Sailboat Equipment

On this page we will describe the equipment we have on our sailboat. As time goes by we will add the new equipment we buy on this page.

A little note about our mindset when buying sailboat equipment, we try to buy as much as possible second hand or on sales. This way we are able to save some money, but we still try to buy good quality stuff so that it won’t break any time soon. Some things were included when buying the sailboat, which is also very good for saving money.

SEK USD EUR
Sailboat equipment 74’439 8’188 7’072
CONTENT FOR THIS PAGE:
  • Anchor
  • Autopilot
  • Batteries
  • Dinghy & outboard
  • Generator
  • GPS-plotter
  • Refrigerator
  • Rig
  • Sails
  • SDR (Software Defined Radio)
  • Solar panels
  • Water maker
  • Winches
  • Windlass
  • Wind vane
  • Other
ANCHOR

Cost: 0  – included when buying the sailboat

When buying Anne-Mon two anchors were included. A bigger Bruce anchor in the bow and a smaller Bruce anchor in the stern. In Sweden it is common to anchor towards land and then it is more common to use a smaller anchor in the stern to keep the boat away from the shore. We will try to see how this anchor works and if not works well we might by  a Rocna anchor instead.

Autopilot
SEK USD EUR
Autopilot drive unit 6’485 713 616
Other 1’087 120 103

We will create our own autopilot using an open source code together with our own code, so the most expensive part for use will be the driver unit. More about this later on.

BATTERIES
SEK USD EUR
Start battery 1’230 135 117
Service battery 4’000 440 380

We have one start battery for the engine and two batteries for service.

The start battery is a Vetus 105Ah, this battery we bought new from a store. The other two batteries are Leoch LPC12-140. We bought them second hand, 1 year old at the time and never used. The give 140 Ah each.

Dinghy & Outboard
SEK USD EUR
Refrigerator 4’500 495 428

We bought a dinghy second hand together with an outboard. The best thing about the dinghy is that it matches the color of the boat! 🙂

GENERATOR

Cost: 0 – included when buying the sailboat

A generator was included when buying the boat as well. It is a Zeise Liliput Mulitpower. We have done some smaller renovation of the generator, read more about that and the costs related to it under Sailboat Renovation.

INSTRUMENTS
SEK USD EUR
Garmin GPS Plotter 5’995 659 570
Radar 0 0 0
VHF 245 27 23
Multi instruments 0 0 0
Total  6’240  686 593

We chose to buy a GPS plotter instead of using an iPad or Phone for the navigation. The reason for choosing a plotter instead of a mobile device was that it is more robust than a mobile device. We bought a Garmin because of the good charts and also because they had an offer at the moment that you got a voucher to buy anything we wanted from their website. We used that voucher to buy some charts.

The radar, VHF and Multi instruments was included when buying the boat and therefore we didn’t need to buy new ones. The costs related to them are related to getting them to work.

Refrigerator
SEK USD EUR
Refrigerator 10’300 1’133 979

We bought a Dometic CRX refrigerator. First we had the idea to make our own before our summer sail, but that would have taken time and still costs some money. We simply decided to buy our way out of this, since we were able to buy the refrigerator on sale.

We might make a separate cooling box as well, to have an extra fridge or a freezer.

RIG
SEK USD EUR
Ropes 2’260 249 215
Other 1’901 209 181
Total 4’161 458 395

Many of the halyards and sheets were worn out after laying around on the boat for 10 years, so we needed to buy some new ones. The other costs related to the rig includes a windex, signal horn and a new lantern.

SAILS
SEK USD EUR
Repairs 3000 330 285
“New” second hand sails 3950 435 375
Sold sails -1000 -110 -95
Total 5’950 655 565

We got a bunch of sails when we bought our sailboat. The ones we got when buying the boat is:

  • 2 x Main sail (one of them is too small for us, but we’ll keep it for now as a spare)
  • 1 x Mizzen sail
  • 1 x Furling genoa
  • 3 x Head sails (one big genoa, one jib and one smaller jib)
  • 1 x Spinnaker
  • 1 x Mizzen staysail

Most of the sails are in quite good shape, except the furling genoa. It had a damage which we let a sailmaker repair, together with 2 of the jibs. One of the smaller jibs he replaced all the seams on and did a thorough check on, so this will be our go to sail in harder weather. The main sail is also quite worn out so if we find a better second hand we will buy it.

We have also found some second hand sails, what we bought is:

  • 2 new furling genoas
  • 1 new furling jib (in case we set a furler on the cutter stay, it was very cheap)

We also sold a small main sail we had and a genoa.

SDR – Software Defined Radio
SEK USD EUR
SDR 644 71 61

We have started experiment with a SDR to be able to download weather pictures from passing satellites. If we get this working relatively good it will be a very cheap way to see bad weather out on oceans compared to having a satellite phone or HF-radio. More about this and how it works will be added later on.

SOLAR PANELS
SEK USD EUR
Solar Panels 7’358 809 699

We bought 5 flexible solar panels, each with a capacity of 60 W.  We chose to have small solar panels to get the most electricity out of them. The cells in the solar panels are connected in series, and if one part of the panel is shadowed the capacity of the solar panel is significantly decreasing. Having a large solar panel increases the risk of having a part of the panel shadowed, while having many small ones there will almost always be at least 1 or 2 that are not shadowed and will deliver maximum amount of electricity. The cost related to the solar panels also includes cables and monitor.

Water maker
SEK USD EUR
Water maker 14’026 1’543 1’332

We have recently bought a second hand water maker. It is a Powersurvivor 80-ii water maker and runs on 12V. We bought it second hand, but it has never been installed before we bought it. More about our watermaker can be found under the tag Watermaker.

Winches
SEK USD EUR
Winches 2’351 259 223

We bought second hand winches, 2 Lewmar 43 for the genoa sheets and 2 Lewmar 7 for the halyards on the main mast.

Windlass
SEK USD EUR
Windlass 4’000 440 380

We also found an electrical windlass second hand.

WIND VANE

Cost: 0  – included when buying the sailboat

The wind vane was included when buying the sailboat as well. We are not sure what brand this wind vane is or what the type is called. It is a massive, robust piece made of stainless steel.

sailboat equipment
A picture of our wind vane. Anyone out there that knows what kind of wind vane this could be?
OTHER
SEK USD EUR
Tools 2’879 317 274
Mooring 3’228 355 307
Diesel heater sold -4000 -440 -380

The other costs are buying a new set of tools for the sailboat that we could bring with us and costs related to mooring. New mooring lines and new fenders.

We also sold our diesel heater (not needed for the tropics) and gained some money for it.

Below is a list of sailboat equipment we haven’t bought yet but either need of want to have.

EQUIPMENT WE HAVEN’T YET BOUGHT BUT NEED
  • An AIS-transceiver
EQUIPMENT WE DON’T NEED BUT WANT TO HAVE
  • A better anchor
  • HF- radio with pactor modem to receive grid files (not needed if we get the SDR up and running)
  • A new main sail

This page about the cost for our sailboat equipment was updated on March 4th 2020 with current exchange rates: SEK->USD: 0.11 and SEK->EUR: 0.095.