Originally Posted by killarney_sailor
From my perspective, your mileage may differ:
- radar is on 95% of boats.
- chartplotter (or laptop charting) is on virtually 100%
- VHF -universal, but quite inexpensive,required for entry (and exit) to many commercial harbours
- SSB - probably on 90% of boats,
- watermaker - probably 75% of boats;
- solar/wind - more than 95% have one or both, the rest run gensets, often twice a day.
- genset - probably 80% of boats, virtually 100% on boats over 40 feet which is to say most boats
- inboard engines - all except one guy on an ancient Bristol 27 even though Slocum did without
Just did a quick look at 15 closest boats to me, at a nchor in Grenada.
R adar 8/16 = 50% (higher than what I would have thought.)
C hartplotter 100%
V HF 100%
S SB 20% - not that I know for sure. I can only see 1 out of the 15 with HF antenna/split backstay.
W atermaker 40% I doubt more, but 40% is pretty high. Certainly for the expensive boats above $200k it would be close to 75%
Solar/Wind 100% 5 out of 15 have wind. the rest solar some both.
Genset, as in a dedicated Genset 20% that includes Honda portables.
Inboard Engines 100% - unless they are being fixed!
I do think it would be a good exercise for everyone to pull the b inoculars out in a cruising anchorage and compare notes.
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