I just love this topic and it is interesting to see all the things that folks add or consider important. As a new boat owner I am interested to get better utility out of the boat and be as safe as possible first. Unfortunately with the big variation no boat sizes in this thread it's hard to figure out what "I" should do. Obviously on our 26 footer a Furuno
Radar array may be overkill - LOL
We are planning to do short coastal cruises of a couple days for now and want to build up to 9-14 day trips. From here in Singapore
our first destinations will be the Singapore
Straits, Johor river, Sebana Cove and Other Singapore marinas
. After that we plan to venture up the east coast
of West Malaysia
to Sibu and Tioman islands. Our "graduation" with this boat will be the Straits of Mallacca to Port Dickson, Mallaca and Langkawi. If that goes well we might consider Phuket as our doctorate work. With this in mind here is how she is fitted now.
- All new including mast
and boom and sails
within 5 years
Ground Gear - CQR
anchor, 10 meters of chain and 60 meters of rode
Alternate Power - Volvo Penta
10hp, spare parts
(alternator, starter, impeller, etc) dual batteries, 40 litres of fuel
, Depth Sounder
, handheld Garmin
without mapping - it's a G295 aviation unit but at least it tells us where we are and how slow we are going ;-)
Kit - jackets, rings, first aid kit, wooden plug
set, hole kit (a couple of squares of plywood
, plasticine, screw gun, screws and bolts)
Personal Amenities - Toilet, sink with 40 litres storage
tank, 25 cu/ft of cooler storage
, no stove ;-(
So with all that said here is what I think might be next - note that I think this is also the priority order...
Stove - The original Maxi
brochures show a two burner stove in the "galley" area and for any overnight cruises I think we are going to need to at least make coffee. I am pretty sure I can add this in without too much rework to the cabinets. He thinks we ought to get a gas grill
and hang it on the back. I am ok with that until it rains - I am a grouchy bear without my coffee in the morning.
More Ice! - I don't think a fridge is worthwhile, although my partner is lusting after one. I don't know where we would get the space or the power...
Power - We have a small bimini
on the back and I am thinking to add a 3rd battery
and a couple of solar panels
. I think I can mount 2 each 2ft X 2ft panels
. The plan would be to isolate this system completely and run cabin
lights, fans, personal radios etc. Basically make a DC circuit for "convenience" items.
- I think the 396 or 496 series would do us well. Bluecharts and the ability to create passage
routes would be a nice supplement to paper charts
and make us more aware of anchorages
and bottom features as we explore new places.
Second Anchor - We don't have a huge boat and don't expect to be in any unsheltered anchorages
but a second Danforth anchor is probably a good idea
I am very interested to hear any views or advice.