Things I have that make my boat non-simple include:
- no auto pilot needed inland and on the nthsea you need to be at the helm
- gps/chartplotter systems, great on the laptop
for planning which canal to turn onto next...
- pressurized water
system, 800watt and motor
heated for shower
- a real head
, we arent allowed to unload in the water
so a holding tank
and marina pump out, or porta potty..
-dont have or need a water maker close to shore, had one on a 3 mth surfing charter
from Aus to Bali, was fantastic but wow, high maintainence..
seldom used when you have solar panels
, but great backup..
- furling sails
, had them on all my sail boats.
- anchor windlass
, great help for my and my misses back.
- elec battery charger
.. runs fridge, boils billy, makes hot water and charges all types of things...
Before my motorboat I had sailboats, doing deliveries, as skipper
When delivering a boat you want all the luxuries so long as they work, if they dont have them or they dont work, then you dont miss them ( really?). Delivering a 14mtr cat from Capetown to Granada, it was great having all the mod cons, sailing a new bareboat
to Airlie beach every mth, you didnt need them all but if there you used them.
Now I am semi retired and I have a motorboat and motor
along the canals and rivers in holland
I have all the mod cons wether I need them or not, why??? because of all the years sailing with the mickey mouse stuff and the few trips without, you really get used to having a fridge with ice cubes for your afternoon scotch, cold prawns, and real milk at breakfast. Hot shower
, water to wash up and power on demand when needed.
I dont need them because I could go into a marina every night and plug
in, but we dont. We stay on anchor
for 3 days at a time, and then you realise that the battery
power to run the inverter
to run the fridge, the hotwater system, the laptops, the phones, boil the jug instead of turning on the gas, using the electric winch
instead of breaking my back to get the anchor up is enormous.
I started out with a 3.7 kva petrol genset running 2 hrs a day to charge the batteries, boil the water and charge the laptops, then we decided to go solar
, 2x 120watt and 1 x130watt and that got us back to 30min per day on the genset to help with keeping the batteries above 75%. Now when the sun dont shine what then?, well we decided to put an extra 70 amp alt on the motor and connect the hotwater system to the motor and expand the battery bank from 240 to 480amps. We now use the solar panels
if the sun shines and run the main motor for 30 min once or twice a day if it doesnt, that way the motor is run hard for the 30 minuters, gets warm quick and heats the water with both inverter elec and from the motor, charges the battery's and provides 220volt through the invertor to charge the phones and laptops and boil the billy for a cuppa.
Now is this system simple?? I say yes, it is very easy to maintain so long as you have sun or diesel
and you built the systems in yourself.
If you didnt build the systems in yourself then NO this is not simple and out at sea near St helena when the autopilot
went down,, no, again not simple, and had to hand stear the rest of the way to the carib.
It all depends on your ability to fix, maintain and service
the systems you put on your boat. But as you get older you like the mod cons, even tho I have seen people here in a marina shower on the backdeck with cold riverwater because he had done it all his life and wasnt gonna have silly things like hotwater on his boat even with the genset he had built in for the battery charger
. So it's up to you, size of boat and places you intend to sail, my delivery
days are over, I have sailed the med and the nth sea and am now very happy to have a motorboat with solar panels
, genset, fridge, laptops, anchor winch
, hot running pressure water and so on. still refuse to put a TV on board, all the entertainment comes from Tablets, phones and laptop
If you got it enjoy it, if you havent, then get it, but learn how to build it in and maintain it yourself as you go, that way you know how to fix it when it breaks...