Welcome aboard! It's good to hear that you will be pursuing your dream. That's wonderful.
Based on the limited information I have about your past experience with boats, I'd suggest that you get a comfortable boat that is good for island hopping but also can handle heavy seas. If you like monohulls then Beneteau
makes a comfortable and affordable model, 393 Cyclades
(I admit, I may be partial to Beneteau
since that's what we have). If you have a little more money
to play with I'd suggest something with a smaller draft
so you can get closer to the islands.
The summer is hurricane
season in the Caribbean
so most people like to sail the Caribbean in the winter. Also, insurance
may not cover your boat in the summer in the Caribbean so be sure to check on that.
we use Navionics
. We have the app on our iPad
, tablet, phones and we have chips in the Chartplotter
We like Navionics
because you can make your own real-time map using SonarChart Live. More info here: SonarChart Live | Navionics
Screenshots of before and after SonarChart Live to create even more detailed charts
below (the thick black lines are contour lines that show extreme detail. when you scroll in you get contour lines every foot!):
For electricity we use a wind generator
(The Caribbean is known for their Christmas
winds in the winter which are perfect for a wind
generator). We used a KISS generator
. Check them out here: KISS High Ouput wind generator | svHotWire