Originally Posted by usmc_mickey
To be honest boatman61, I'm not sure what tips I'm looking for specifically. I would really like to install a life line around my boat, and maybey some sort of additional foul weather
protection around the cockpit
. I have little deck
space and need to come up with an inexpensive means of charging
my batteries. I thought of a windmill but they appear to be pretty pricy, I can pick up a solar
for about $30 US at tractor supply. I run my whole house (12v system) on a 100 watt panel and two deep cycle batteries. Anyway I'm just trying to get a feel for all that I need to pick up along the way to make this work.
I presume by lifeline you mean just that.. not a 'Guardrail'...
Get three stainless eye bolts and fit one each side of your hatchway as near the edge of the coachroof as possible and the third just aft or forward of the mast
so your harness will allow you to reach and work the foredeck, then shackle two lengths of wire as taut as possible in a V... suggest you fit a fourth in the cockpit to clip on to....
100W should be enough to operate/maintain your cabin/nav lights, autopilot
and your H/H GPS
.. carry a spare... dedicate one battery(strongest) to your tillerpilot... thats your workhorse and crew and... if you can.. fit/convert your lights to quality LED.. cuts drainage loads.. also one masthead tri will be more economical than the normal 3 usually fitted on small boats.
Maybe carry a regular car battery
for your tricke charger to work the vhf/gps.. totally seperate from the boat system.
Also see if your outboard
can be fitted with a generator
back-up... relatively inexpensive and, if its a 4stke... 25 litres will give you lots of charge time.
Shelter you can knock up yourself if a custom hood
is to expensive... all the hinge fittings etc can be bought at a Chandler's... 3/4 stainless tube and solder-able 45/90 degree elbows from a plumbers merchant... cut bend and fit to desired length and shape.. canvas
can be bought fairly easy, treated usually costs 1/3rd as much again as untreated.. buy that and get waterproofing spray for boots and treat it yourself.. run candle wax over your hand stitching first... the sprayhood below is 11ftx6ft and I made the frame and hand stitched the cover over a winter.. hour or two an evening.. when I wasn't out carousing...lol.
PS; good backing pads for eye bolts....