Welcome aboard! We have enjoyed our 105Mc going on 8 years, including trips up and down the ICW
and trips to the Bahamas
...feel free to ask me anything (here or in a private message).
The courses are a good idea if you have little experience, whether it lowers your insurance rates or not. A boating safety
course usually lowers your rates a bit...check with the insurance company to see if they discount for the ASA
We have a 3000-watt designed to be quiet, and also have a thick mat to further absorb vibration; however, it's still quite noisy as it runs in the still of night. Expect some very disappointed looks from other boats the next morning if you're in a well-used anchorage! We make sure to find a secluded spot when we need it, or else break out the sweats, hats, and comforters...or find a marina and plug
If you're planning to do a lot of cooler weather anchoring
, you may consider installing a propane
heater (vented of course!). You might check the gemini
list-serve for different ideas on installation
. You might even go for one of those tiny wood stoves for boats...I'd worry too much about the smoke and ash above deck
, as well as space to store wood (although the wood is pretty much free along the shoreline).
Congrats on your new Gem!