Originally Posted by Jim H
For example, is the standing rigging perfect, or are some parts "weak links" that could cause a nasty surprise? Are any of the thru-hulls leaking or frozen? Is the rudder loose at all? Any leaks around the ports or companionway? Do you have a storm jib if you needed one? Is the running rigging weak in any areas. And, of course, hows the electrical, water and engine?
I hear you. My first purchases were a rather un-sexy load of cleaning supplies, I'm going to head down there in a few minutes once the heat lets up a bit and get to scrubbing.
As for the fundamentals, I suspect that while the PO didn't do much work on her, the PPO apparently did: the keelbolts and spreaders are both shiny and look new, and the rigging seems solid as a rock. About the only problem area I've found is a leaky window, which I'll definitely hit shortly. Of course who knows what suprises I'll find when I haul out, but in the water the bottom looks perfect to my (admittedly inexperienced) eye. Oh, and the outboard took a minor collision, so there's some $$ to be be spent there.
Originally Posted by sailingdog
Handheld VHF: What's your budget? I personally like the Standard Horizon HX471SB handheld. It has some nice features like the ability to monitor Aircraft, FM, FRS and GMRS radio frequencies. Works two-way on FRS, VHF, and GMRS modes. Also capable of DSC distress calls if connected to an NMEA GPS.
I was looking to spend $150-$200, and I'd like to have one with both a Li-Ion battery and the ability to handle AAs, if that's possible. I'll go above that budget number if that means I could find one that does both out of the box.
Handheld GPS: What's your budget again? Two models I like are the Garmin 76C__ series which can take the Garmin BlueChart marine charts, and works for both road and marine navigation.
Well my budget for a GPS was
around $200, but I gotta say that's a damned sexy unit. I may have to rethink that.. I was just thinking of using it as a compass/speed/position indicator, I hadn't even considered electronic charts because I thought the systems were much more expensive.