Outfitting for Commuter Cruisers

Commuter cruising can be keeping your boat in a marina a few miles from your house and sailing every other weekend … or it can be leaving the dock for six months at a time and leaving the boat in a foreign marina while returning home for hurricane season.   Given the wide range of commuter cruisers, outfitting will obviously be different boat to boat.  But here are some topics to think about!  Click on the topic you’re interested in to go directly to that section’s posts.

Anchoring/Ground Tackle/Dock

Cruising Gear/Electronics

 Dinghy

Safety

Galley

Power/AMPS/Alternative Energy

Lifestyle

Gifts

Anchoring/Ground Tackle/Dock

Cruising Gear/Electronics

… chances are the boat you buy will not be equipped exactly as you’d prefer when it comes to cruising gear and electronics.   One of the best pieces of advice we got was GO.  Use the boat, try it out, get familiar with it before you invest a lot of time or money in new electronics and cruising gear.

Dinghy

… your dinghy is your family car, your transportation for provisioning and exploring new cultures as well as a source of fun in itself – it can take you spearfishing, diving, snorkeling or even dinghy drifting with friends!

Galley

… cooking on a boat IS different and these posts can help!

Lifestyle

…. just because you’re living on a boat for several months at a time … or even a long weekend … most likely you don’t want to be camping on the water.  Outfitting your boat … and yourself … requires thinking through many considerations that you take for granted on land.

Gifts

… looking for gifts for your favorite commuter cruiser?