SP, sound advice from all.
really is critical and frankly, I love Hud's idea for moveable textilene blinds.
- I have only three 75 watt panels
on my boat but can generally average about 10 amps/hour if adjusted properly.
A WIND GENERATOR
is also useful, especially during passages (and lets face it, when it is overcast there is often wind). Even though the tendancy is to anchor
out of strong winds, the offshore
night thermals can also provide a decent boost in many anchorages
- EXTREMELY useful for weather
(with the appropriate modem) and cruiser's nets.
- nice, not only in arid areas such as the Bahamas
(I know, not part of the Caribbean), and some of the smaller islands off the coast of Venezuela
, but also to ensure clean, palatable water
without the need for transporting jerry jugs.
nice if you have the battery/charging capacity.
WASH - especially useful if you have a watermaker
and can give your boat a fresh rinse from time to time.
- virtually unused by most cruisiers. And Hud is absolutely spot on about Hella (or equivalent) fans. I have 7 and have actually thought about installing one in each of the head
compartments (I do have one in the shower/tub compartment).
- I have both a manual and an electric windlass
, but can tell you that electric
windlasses have saved many a back over the years. When one considers the advisability of an all chain rode
(at least for your primary anchor), the weight can get pretty intimidating on a 40 foot boat. If for reasons of cost/electrical draw you are unable to manage an electric windlass, at least ensure that you have a decent manual one.
CHAIN STOPPERS - really handy not only to lock the anchor on deck
, but also to secure your ground tackle should your nylon stretch line fail (as I am sure you know, the windlass should never be used to secure the rode
SUN COVERS - if you don't have the new roller blind/screens on your hatches, you should at least consider a Sunbrella sun cover for each hatch
SPARES - while the availability of engine
spares, lines, blocks etc. has improved greatly in the caribbean
over the years, it is still extremely wise to carry at least your most needed items - eg., impellers, wire with heat shrink anchor ends/connectors, oil
filters, anodes, etc.
- I wouldn't leave home without one.
- not as critical in an area that seldom has fog
, but still helpful during night passages.
Having said all of the above, there are a lot of people enjoying the cruising life on smaller boats without any of the above.