Originally Posted by onestepcsy37
i've thought about your situation and read some of the really good posts and would like to add some more.
1. after much consideration, i think it would be best to fix the alternator and use that as your primary battery charger
. it would probably be a lot cheaper than a solar
panel or a generator
. it would not require any additional space on your boat. plus, your engine
runs on very little diesel fuel
. but bring a spare alternator.
2. i still prefer the coleman camping stove. you can buy the stove, lpg tank, and hose set up for under $100. if you handle it safely it will be safe. and lpg is widely available in the bahamas. cooking
takes place mostly at anchor
, so a gimballed stove is really unnecessary. we have a gimballed lpg stove and avoid using it on passage
when the seas are up. we just came back from the abacos, two days in lumpy seas, and ate sandwiches, granola bars, and canned fruit the whole way back.
3. i'll relent on the 100 feet of chain. make it 60 feet of 1/4" high test chain, followed by 50 feet of 1/2" nylon rode
4. it's great that you're thinking no refrigeration
. it's the biggest power drain on my boat. if it wasn't for the first mate i'd probably shut if off and use it for storage
space. but you'll probably have to forget an ice box too. ice is not widely available and expensive.
5. get the smallest outboard
you can find. i have a yamaha 3hp. i'd be happy with a 2 although after 13 years my yamaha is still running so i guess i can't complain.
6. i didn't mention things like a vhf and a depth sounder
. vhf is a requirement; if you get in trouble, the u.s. coast guard maintains high towers and repeaters and will pick you up all across the gulf stream
hope we're not inundating you with ideas/opinions/advice, but if i think of anything else i'll be sure to post again...
Some of the best advice I got was at a seminar at Boot Key about the first trip to the Bahamas. It was make sure you have a Plan B.
A lot of folks head
from South Florida/Keys to Bimini
. But what happens if you have problems before you get there, maybe engine or rudder
issues. I would not try to sail into Bimini
or go in with rudder
problems, but it would be fairly easy to go into Nixion's harbor and drop the hook.
For the points I quoted
1. I would make sure the alternator is working and try and get some type of solar trickle charger, Harbor Freight has them cheap
2. some type of camping stove, you will most likely only be cooking on the hook.
3. Get the best ground tackle you can. I use a Manson with a real Bruce as a second, but there are other good ones. Definitely want chain. Keep in mind you probably want a 7:1 scope
and that means 10 feet. While I like the idea of anchoring
in 10 feet you may not always have that option. Sad to say when options are limited that is often because of bad weather
. To repeat get the best ground tackle you can.
4. Ice/refrigeration is a personal choice
5. Your boat is your house and the tender
is your car. Some places you will be able to row. But a bigger motor
lets you go diving
places you would probably not be able to row to. Down side is you need gas.
6. Most marinas monitor
CH 16 and will expect you to contact them before you dock
. There is usually a net, often on CH 68, at popular harbors; well worth listening to to get the local news and help on minor things. A VHF is almost mandatory for my peace of mind. Some folks also get a receive only SSB
to listen to Chris Parker weather
. But if Chris says something important it will probably be on the net.
In additional to having a Plan B for things keep in mind that guys go to the Bahamas in Hobies. But the Hobies that get there in one piece make sure they get the right weather window.
Bottom line is if the weather is good the Bahamas is an easy trip.