Great thread -
Congratulations on the new boat and thanks for starting the thread!
We built a semi-custom after four years of serious boat shopping
. It would have been fabulous to have a website like this with it's wealth of information and supportive members.
Planning and building is a wonderfully interesting but challenging process involving much "tradeoffs", cubic inches are relevant, and financial considerations never disappear. Wish you the best in your venture. This will be fun and hope you don't mind the list.
- Upsize the engine. Ours specked for a 75hp - we got a 110 - has aided us repeatedly with strong tides, currents, docking
- dual alternators (mentioned earlier)
- Upsize the electric
winches - less possibility of "over loading and failure" when you need it most.
- Hard dodger
(mentioned earlier) is a great addition.
- An extra winch
on the mast
is a perk great (electric would be nice)
- Extra cleats
on the mast help keep lines tied/organized
- Stanchions - increase the height
- Stanchions - add as many lines as possible. (We have three and they easily hold my weight when leaning hard)
- Add additional lighting
to the interior
- consider the present layout carefully and add extras where you'll its needed. (dimmer switches help)
- increase size of cockpit
scuppers for faster drainage
- Upsize the bilge pump
- Increase fuel
capacity by forfeiting some storage
. (less fuel
in cans on deck)
- Increase water capacity
- Dual fresh water pumps (you'll have back up ready when one goes out)
- Extended our galley
cabinets to accommodate a double sink (sacrificed open space in salon
, but gained counter top and storage)
- 12V fans in every cabin and salon
. During thunderstorms in the tropics the interior
of the boat heats quickly. Opening ports
is restricted by not waves action and horizontal blowing rain.
- extra deck storage
lockers (if it's possible) I'd add four feet to the stern of our boat for additional storage up there.
- get three heating/ac units for a 48-50 foot. We considered eliminating one as three seemed excessive. It was not and we've needed all three units at varying times. It's especially nice to cool or heat "just the part of the boat you're using.
- water-tight bulkhead (mentioned earlier) we included this.
What a fun thread - I'll love the "near boiling water" option mentioned earlier! When I asked my husband if we could get some lights to install in the deck lockers (love that idea too), he said "that's what we have flashlights for, honey". LOL - grinning wide!
Best wishes on your project
and hope it brings you much joy, comfort, and pleasure!
Sailing Mermaid and her laughing Mate