Clearly we can't store too many spare items.
We only have a storage space about this big.
Where do we draw the line on practicality?
Our Criteria for Spares
I consider the following four factors to decide whether to carry a spare:
List of Spares
Our list of spare parts we will be carrying for our cruising in the Bahamas is as follows:
|We are not concerned about our head's liquids bottle breaking, rather |
losing it overboard while cleaning it. It would be very difficult to
rig up something to work while we are waiting
for a replacement to arrive.
|Our spare winch handles will be Harken floating |
winch handles like shown above.
A 10-inch water filter cartridge with carbon may not be found in
too many places in the Bahamas. We need to carry spares.
|We have at least three different fuse configurations, two of which are |
shown above. Then there are different amperage ratings.
We are making some preventative replacements (like all the hoses on the engine) to minimize the number of spares we have to carry onboard. Some recent replacements due to failures (like the engine's fuel lift pump) also prevents some needs for spares since it is very unlikely to fail again anytime soon. If you can think of anything we've missed, let us know by leaving a comment. Next up will be redundancies and consumables...