1. that Manson looks like the way to go. I could only afford the galvanized steel
version though, will that matter? .... galvanized is fine. Also check out the Mantus
. If you are in a marina you can get by without a fancy anchor
for awhile as you can just go out in favorable weather
. If you are working it is extremely difficult to anchor
out, I tried it and it wasn't worth it for me.
2. would you advise solar panels
vs. wind generator
? .... Solar
. Look at DM Solar 145 Watt panels
, two for $330 including shipping
. And a cheap
HQRP controller. WalMart 96 AH Marine
batteries with a 3 year warranty. Personally I cannot stand the noise
a wind generator
makes, solar is extremely reliable, maintenance
free and cost effective.
3. glad you brought this up - am considering a Sea Eagle inflatable kayak
... thoughts? ..... Ugly hard dink with 6 foot oars. Nesting if you can find one or build a Danny Green Chameleon for $650 if you have time. An Avon
Redcrest with a Honda 4 stroke
is nice but costly and people steal outboards. Hard to stay dry in a kayak
, although nice if you are single
, don't mind getting your butt wet and like to explore skinny water.
4. impeller is on the list.
5. per insurance
- am, as a lot are, I can assume, scared about damaging/sinking the boat. what insurance
should I be looking at, and what would simply be a waste? Liability insurance
, self insure the hull
. Boat US for towing.
6. and 7. - on it.
My Dometic has a small freezer, enough to make ice and store a little ice cream in a zip lock but that's it. It will hold a whole case of beer
though. Lots of things like eggs don't need refrigeration
. These units are pricey new, circa $1000. You can turn your built in "ice box" into a refer/freezer if you are handy, there are lots of threads on how to do this but it isn't easy and takes considerable time. I installed my Dometic in an afternoon and it looks "factory installed." Plus, I can turn my large icebox
into a huge freezer someday.