This week Joshua present a short list of products which proved the most valuable during his Atlantic trip. A list from the hands on expert:
If you are a world sailor, you are an intensive user of water sports products and you can easily distinguish good from bad quality. Some manufacturers provide poor quality products which often need to be repaired or replaced causing higher costs and a loss of time. Fortunately, there are brands that do deliver quality . On board of Hope the best brands are responsible for propulsion , electrics and course keeping and thus essential. If I perform repairs in distant places or are in a storm at sea, I can blindly trust them . As a thank you , I like to put the products in the spotlight .
The number one is the Yanmar 3GM 30 F marine diesel engine
The undisputed number one is Yanmar ! Why ? Because the 27 hp diesel engine of Yanmar is beautifully and simply designed, it always works and everywhere there are spares available for a low price . It is a pleasure to maintain the engine and anyone with basic knowledge of diesel engines and the manual can do it. Low maintenance , forgiving, reliable and beautiful. Yanmar has all of the best ingredients for a world sailor and is thus the undisputed number one of the top products on board of Hope .
Number two: Victron inverters and battery chargers
Choosing is difficult , but on a well deserved number two comes Victron . On board I have used during four years a Victron Centaur battery charger, two Victron inverters and two Victron AGM batteries . The units always perform perfectly , are easy to install and use and still look brand new. A onetime defective charger (peak voltage on the shore power in Brazil ?) was replaced out of courtesy and sent to Suriname . Top products and top service byVictron !
Number three Windpilot Windvane Steering
To me, Windpilot is the most elegant windvane on the market . The windpilot is casted in corrosion resistant aluminum and anodized for a beautiful finish . Windpilot steered 95% of the time during the trip and sent Hope through the toughest weather so we can relax inside while the Windpilot does the hard work. Nothing is more reassuring than to trust Windpilot navigating Hope through a storm . I can recommend the Windpilot to any long distance sailor!
Bad products are often responsible for problems at sea . Take advantage of this list and seek advice from fellow sailors for major purchases . That will make your sea time a lot more enjoyable and safer!