Hand held is fine if you've got the charts
to track progress and position on with the chart inaccuracies noted for blind fog
conditions. If it fails you can fall back on DR or even one of those mobile phones with Sat Nav positional fix on it (for your mid-day plot). Mine is independent of phone
signal by the way, it's not just a road route
finder. It may lose the net based road, but doesn't lose where it's at. You just need a car power socket on your 12v to keep it charged.
I'd worry more about the accumulation of things you'll never need, hopefully, that cruisers carry about with them. Things are more likely to go wrong on that first trip.
Toilets nowadays should have catch tanks
with three days capacity. Most marina's will expect that in warmer civilised places.
I agree with splitting the water storage
, and would suggest a rain gathering system to boost your washing
water, or in emergency
, drinkable. I'm fitting potable quality flexible pipes as water tanks
, to keep the boat dry, the water clean, and compartmentalised. I'd be happy with jerry cans for the first couple of weeks falling back onto sterilised tankage after tht. Be careful with the taps at the user end. Normal twist taps don't always get shutoff properly, if you are on an electric pump
you can lose a tank full in dribbles. I'm considering a day tank, say five litres, for the kitchen sink and hand-basin, with hand pumped sea water to the sink. It's happened to me on a day cruise
, I took it on board as an issue.
That day tank could be solar
warmed on a self circulating system. Solar panels
work best at 'normal' temperatures, a cooling
blanket behind them will keep them working better and keep my ready to use washing
water warm. Just need the right place.
data is necessary for your safety
, a hand held VHF is necessary for your liferaft/grab bag with the smoke and night flares as appropriate.
If you are considering this as a delivery
run then it is really is minimum but necessary safety equipment
that will form the back up system when she's fully fitted.
My old boat has all the electrical
distribution at the stern (engine bay) and all the switches at the front of the cabin
. I'm going to split those to put the nav stuff at the helm
I'd suggest too that the internal electrical
equipment should be accessible in full wets from the cockpit
without upsetting or disturbing the off watch crew. Depends on how much the supplier is building in.
is another matter, if your standing rigging
has a fault it could go overboard
at mid passage
. Can you carry enough fuel
, and spare rope
to jury rig and get home before the water runs out? A water maker is reliable but could also fail in the same way, and always at the worst time.
Securing your stores will be a problem in a bare boat. Will the builder
bolt some boxes to the floor so you can keep stuff dry and in place when the weather
kicks up? All those water and fuel cans will need to be secured too. Netting to strong points?
You may gather that I've been planning a long time and not sailing for long, these comments are here for you to note or ignore as you please. They are things I go through on sleepless nights when the moon is high. Trying to reduce the fear factor with advanced planning. 11,000 miles sounds a big trip.