Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey
How about we create a (basic) list of things a shoestring sailor needs / would be nice to have onboard? and maybe also the skills that would be required or simply be useful?..............
..........If we can come up with something half coherent (hope springs eternal!) then I will cut and paste (and tidy up?) onto a webpage somewhere as future easy(?) reference point - or simply something to argue over
Notwithstanding that the above did not develop as a group effort quite as I had hoped
, I nonetheless did put a list onto a webpage (to save the info being simply cast into the CF archive abyss
500 Dollars a Month Cruising - Equipment List
Not wishing to derail or duplicate Newts most useful thread The Cruisers Essentials List
I thought I would summarise my thoughts / findings here - lucky old youze
One of the surprises was that the total figure (to equip a boat to cruise
for an extended period) ranged from $9k up to over $50k!.....(excluding any refurbishment costs!).........the higher figure being if the boat had bugger all on her! (and the engine
).........the lower figure has plenty of stuff onboard (to avoid the hairshirt sailor experiance
) - I feel that could fairly easily be reduced (to $5k? or less??!) by boat buying
and some DIY - plus not wanting / needing "everything" on the list.
I divided the list into 3 Categories:-
(the bare basics - that could get boat from A to B, if Skipper
knew what he was doing / was happy to live that basic).
Nice to Have #1
(things which do
make life more pleasant - not saying need all of them).
Nice to Have #2
(more towards the wishlist end of things, albeit not exclusively).
The list is in an Excel Format and I put some comments against each item and also a ballpark price
for each (some very ballpark!).
FWIW, I suspect that few would want (or enjoy!) life with only the bare Essentials onboard (and being able to do so will require more knowledge and experiance than if you also had a few items from the "Nice to Have" list - and IMO nothing wrong with that).
I intentionally did not made any suggestions as to what items would be prudent (or simply nice!) to have from the list as that is the decision of each Skipper
to make, according to needs, wants and budget! - and nor am I saying that you need everything!....IMO there is no single
answer on what equipment
should be onboard that meets the requirements of every Boat / Skipper / Circumstance - but this is as ballpark as I can make it!
Any suggestions for additions (nothing is coming off the list!) welcome - focus being on the low budget
end of the spectrum, so won't be any Jacuzzis