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Old 20-03-2013, 13:48   #16
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Re: things you've tossed off the boat that others think are necessary

Not tossing it but never use it: holding tank level indicator (we go by sound).

Also agree with the pressure cooker, makes too much steam in the galley...

A second big anchor (bruce) as a backup, now we have just a danforth backup, stows nicely.

Thinking about the ASYM gennaker, we hardly ever use it and it takes up a lot of room. I'd rather have a whisker pole for the genoa. (Don't tell the wife yet, though)

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Old 20-03-2013, 13:49   #17
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The manky moldy carpet that used to line the interior of the hull.
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Old 20-03-2013, 14:28   #18
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Re: things you've tossed off the boat that others think are necessary

when we were based in cyprus,larnaca marina in the showers had a Great"free table" where people would leave unused boat stuff,clothes,charts,books etc that anybody could help themselves to.

well one time i had just done a massive clear out of stuff whilst the wife was away for the day with friends and left a whole bunch of stuff on the free table.......

about 8 pm the wife turns up with a big bag of stuff and an excited look on her face........"look what i found on the free table!!!!!!",i took it all back the next day!

another time there was a charter boat in who had just done all their laundry ie fitted sheets, embroided towels,pillowcases etc and left the lot on the free table(otherwise unmarked as) and gone for a shower to find the whole lot gone when they returned
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Re: things you've tossed off the boat that others think are necessary

Next person who wants to chuck off a GF or wife can they drop me an email? We might be able to come to an arrangement... Six-pack of beer.

If I could just get one on board then I could swap up...
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Next person who wants to chuck off a GF or wife can they drop me an email? We might be able to come to an arrangement... Six-pack of beer.

If I could just get one on board then I could swap up...
can you take the kids as well,might be able to throw in a dog as well as a sweetner
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Old 20-03-2013, 14:36   #21
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Wow--we use the rail mount gas grill almost every night in the warm months! I could live with a charcoal one, but not without a grill. If I had to make a choice, I would ditch the main stove instead! Plus, I love Danforth anchors, but better still a Fortress. Still, I wouldn't get rid of a Danforth or two if I could stow them somewhere. Like beans too. This goes to show, different strokes for different folks.
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Crew that broke boat rule No 1 - don't pee over the side while underway.
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Old 20-03-2013, 14:50   #23
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Next person who wants to chuck off a GF or wife can they drop me an email? We might be able to come to an arrangement... Six-pack of beer.

If I could just get one on board then I could swap up...
A six pack of beer? Heck, I would give you a whole case to take my wife
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Re: things you've tossed off the boat that others think are necessary

We ditched the wind generator and beefed up the solar.
Now my wife doesn't think we're dragging every time the wind pipes up.
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Re: things you've tossed off the boat that others think are necessary

A friend of mine told me if he didn't use something for over six weeks, he tossed it.

His wife looked at him and said, "I should have been dumped at least two weeks ago."

True story.

1. Various bits of worn dock lines
2. Broken whisker pole (I was going to fix it one day)
3. Anything that had formica for a laminate (replaced with real wood)
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The three most worthless things on a ship are a wheel barrow, a dairy cow and a naval officer. -Spike Africa
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Re: things you've tossed off the boat that others think are necessary

1. Blackberry -- tossed it overboard the day we moved aboard to cruise full-time

2. Dozens of "how-to" marine-related books. All those refrigeration repair books and electrical books and other that people said we just had to have. Carried those heavy books for 2 years and tossed them before crossing the Pacific. Never opened a single one and wasted well over a thousand bucks.

3. 10 GRP 31 batteries that tested good. We replaced all 13 batteries when only 3 were not holding proper charge. Some Venezuelan fisherman was delighted to pick-up the 10 good batts we left at the fuel dock in Bonaire.

Things I will never toss:
1. Pressure cooker -- use it almost daily. Saves wasting propane and shorter cooking times keep galley cooler.
2. Microwave -- use it almost daily.
3. Bread machine -- keeps galley from heating up. Most important to us because we normally sail in the tropics.

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The thing I would like to get rid of but the wife will not let me, that damn dorm fridge, it takes up space, only cools when on shore power (read as never), holds less than a normal cooler and flopps open if you do not tie it shut.
Off topic, but maybe you could convince her to switch to one of these-
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3. Bread machine -- keeps galley from heating up. Most important to us because we normally sail in the tropics.

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WARNING: THREAD DRIFT AHEAD:

Just curious, are you using "best for bread flour in yours"?

Do you find you have to use a bit less yeast to prevent over rising of the bread?

END THREAD DRIFT

I should point out here that based on Judy's reply, I may not need bread flour anylonger and can toss it, thus maintaining thread integrity.
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rebel heart said - Ampmeter. It was useful when we were installing new stuff and getting used to the profile of what uses what, but at this point I know by memory and I find the voltage to be much more relevant than amperage. Both are great but really, I don't need it.

you da man, rebel heart. i use a digital voltmeter to check battery level. been denounced on this board by the 'experts', but like you, i know what my 'stuff' is using and know where my batteries should be. some people just have too much money.

also dumped the water heater and use a duckworks pump sprayer. in my boat the water heater and shower were about 25 feet apart; i probably wasted a gallon just bringing the hot water up to the shower head. i made a second shower sprayer out of home depot parts.

we have a rail mounted gas grill. the admiral insisted we needed it. but we never barbecue at home so why barbecue at sea? i've used it once in the past five years. and it got so greasy i took it ashore and washed it in beach sand. but i'll keep it as a 'backup' stove in case the main stove goes bad.

admiral also thought we had to have a pressure cooker. (she read those 'cruising wife' books). we never used one at home. we haven't used it at sea yet either, but it is the largest deep pot we have so maybe it will come in handy some day.

most built in electronics are gone, including an ancient loran and an early gps. my built in electronics now consist of a vhf and a navtex. gps is handheld. for my kind of cruising (east coast usa, bahamas) it's all i need. also an epirb and a spot. but they're handheld too. would like to find a 'transmit-only' ais, but don't think they make one yet. would be handy for crossing the gulf stream.
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