Boat Selection – What Equipment Is Required When Buying a Boat?

  •  18/01/2019
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What Equipment Is Required? (Generator, head propeller, etc. )

When choosing a boat, you'll find there are hundreds of options lists for everything. Large motor yachts can be jacuzzis, sauna, pool, satellite systems, etc., as well as carbon-pole hydraulic systems in sailing boats, etc. It is possible to buy a boat with a standard list price of € 100,000 at €200,000 with options.

Depending on your intended use, your area and your time on the boat, you should consider the options. It would be frustrating to have to pay a lot of fees for an option that will never be used.

  • Generator

You will not be able to find 220V alternative current city electricity while cruising at sea or in the bays where you moor. Boats usually use direct current at 12V or 24V. Therefore, if your boat does not have voltage converter systems, you will not be able to use all devices that require 220V. For example, television, kettle, air conditioner, hair dryer, computer chargers will not work.

For high current-attracting devices such as air conditioners and water heaters, a generator that produces energy with diesel is required. Inverter voltage converters may be sufficient for devices such as mobile phones, computer chargers, televisions, etc. However, it should not be forgotten that it causes discomfort during sleep at night, especially because it makes noise during the operation of the generator on sailing boats. Since the areas are large in large motorayts, the sound of the generator will not usually affect the bedrooms. Therefore, if you plan to cruise during sea holidays and clean seas, the generator for sailors will not be a very necessary option. You can cool off by going into the sea. If you have a plan to stay in marinas, you can switch to coastal electricity, start air conditioning without the need for a generator, etc. and you won't be disturbed by the sound. Especially in summer, marinas on the southern coast are hot.


  • Air conditioning

Air conditioning is a necessary option according to preference. Most motor yachts are unwavering. However, it is not available on many sailing boats. It is not the number one choice of sailors because of its footprint, cost and need of 220V requirements.


  • Heater

Especially diesel-fed heating systems are both quiet and with little fuel consumption, they easily heat large volumes. It is a very necessary option for those who like to cruise in winter. However, on cold days, it may not be necessary for those who prefer to stay in marinas. In marinas, electricity is generated from the beach 220V cable, and small heater electric fans heat boats at 45 feet in a short time. Heating is not the first reason of choice because there is air conditioning in many motor yachts and it is useful for heating.

  • Maneuver Ingress Propeller

It is perceived as a must-have option, especially for beginners. All budget plans are made for this. Manoeuvring pervas are, of course, a very relaxing system for the user, but they are given far more purpose than their task. It can be preferred on yachts and motoryachts of 45 feet and above.

But regardless, maneuvering propellers have a certain power capacity. In strong windy weather, especially when wind is taken from the board, the forces of the maneuvering propellers will be insufficient to rotate the boat. Therefore, to be a good sailor and to navigate safely, you should navigate without using a maneuver propeller, and it will be very useful for you to manage to dock without using propellers in docking docking in marinas.

My advice to you is to train yourself and dock in a way that does not use a maneuver propeller. If you have no confidence and your yacht size is large, if you can get it for safety, it is a choice with a head or aft maneuver propeller.


  • Autopilot System

It's usually the tool that provides the greatest convenience in the life of all boat owners. Absence and disorder is one of the most important equipment to feel. On long cruises, you will not be able to leave the rudder for hours on a boat without an autopilot system. That's why it's the system that deserves the most money you pay.

It is a system that we recommend for both sailboats and motor yachts. It does not need to be only on boats that are less than 8 meters tall, suitable for coastal navigation and have an external lynx engine.

  • Radar

It is an option not found on many private boats. It is very easy to use and comfortable to use. Situations where their existence is needed are situations that can be really problematic. It grows on imdata, especially in the night course and where visibly is limited.

In winter, radar systems are very important aid in cases where visibly on the causes such as snow, heavy rainfall and fog are not possible. Radar can easily show you other boats, land parts, ground shapes at sea, thanks to the return data it receives from objects hit by the signals it sends. In fact, other cruising boats have features such as speed, collision route warning, etc.

Although the radar may seem a very useful and essential option, it will not be an option for amateur travellers to feel the need for an emergency.

For example, I've been on the sea for over 25 years and i've had many long-haul experiences, 33 feet sailboat alone, 600 nautical miles on the open sea. I've only had a moment in my life when I said sailing and boating would have been good if it was radar twice in my life.

Once, in the night course, it was July, during the Çeşme-Gocek course, when I was crossing the alaçatı coast, I was in a very dense fog. I couldn't even see the nose of a 12-foot boat. I had to go blind in a thick fog for about four hours. I was lucky the ship in my cruise area wasn't heavy.

In the other one, I was caught in a snow oven off Turgutreis. I couldn't have more than 50 meters of vision.  I felt I needed it that day, but I had no problem navigating the narrow and dense-boat-ship traffic like the straits again.

What is radar how radar works and what it does? How does it work? you can review our article.


  • Ais

With this system, if you have a chartplotter, you can see other ships, fishing boats, etc. on the map, in short, all the boats that use this system. It works with a VHF frequency. Turkish Flag and commercial registered boats are required to use AIS. However, there is no such requirement on sightseeing boats. Therefore, you will not be able to see all the sea vessels at sea with the AIS system, but in a sense, it will certainly be supported in restricted visibility conditions.


  • Chartplotter / GPS System

It is the system that will be good to be on sailing and motor boats that will make the long way. On the map you can easily see depths, bays, ports, shallows and lanterns and make your route plan easy. However, with the development of technology, this technology has now entered into mobile phones. When you download a map program worth about $100 to your phone, you can have a cahrtplotter system in your pocket. Moreover, it is a system that works better, such as the truth, even in some places. You can plan routes, measure distances, see ports.

I've crossed the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean six or seven times with a map program installed on my phone without gps and chartplotter.

The Chartplotter system recommends engines or sailing boats 10 metres or more in length, but just download a program to your mobile phone for other coastal boats.


  • Radio

It's a tool that should be on any boat. Although it is not mandatory on cruise boats less than 12 meters in length, it must be kept. The radio will be used at marina entrances, strait crossings, communication with other vessels and in emergency situations.

It would be good to have a stationary VHF sea radio on the boat as well as a handheld radio as a backup. A handheld radio will suffice for boats less than seven metres in length, but this should be a fixed sea radio for every boat over the neck.

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