I sold my beloved Melonseed this past week, and bought a 25-year-old Wharram. I'm planning to take it to the Chesapeake and practice handling it, then run down the ICW and winter in FL and practice some more. It has radar (with a CRT) and a Raymarine autohelm.
The seller is suggesting chart books. I'm wondering about a GPS with some nav capabilities, doesn't have to be huge. Was looking at the Garmin 478 as one possibility. I'm going to be learning nav-skills as I go. Have a Robb White article on using a sextant (I loved many things about his writing, one was his ability to get to the bones of something) that I want to have a copy of and try out when I get time, but also know I'll be inaccurate at it for a while. I thought I might want both the books and the GPS for now.
Another thing I want to do is refurb the Wharram, and am wondering about understanding places I might beach her down in the Keys and do some carpentry, rewiring, and painting.
Another thing I want to do soon is put some solar/windpower on her, wondered if any of you have recommendations for doing that stuff on a budget. I am thinking of stopping at boatyards down the ICW and seeing if yard owners will sell stuff off of overdue boats, but I don't know what's good.
I'm looking forward to all this, but know I'll have to endure some learning experiences.
One other thing I'm curious about, just because I think too much, is whether anyone ever made a lapstrake catamaran. I did some googling, but found nothing of interest.
Thanks for any suggestions, and I hope I don't end up being flayed alive like those guys who didn't need a NA to design their boat.