+2 on what vasco says. get a couple of cheap hand held gps's like the garmin
72H and get the EXPLORER chart book for the area you are going to. skip the chartplotters.
and may i at this time recommend going to the northern bahamas, specifically the area known as the Abacos? the area is small boat friendly in that, once you've made the gulf stream
crossing, you are in an area where there are both deserted islands/beaches and small towns where fresh water, fuel, food
, and other supplies are never more than a day or two away. important on a boat with limited carrying capacity.
dump the harbor freight generator
. i have experience with two of them. they do not hold up to salt
air exposure. and there's no harbor freight in the bahamas where you can excercise your free replacement warranty. being in detroit you probably haven't experienced that yet. having a generator is not a bad idea for you, but i'm afraid you may have to step up to a honda
1000 (about $800). this, and the honda
2000, are probably the most widely used portable generators among cruisers.
stove is good. propane shower
a waste of space. coming from detroit you'll have no problem bathing in water straight out of the tap - although with your limited water capacity you might want to bathe in sea water and then sponge off with fresh. we're from florida
and we don't have a hot water heater aboard. get a solar
shower or a garden sprayer shower.
ais/radar. don't even think about it. complete waste of money/space/power/time. and, you don't need it.
is nice to have if you've got the extra bucks. don't forget to register it with the coast guard. but having a 25 watt full size vhf
with a mast
is nicer. the coast guard maintains radio
antennas on the highest buildings in florida and can pick up your vhf distress
call all across the gulf stream
and beyond. a hand held vhf is handy and worth the bucks.
we use a 'fish finder' for a depth sounder
. nice to have.
get an inflatable dinghy
. hypalon is best, but if price
is a problem go with pvc. you're not going to be there long enough to have sun related issues with it.
anchors. the worlds best anchor
, imho, is the manson supreme. a 25 pounder would be good. but most bahamian boats use danforth anchors. so a 25 pound danforth might be ok too. you should have all chain rode
, but in your case weight might be a problem, so maybe 25 feet of chain and then rope rode
would be ok. one thing nice about the abacos is that you are never in more than 20 feet of water; usually you're in ten feet or less. so you don't need miles of anchor
rode. 100 foot total should be sufficient. have a second anchor/rode even if you must store it away in the bilge
maximize your water/fuel carrying capacity. although there is a lot of fuel/water available in the Abacos it's still nice to have 'extra'. we have large tanks
but also stuff one gallon water jugs all over the boat.
although i don't like the complexity of a four stroke outboard
, in your case i might recommend it because they get much better gas mileage than a two stroke, which could be important to you.
leave from miami
, heading to west end grand bahama. you will get the gulf stream to help you along. you can clear in at west end and then head
east to the abacos. for that you'll want the explorer chart book for the near bahamas, which covers the crossing and the northern bahamas including the abacos.
here are some links -
Welcome to Explorer Chartbooks
Amazon.com: Garmin 72H Waterproof Handheld GPS with High-Sensitivity: GPS & Navigation
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