Originally Posted by outbound_308
First up I have no bimini
, apart from anything else you no longer have a clear view of your sails
... In port in sunny climes I rig my shade cloth and shift it as required through the day.
Nor do I have an arch down the back to hang **** on.... just more windage. I have a pole that carries radar
,R/reflector and wind
Assorted bits are secured to the taffrail.... i.e. HF whip, AIS
ant, NOAA sat Rx ant, kedge, & one of the GPS
In the previous post you can see how I stow my dinghy aft of the cockpit
when coasting...it goes below at sea.
Dinghy can be launched and retrieved by one person.
You can also see my my solar panels
which can be trimmed on one axis... not perfect but better than not being able to trim them at all.
Also for power , an LVM ( no longer available) Aqua4Aerogen which can be set up for wind
or - when on passage
( ie towed ) use... good kit.
80 amp battery
and a 1kW Honda
At sea the solar
and the towed gen make all the power we need ...
Also a windvane self steering
set-up together with an electronic autopilot
. I can't imagine more than 24 hours at sea without the wind vane.... well, I can, but that's another story