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Equipment

Choosing the right equipment for your cruising home is extremely important.  Good equipment can help make cruising comfortable and safe, while poor equipment (or lack of certain equipment) can ruin much of the enjoyment of cruising, and can potentially be quite dangerous.  And money is always important, as most cruisers have limited income while cruising, so getting good value for money is crucial.

After more than 15 years of live-aboard cruising, plus many months spent on other private and charter boats, we have some thoughts on equipment!  If you're thinking of buying a boat for the first time, or if you're re-fitting a boat, or if you're just wondering about upgrading your present equipment, you're facing a sometimes bewildering variety of choices, as well as the ever-present question: "Is this (expensive) equipment really necessary?"

These pages are to help people decide not only what equipment they would like to have on their boat, but also, where our experience allows, to help decide between the often bewildering choices of brands.  Like many other boat owners, we have considerable experience with the equipment that came with the boat, and especially with that we chose to add.  And while we don't have all the information on all the brands and models of boating equipment, we'd like to share what we do know.

Where we've been able to test the equipment ourselves, this section will function as a performance review section, with our reasons for making the choices we did, as much factual information as we can put in, and our opinions of how well the gear performed.  While the list of possible cruising gear is almost infinite, the list below is what we'll start with initially.  Of course, this is just a first cut and will probably change with time.

This area of the website is relatively new and we're hoping to add to it considerably as time permits.  As always, your comments and suggestions are appreciated.  For more information, check out the Noonsite Equipment pages.

Electronics Electrics Sailing Hardware Safety gear Other gear
LEDs
AIS
GPS
Autopilot
Radar
Computer
Charts
TV
RDF
OpenCPN
3G Modems
SSB/Ham Radio
Antenna tuner
VHF Radio
Chart plotter
Radio / CD
Satellite Phone
Instruments
Solar panels
Wind generator
Towing generator
Diesel generator
Inverter
Interior lights
Running lights
Fans
Anchors
Turnbuckles
Sails
Roller gear
Dinghy
Outboard
Standing Rigging
Terminals
Running Rigging
Winches
Anchor winches
Hatches
Davits
Overboard kit
Personal Strobes
Locator Beacons
Life raft
EPIRB
PFDs
Fire extinguishers
Radar reflector
Radar transponder
Handheld VHF
Bilge pumps
Watermakers
Saildrives
Epoxy Work
Stove / Oven
Engines
Fridge / Freezer
Washing Machine
Dryer
Binoculars
Toilets
Microwave
Air conditioning
Propellers

Disclaimer:  We will always strive for objectivity in our writing, as we feel our primary responsibility is to the other cruisers reading these pages. 

Also, while we will always strive to provide accurate information, we cannot accept any responsibility in this regard.  Equipment specifications and manufacturing techniques change with time, and often the performance of equipment is closely tied to how it was installed.  We have no control over these (and other) aspects of this equipment, so we can accept no responsibility for its performance.

If folks have additional information that you think we should include, or even additional areas that you'd like to see covered, please contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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