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Checklist for your cruising destination

These lists are by no means complete and Soundings encourages readers to e-mail additions, as well as the reasoning behind the suggestions.

Great Loop/ICW/Chesapeake Bay
40-plus-gallon holding tank
oversized fenders
15-foot overhead clearance
walkaround deck
bow thruster
mud anchor

Down East Maine
good dinghy
assortment of anchors
warm clothing
prop "spurs"
programmable loud hailer

Inside Passage
fishing gear and crab traps
500 feet of anchor line
warm clothing
cabin heater
good dinghy
good camera

good dinghy
several anchors
complete spares kit
stowage for provisions
ample water and fuel tankage
satellite weather
shoal draft
redundant propulsion
polarized sunglasses
snorkeling gear
lots of cash

See related articles:

- A new adventure every day

- Trawler talk

- Easy cruising at 65 mph

- Soundings on board

- About this month's cover shot

This article originally appeared in the June 2012 issue.