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Old 20-03-2013, 15:54   #31
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Re: things you've tossed off the boat that others think are necessary

I once threw a whole 2 cyl Volvo diesel in, one piece at a time. It had gotten a little wet & rusty before I bought that boat.
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Old 20-03-2013, 17:14   #32
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Dinghy oars. They were always in the way if thrown on the floor and would tend to scratch the side of the boat if mounted in their holders. Just use the outboard now and - touch wood - it has always got us to our destination.
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Old 20-03-2013, 17:17   #33
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Now come on, dinghy oars are a safety item that I would never go without. In the Caribbean hardly a year goes by without someone drifting across the Caribbean in a dinghy because their motor died.
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Old 20-03-2013, 17:25   #34
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Now come on, dinghy oars are a safety item that I would never go without. In the Caribbean hardly a year goes by without someone drifting across the Caribbean in a dinghy because their motor died.

Do others go out and get them? If so why do they need the oars?

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Old 20-03-2013, 17:26   #35
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spinnaker, gen set, quite a few extra kitchen items, Large genoa, One of those boat covers for aft of the mast with the fiberglass support bows (more trouble than it's worth) , Hand squeeze watermaker, Extra fuel jugs (really, the main tanks were too big to start with!), many clothes.
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Now come on, dinghy oars are a safety item that I would never go without. In the Caribbean hardly a year goes by without someone drifting across the Caribbean in a dinghy because their motor died.
In our sailing grounds, help is never too far away. I'll take the handheld vhf if we are by ourselves somewhere.
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Got rid of a 25mm flare gun with a 12ga insert and hallf dozen 00 buckshot shells. That was a crazy idea. Hope they never choose to shoot it.
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Got rid of a 25mm flare gun with a 12ga insert and hallf dozen 00 buckshot shells. That was a crazy idea. Hope they never choose to shoot it.
Hey Y'all watch this!
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Things I've tossed off the boat that others think are necessary

Windspeed and direction instruments, who cares, sail to the boat not the gauges.
Boatspeed instuments, You get pretty close at estimating boatspeed, they just clog up with weed, is another hole and a GPS does fine mostly.
Chartplotter, Navionics on my phone is better and cheaper, or cmaps on a laptop.
Trysail, deep reefed strong main is much better plus one spare main stashed away.
HF radio, Satphone is simpler and more reliable, plus can be taken ashore or into liferaft.
Electric anchor winch, I need the exercise
Outboard for dinghy. I enjoy the exercise
Inflatable dink doesn't row well, doesn't tow well and doesn't like rock oysters
windgenerator solar is better and safer
Installed fridge/freezer small portable engel unit is simple, cheap and reliable (i hope).
Autopilot windvane is more fun, and I motor less with it.
Stainless steel rigging wire Galvanised lasts long enough and costs 1/4 the amount.
Yachty bottle screws industrial tested galvanized ones are cheaper and better
Fancy halyard shackles, tie a bowline.
Fancy stainless boom bails use a spectra strop, much stronger and easy to replace
Genoa tracks and cars A well cut sail that doesn't need the lead changing when it's reefed. less leaks and nothing to stub your toes on.
Deck filler pipes and fancy gauges for diesel tank, I installed a 4 inch inspection port on the tank top. I can fill it direct from below, and inspect it easily.
Diesel heatingSwaped to a wood heater, more cosy, simple,free fuel and wood smoke smells nicer
Staysail on a sloop On smaller boats it slows down tacking, not worth the clutter, at least inshore.
Sea toilet got a portapotti instead, might try a composting.
underwater cockpit drains ran them over the side above the waterline. welded in tubes, two less seacocks.
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On an offshore supply vessel I used to work on, after the delivery crew moved the boat from Louisiana to California and flew back home, the first thing the California crew did was to deep-six the deep fat fryer.
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:13   #41
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Damn little! Always a minimalist to begin with, but do not go that far afield nowadays,summer cruises only;probably would add a few things if I wanted to cruise full time with wife again, but would need a larger craft to accommodate all. So maybe one could argue that wife has been jettisoned too.She visits, and is always welcome but a few days in new ports with dinner out is enough for her. I sail on ; not a bad arrangement.
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Microwave.
Hot water tank (now use instant LPG heater)
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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.
Gas grill is great sometimes, but only if you eat meat.
One danforth as backup is good, but 3? Ready to snap your fingers.
As for the beans, well, those wieners...
I eliminated the meat to avoid them different strokes...
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Dock lines?
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