Cruising on a fancy yacht like Nu Explorer has been incredibly educational for me about my own boat; Oceana.
Nu Explorer has every amenity: heat, power, a dive compressor, a regular compressor, Satellite TV, Internet and telephone, 2 big screen chartplotters with dual radars and a separate computer too, Microwave, Full-size BBQ, Oven, trash compactor, Bigscreen HDTV, A FLIR night-vision camera, AIS, EPIRB, Life rafts, Air Conditioning, hydraulics bow and stern thrusters, a crane, stabilizers,Hydraulic and electric windlass’s (fore AND aft), TWO generators, TWO VHF’s, SSB, Spotlight, Widow Wipers, running water, electric heads.
As nice as it is, It’s a TON of work!!!
In short, it’s really made me miss Oceana Everything on Nu Explorer is a 2-man job.
As different as these two boats are, they share a ton of similarities as well. #1 obviously is that they are both steel, which I’m starting to really like.
#2 they are designed to be ‘world cruisers’ however N.E. does it through sheer might and expense and consumption, which is just about 100% the opposite of how I want to live my life.
OTOH I also now think I “need” a 13’ Dinghy with a 50hp outboard & Electric tilt! Seriously, I don’t think it’s possible to ‘cruise’ without it!!! Going 20 miles to town is pretty nice when you’re comfortable, dry and going 40 mph.
Obviously it’s different for everyone, my list will not be everyone else’s but here it is:
Electric heads. Sorry, but I’ve spent too much time F’n with manual heads, not gonna do it anymore.
Watermakers are really nice. As is running water, especially lots of it, especially with high pressure and high flow rates, especially with outlets on deck. But mine is going to be WAAYYYYYY simpler and mechanical.
Solar, Solar, Solar! Interestingly; Oceana already has more battery capacity than Nu Explorer does! Yay The Microwave is kinda nice too, but really not in the cards, I’m going to very seriously limit 110v power suckage!
LED lighting. When I refit Oceana, I am completely trashing the 120v (household) lighting in favor of 12v LED lighting. Everywhere
For me, a thing many consider optional will most definitely be a priority: and that’s A.I.S. It is incredibly useful to be able to call a ship by their name, and also to see them coming around corners. And for me, a class b transmitter is a no-brainer. Just pure awesome nerd gadgetry!
The other is NEMA 2000. I am not going to dick around with 0183 ever again. I can do it, but it’s a huge pain in the ass and I hate it. Nu Explorer has a lot of nice electronics, but they are not well installed, and not well integrated. It drives me mental. Oh, and Oceana will have a couple Macs on it. Windows just completely sucks, at everything.
BOSE outdoor speakers: oh yeah baby! BOSE super custom electronics, and HDTV video switching systems, not so much. Oceana does need a decent sound system though.
Yep, gonna keep it simple! K.I.S.S. I just gotta figure out where to mount the crane to lift that sweet, sweet dinghy!