Some interesting observations.......Jim Cate also mentions obligatory EPIRBS for some locations. I was not aware of that so its a good heads up. Years ago, when we started out, our arsenal was dictated between having 'toys' or food
. It was obvious which was critical so we left with our version of basics - sat nav was in its affordable infancy so we went without. We had wind, log, depth
, two autopilots (catamaran; both fitted, one functioning and one standby), VHF
and a second hand SEA SSB
that never seemed to do its job. We had put money
into solar panels
and I still consider we made the correct choice.
Fast forward to today and to our basics we added chart plotter, integrated radar
, AIS, EPIRB, Iridium
sat-phone, electronic barometer and a working SSB/ham radio
. With our solar
array and wind generation, we do not have any power
issues. A while ago someone wrote a critical response to me because I did not know about being able to use an iPad
to receive navigation
. That person clearly did not realise that whilst they were sat in their armchair reading about sailing that some people were out on the water
doing it and therefore do not know, or even concern themselves,with keeping abreast of technology. I like to know but will not dash to follow trends until I am ready.
We have never had a diesel
gen-set / air conditioning
etc. We have bought boats with these on board and they quickly get sold
. its suits many people but not us.
We met a boat
, not long ago run by a young Aussie couple. They had a hand held VHF
, a hand held GPS
, a compass
and a single
85 watt solar
panel. That was it. Importantly, they were were thoroughly enjoing themselves.
If our circumstances dictated it we could also revert to our starting point.