Originally Posted by CaptianCobb
What a great response my friend thank you!
So a little hand held like hiking gps on a mount would work well? What about overnight stuff like raydar to watch out for other boats while not at the helm? And what about power for things like fridge and lights? What about something like a wind vain? I know they sounds like a lot of gagets but some of them sound nessiaary from an inexperienced sailers mind.
I am really good at living simply from my hiking and college living experiences so I'm good with that kinda stuff. I am really worried about docking
and associated fees. Not long term fees if I was living and parked for months but how bad are like day passes around the world and such. It's cool to have a boat and live simply and cheaply but if I have to pay so much money to dock
in different places I can't afford it haha.
Also your encouragement is so heart warming. So far I have come across a lot of great sailers like you to give positivity so I'm pumped thank u so much.
Will, there is a lot of good advice in these responses from other contributors to your post.
There are also many ways of doing what you are proposing. The two of you will find your path..to answer your specific questions: radar is nice but not essential, yes a windvane
is great if you are going to do regular passages over 500nm but none of it is essential especially starting off.
My wife and I started at age 30 in northern europe
with no gps, headsail furler
, windvane, one battery
nav lights, some reading lights and no fridge. I had done a little chartering and sailing with mates and my wife had no experience. After 6 years we built an ice box, traded a delivery
for a windvane and a couple of years later got a furler
. . Our training ground was the med and we navigated tradionally because i wanted us to have those skills first before learning anything else. We still dont have a fridge or radar because generating the power is difficult on a small boat and we have no real need for it although the next boat may have a fridge (and radar if I win the lottery
My point is not for you (or anyone else) to do it my way but that is up to you, your girlfriend, your dream and your resources how you will go about it.
As I said in my first reply take it slow and easy and dont overcapitalise before you need to.
When my wife and I started our only plan was to get to the med and have a go for a season and see what its like.. Accept that your first boat will be more of a compromise but ideal for NOW to get you both out there and having a go.
Dont put ambitions in front of yourself like sailing to another country (or around the world) until you have both developed the core
skills to do so and you both feel ready to do it, your first ocean crossing
will always be a little frightening but with the right core
skill set you know you'll be ok and it is one of the best and most rewarding challenges I know.
The most important thing is to not scare youself or your partner and have fun. Go where the sun is warm and sailing easy and you will be surprised how far you can go..