Did the laws on VHF change recently? I thought they were on REQUIRED on boats over something like 15 meters. (regardless of the reg, I wouldn't go out without one, even if it is just an hand held).
Is a portable 1 burner propane stove
possible. I'd think it would be as cost effective as trying wood or other types. One bottle would probably last you about a year with only one burner!
Don't the polops that generate barnacles
start solidifying after three weeks? Before they start hardining they wipe off pretty easy. After that... While we were cruising we would find a shallow spot, anchor
and wipe the bottom with a rag while walking around the boat. A mask is handy for this operation, but didn't take any 0ther equipment
Bilge pumps are such a pain. The auto switches are the weekest point in my opinion. I have replaced all my switches at least once. Haven't found anything particularly robust yet. Manual pumps are only good if you're there to provide the manual.
Get a good anchor
and at least 60 feet of chain. You'll need that because you won't be in marinas
. Get a solid dinghy
, they are the easiest to row. Skip the motor
. Jerry cans for ferrying water. Solar
light as a makeshift anchor light. Home Depot is probably the best/cheapest source. Hand held GPS
is cheaper than a sextant
, check ebay. Public domain charts
and free readers.
lures and inexpensive tackle may suppliment the food
stores. Libraries and book exchanges for entertainment.