Things that have been found to work well aboard our 42’ Maple Leaf - Windfall. This is in my opinion only...I'm sure others will have their opinions and input on more things that work (and not work) for them as well.
, Depth sounder
and detailed cruising guides
of your cruising areas. We like to carry a good road map of the country as well.
Good size dinghy
and good size motor
. We have a 10’ Walker bay RIB
and 15hp Honda 4 stroke electric
start. Heavy yes, but the wife can start the motor
and use the dinghy
when she wants.
Dinghy chaps, motor cover, gas tank cover so it things longer, the tropic sun is brutal on anything uncovered.
Portable Ice Maker (about ($90) – we use when the generator
is running and when we are making a long passage
. Ice cold drinks are wonderful to have in the cockpit
. Some cruisers even sell or trade
(for AC power from battery
Generator – We have a 4.5Kw diesel generator
, but a good size Honda
(gas) generator works great too
– Keeps moisture out of the boat and nice to enjoy outdoor on a hot evening
Seawater Washdown Pump – Cleaning
muddy chain and anchor
, and boat/deck
Microwave (Less heat in the boat)
FANS – More the better…a LOT more!
– Cheaper than fuel
wear to charge batteries and it’s quiet.
LED Lights – Throughout the boat is great. We use a 2’ section under our solar panels
for a “porch light” while we’re away for the evening. It also helps you find your boat in a large anchorage at night!
booster, and we also use our cell phone
as a modem
and/or buy the WiFi
sticks for internet
Skype – Free, or cheap
calls back to the US
– Easy up and down…enough said.
Sewing machine – Easy repairs
and new sailcloth items when needed.
Water Maker – Bigger is better even though we carry 200 gallons of water
we fill on passages and in clean water
Washing machine – Yes, I just installed one for my wife and she LOVES it (though it uses a bit of water it’s better than using a bucket and plunger).
Cell Phones – Cheaper to buy a new phone
and cheaper talk time (no contracts) in other countries. Unlike the US, the amount of money
you prepay for only runs out when you use it up, not
at the end of each month per contract
as in the US.
VHF Hand held radio
– Use when out in the dinghy.
(with modem)– Long distance nets, free weather
info/faxes, send/receive emails, and entertainment/news and AM radio as well.
AIS – We have a “receive only” model, but wish I opted for the send/receive. Has been very useful to determine what “those lights” are on the horizon and their heading. Also, useful when you’re buddy boating
and you both can send/receive.
Folding bikes – We carry two, handy when you have them though hard to store (inside) on some boats. We used our bikes a lot in Mexico
for groceries, boat parts
, and enjoy a day exploring the towns.
A great anchor
– We use a 65 pound Manson Supreme (with 350’ of chain available) and have NEVER drug! It’s an amazing anchor and we sleep well at night!
Rechargeable flashlight batteries and charger(s).
Good quality dive mask, fins, and snorkel (makes for better snorkeling and easier for cleaning
the boat bottom). We snorkel much more than use our dive equipment
aboard. Many carry a Hooka for diving/cleaning under their boats.
Pressure cooker – Saves propane
, time, and less heat inside the boat.
Sun shade – Sunbrella material to cover your boat and helps keep the boat a lot cooler inside. Cheaper material doesn’t last.
Hand-lines with 200 line for fishing
– We’ve smoked two big reels and lost
too many fish
with rod and reel.
Printer – we’ve used our printer more than imagined to copy passports, boat documents, etc… don’t assume there will be any printer anywhere
nearby that you can use.
– we added 3” once we got to the tropics so our system wouldn’t have to run 24/7.
A GOOD battery
drill and (several) high quality drill sets – Do NOT go cheap
here, you’ll use these a lot
Good quality underwater camera
– fun to have
Binoculars – don’t go cheap on this item, powerful and clear is important.
Marykate ON OFF – This stuff is AMAZING to clean you hull
& waterline and any rust stains on the fiberglass
. This stuff WORKS!!
TileEx bathroom cleaner – We use this to clean the bottom of our dinghy, and with a stiff brush/Scotchbrite pad we use to clean/brighten the Teak
woodwork…it’s cheap and WORKS!
Simple Green – For scrubbing the boat deck
Prescription drugs – MUCH cheaper in other countries than the US.
– Healthcare is MUCH cheaper and just as good (or better) in many other countries. Of course, your US doctors and dentists won’t agree with this! We don’t carry health insurance