I will not be doing the work myself. I will be paying a boatyard in the Northeast U.S. to do it. Please assume, for purposes of answering the question, that I will be using someone someone reputable and fair, but not "bargain basement." Please also assume that I want good, reliable equipment
, although not necessarily top of the line.
The boat is a 30 footer with good interior
volume, so assume there is enough space. Please also assume that I plan to do some extended cruising
away from land, although not necessarily an ocean crossing
1. New diesel engine
in the 25-30 hp range. I was told $15,000 for this, about half for the engine
, half for the labor. Is that accurate? A drivesaver and a self-feathering prop were also recommended to me (does 2-blade vs 3 blade
matter?). How much cost will those items add?
2. Hot water
system. Assume that the present fresh water
tankage is adequate. I know that some systems run off the engine with a heat exchanger
and a separate hot water tank. There are also "tankless" heaters, usually propane
. The boat has a locker for propane
, since the current
stove is propane. Is there a tankless heater that also doubles as a cabin
heater? With a tankless heater, how do you get pressure hot water? Which approach is the best?
. There is a small icebox
but no refrigeration
. There is room for a deeper icebox
. I don't care about a freezer
, but refrigeration would be nice. Ice blocks are a PITA.
4. Upgrade electical system. The current
system is functional but old. Behind the breaker panel looks like "spaghetti"
5. Solar panels
6. Extra batteries. The boat has two batteries. I want to add 2 more. Should I want this?
7. New lavatory with hot shower
in the V-berth area. I plan to leave a single
V-berth on one side, with the lav on the other(separated by a swinging door). I'm told that the best toilet is the Lavac
. I will want a holding tank
that can be pumped out at a marina and a macerator (to discharge the tank at sea where legally permitted). Would anyone recommend a self-composting toilet? For the shower
I will want a sump, but I don not think a separate "gray water" tank will be necessary.
9. Pressure hot/cold water in the cockpit
for an additional shower.
10. Good quality GPS/Chartplotter. Any recommendations?
. The boat currently has wheel steering
and an autopilot
, but a windvane
would be nice, as it doesn't use electricity. How do you add a windvane with a wheel
? There is access to the tiller post and an emergency
12. I would also add a wind generator
, to charge the batteries when the boat is moored. When sailing the noise
would drive me crazy.
for the anchors. I'm told that electric
My thanks in advance for your advice.