Campbells’ Quest

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No more wire wraps. Best use? On your pri­mary an­chor, for the peace of mind that your shackle is not the weak link in the ground tackle. It is also avail­able di­rectly from Crosby in var­i­ous sizes. Crosby Bolt-Type An­chor Shackle $23

BUNGEE BALL BIND­ING CORDS

Bungee balls are cheap and ef­fec­tive for wrap­ping and se­cur­ing power cords, rope, dock lines, pole spears, fish­ing rods, and so much more. To avoid dinghy “bounce out” in­ci­dents, we lash bags, gear, and cool­ers with these on ev­ery trip. We have pur­chased hun­dreds, which are in use ev­ery­where on­board Largo. You can even bind a small cam­era to your arm in the wa­ter, or make emer­gency re­pairs. Ko­tap Ball Bungee $9 (25-pack)

CRESSI TAKE DOWN DIVE KNIFE

Karen and I are knife peo­ple. I have a col­lec­tion of dive knives that cost up­wards of $800, the most ex­pen­sive of which is a cus­tom ver­sion of the fa­mous Ran­dall Model 14. But this Cressi take­down out­per­forms them all. It is avail­able with a sharp or chisel tip, which won’t eas­ily punc­ture you or your dinghy. Made of 304 stain­less, it would rust in the crevices as all diving knives do, ex­cept it comes apart eas­ily to re­veal ev­ery crack and cor­ner for clean­ing and oil­ing. It also fea­tures a ser­rated back (vi­tal to quickly cut rope), and comes with a snappy “click to lock” sheath. We also rec­om­mend an XS Neo­prene/Vel­cro dive knife holder for quick hol­ster­ing. Cressi Long-Blade Diving Knife $30

CAM-BUCKLE TIE-DOWN STRAPS

Long be­fore we be­gan cruis­ing full-time on Largo, I rafted the Alaskan wilder­ness alone, solo­ing re­mote rivers as far north as Prud­hoe Bay. The gear that has evolved for this kind of ex­treme ac­tiv­ity is spe­cial­ized, but one piece of river raft­ing gear has trans­lated well to Caribbean cruis­ing. NRS spring-pow­ered cam-buckle boat­ing straps come in a wide va­ri­ety of lengths and widths. They are pow­er­ful (2,000-lb. lash­ing ca­pac­ity), re­li­able, and re­mark­ably re­sis­tant to cor­ro­sion. The buckle is alu­minum, with a stain­less spring, and the web­bing is polypropy­lene. We use them to se­cure the dinghy to its davit, lash heavy items to the bow rail (spare mo­tor, sec­ondary an­chor), tie down cool­ers, deck boxes, kayaks, and lines, and for any­thing else where a quick, se­cure bind­ing needs to be tight­ened or re­moved quickly. (Also avail­able di­rect from NRS in all sizes). Tie-Down Straps $14 (9-foot strap)

There you have it. We hope you find these tools and gad­gets as help­ful to your every­day cruis­ing lives as we do. And look for our up­com­ing on­line ar­ti­cle on seven more “Gotta Get Gear” items, in­clud­ing in­cred­i­ble kitchen knives, cruiser-friendly read­ers, fool­proof knife sharp­en­ers, and much more.

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