I am planning to spend a lot of time in the Bahamas
. I've spent a lot of time there already, but not in my own boat
. One of my options is to singlehand in an Islander
32 MkII that I bought cheap
, but it needs a refit
and it lacks some equipment
that I think is essential. It's in Ft. Lauderdale. Engine
is a 13 hp Volvo diesel
, which provides adequate power
at best. Tiller steered, and there is a tillerpilot that works fine. Four foot draft
, nice for Bahamas
Here's my list:
. I have the aluminum
frames and I may do the canvas work
Upgrade ground tackle. Currently there's a 22 lb. delta
which I consider an adequate primary, and I will add an oversized fortress
(37, I believe) as a combo storm/stern anchor
, mounted on stern rail. Would this be enough for a 9,000 pound boat
that has above average freeboard? Will rope/chain rodes be OK, if the chain is say 25-35 ft.?
Newer main. I don't want to spend on a new sail, but I will look for a used replacement. Either way, there will be three reefs
, so I don't have to carry a storm trysail. Add lazy jacks with maybe one of those cool easy to use covers.
Add storm jib
. Currently there's a good headsail (130 or so) on a good furler
. Should I look for a small jib
that goes on the furler
, or one of those "gale sails" that is attached over the furled headsail?
improvements. Currently for cooking
there's a good, but slow, Origo
alcohol two-burner. I will add a propane
on the stern rail (how difficult is it to find those canisters in the Caribbean
?). I could find room for a small microwave for in port cooking
, but that's a maybe. The icebox
is unimproved, and the only refrigeration
is an AC driven small fridge that sits under the Origo
. I can use that when on shore power
, and as dry storage
when not. I should probably upgrade the icebox insulation
and add mechanical refrigeration
Tankage. No easy way to upgrade fuel
capacity, so I will use jerry jugs.
, with adequate amp hours to handle increased needs.
New, thicker cushions
or replace cockpit engine
Replace bad depthsounder and knotmeter
. (Already have handheld Garmin GPS
as backup, and I will also have a laptop
capability for planning. Plus I will have paper charts
and a good complement of cruising guides
Add solar panels
. Maybe a wind generator
as well.... they are not that expensive.
Add DC driven fans below.
Nice to have stuff:
Add hot water heater
.. (Those solar
showers should be adequate for just me.)
to supplement tillerpilot.
Upgrade primary winches to self tailing
. The current
two speeds have those blue rubber attachments that seem to work
Add washdown system for ground tackle (salt water, the simpler the better.)
Upgrade to higher output alternator
Add a small hatch
Add asymetic spinnaker
, assuming the one I already have is the right size.
Very unlikely to do:
A stronger engine, if I can find a way to do it for cheap
(unnecessary for rope
rodes - if I decide an all chain rode
is needed, I will add a mechanical one).
Upgrade some current
So that's my current list, and I'd appreciate opinions, particularly from the Caribbean vets around here. And if anyone can recommend folks in Ft. Lauderdale that I should use to help me do all this, that would be helpful as well.