Other things that we'd suggest:
1. The tropics are not just hot but also humid. Wet and mildew are an issue. You'll want good airflow throughout your boat. Windscoops, opening ports and hatches and 12 volt fans are the answer. On Yofy we have four 12 volt fans: one on each side of our Vberth and 2 in the cabin
. One of the cabin
fans can be angled to blow on the galley
. This REALLY helps when we are cooking
in the heat.
2. You will drink much more water than you are accustomed to drinking now. Bacteria loves warm climates, so your water tanks
will need to be cleaned regularly. We suggest getting filters on your fresh water system. Ideally a filter online on the water system and another that's portable and connected to a section of hose, so that you can filter water as you tank up. And setting up a rain water catching system too. Even if you only use the rainwater for washing
up, you'll be glad of the extra water.
3. Buy long sleeved cotton or linen shirts for sun cover. We wear Indian cotton or gauze type fabric
that's not hot but protects our skin on passages. If you are sensitive to heat like we are, then buy only THIN 100% cotton Tshirts and clothes that can breathe.
4. If you don't have refrigeration
, then think about where you'll store your fresh food
. Critters like cockroaches thrive in the tropics. Strictly follow the no cardboard rule
and get some plastic baskets to store your vegetables and fruit. On Yofy we designated a locker under a bench in the salon
for our fresh veggies and fruit. Manny put two vents on the locker and we can keep fresh food
there for 1 week without spoilage in over 100F weather
. Also don't know about your boats design, but if you have a full keel
you should be able to use a section of bilge
under the floorboards for storing bottled or canned drinks. They will stay quite cool there.
5. Screens are a lifesaver. Mosquitos, no seeums, flies, etc abound. Anchoring
out helps but screens, on all ports and hatches are a must. We also carry some mosquito netting that we can drape over our berth or cockpit
when bug season is at its worst.
Robyn and Manny