1. You haven't indicated if the kids
can swim, so swim lessons are a must.
2. Board games to keep boredom at bay on your passages.
3. Harnesses and safetylines for all aboard.
4. A Stand Up Paddle (SUP) big enough for you and your older child. Great water
toy for the kids
and currently a very good resale value if you find it doesn't meet your needs.
5. A good unlocked dongle, as the wifi
airwaves in the Caribbean
are getting very cluttered. Easy to pick up SIM cards as you move between the independent islands. Wifi antennas work well in many places, but the more popular anchorages
have had an increase in competing signals that is detrimental to the speed and access.
6. A fairly large volume watermaker
- having to go to a dock
weekly or jerry jugging it gets tiresome and can be expensive. Some "potable" water
may be marginal. Training the kids, before you get on tbe boat full time, to not run the water continuously while showering or brushing teeth will be beneficial.
7. A large solar
panel array. Running your engines and/genset daily is a pain.
While on your shakedown cruise
, stay off any shoreside power and note your power consumption
8. Buy a selection of shoreside power cords. You'll find 120VAC 30 & 50 Amp in both 50 & 60 HZ as well as 240VAC 50 HZ in a variety of plug