I've been shopping
around for a bigger boat to go cruising in for a year now and I've decided: screw it! I'll go cruising in the boat I have now!
I have been living aboard
a 26' Columbia
for just over two years now and initially I had no idea what I was doing. I had never even stepped foot on a sailboat before. First I tried to make it comfortable inside because there was no cushions
, the cabin
lights didn't work, the water
tank was not working, etc. I got it comfortable and then I wanted to start sailing her. So, I hauled out for a few weeks and had everything checked and or replaced. New standing rigging
, keel bolts
inspected, thru hulls rebid, mast
inspected. At the time I still didn't know where exactly I was going with all of this boat work but it's experience and builds character, right? I felt like it was preparing me for the next step up because at that point I was in love with the lifestyle.
The thing is, the next step up is several years away because I am trying to pay off all of my debts and have enough money
in the bank for a bigger boat, and of course everything in my budget
needs significant modifications and or work. All the work basically that I've done on my boat. The thought of the next step is too daunting, and the thought of staying put for several years to save up for this is even more daunting. I am getting stir crazy and if what I have right now can get me to Mexico
I'm not seeing any reason why I should wait!
My question for you folks is about the little stuff. I need an inverter
and a DC outlet, I need 12V electronics
like a drill and vacuum. I know I'll need a solar
panel but will most likely need a much smaller one than most people have that I could mount on the forward hatch
. I know I'll need a GPS
and a new VHF radio
. I will probably want to get a spot tracker to let my friends and family
know where I'm at. Cockpit cushions
would make it more comfortable. I am in the process of rebidding all of the deck hardware
and I've almost gotten the boat dry when we're out for a day sail. Other than that is there anything I'd definitely need to have aboard for coastal cruising?
By the Spring of 2015 I should be able to set sail from SF to MX and have enough to live off of for several months. Everything I own is with me on the boat, I don't know if that's a good idea or not. There is no inboard, it was removed and there's no exposed prop. I have an outboard
but it really only works in glassy conditions, the prop easily comes out of the water
when there is any chop.
Suggestions/tips/criticism is welcome! Thanks for reading