Upgrading the Boat- $35,000

The cost of updating a boat to prepare it for long distance blue water cruising will differ for each boat and each family. But this is what we choose to meet our needs best. We realize we could easily have done it for a fraction of this cost or spent 2 to 3 times this amount. We found this to be our comfort zone with enough bells and wistles to be both safe and comfortable from our perspective. 

Below is a list of the significant items we upgraded. 


Significant Upgrades

Solar Panels  

$3000 (including arch, panels, cables and controller)

Voyager Windvane

$1900 (Used)

Quantum Radar


Raymarine Chart Plotter




Katadyn Power Survivor 35 Water Maker

$750 (used)

New Standing Rigging


New Sail Set

$1800 Main

$2500 135% Genoa

Stack Pack 


Strong Track


Rocna 15 w/ 200 feet of chain

$285 anchor

$135 chain (Used)

Wifi Booster


Offshore Life Raft


Iridium Go


New Refrigeration 


Firefly Battery Bank (300 ah)


2nd Fuel Tank (28 gal)

$50 (second hand but never used)

LED Lighting


Sailing Dinghy w/ outboard

$450 Sailing Dinghy (Used)

$550 Outboard (Used)