We received a lengthy and very useful comment from Peter on nb Kelly Louise about our pick of the week. This was the very reason I started keeping this blog, in the hope that we'd get comments and learn along the way.
We only started to learn something about boat electrics on our last trip by interrogating any broker who was willing to chat. The most helpful of them in this regard also suggested the "travelpower" unit and gave us a talk about pure sine wave inverters (vague memories of high school science class). We need to read more about this because it's something we knew little about. We'd like to find out the cost of a "travelpower" unit - can anyone tell us?
We are keeping in mind the extras we'd have to pay for when looking at the price of the boat. The cratch is another item we often find we'd need to spend money on. I definitely want it glazed and covered - to be able to see out and for the purpose of drying washing. I'd prefer the cover to have clear "windows" on the side with roll up canvas panels but we wouldn't likely spend the money to change this if all else was suitable.
The cross bed vs. inline bed debate is interesting. I can understand a cross bed not being practical for somebody particularly tall like Ray on nb Gypsy Rover. Personally, I can't stand being the one wedged under the gunwale at night! If possible we would be turning the bed and converting it to a cross bed. Many people mention hating having to set the bed up each night and maybe one day we'll agree. But.. we'd rather a wider bed and not having one of us sleeping against the wall (it would be me).