As far as power goes I think AIS, chart Plotter and vhf
are not that hard to power. If your going down the ICW
you will be on the motor
a bit and have amp hours to spare. I would pile on the panels
but until you start with Refrigerators and ice makers your consumption
should be manageable.
You may want an Epirb
. Even if your going on short day hops it is better to have than not have. If you look at price
is not much more than a wifi
network adapter and will help you out in a crunch.
For the AIS I would suggest going all in for a class B and purchasing
a real MMSI number from the FCC. This way your VHF
, AIS and Epirb will be on record
for your boat internationally.
Also, I actually have a cheap
vhf and spare whip in the box in case my primary dies. Well the spare whip is in use as my primary whip took a lightning
hit. Also one or two floating hand helds are nice to talk with the mother ship when ashore. Also look into a RAM Mic.
I have AIS and a N2k networking to my Garmin
chart plotter. A dedicated plotter is very nice to have as it does depth
, speed, chart etc and shows time and distance to waypoint and can give collision
alarms all on one waterproof, non cable fiddling screen
I like my tablet and phone
but do not really want them floating about the cockpit
when I am sailing. They are nice to look at Active captain
and trip plan and call ahead to marinas
but anything my toddler daughter can toss over the side probably may be a bit too risky to use as a primary.