I’m a the electrical stage of the boat design. You can go nuts here. Both mentally and breaking the bank. I need a VHF radio, running lights, navigation, ect… Of course I plan on using wind and solar for to meet the charging requirements. Though I’m going incremental, pay as you go, keep is simple throughout. This boat is gonna be a live aboard. Not a weekender. That changes things some. I’m all about redundancy here. This boat doesn’t leave the dock before the backup systems are installed. So that two panels, Two Charge controllers, Two battery packs, and Two VAWT’s.
This is where the money stacks up. Running lights, Towing lights, Anchor light, Docking lights, and don’t forget some deck lighting… This is the must have. Then there is the interior lights. Misc power for those little what ever’s and personal electronics.
Then there’s the navigation and radios. Yep plurals there. Don’t forget about a simple bottom sounder with alarm too. The radios aren’t too costly. No foogin home brew there. I would like a charting GPS, But they cost, and how. The boat is small enough to not require auto-pilot and radar, though it would be nice to have those toys available. There is however a DIY self steer that can be made as some later date.
About the only other thing I need of the bat is a powered winch. On of the design requirements I made right off was the ability to beach itself. I’m wanting the ability to portage itself also using a portable cradle with wheels. All in all, I think this will be a fantastic boat after I solve these last few problems. Dragon out.