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Old 23-08-2012, 22:18   #16
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Bug gun

Amazon.com: Martin Paul 100-75 Flyshooter The Original Bug Gun, Colors may vary: Automotive

My kill rate exceeds 90%. Great stress reliever
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Old 24-08-2012, 00:40   #17
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My automatic waterless dishwater / hotwater bottle / bug displacer / intruder alarm / alarm clock / best best friend / possum finder.

it was free, found it on a beach in Thailand, its has never let me down, dishes are cleaned the minute they hit the ground, the hot water bottle side has worked everyday without using any extra power even in the coldest climates and to displace bugs when your sitting together all you have to do is say "show me the waggy" and the wagging bug displacer starts on automatic for 3-4 complete wags, any incursion by anything is met with a responce and first thing in the morning wether you like it or not, wakey snakey time has to be played or your eyes will get a right nasty wake up scratch, oh and if your hungry she can smell a tasty possum at over 100 meters.

i do have to take this item for walk and pee but thats not bad for the other services that i get back for free.
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Old 24-08-2012, 03:18   #18
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Floatable spare parts.

That's a great looking pup.
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Old 24-08-2012, 04:26   #19
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drink coolies that you put your drink into, not only are they good for keeping your drink cold and stops it from falling over while rocking, but I tend to put my glasses etc in them so I have them spread around the boat in places where I would put things down that would then go sliding away
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Old 24-08-2012, 05:24   #20
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My automatic waterless dishwater / hotwater bottle / bug displacer / intruder alarm / alarm clock / best best friend / possum finder.

it was free, found it on a beach in Thailand, its has never let me down, dishes are cleaned the minute they hit the ground, the hot water bottle side has worked everyday without using any extra power even in the coldest climates and to displace bugs when your sitting together all you have to do is say "show me the waggy" and the wagging bug displacer starts on automatic for 3-4 complete wags, any incursion by anything is met with a responce and first thing in the morning wether you like it or not, wakey snakey time has to be played or your eyes will get a right nasty wake up scratch, oh and if your hungry she can smell a tasty possum at over 100 meters.

i do have to take this item for walk and pee but thats not bad for the other services that i get back for free.
I JUST TOTALLY PAY THIS ONE GOOD HUMOUR.
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Old 24-08-2012, 05:26   #21
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Wet and dry vacuum cleaner.
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Old 24-08-2012, 05:26   #22
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Saw this idea somewhere else but works like a champ. A water blaster, about 2 ft long 1 inch in diameter, looks and works like a big syringe. Allows you to get all the water out of the bilge or any other place you want to get all the water out of. It is actually a kids pool toy, 1 buck at the dollar store.
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Old 24-08-2012, 09:50   #23
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Amazon Kindle Touch

Great little device...carry so many books in just one little device....eInk very easy on the eyes...recharge maybe once a month.

Holing up in the v-berth for a good read, then nap.....oh yeah.....
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Old 24-08-2012, 10:11   #24
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I just checked, and my boat doesn't have any less-than-$10 gizmos. But I have a really nifty gizmo that I got for $14. A Harken sail prefeeder. Takes the place of an entire crew-person, and doesn't require feeding.

I thought the Harken came with a pre feeder. You had to buy one?
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1) Insulated drink glasses. 2) egg timer for "on watch"
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A small compass $9:50 that sits beside my bunk so i can assure myself the wind changed........
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Old 25-08-2012, 00:29   #27
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A bottle of Eucalyptus Oil = $1:60 A drop in the toilet water BEFORE using completely takes away the smell of the incoming..

Worth many many dollars in crew harmony.

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A bottle of Eucalyptus Oil = $1:60 A drop in the toilet water BEFORE using completely takes away the smell of the incoming..

Worth many many dollars in crew harmony.

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I have a fold up basket. An aluminium frame with a canvas basket, and I use it all the time. Shopping, trips to the shower and laundry, and a million other uses. It then folds down into not much space! Available at homeware stores.
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Old 25-08-2012, 04:18   #30
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That garage door remote connected the windlass is just great...

As is LED strip with a micro switch and a battery for those dark lockers..

A cam cleat on the backstay for the topping lift..

Must be plenty more.
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