Here’s my thoughts on the upgrades we will need before we set sail…
- A bigger anchor – weed in the Bahamas and difficult bottoms can be mitigated by having a heavier anchor and decent snubbing. While all the literature concentrates on chain length, rope vs chain and rode ratios – properly snubbing a heavy anchor will help in tight situations.
- arch – for dinghy and solar panels
- watermaker – essential so that we don’t have to cart litres of fresh drinking water or be required to dock regularly for top ups.
- dinghy- unless you are a catamaran on the beach, getting easily to and from the boat is a major deal in terms of comfort and safety . It’s your car, so a decent one improves your trip. Keel to help rowing, hard bottom, but light enough to lift,
- petrol generator – running a diesel without load isn’t great, and modern muffled petrol generators are pretty quiet. There is a life raft locker on the transom that is outside the boat so any petrol fumes and leaks are overboard. The life raft will be on the pushpit rail.