Many of you have refit
your cruisers....many of you have wish you had made different choices on your refit/renovations/improvements. Guide me with your knowledge on what i should/shouldn't do
a little back ground:
The SJ26 is stated to weigh in at 4500 lbs...however i'm betting the truck scales will say she's closer to 5. I've havent been on many sailboat. My old west wind
21, a venture 21 and a cal
And come next week, my very own San Juan
26. She's a 76 model, one of the very few slow yet comfortable cruisers that they built before the 7.9 or 7...i dunno metric very well...either way they replaced her in about 79 with a faster hull
5 days for 2 adults and maybe 2 children
aboard on the hook, sailing, no shore power
9.9 yanmar 4 stroke electric
(slow to charge but at least it has some power output)
I'm thinking i want as close to 750 watts in solar panels
as i can get, 900 would be ideal.
I'd like a refrigerator
, with freezer
if posible (would love 12 volt)
12 volt appliances
, crock pot (slow cooker) small oven(toaster/convection oven
combo...come in 12v?)
blender for when we want to make the local lake more tropical, i'm assuming i'll need power inverter
for this guy.
with built in gps
CD player/radio with some 6.5 speakers
1 or two small fans
2 cell phone
2 12 volt dvd
players/tv for watching college football on saturdays
for nintendo DS
I'm looking for suggestions on what battery
set up i need, I'm sure i could fit 4 nice sized deep cycle batteries, maybe even 6.
Should i get actual deep cycle marine
batteries or use golf cart 6 volt batteries wired to make 12 volts?
plans are to cut out the factory ice chest below the hatch
, with no insulation
it's barely fit to hold cereal boxes or even life vests. This is where i want to put a small 3-4 CF fridge. I want efficient so i'd like to stay away from power inverters if possible.
I will be replacing every cabin/anchor/navigation light with an LED fixture or bulb.
In our little westwind 21 we were able to survive for 4 days with two coolers, a 150 watt solar
panel and 4 small lawn mower sized batteries. Our only power needs were LED lights/navigation (all LED) , VHF radio
finder, 12v computer speakers for music
, cell phone charger
and a 12v fan that was on high 24/7.
running the fan all night was the biggest drain.
I want to eliminate the need for having to go back to shore for ice, which is why i want to ditch the two huge 5 day coolers and run a fridge.
So, lets hear from you guys who cruise
in smaller boats, what would your suggestions be.
I want items that a durable ( i only want to do this once) and what would you think my needs are?
750 watts of charging solar
power may be over kill. The fridge will be turned off when we are not in the boat and only used when we are in it. Most trips will be 1 to 2 days but there will be some week to two week extended stays....well, extended for us.
Thanks for the help guys/gals