Hey all! I had posted in the help section during the summer, working on an old honda outboard
and doing some fiberglass work
in the anchor locker
of my new to me Hunter
I spent the summer on it this year learning
to sailing the Hudson
River of NY. I absolutely fell further in love with sailing. Id like to spruce up the boat
some and make it more usable for longer / weekend trips.
has no electronics
onboard aside from a 12v battery
and all the required lights for a boat of this size, running lights, mast
light, and some interiors.
I would like to equip this boat a little better as I plan on trailoring it upto the thousand islands area this summer for a few weeks on the boat. (Friends have a few cabins on one of the thousand islands so ill be docking
with them over the few weeks)
Mechanically the boat is in fairly good shape right now.
I've replaced the bulkhead with new marine plywood
I've got all my port hatches out for winter and plan on rebedding them all in the spring to seal the boat up.
I cleaned and lubed my winches after pulling it in the fall.
I have a new motor
mount I'm going to install on the transom and plan on beefing it up with a sheet of marine
ply on the interior
and exterior about 2 inches extra around the edges of the motor
mount to make a secure attachment point.
With all of that being finished the boat will in real good shape for the 2017 season.
I would like to ask for guidance/pointers for what type of gear
I could outfit the boat with. I've been thinking a marine VHF
on the mast
a handheld gps/plotter? (brands types?) Id like to do a few day loop in the 1k islands away from the island ill be staying on so having some form of navigation
aside from charts
might be a nice addition?
For the 1k trip I will install a small 40 watt solar
panel I use at home and another deep cycle battery
with a 1k Puresine inverter
for my laptop
charging/phone / other electric
? tiller tamer? (hows the energy needs for an autohelm
on a smaller boat?)
While me outfitting a daysailor might be overkill, I think ill be keeping the boat a good while and it might be nice to have some ammenities/gear to make for more enjoyable weekend/week trips on the boat.
As for an engine
now. I have two. The 7.5 Honda
from 1983 which I got running again. and a new Merc 5hp sailpower. I have the 12v tied into the boat and get about 40 watts out while the engine
is in gear
going forward. Is it impractical to carry a 2nd outboard
on a boat this size for a few day trip on the st Lawrence (1k islands) ? Or is that just overkill?
Id love to hear some feedback and thoughts. Cheers!