We knew that the purchase of the boat would only be the beginning of spending – or as I like to think of it ..investing. We of course did not buy a boat that had lots of what we needed already on board! So we have had to buy ALL the safety equipment – Epirb, Dan Buoy, Jon Buoy, Life Raft, Fire Extinquishers, Flares, First Aid Kit, books on all manner of things from weather to first aid to Navigation. We need Oilskins and Charts, and dispite all the protestations from advisors we did not buy a boat with a generator and a water maker and we will need these! we also do not have air con or a washing machine – the list goes on and on. We have (mostly) enjoyed being members of the Cruising Association as the members have been really supportive giving their time to advise us on what boat to buy and what gear to buy. I posted two threads – the first was – Three things I wish I had known when buying my first boat and the second was Three things I am glad I bought for living aboard and three things I wish I hadn’t – the responses have helped us shape our thinking and guided us to some fantastic suppliers.