You could get by with none of it, but....
: Although the whole trip from Florida
to Trinidad can be accomplished with only overnight passages, the radar
is very high on my list. Examples of where it helped a lot:
- Crossing the Gulfstream I was able to see waterspouts several miles out and avoid there course.
- Crossing the Mona passage, the thunderstorms off the end of PR are HUGE. I was able to monitor their activity and locations etc from 50-80 miles away.
- of course freighter traffic.
- Slow progress resulted in having to make port at night several times in dicey depths and locations. The radar saved the day.... or I should say the cap'ns sleep schedule..
WATERMAKER: Dont know how many people you are taking, but water
can be a hassle in the Carribean
for sure. Very high on the list.
If your tanks
are huge and there are two of you... may be cheaper to buy it though, but a lot more hassle.
HAM ETC RADIO
: Not necessary...as I said ...it's just overnighters! The wx report is going to be pretty much "possibility of thunerstorms in the afternoon" and you will be surrounded by people who have various wx help as they are out there for a longer time.
: A 100 AMP Alternator
& reg will do it all for a 6 mo trip. Solar
gen would be a plus, but keep your "trouble factor" low for such a short trip... if you want backup, buy a Honda
1000si invertor charger
just in case! You may use it for a lot of things for years anyway!
: Forget it...not needed...unless you plan on hauling out in Trini and living on the hard
. Then you can rent one cheap
. Hell you might be a little cold at times!
on the swim step/stern: Install one! then just rinse off after you wash in the salt water