We are from New York and recently sailed to Florida & are off for the Bahamas next month. We added a full cockpit enclosure for the trip down & it was worth every penny we spent. When the sun's out but it's cold you've got a greenhouse going on, toasty as can be. We've waved from our cockpit to other sailors bundled up while we sat in our T-shirts. Think it's a great investment. Not the most beautiful thing to look at, but when the weather's bad, it's fabulous.
We did a major upgrade to our DC electrical system on our new-to-us 2 cabin Beneteau 411 including new battery charger, combiner, battery monitor and 4 golf cart batteries. Also we re-wired the system such that both battery charger and alternator B+ are connected directly to house bank and not common of switch. Next, we plan to add wind and/or solar to complete the project.