Ok, elittke, your expected cruising is not far different from mine, so my thoughts n might be useful.
Batteries: I like the AGMs and I keep four of these deep cycle 24 series in an enclosure under my companionway
steps. I was able to secure mine within a discarded (and never used) holding tank
that I cut down to fit in a lock-pin topped locker. I use these as a combined starter/house bank that is maintained by by solar
panel, wind generator
and 110 Xantrex Charger
when I have 110V from shore or my diesel generator
My biggest 12V power need is drawn by by freezer/refrig that requires an average 1 amp 24/7. I can leave my boat
for a few days without a problem left at anchor
with my anchor
light and freezer/refrig, but for longer terms, empty & turn off my freezer/refrig a anchor indefinitely.
I keep a separate dedicated starting AGM battery
for my 7K Kubota Genset. I like redundant sources of power. Also, with this genset, I have not switched to a larger or second alternator
As I said, I have an Ampair wind Generator
as well as a Seimens 100 Watt Solar Panel. I pleased with this; however, I would have more consistent power with two of these sized solar panels
and not the wind generator
: I hold about 150 gallons of fresh water
and the two of us can easily do well for a month with this volume and some conservation, such as bathing in salt water
before the rinse. We are very careful to not take anything salty below! We don't find a need for a water maker with our use and I'm not favoring the complexity with my typical spans of time away from the dock
. We do keep three 5 gallon jugs to transport water from shore by dinghy
in rare cases. We have a galley salt water
that is T-fit into our air conditioning
water supply just inboard of the through-hull. This is good for a pre-wash of dishes to save water, but we don't use it in closed harbors.
: We do have a small microwave that does well due to our diesel
genset. We've never used an inverter
. I remain very stingy with my 12V consumption
. We keep a 110V 6 gallon water heater
, but we rarely use it in the Bahamas. We used to have alcohol stoves on other boats, but we find propane
far more convenient and a less expensive fuel
for our use. Ours in a three burner Princess stove
,- much safety
care with the propane
including a solenoid cut off swith from within the galley. We also frequently us an electric
frying pan, toaster oven
, coffee maker and crock-pot and use these when we have 110V from shore or with our generator.
: We save money
and increase our joy of cruising by frequently anchoring out. This, of course requires a good dinghy
. We keep a light 12lb. Caribe 9L on davits
with a 6hp 4-stroke Tohatsu. We find a good range of anchoring opportunity with a 45#Bruce & a 45# Mantus
(we have a similar size Grapnel, but only for rock in Maine). We most always use one anchor with about 50 to 100' of our 250' chain. By the way, these happen to be my anchors choices, but I respect a wide variety of the "new age" anchors,- no need to debate these here!
Added Comfort: We like anchoring out of current
, when possible, to ensure that we face a cabin flushing
breeze. We find the best shade is provided by secure covers that do not need to be tended in thunderstorm winds. We wear light and scant clothing
that is easily rinsed after a salt
water wash. .....and we do run our quiet (relatively) inboard diesel generator as often as we please,- often a couple hours at the end of the day.
We've been living aboard
in this general manner for 44 years. Others will have different plans that work
well. This is ours. Enjoy your future!