First off, any boat that is reasonable to trailer (unless you own a Peterbilt!) is going to be awfully cramped to live aboard for 6 months. Of course, that's a very subjective thing, so maybe you don't mind very, very small spaces.
What I know is that I lived aboard my trailerable San Juan
23 for about 6 weeks back when I was young and single
, and even then it was about as much as I could take. After 6 weeks I was VERY happy to move into an apartment!
I also wouldn't put $5k into electronics in a boat like this. I had a fixed mount VHF
in my San Juan
, but frankly, if I were doing it over again, I would have only had a handheld (though I might have still mounted an antenna
at the masthead that I could connect it to). Add to that a good handheld GPS
, or even a smart-phone with a navigation
app, and that's all you really need (and, to be honest, you don't even really NEED that). For good measure I would probably add a laptop
with a USB GPS
and a good, external wifi antenna
The only navigation
items that I would consider absolutely necessary are a current
set of charts
, a good compass
, a way to tell how fast you are going (I like a knotmeter
and a GPS, so that I get both speed through the water and speed over ground), and a depth sounder
Beyond that, I think you are going about this in exactly the right way. Too many people rush into buying
the very biggest boat that they possibly can, right off the bat. Take a look around any marina, at the many boats sitting and rotting away, to see where that leads. Starting small and working your way up is, in my opinion, a much better and (in the long run) much less expensive way to go about it.