It’s easy to assume that the bigger the battery bank and solar array the better, but there’s a much better way to optimize the system for a live-aboard cruising boat, which will save a bundle of money too.
Up to now in this series we have been looking at going up the mast in sheltered water, but when we need to go up offshore everything gets hugely more difficult and risky. As usual, preparation is the key to safety and success.
With all the claims and counterclaims for the two chemistries, how on earth do we make the right decision?
Good news, it’s not hard.
A good galley, storage, and head layout are much of what makes an offshore live-aboard cruising sailboat great. The A40 design nails these requirements.
Boats are not square so it’s often necessary to mount gear at an angle and/or on a curved surface.
Here’s the easy way to do that.
John highlights four more dangerous mistakes he has made and seen many others make too. With these mistakes fixed, he is now reasonable happy with his system.
From time to time we get a question asking us to opine on whether a modification to the boat or rig will be strong enough. Let’s look at that.
After over 50 years of going up masts John shares the system he and Phyllis are now using as well as highlighting the many dangerous mistakes he has made over the years.
Thoughts on backup systems, fall arrest as against fall prevention, and gear recommendations for going up the mast.
In the last Adventure 40 article, I examined hull, cockpit and rig. Now let’s move out of the cockpit and go forward.
Matt brings his professional engineer’s understanding of forces and his construction site fall-arrest training to bear on one of the most potentially dangerous tasks we sailors are called upon to do.
Ten years after starting a project to create a safe, reliable and fast offshore cruising sailboat ready to go around the world, we have a design.
Part 2 of a buyer’s guide examining the trade-offs between the three ways to set, strike and furl a mainsail on an offshore cruising boat.