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.
One 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!
Another 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.
Last 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: