How do you recognise a boat fitted for a long journey?

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Ellinor Ristoff Staffan Ehde
Wed 3 Oct 2012 18:57
A boat fitted for long trips, has poles, lot's of poles.
The first and biggest is of course the mast, many long haulers have two of them. All fitted with steps so the most brave on board can climb the mast.
Next thing you see is all the poles in the aft of the boat. Today power consumption is the big issue. So there are poles for solar panels and poles for windgenerators. We are long gone from Schlocums days when they lit caroseene lamps in the evening and dropped their green and red glass over them. We are also not using sextants (but we keep one for safety) anymore, there is a pole for antennas, gps, sattellite radio, Navtex, and one pole for the radar. Then there is a wind rudder with all the poles...
Then there are poles for the bimini ( a shading roof that boats sailing in the hot parts of the world need).
Fishing poles, man over board pole. Poles to haul up the dinghy. The more poles the less the crew take a swim in the ocean.
Why is that? With a forest of poles you cannot pass them to get into the water. Very safe indeed...