Anything you add to the boat you'll have to maintain. Salt
and electronics, electricity, etc are bitter enemies and salt
almost always wins. If this is your first boat, I'd recommend getting the fin keel
version of the boat. A full keel
boat has major issues with maneuverability in close quarters. Learning
to handle a 40,000#, 48' boat, plus a bowsprit
boat is a major undertaking made even more difficult with a full keel. I wouldn't want to be in the marina you use as home base until several months after you start using the boat. Can't imagine sailing on a 48' boat without a crew. Why such a large boat assuming there is just two of you.
I wouldn't be surprised that if you look carefully you are going to find a whole lot of other things that are not standard equipment
on the boat like refrigeration
, at least more than just simple working sails
, dinghy(s), etc. etc. They are almost add ons because people like to make the boats systems unique for their needs.
The best wind
finder I've ever used is my nose. It can sense the direction of the wind instantly, day or night, rain or shine. Until you can do that, stay away from electronic aids. Wind point/windspeed gauges are largely there for the unaware and bragging rights in dockside yarn spinning. A knot
meter/log is necessary for almost any hope of accuracy should your electronics force you to go to basic DR Navigation
Sounders are also handy navigation
aids in coastal waters. I like my chart plotter though could get by with a simple GPS
and paper charts
. Many people won't leave home without radar but it's an expense I've lived without sailing around much of the Pacific and with GPS is largely superfluous. If you are sailing in with lots of shipping
, an AIS
will tell them all about you way better than their puzzling over there radar, that is if they are looking at the radar or even maintaining a lookout. If sailing to remote parts
of the world is in the plan, some form of long range communication is nice to have. I have an SSB
with Pactor modem
, others use marine SSB
radio and still others are attached to the Satellites to keep in contact those back home or anywhere around the world. A couple of Epirbs for the boat and smaller ones (PLB) for each of you might save your life. Talking about life saving, a life raft has some merit. Some form of self steering
is a must. Personally prefer the simplicity and reliability
of wind powered self steering
. For a boat that large, you may be forced to go with an AutoPilot
. If you go the electronic route
, double the cost of the system for spares and figure out how you are going to feed it. Auto Pilots don't work for free like self steering
PortClydeMe's advice to look at used boats is really good advice. The depreciation hit on a new boat is tremendous, possibly as much as you would spend on buying a little less grand used boat. Don't agree at all with the rest of his post, though. As I said above, any systems you add to the boat will have to be maintained. I want to live free and easy and go where and when I want. Hanging around in every dirty large harbor I'm forced to go to get people to fix what is broke is not my idea of what cruising is all about. Have lived for a year or more at a time without most of the frue frues of a typical American and it has been the happiest and most rewarding times of my life. You don't have to set your boat up as the proverbial 'hair shirt' but most things that people load on their boats are just head
aches down the line that they would be happier without.
Anyway, good luck in your adventure. Sure others will have all sorts of input for you.