Originally Posted by Cheechako
There ya go, they have pretty good headroom
as I remember. Another one is the Grampion 26...
+1 on the Grampian
. I've lived on mine for several years now. Even managed to get my girlfriend to move aboard about a year ago. I turned the double berth into an L sette, raised the floor about an inch and nearly tripled the floor space and I've still got around 6' headroom. You can find G26 for anywhere from 900$ to around 6000$ with no rhyme or reason between price
points. Mine was free but I had to fix everything and rig it myself.
. As much as you can afford/fit. It's the best investment you can make in a liveaboard
. I have Kerosene lamps too, but you need something to run your running and anchor
lights from, and you'll use as much gas charging
batteries in a month as you'll spend on solar in 20 years.
On that note, if you manage to get decent solar and a few Walmart batteries you can do what I did on my Grampian
, insulate the ice box for about 20$ of ridged foam and a shine metallic windshield screen
, get your hands on a dorm fridge off Craig's list for next to nothing, cut out all the guts as a single
sealed unit and install it all in the box with the compressor
on a simple swing in the hatch
next to it. Run the whole thing on an inexpensive invertor (I recommend harbor freight) for another 30$ and you've got yourself real creature comforts for next to nothing.
, get your hands on a Kyocera
Hydro from boost for about 20$. It's waterproof and has a good GPS chip inside. You don't even have to activate the phone
, go someplace with free Wi-Fi access, and download Marine
Navigator. The free version works okay, but the 10$ version includes automatic map switching and a bunch of other really useful things, it's worth it. You can also get several free anchor
alarms, a good tide app, as well as weather grib apps provided you occasionally get to a Wi-Fi spot to download new grib files . As a final touch, a suction cup holder cost about 8$ from target and holds well to fiberglass
... Full waterproof nav setup for around 30$. Can't beat that.
While we're on the subject of simple and cheap
, you can buy all sorts of water proof/all weather resistant 12volt lighting
fixtures from Lowes and home depot for between 9$ and 20$.
Most automotive stores (seen them in walmart recently too) now sell LED bulbs to fit wedge and single
contact bayonet style bulbs for between 5$ and 15$ in either the cool white or warm light option. You could also go with automotive stick on led strips for around 20$, but you'd be stuck with cool white/nifty colors and the lifetime of the LEDs are typically poor.
As another note, go to your local savers/goodwill/salvation army and look for small alcohaul stoves for whatever reason these things have been turning up regularly around here. I've got three now. They can run off either grain(liquor store), methyl (yellow bottles of Heet used for cars during winter), or wood alcohaul (found at Lowes or Home Depot). A 35$ solar vent with internal battery
and switch from Amazon above the cook space does wonders for ventilation.
Watch Craigslist like a hawk. Keep a lost
of what you need/want and never stop researching, gathering knowledge and understanding people opinions on the task at hand. More importantly, always try to keep the difference between knowledge and people's opinions straight in your head
. Usually knowledge is about a way to do something, and a persons opinion is usually a way/reason to NOT do something. They both sound similar when people are talking but it's an important difference.
That's my take on things. Good luck to you.
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