Hummingway, what type of tanks, SS, Aluminum
>Stainless steel water tanks, steel diesel
Very good point Cheechako! The level of luxury certainly makes a difference with the number of systems and how complicated they may be.
>"Level of luxury" The list can go on and on... I want standing headroom
for 6'3", cold beer
, auto pilot & wind vane
, comfortable seating area, 2,000 NM range under power, a good sailer, easy access to engine, (like my engine room), all electronics
w/spares, reliable engine, be able to see out from inside,(like my pilothouse), place for a fair sized dinghy
on board, dinghy outboard
at least 15HP 2 stroke
only, did I say cold beer
18 years living aboard
Manual water maker? Sufficient tankage for a week at a time for two.
>120 volt AC watermaker
, 20 gallons per hour, 200 gallons tankage
Hot water at the tap or propane tank.
> 120Volt AC and engine heated
As to water, I think it's nice to turn a tap and have water but I was thinking of a pressurized system, a small air tank with pressure in the water tank...is that done?
pumps last. One of mine is 44 years old, with a kit about each 10 years. Tried and true - Jabsco!
Use a manual air pump? I know there are marine
fixtures, but there are some home fixtures (ceramic valves) that are nice but simple. Water lines I think I would prefer to put in the new PEX flex tubbing with a manifold....won't freeze and burst and easy to install. Not sure about drains, guessing that PVC works if it's well secured.
, a deeper double sink should fit on a boat that size (32 or so). With a gutted boat (or new build) I am thinking that some Lowes cabinets could be trimed on the back and bottom to fit, or just plywood
for doors and drawers? 4" or smaller tile for counter tops.
Small fridge and ice chests.
>Yes on a 32' boat. I have a 120 volt AC/12 volt DC fridge, Norcold. The first one only lasted 21 years. Yes, I said 21 years! Freezer
big enough for adequate food
for three months. Mine is 120 volt hermetic unit for dock
or genset, coils around a SS box. Inside is a Dole holding plate from an ice cream truck, refrigerated by a 2 cylinder Tecumseh aircon compressor
belt driven by my Yanmar
genset. In the 30 years we have owned our boat, we have replaced the compressor
, a coffe pot is a must, 12V or 110v. Grill
, stove, microwave would be biggest power hog.
> 3 burner stove w/oven, gimbaled, LPG, 2 tanks w/safety controls
for the sole in a glass boat or covered ply in a build.
I'm really sold on a small outboard and a displacement
hull, even though I wouldn't have an engine for running air and alternator
. So, probably need a back up for the gen set for low voltage requirements, solar
>Where are you going? Answer will determine size and type of engine.
materials: Naugrahide (sp?) fake leather, sunbrella, cotton canvas
? Best to keep clean and fight mildew? Is there any special foam for cushions
to be used? Berth could be an air mattress/bed or mattress.
>Living aboard full time wears cushion covers. Select a spousal unit that sews, take a sewing machine
and stock up on material when it is on sale
Matresses used to last about 5 years, now age 70+, over ten years
AC/Heat, was another thread, a roof unit probably.
>NO! UGLY! Pacific and trade wind
areas no need for aircon. Gulf coast
, essential installed unit.
Need supplemental heat,
>Go south in the winter. You have a sailboat.
bank to back up gen set.....solar charger
> Again, it depends on boat size. I have six 6 volt deep cycles in one big banks and a 4D for engine and genset starting. Read West Marine catalog "Blue Pages" re; batteries.
Stove would be at least two burner propane. Fridge could be propane as well.
>Propane fridges are sensitive to movement and unsafe in a boat!
I like spray foam to keep water out of cracks and stop air leaks
, so insulated cabin
at least above the water line. What's best?
Sorry for making this so long, there is probably a luxury standard that I don't know that could have put this in fewer words. Better than camping, nice work boat finish I guess, not a luxury cruiser.
Gunkholing mostly, on the hook, self sufficient as possible for the money
>On the hook for freedom, independence and comfort. We lived at anchor
for several years, 800' of chain in 3 rodes, 66# CQR's foreward and aft, 75# Danforth, 50@ Herreshof spares, plus 35# Northill for kedge
How to do this most reliably?
>Save up $115,000 and buy my boat.
And A BIG THANKS!!!!