We are definitely mindful of power and I'd like to say that I am engineering a kind of hybrid that I haven't seen on most motor
cruisers. I am mounting 2 rigid panels
on a platform secured to arch that will be above the canvas
on my boat. 280 watts total. That will power my refrigeration
maker, lights, etc. on the boat. I have a medium sized fridge inside and a smaller one out. I have enough to leave the generator
off unless we feel like splurging on some 110, but at 8 gph, I'm not planning on it very often.
I have an outside propane
BBQ and separate open cooking
stove. I see us doing the most of our cooking
on these two appliances
. Again, no need for the generator
. We have come up with, and used, many non-conventional items that we plan to take on the boat, such as a dutch oven
. We are trying the techniques we will use to cook on the boat from home for most meals
, so we will have it down pat when the time comes.
I have a Kohler 6.5 ESZ generator.
I am going to install a water
maker in the coming months. I suspect that it will be a good purchase
and make our lives easier while cruising.
We've been to STX and decided on the island for a variety of reasons. It will be a good fit for us. We are looking at several options, once there for the boat. We know a good dock
in C'sted Harbor that has water and electricity. I am coming to understand that you need to move the boat with an oncoming hurricane
from time to time. Salt
River is another option and not as pretty but we may choose to be there most of the time. I think that owning a boat on St. Croix will be a huge plus as it is in a wonderful cruising ground. I'm sure we will get down south quite a bit.
I have read Passages South a couple of times and I have an extensive collection of Explorer charts
for the thorn(less) path. We are going to take a longer pace, through the out islands and we will ultimately over-shoot the USVI during the cruise
to go down as far as Grenada
permitting. We may choose to stay down south during the hurricane
season to stay out of the way of anything incoming. I would love to get down to South America
but I'm not a fan of some of the bad things that happen in Venezuela
I would love any advice that you have for me and any tips on cruising the islands that you are familiar with. Thanks again!