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Old 04-08-2015, 14:22   #391
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We spend a lot of time talking about important things like rigging, engines, etc. etc.

But little really about important things that have MAJOR impact on life on a boat that aren't a "system". So lets talk more about those unspoken important things. To start with 1 that comes to my mind that gets some noise, but no where near to the level of its importance:

A GOOD mattress! One that you can sleep on and wake up rested because you didn't end up with sore pressure points, toss all night trying to be comfortable, make you toss the covers off then get them back and stick your leg out to try to control temperature. I bet most people would think of a $1000 mattress, that provides years of good sleep, as just way too much money. But when you think of the amount of use and its' importance you your enjoyment and overall well-being a good mattress is worth a lot more than $1000!
I've slept on waterbeds, straw mattress, $4,000 mattress. Best by far was the straw mattress. JFK had one for his back. Not good a boat, but next very best EVER was a $265 one at IKEA! Will look at material and try to get a set up for my boat.
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Old 04-08-2015, 15:33   #392
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Re: Important things we don't talk about much

Important Things

Bug spray and sun screen. Good products I find are worth it over cheap ones (now the same as saying the expensive ones are worth it).

Curtains - privacy, shade, allow you to sleep in past dawn
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Old 04-08-2015, 15:52   #393
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We're not usually considered "fuddy duddy" but I must admit we don't often have our friends use our mattress. Is this a California thing?
Wifey B: Well, now that you mention it...but we live in FL.

How about maybe like friends saw it and tested it and then we put in guest rooms and soon they were buying them too.

Maybe it comes with California Kings?

Fuddy duddy.... You say no one ever lays with you watching tv?

Oh but then the mattress in our master bedroom is 10' x 12' ......

Oops....doubt I helped correct any possible misunderstanding....but then....oh who knows...I give up...no mas.
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Have I mentioned a flyswatter yet? When you need it, it is VERY important.
And not just any old flyswatter. Having one that "fits" you and your particular swatting movement/routine is important. We have this swatter that came with our boat that is like the hand of god when I use it. No fly can survive it and I can hit multiple flies at once - even on opposite sides of the boat…

It has just the right springiness, just the right give on the head, just the right stiffness in the handle, completely silent as it slices through the air, etc. In my hands, it is a deadly lethal weapon and should probably be banned lest the earth loses all of its flies.

And then the kicker - it has these numerous short little prongs lining its forward edge that allows you to go around and scoop up all the dead flies with it. These little prongs are also the reason it is so silent and the head slaps down in just the right way without forming a leading edge pressure pulse that allows the fly to kick away at the last moment.

I would tell you what the make/model of this awesome killing machine is, but alas, the company no longer makes it! In a moment of panicked fear when I realized that this was the only one we had and it was 17yrs old, I searched down the company and called them about getting some more.

The (young) person I talked to said they don't even make flyswatters and I asked to be switched to someone who had worked there a long time. I got switched to two more people until I got a (older) man who told me "you actually have one of those? We stopped making them decades ago".

Sigh. I have tried many other swatters, but none have the deadly acuity, hand feel, and projection of omnipotent insect violence that this one has. In fact, all the rest just seem like cheap junk marginally thrown together to resemble something that may or may not kill a fly.

I'm still looking for a new swatter, but really have lost all hope…

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Probably, but why would I have lighter fluid on my boat (and don't dare say to use gasoline). Plus would still to lite the stick from the stove and carry it to the cockpit without it going out.
When I was a kid we used lighter fluid to get beach tar off our feet.
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And not just any old flyswatter. Having one that "fits" you and your particular swatting movement/routine is important. We have this swatter that came with our boat that is like the hand of god when I use it. No fly can survive it and I can hit multiple flies at once - even on opposite sides of the boat…


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bold talk, how abut a video of the action, or at least a photo
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Now, speaking of flyswatters, come into the 21st century. We had a bunch of fly shooters as some sort of advertising gimmick. I think also called bug guns.

Don't think I ever hit a fly but I could sit behind my desk and pick off people who walked past my door.

Oh, the ones we had also had long strings so you could easily retrieve.
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bold talk, how abut a video of the action, or at least a photo
Can't do video and a photo would just bring PETA down on me.

Imagine one of those recent pictures in the news with a person standing over a dead giraffe or lion. Now picture a 6' tall pile of dead flies instead of that lion.

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Old 04-08-2015, 22:34   #399
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Is the flyswatter this year's Bucket Thread? Maybe the Flyswatter needs its own thread!
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Now, speaking of flyswatters, come into the 21st century. We had a bunch of fly shooters as some sort of advertising gimmick. I think also called bug guns.

Don't think I ever hit a fly but I could sit behind my desk and pick off people who walked past my door.

Oh, the ones we had also had long strings so you could easily retrieve.
I have one that looks like a small tennis racquet - but the "net" is electrified. Hit any bug with and he's toast (literally). Knock them right out of the air.

I won't post a video because I am also afraid of getting the tree huggers on my neck - suffice to say that since getting this, I've seen bugs making a wide detour around my boat.

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I have one that looks like a small tennis racquet - but the "net" is electrified. Hit any bug with and he's toast (literally). Knock them right out of the air.
I love these things. On a buggy night you can just waft it back and forth and smile as the crackles of electrocution light up the night. Sigh... Beautiful.

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Is the flyswatter this year's Bucket Thread? Maybe the Flyswatter needs its own thread!
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LOL! I was joking! I didn't see this thread. I do have appreciation for your Retro version of the fly swatter-sometimes you can't beat the time-tested variety! And Maine bugs would really challenge it!

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An anti-insect GUN.

The Bug-A-Salt 2.0 | Air gun blog - Pyramyd Air Report

Coloured yellow, so as not to fwighten anybody. It shoots salt, is pump action, but doesn't have a bayonet lug or the shoulder thingy that goes up. You may have inconvenience when customs demand your ammo as well....
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You can always replace the salt with your watermaker!
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