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Old 18-10-2010, 09:30   #16
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a spare can opener! that or lots of band aids!
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Old 18-10-2010, 09:46   #17
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Battery operated LED headlamps. Sometimes you need light AND both hands and sometimes there's either no room or the other person has their hands full too.
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Old 18-10-2010, 09:56   #18
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Fire hose. I bought a bunch of clear 1" hose for chafe guard, and now I really wish I had bought 30-50' of fire hose instead.
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Old 18-10-2010, 10:25   #19
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Crocs

Flat fenders. They are the toughest seats available, the toughest knee pads available, and can be strapped to the boom in the place where you'd normally smash your head into it when anchored.

"Japanese" manual saw. I use it for everything.

Amazon Kindle.

Battery face shaver.

BoatLife Life Caulk (black).

Coconut Oil.
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Old 18-10-2010, 11:43   #20
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Stuff that came with the boat, now I won't live without them - a real mattress in the V berth and Bottomsider cockpit cushions.
Stuff I actually bought - stalk lights, 5 watts, puts light right where you want it - a bulkhead mounted bottle opener, no more thrashing around for a way to get into those bottles of beer - the little red vest pocket Mechanics Reference Book

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Old 18-10-2010, 11:52   #21
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i forgot this gimmick that I use constantly :

ClampTite - The Official Website | ClampTite | tools | business opportunity
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Old 18-10-2010, 11:58   #22
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Michael just reminded me.... Solar garden lights. For anchoring lights, general 'happy' lights and sit them in the cockpit for dinner lighting.

And solar Christmas tree lights... they just add a bit of sass to a boat on any night
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Old 18-10-2010, 13:09   #23
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You know what surprises me the most.

After being told it was essential for years by so many spruikers at so many boat shows.

After having been bombarded by late night tv infomercials for years

No one has mentioned the

Original

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SHAM WOW


By the way Mark, is the varnish dry and the beer wet yet?
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Old 18-10-2010, 13:57   #24
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mark--now ye know why i DONT varnish..LOL.. i useoil-- and not on floors...

second on the solar garden lihts-- they take rechargeable aa batts-- but i have one needing rechargeable aaas--i like--hangs and is brighter than an anchor light!!!! and only 6 dollars!!
a p-38 in galley drawer.
lol i knew what it was.... yup!
ok--everything in boats is weird-- i have owned too many to remember the weirdest stuff-lol-
hydraulic jack for a truck. yes i still have it--is good in case i need to change out a motor mount or something.
i have to have scissors everywhere-- i cant rip open plastic contained stuff-no pulling or pushing power in my thumbs. i wear leather palmed sailing gloves for sailing.
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Old 18-10-2010, 14:24   #25
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When we bought the boat, there was a white, thick plastic bowl with a double lid, latching side handles and air holes on top.

Had no idea what it was, but have been using it as a food scraps container daily for 2 years since living aboard. Looks right in place in the galley and non-smelly.

Just the other night, a friend came over and said "oh, I like your rice steamer". Now I know! But it's indispensable now, so I still won't be using it for rice.
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Old 18-10-2010, 15:05   #26
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When we bought the boat, there was a white, thick plastic bowl with a double lid, latching side handles and air holes on top.

Had no idea what it was, but have been using it as a food scraps container daily for 2 years since living aboard. Looks right in place in the galley and non-smelly.

Just the other night, a friend came over and said "oh, I like your rice steamer". Now I know! But it's indispensable now, so I still won't be using it for rice.
I was waiting for the punchline of..............commode
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I was waiting for the punchline of..............commode
Hysterical ... that would've been a much funnier story
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Suitcase Dish Rack

Everyone who comes for dinner admires this little item -- out it comes when we do the dishes. The rest of the time it folds up like a backgammon set and stows in about the same space.



Here's a link to one seller, I have no affiliation except as a customer. Suitcase Dish Rack
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Old 18-10-2010, 18:16   #29
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SOLLIGHT LIGHTSHIPS

Bought two of these solar powered LED lights several years ago. They work great in providing enough light to move around in the cabin and just enough light in the head without blinding you in the middle of the night.
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: WHAT WORKS: SOLLIGHT LIGHTSHIP LED LIGHTS
They charge during the day and come on at dusk. Plus they have a night vision position with a red LED for when underway in the dark.
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Old 18-10-2010, 18:29   #30
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Fagor nesting cookware

This stuff is really high quality -- very heavy construction and worth the price. The set comes with three detachable handles that can be used with any piece, and the pieces each come with fitted stainless lids that are perforated at one side for pouring off liquids.

It also comes with plastic snap-on covers so you can use them for keeping re-heatable foods (like stew or chili) between meals.

Everything works really well, and my wife even mentioned that she would like to have another set some day for our primary cookware at our house. (We don't need it at this time).



http://shop.sailboatowners.com/detail.htm?group=1777

Again -- no affiliation -- just a satisfied customer.
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