BOAT= Bring Out Another Thousand

BOAT= Bring Out Another Thousand

Lots of funny quotes that poke fun at the fact that a sailboat is a money pit.  Trust me, it is all true.  You just have to plan for this reality when you decide to go cruising.  Luckily, we knew this before we bought our boat.

Rainman-Water-MakerOne pricey thing you need on a cruising sailboat is a watermaker which turns sea water into drinkable H2O.  We looked into several options, and decided to buy a Rainman Desalination Unit due to its portability, engineering, and ease of use.  This unit will set you back over 5K, but is so worth it!  Plus, you can also get a cool attachment which allows you to pressure wash off your boat with fresh water. Sweet!

rescyoupro-5Another item you need is an offshore liferaft.  We decided to go with a 6 person Viking brand that can be mounted on the stem rail.  I felt strongly about having a stern mounted liferaft due to the ability to access it when needed.  Usually, most liferafts are located forward of the mast.  It would be hard to reach in heavy weather or even possibly blocked if the boat were dismasted.

garminLast item purchased this week is a new chart plotter from Garmin.   The one on the boat was an older model in black and white, and very hard to see.  A new depth transducer is also being installed, which works with the Chartplotter.  Later on, we can add more features (Radar, AIS, etc) when older equipment stops working and needs to be replaced.

Luckily, the end is in sight and we have set our “leave by” date.  Only one more big ticket item to buy.  Plus, lots happening every day on the boat!  Promise to share it on the next post.  Meanwhile, I leave you with this thought:

 

 

 



8 thoughts on “BOAT= Bring Out Another Thousand”

    • Will do! The interior will be a bit crazy until we finish installing the forward head (toilet), replace the side windows, and the woodworker does the finishing work. Then, all those beautiful new cushions and mattress, plus the painting can be installed. Promise to take pictures when I do!

  • I like the look of the rain man water maker. Would be interested in hearing more about how it goes and your reasons for choosing that as opposed to a fixed model?
    Cheers Viki

    • Viki, we first saw this product at a sailboat show in the San Francisco Bay area. Joe loved the engineering, and how well thought out it was. I think the decision came down to Joe not wanting to install a fixed watermaker unit, and figuring out where to place the equipment and run all the pipes. Of course, with this unit, we will have to find a permanent home for it somewhere on the boat to stow.

      Once we start using it, will report back to give you feedback. I really like the pressure attachment idea, because I am the one who washes down the deck most of the time.

  • The water maker looks like a great idea. It would have definitely been on our BOAT list. It will make all the difference for staying as long as you want in some places.

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