These are all the exact kind of suggestions I was hoping for! Thank you all very much and please keep them coming!
To clarify my situation more I will list more of my equipment and such that I currently have, working on what has been suggested thus far.
I do have refrigeration, and a freezer
in the fridge. It's a top loader but it freezes the ice trays so I can in fact make ice for rum
I currently have 2 AGM
12v house batteries but they are not enough I feel. They are 50Ah each. I was just given a good flooded battery
so I thin I will get a second and create a second bank with appropriate switches and wiring
as my charger
cannot do 2 different types of batteries at the same time. In my mind, the more I have in reserve the better off I will be. Is this sound reasoning? I also have a single
dedicated flooded battery
for the starter.
My water tank is 45 gallons and using the water conservatively (for being in the marina) it lasts me a week. That is to say, i top it off weekly. I am concerned with running out of water while cruising and have heard tell that some places in the Bahamas
charge a dollar a gallon for it. I've watched some cool videos on you tube about making rain catchers to add the the water tank and other neat ideas but I feel strongly that if I can carry more (say another 45g tank) and have a small water maker like a katadin 7gph, in a worst case scenario I would survive. I do keep 20-30 ponds of rice and beans on board as well.
My holding tank
is 35g as well is my fuel tank
. I have a completely rebuilt original atomic4 which is good because it runs like new, however I strongly dislike that it runs on REGULAR gas. Not unleaded mind you, regular gas.
I do have a screen
for the companionway
and half the ports
on my boat as well as a sun canopy I made out of sail material.
There was a solar shower
that came with the boat (black bag with a hose type) but it still had water in it when I discovered it and was kind of funky, so I tucked it back into the lazerette and have been meaning to pull it out at some point to see if it is salvageable.
I have been slowly replacing bulbs as I can with led but as they are quite pricey it's slow going. My thought was to take advantage of the sun when I can and when I can't try to make to with a lantern as much as possible.
I have an auto pilot (simrad) but as it is a battery drain I really fantasize about getting a wind vane
styled auto pilot. Thankfully wind is still free and breaks down less frequently than electronics
I have a 3 burner pro pain stove with an oven
and the pro pain locker is in the aft lazerette in a proper vented pro pain housing. I also have a round BBQ which I find I use far more frequently than the stove. It gets bloody hot in the cabin
even if I simply boil water for tea!
I also have a ventless propane
heater for the cabin
should I find myself in cooler latitudes but I intend to do everything in my power to never be anywhere I would need it. South is the direction for me.
Please keep the suggestions coming! It is really great to get helpful advice and conformation I am on the right track with suggestions I have in inventory currently.