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Initial Equipment Fit

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This page lists the equipment I've fitted or had fitted in Seatern in addition to the standard Swallow Boats fit. Major considerations in the intial choice were:
  • I sail Seatern single-handed almost all the time
  • I wanted to use an electric outboard if at all possible (but failed!)
  • on each trip to and from home I will pass through part of the Port of Southampton and along Southampton Water which are busy with shipping
Important Note: the following is simply what I have chosen, not a recommendation. For most of the items I've provided a comment on my reasoning and my (very limitted) experience to date. I'm sure that in some cases something better exists, however at present I'm reasonably happy with most of what I have chosen. Much of the gear was bought as one purchase in summer 2013 in order to negotiate a discount, so it represents what was available then.

Outboard motor: Initially: Torqeedo 1003 modified to fit the outboard well; remote throttle control and Torqeedo lithium-ion battery charged from the 12v on-board power. Now: short shaft Tohatsu 6hp with high thrust propeller.

Tiller Pilot: Raymarine ST1000 with S100 radio remote control

Ballast pump: Initially: Whale Gulper 220 which proved unsatisfactory and I swapped to a Rule submersible bilge pump lowered through the hatch. Now: a Johnson Ballast Pump for both filling and emptying.

Mast winch: Lewmar self tailing winch to control jib halyard during mast raising/lowering. [Comment on Winch]

Anchors: Kobra mk.1 6kg (in anchor locker); Fortress FX7 (in cockpit locker). [Comment on Anchors]

Electrical Power: Initally: two 110Ah 12V lead acid "leisure" batteries each with Ctek M100 mains charger and NASA BM1 Compact monitors. Now: A single battery and charger and a means of recharging the battery on extended trips [Comment on electrics]

Electrics and electronics:

Collision Avoidence: Digital Yacht AIT2000 Class B AIS Transponder with combined AIS/GPS antenna; Echomax X-band radar transponder

Navigation Lights: (mast raised) NASA "Supernova" masthead tricolour and anchor light; (mast lowered) Force 4 Evoled Port and Starboard, Baseline Marine LED Steaming and Stern. [Comment on Nav Lights]

Wind and Met: NASA Meteoman digital barograph with port and starboard NASA Clipper NMEA wind repeaters. [Comment on wind/met instruments]

Boat speed and heading: On the hatch-top - NASA Target Log, NASA GPS repeater, NASA Target digital compass - also carried: Plastimo Iris 50 sighting compass. [Comment on the hatch-top instruments]

Chart plotter and echo sounder: Garmin Echomap 50S (transducer fitted under sink unit)

NMEA 0183: Actisense NDC-4 data multiplexer

Communications: Standard Horizon GX2100 VHF; phone, internet access and TV: Apple iPhone and laptop.

Domestics: Origo 1500 Spirit Stove burning "Odourless" bio-ethanol; Pan-2000 heater (powered by stove) [Later comments on using the PAN2000]; Dometic 972 portable toilet [Comments] [Comment on CO and smoke alarms]
Food storage: Waeco Tropicool TC21FL cool box/Waeco Coolfreeze CDF25 fridge

Entertainment: JVC KDX250BT "Digital Media Receiver" (music from iPhone); Fusion speakers. [Comment on radio/music system]

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