My wife and I decided to buy a new (or 2012) Beneteau Oceanis 45 to use:[LIST][*]During a 2 year sail trip around the world[*]With wife, 2 kids (3&10) and me[*]We look for a comfortable and safe boat that is relatively fast
I ask your help to select the right specification bearing in mind I have to be able to sail single-handed. Please comment on:
- Which sails should we choose? I was thinking: (a) standard 50m2 furing main sail, (b) 50m2 furling genoa (c) kotterfog for heavy winds (d) Beneteau's code 0 and (e) a Parasailor for downwind (suggestions on brand/type are welcome?)
- Standard saildrive or POD 90 for easy docking; I am not very experienced and thought the POD 90 was interesting for docking and shallow bays with reefs...
- 2 or 3 cabin options; we lean towards 2 cabins as we could use the versatile storage; including for a dishwasher and/or washing machine
- Colour of the hull; we really like a break from white and thought the grey/blue is refreshing; would this be an issue thought whenever repairing any damage?
- Having read many books on ocean crossings all get damaged in Panama canal, busy Malaysian ports etc. anyone who fitted a thick (10cm) rubber barrier all around the boat? (Maybe crazy suggestion and yes would not win in beauty contest)
- Electronics; I specced the full Elegance, Electronic and Docking packs. Missing anything?
- Navigation; Elegance and Electronic pack incl autopilot and bowthrusters. What does the optional Simrad NSS7 chart table screen add?
- Shallow (1,75m) or normal (2,15) cast iron keel?
- Beneteau's Easy Sail worth the money?
- We thought NOT to spec the generator as this would only use more of the 200 litres diesel; instead we noted that sailors often have to use the main engine when there is no wind to speak of and we look for advice on fitting solar panels...
- Water; 570litres including optional extra 200litres tank doesn't seem a lot for possibly 20 days continued sailing. Any suggestions if enough? Possible to get another 200litres or so instead of the generator?
- We thought not to include a watermaker as it is costly and would use a lot of energy?
- Prop; we understand that an autoprop is better that a folding prop. Agree? If so maybe spec the normal SailDrive and keep the prop as a spare?
- Noted in books that rudders sometimes break in have seas; any thoughts on spares to take or ways to strengthen rudder?
- Only one electric flush toilet in case we have no electricity, we can still pump flush #2?
- Radar: Simrad 4G as offered any good? Will it warn us at night loud enough about a ship closeby?
- Are the electronic navigation maps expensive to obtain? Any thoughts on second hand/older maps to buy?
- Where do we best buy our paper back-up maps?
- TV 26" with antenna is a EUR 3000 option; seems a lot and do you get any reception anyway? Anyone fitted their own Samsung LED?
Sorry for all the questions, it would help me a lot if even you could answer 1-2. Have been reading LOTS and like to get the spec right straight away
Have already got a Suzumar DS320 with 6bhp Suzuki outboard
Still need to buy sailing outfits, maybe an emergency raft? Any other thoughts are welcome!