We are 37ft and tow a hard dinghy - Watertender 9.4 - everywhere except crossing the Gulf Stream
, where we lift
it on deck. Use a floating towline, but we also attach a long stainless cable as a safety backup if the line should part.
We have a manual windlass which I sometimes use to heave up the last few feet of chain and anchor. 3/8" BBB chain and a 45lb Manson Supreme. I'm in my 70's, average shape, and haul it all up by hand, although admittedly anchoring
in Florida/Bahamas is in shallow water.
Spinnaker/Asym, unless you are racing
, wont be missed.
Windgen was never on my list. Too many "parts". Solar is simple. I love it.
We have a Honda
1000 which can be used to top up the batteries when needed.
Dont have AIS. I might have a transmitter only if it were available, so ships can see me, but I have no time or inclination to look at a screen
which only shows AIS equipped ships anyway. Crossing the Gulfstream is the only part we do at night and then all eyes are in the cockpit
scanning for the lights of other vessels.
Watermaker. Not necessary IF you have water capacity for two or three weeks. If you dont, try adding cheap
instead of expensive mechanical monsters.
No liferaft, but have your inflatable
ready to go. And an EPIRB registered with the Coast Guard.
We met a couple with kayaks in the Bahamas who had two sit ons and loved exploring in them. Its up to you.
Go. You will never regret it. And if you're with your wife or girlfriend, or both, go to the Abacos. She will love them.