For the ICW
it will just be my wife and I. After that we are not sure yet. For the offshore
jaunts while traveling south to Florida again it will just be my wife and I.
i would consider a stand alone battery powered (like AA with several spare batteries) back up GPS
I have 3 new backup Garmin GPS units on board (2 with bluechart marine
charts)still in boxes both for on the boat or exploring on land.
How do you handle your sails?
We have a 150 Genoa furler
, a 2nd staysail also a furler
and a 1000' main. All running into the cockpit
. (ALL SAILS ARE NEW) All running rigging
, halyards etc have been replaced and all lines are brand new.
What is your ground tackle?
We have 3 anchors on board all 55lb anchors including a new Rocna
, a Bruce and a CQR
with a couple smaller ones in a rear deck
locker just in case. We installed a new 2900lb electric windlass
with deck controls up front, controls at the helm
and a wireless remote
key fob. I installed a single
new 300' piece of BBB chain for the main and had a 2nd new rode
made @ 250' of 3/4 and 50' of BBB chain in a secondary locker up front. Also had a custom dual line snubber made capable of around 50,000lbs. Lastly we have a 300' spool of 3/4" line for whatever on board.
Do you have an auxiliary generator? For extended cruising on a boat like yours and mine, I deem it essential.
Yes I have a vented genset locker and a new Honda
generator going in. I really wanted to install a new diesel
genset in the engine room but not enough time and the prices are stupid. Still debating a wind generator
. I'm kinda leaning towards wind
. Any thoughts?
What about a water-maker?
It is on the list and we will decide what we are doing about this before we depart Florida. But we also have twin glass and lined fresh water tanks
that hold 1500 liters of fresh water built into our hull
I’m presently on the Florida intercoastal with a 58’ main; at 63’ you are very very close to the bridges here. Look into this carefully.
Best wishes on your passage.
I orginally brought the boat up the ICW when we first purchased it when I undertook the 1st kamikaze trip and some bridges were very close, had to watch with binoculars and watch the tides carefully getting ready to hit hard reverse. Even had one take off our VHF antenna
What do most of the down south cruisers do for extra fuel
? I've heard some say carry at least 50 extra gallons of fuel
on board in gerry cans. But that seems excessive to me. What about theft etc? Any thoughts again?
Thanks to everyone we really appreciate the comments and suggestions. Please keep them coming. We are excited but at the same time a little apprehensive about our first trip.