, and a good first aid kit. We assembled an abandon ship bag. We purchased an SSB receiver for weather transmissions, a satellite phone, and we set up e-mail. We added a bow thruster, stabilizers, air conditioner, water maker, dinghy and davit, engine room fire extinguisher and additional house batteries.
We upgraded the anchor and added a saltwater washdown, computer navigation and GPS, autopilot, VHF radio, radar, depth finder, and spare parts and tools. We purchased a compressor to fill our dive tanks, a dive ladder for the swim platform, sun screens for the pilothouse and aft deck, and a freezer. We had the compasses swung, upgraded the boat insurance, bought enough food to feed a small country, and took off for a shake-down cruise to the Abaco Islands.
* GPIRB stands for Global Position Indicating Radio Beacon, a device which directly beams your GPS coordinates when activated, whereas an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) sends a signal to satellites that then determine your location by triangulation.