To liveaboard at anchor you never tire of the endlessly changing sea, sky, and landscapes you encounter, the spectacular and spiritually uplifting display that never repeats itself and always has something to offer.
This is especially true when you are on the move between bays and islands.
You develop an increasingly greater appreciation of freedom, and independence from shore side entanglements.
But some things you enjoy on shore need a bit of thought and planning to enjoy them while sailing or at anchor!
To liveaboard at anchor successfully there are two main issues that sailors have to find a solution to ...
Without a doubt, the hot shower is the hardest thing to give up, and on
medium sized boats showers can be a major challenge. And there are lights and
freezers that need power other home comforts too, like the stereo, TV, and
computers. Most yachts in our modern age
have taken care of most to all of these challenges.
When I was at anchor I routinely ran the engine for at least an hour a day to keep the batteries charged. You need the ability to start the engine after sitting around at anchor for 3 or 4 days using battery power.
But now with wind generators and good compact quite petrol operated genny’s we can have plenty of power for
all house hold needs, TV,s computers and the like. And have our batteries powered as well.
One liveaboard sailor commented on his experience, “That being said, I far prefer to be anchor. A proper cruising boat doesn't need to be connected to the land by an umbilical cord.
I go to the dock once or twice a month to fill up with diesel and water then head back out onto the hook.
I run the engine twice a day to chill down the fridge and freezer (I have engine driven refrigeration as well as 12V), heat the water for showers and dishes, charge batteries (although I have a wind generator and solar panels I get TV and radio on the hook.
I can use my cell phone to voice and
data on the hook. I can choose my perfect location on the hook. I can choose my
neighbours on the hook. I can save lots of money by staying on the hook. If I
need to go to shore there's always the dinghy.”
Another liveaboard at anchor sailor tells, “We have a really good set-up with two sets of two 6 volt golf cart type batteries. Good lighting, good 12 volt refrigerator. Learn about inverters. And regulators. We can run the computer on the inverter, plus the colour printer. All at anchor, without the engine running.”
Then of course as mentioned there’s the marine generators which are smaller and quieter for boats of all sizes that supply electrical power not straining the boat batteries, this is one of the best choices.
They can run fridges, air conditioning, and other appliances. Other uses
of marine generators include powering radar and other boat instruments, small appliances like
stereos and radios, TV and lighting equipment. A marine generator can come in
handy during fierce storms where electrical power can provide some needed
functions for safety.
A marine generator has many similarities to other types of generators. It is designed to run on fuel types like diesel generators, gasoline and propane and run a number of applications depending on the wattage rating.
Marine generators should be sized
according to the number of appliances, other accessories that will be used and
are designed to handle use on water.
So no need to go without adequate power
for all your needs there are a number of solutions! Enjoy all the comforts of a
land based home on the water … OK but now it’s mentioned what about fresh water
for drinking and showers?
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