What works and what doesn't is a very personal thing. Lifestyle and expectations drive our priorities.
In my opinion this is most apparent in the galley
. The way one cooks on land is the way you cook aboard. Change is hard.
I moved aboard in May 2006.
Off the boat:
microwave - always had one ashore, didn't use it much, used it less aboard.
ex gf - enthusiastic sailor, no grip on rules of the road - everything went downhill after she tried to t-bone a dinner boat.
80% of sailing/boat books
- most were of limited utility after reading once; some weren't worth that much. I've got about 30" of books
I've hung onto.
- replaced, see below.
Coffee press - too much water
to clean and too much work - replaced, see below.
Magazine subscriptions - mail is an issue; interestingly the sailing and boating
pubs are way behind the mainstream press on electronic delivery
. Good news: Good Old Boat just announced electronic subscriptions. SSCA has done for years.
CDs & DVDs - everything ripped to electronic media and originals stored ashore.
hammocks - never could get them to work for me - I don't like orange and apple juice dripping on me in my bunk.
Vacuum sealer - a change from my life ashore but I wouldn't sail without one.
Pressure cooker - another change for me but I love mine and use it regularly.
- way better than an ammeter and a much better indicator of charge state than a voltmeter.
& A/C - after you have it, way less expensive to use for charging
batteries than the main, and there are times and places when A/C is nirvana.
- love my 1.5 oz asym and shopping
for a .75 oz sym.
- I tend toward cooler climes and a warm shower
, no matter how brief, is a pleasure.
Pressure water - lifestyle choice
12V boat except TV and stick blender - The only things I turn on the inverter
for are TV and blender. We like movies, and the stick blender replaced the food
processor and bar blender I used ashore.
Rail mount gas grill
- big griller ashore and still do aboard.
2 x iPhone
, iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPod Nano - I'm a techy geeky guy. Lots of nav stuff on the iPhones plus easy check on e-mail and SMS. iPod Touch is low energy way to run movies (including training on boat systems) on watch. 160 GB Classic and Nano are mostly for music
and movies on watch.
SSB and ham radios - my experience with sat phones is not good. I stick with tried and true radio for long range communications
, and communications
heater - replacement for OEM Webasto. Good stuff.
Baby wipes - great water saver offshore
and crystal - Two place settings of family china
and Riedel stemless are great at anchor
. Underway we use the plastic stuff but living aboard
does NOT have to be camping.
Added over the last seven years:
New gf - somewhat less enthusiastic but much less prone to running into things.
- almost, but not quite. Light air chute is this year's Christmas
present to myself.
anchor - Two actually. Any of the current
generation spoon anchors beat the bejeepers out of the older designs.
Percolator - economic, reasonably fast, and good coffee.
Originally Posted by onestepcsy37
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.
Which illustrates my point above - you're going to cook pretty much the way you did ashore. Don't let the books tell you what to do.
Originally Posted by SVTatia
Gas grill is great sometimes, but only if you eat meat
I don't agree. Lots of roasted and steamed veg work great on the grill, especially in warmer places where getting the heat out of the boat is a good idea.
Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey
......It's all about choices based on own
needs and experiances (and simply wants
), so no one else can tell you what "you" need (and everyone changes at least some of their own ideas anyway over time)....
Right - so get off the dock
and go sailing. Build a few months into your plans a few months after you leave to adjust. Why spend money
on stuff you spend money
and time ripping out?
Originally Posted by barnakiel
I am trying to toss off at least one old item for any new item onboard.
I agree. Most people get to the point where they realize that something old has to come off for every new thing brought aboard.