- Equipment requested from Shannon:
- Windlass - we did not specify the size and it turned out to be too
- Loran - Micrologic - great but overcome by technology
- Sat Nav - see Loran above
- Sail - new main with 3 reef points
- Mast steps - received bosun's chair and oversized winch, see
- Primary winches - Barient
- Autopilot - Autohelm 2000
- Equipment Added Before Leaving The US - After the delivery from New England, a shake-down cruise to Bermuda and a
couple of years of sailing on the Chesapeake, we added the following equipment
before we left the USA; check out our lessons
learned to see what we think now.
- New Engine - $10,000 - Yanmar 4JH2E, a 50 hp 4-cylinder diesel
installed by a careless mechanic in Annapolis, but has been very dependable
and I love the way it does not require bleeding after running dry.
- Replaced rigging - $5000 - a necessary step if rigging is more than
10 years old. At the same time we added a second headstay since Shannon's
wisdom at the time preferred 2 side-by-side headstays, see
- Wind-vane - $3500 - Monitor unit; we love it, would not leave port
- Life-raft - $3200 - 6-man off-shore Switlik raft, see
- Radar - $2200 - Raytheon 20X; seemed like a luxury at the time but
we have been very happy to have it.
- Sails - $2000 - added a hand-made staysail and mizzen from Housley
Sails in Annapolis and they have been dependable workhorses since then.
- Bimini and Connector - $1800 - We had Canvas Wizard (since
defunct) build us a stainless dodger and bimini frame, cover them in
Sunbrella, and make a removable connector so that the cockpit and
companionway were protected from sun and much rain, see
- Wind generator - $1700 - Ampair 100, see
- Watermaker - $1400 - PowerSurvivor 35 (now PUR 40), see
- Ham radio - $1100 - Icom 735 with its tuner. Through
lightning strikes, water sprays and other mistreatment this radio is as good
as they come, see lessons
- Windlass - $800 - Simpson Lawrence Seatiger SL555; good workhorse,
see lessons learned.
- Refrigeration - $750 - Adler Barber Cold Machine; installed
ourselves - quite satisfied after 10 years, see
- Batteries - $800 - Prevailer: 2 4D's for house and a '27' for
starter - we have been very happy with them; replaced in Australia after 9
years even though the seemed to have 50% of their life left, see
- Drogue - $700 - Gale Rider; never used in anger, see
- Power panel - $600 - Newmar AC/DC panel; wiring was pretty basic
for our planned itinerary and we needed the flexibility of more breakers and
- GPS - $400 - at the last minute we removed the Loran and installed
a Micrologic Explorer GPS that fit in the same hole, see
- Bilge pumps - $350 -installed 2 Rule pumps plus alarm, poor quality
units but see lessons learned.
- Solar panels - $300 - probably the best money ever spent; Siemens
55 watt panels still going strong.
- Sun awning/rain catcher - $300 - indispensable in the tropics, see
- Weatherfax - $300 -SEA3000 (I think) - pretty useless piece of
equipment which is no longer being made, see
- Inverter - $200 - Powerstat 750; quite dependable and useful for
small jobs and hand tools.