Originally Posted by brucehawsker
Now, can we perhaps focus on the major issues. Is the engine right? What should I do for electronics? What have I forgotten? What don't I need?
Assuming that you are going to be cruising in unfamiliar waters and you have the space and buget, get a big colour chart plotter. The bigger the better. Raymarine come highly recommended, Lowrance seems to be good and Garmin make an excellent range of smaller units. Alternativley it is quite possible to navigate effectively with nothing more than a hand held GPS. Or even no GPS!
Mount your GPS antennas flush on the console where they are least vulnerable. They do not need to be on the A frame.
Many people don't seem to bother with a decent compass, but I would fit a big Plastimo Offshore in front of the helmsman.
If you want a VHF that will last, get an Icom. Alternatively get a cheap one and be prepared to replace it each year.
A depth sounder is quite useful but not essential.
I would have the throttle on the right hand side. At speed it will be your primary control and should be in your dominant hand -- others may disagree, but I think they are wrong!
I hesitate to suggest anything else to change because I am worried that you may never reach a final specification