I wrote up a very detailed reply for all of you but due to technical errors it's now gone so you get the condensed redux.
I'll outline my current conditions so you guys can get a feel for my lifestyle since I detected some interest there. I wholeheartedly agree that 23' is tight (4' headroom) but I am young and a minimalist and when you take into consideration that when inside a home people generally sit or recline which is what I do inside the cabin and if somebody is standing in a house it's generally in transit but most things are accessible anywhere inside the cabin so the R23 is actually very comfortable. I have a yoga mat that I lay out and sleep on with a hammock in the works. There's no bed in the v berth so I store light items up there such as my clothes. Clothing I store in a vacuum sealed industrial trash bag with a breathable bag of rice to absorb moisture (a system I intend on replicating anywhere moisture is a concern). Food and utensils along with cleaning supplies and miscellaneous items are stored in cabinets, hammocks, and under the settees, heavy items are all stored below the cockpit. I havent been cooking but with my next paycheck I'm going to get a grill to mount on the cockpit railing and an insulated bag for slow cooking ( Wonderbag
). The idea is to bring a stew to the desired temperature, then transplant it to the wonderbag where it'll retain that temperature and cook until done. I've seen people have issues keeping food on burners so I think this will be a nice solution for me, no fuel or flame for the majority of cooking time. I'd also like to try making fish jerky which an old salt of mine used to prepare underway in the Mediterranean, I'll let you know how it works out. I have solar powered lights for inside the cabin. I made a composting head for $35 out of a bucket, trash bag, toilet seat, and coir for composting. It's portable so I take it camping and there's absolutely no smell, I'm extremely happy with it. I don't have money to drop on a Nature's Head composting toilet so I built my own. I didn't pay a dude. And I liked it. I agree with you all that when equipping the boat I should fit to refit. I have a R29 lined up (6' headroom) that's very comfortable so I'll most likely make her my main residence simply because the extra space is nice for guests. I have storage on land so there's no useless clutter aboard. I have a slip and mooring on opposite sides of the bay but I'm mainly at the slip. I have a 4hp Tohatsu for mobility while the mast is unstepped (I do know how to sail BTW). I'm pleased to see many of your suggestions compliment my lifestyle, definitely getting a portable depth sounder and vhf because I can use them both on the kayak and Calypso.
I don't intend on selling my R23 but if I ever did part with her, it wouldn't be for profit. The way I see it, the real profit is in the money I save on housing expenses; that and knowledge. Because she was neglected for so long, the skills I'm learning through diy projects and the SailNet community is, in the full sense of the word, INVALUABLE. Thank you all so much.
Not to what you've all been scratching your heads about!
Projector: it's nice to watch videos on a large screen but storage space is key. I can black out the cabin and project Boatworks Today on a 60" screen while reclining on the settees, I've also heard of people projecting films onto their sails while underway at night. Power draw is minimal, size is minimal, options abound only limited by creativity. I don't see myself using it constantly and in the end it's a luxury item that will be one of the last things I equip my vessel with.
Underwater speakers: Sound transmits through water in more clarity than air. I first got this idea after hearing about the underwater music festival Key West has every July. One of the local radio stations brings out large speakers and plays music off the reefs where they have art exhibits underwater and people come out to dive and socialize. For me it's all about entertaining guests. Friends and family want to go to the beach on the boat, it'd be fun to play music sometimes when swimming but they're also portable so I can even just bring them to the pool. On a practical note, with a microphone somebody on deck can speak clearly through the water where any divers will hear in perfect clarity. It's a useful tool, but once again it'll be one of the last things to be installed. I will also be using it responsibly, I am consciousness of the ecosystem I share with my aquatic neighbors, I believe in fostering a healthy habitat. I keep my noise, light, and solid waste pollution in balance with the environment.
I won't get around to installing any electronics for another few months as I invest in tools to repair Calypso and related gear. Thankfully it's Florida so all I need are my blankets to stay warm.
Thanks for the time you all have put into your responses, I'm proud to be a part if this community. What is "feeding the troll"? Haha
Keep the advice rolling in!