Nice looking boat. I'm no expert but overall the Sabre
27 looks pretty strong. But I hope that there are some folks with more knowledge.
Re. Radios. I couldn't believe that the one that you referenced was right because the price
is so low. On checking, that is what we'd call CB Radio
in the US. You'd need a marine SSB
and if you are really into it and want to get a Ham license
that might add some utility. I am still thinking of upgrading mine in a year or so so did some checking around. A new marine SSB
will run about $2000 and the modem
for doing email
and grib files would cost about $1500. I'd really think that the radio
is worth it but the modem
might not be, for your use. Chris Parker has some valuable advice here: Marine Weather Center - Bahamas & Caribbean Marine Weather Services
and this is a really great little intro to SSB installation
and use http://www.freewebs.com/seawrite/lusradiopage.htm
I haven't looked at the rest of their blog but if it's as good as the discussion of SSB it'll be useful.
Another thing that you'll almost surely want is some kind of autopilot
. I used mine a lot on crossings and long sails
. Don't know anything about tiller pilots except that they exist and seem to work well.
I agree with David that solar panels
are big. I have mine on an arch behind the wheel
but if I had to do it again I think I'd figure out a good mounting over my bimini
. You'll be surprised at how things like electronics
, radios, etc suck up electrons.