.... Non pressurized Origo alcohol stove (two burner, no oven) vs propane force ten two burner? I was thinking of converting to alcohol over the propane. Thoughts?
If you've got the space for one with an oven, please get the oven. It makes things a lot more convenient than trying to use a dutch oven or pressure cooker and gives you a lot more versatility when cooking. Also, propane is better than alcohol for reasons stated previously.
I thought about going with soft solar panels mounted on the cabin house instead of a hard panel(s) on a rail mount. Thoughts? I was considering this for weather and offshore work.
Not a big fan of soft or semi-rigid panels. They're about half as efficient as the rigid ones and more expensive for the power you get. While they're better in lowlight and shadowed conditions, the rigid panels generally are better overall IMHO.
Best anchor + rode for stern rail (aft) anchor? I was thinking an appropriate sized fortress with 20' of chain + 150 nylon rode?
Not a bad choice for a stern anchor, but if you go with a Fortress, get the galvanized steel version, rather than the aluminum. A Delta FastSet would be better IMHO though.
The reason I say this is if you're in a situation where you need to apply the "brakes"...and the boat is moving, an aluminum Fortress won't have a prayer of reaching the bottom without kiting... a galvanized one might, a Delta would do much better than any fluke-type anchor.
For instance, going down a narrow channel with the outgoing tide pushing you out...and the engine dies and the bridge isn't open... dropping a Fortress isn't going to stop you since, it might not set at all... You could probably get a Delta to set in that situation... Going up to 30' chain isn't a bad idea...60' would be better...but probably overkill.
Thinking of adding two additional drain scuppers to cockpit, aft part of cockpit. Good/bad idea?
The faster the cockpit drains the better... the more drains there are, the less likely they are to all be clogged at the same time.
Pressurized water system vs foot pump, should I just do both side by side?
Thanks in advance
I prefer foot pumps on passage to pressure water. It allows you to save water more easily, since you can't accidentally leave a foot pump "running".