Originally Posted by Little Otter
I also would like to hear peoples opinions:
-what brand of foul weather gear
-find boat shoes that are affordable
-what kind of dinghies
-what size boat is needed for davits
-what stove fuel
-We don't select "name brand" foul weather gear
, but shop off the rack. This cheaper route
is satisfactory for us because we don't cruise
in the colder regions and many less expensive coverings are nearly, or as good, as the expensive well-advertised brands.
-Once again, I shop for the features,- well-fitting non-skid & non-marring soles. I now have Sperry Topsiders that I picked up on sale
. I have some "Crocs", but I find that they tend to slip and roll under on a wet and moving deck
-We us a Carribe RBI, but I do like those new aluminum
AB RBIs. In my opinion the RBIs provide the best stability for the least weight. For less weight, I choose the single
and not the double floors.
-I agree with the 45' need for davits
with lighter weight boats, but my stainless steel
2.5" pipe davits fit very well on my 13'10" beam heavy Morgan
41'. Boat design matters as well as length with this question.
-Propane in locker or mount with overboard
gas leak feature and a cut-off solenoid at the tank & switch in the galley
with a single
run of quality hose is mandatory.
-a galley that is separate from the main saloon
and with a means to stand well braced or secure while your hands are free.