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I did not choose boat or equipement according to my life style, I had quite different parameters as base.
I did not go cruising because a long lasting dream of exploring the sea and living the life of a 'sea gypsy'. We had planned to move to Malaysia, and why not take the oportunity and do it by sailing?
I chose the boat size and type after what I considdered safe for mostly single handed sailing as my wife was rather unexperienced. I chose the SO37 due to its construction and not to forget its 'certified' pay load capacity. I chose equipement according towhat would give the less maintance and problems and not to forget parts availability if needed. That was the main reason for going with the standard battery set up and not adding gels, generator(s)/regulators, except for a Honda 1000 gen set and a seperate trickle charger which was more used by other yachters charging their huge banks while they were waiting for spare parts to their own generators, wind mills, solarpanel regulators that had failed and had to be shipped from US/ Europe! My fridge and autpilot was running 24 hours a day, but I left out the air con and the TV.
Planning a trip like mine is not only about adding according to a 'whish list', it is perhaps more about evaluating what You have according to Your needs and requirements. Then if needed, add or modify. I had in fact no budget, I got the equipement I felt needed, we stayed in marinas, enjoyed the restaurants ashore when available and convenient. The only time we stayed at a hotel was in Panama when the boat was hauled out for a bottom job.
And for a replacement cost of 200US$ which was what I paid locally here in Langkawi I might even do the same choise again.
And that is the beauty of cruising: You are free to choose!