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Old 16-09-2015, 16:54   #31
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French press at home, percolator for the boat. When you have the time, the smell of the percolator is almost as good as the taste. A French press just doesn't deliver that same coffee smell
I absolutely agree. We carry the FP on the boat but always end up using the percolator. It just brings back great memories & really does smell great. But there is no reason to drink instant coffee, ever. The FP is too easy to use & makes a great cup.
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Old 16-09-2015, 16:55   #32
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We've had both the French Press and the old percolator. We prefer our insulated FP because its indestructible, insulated, and we can use it with loose leaf tea as well.


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Old 16-09-2015, 18:41   #33
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I percolate, obviously I guess based on post #2. Take the guts out of the percolator and you have a stainless kettle. 2 items in one, priceless on a Pocket Cruiser (okay, I might be stretching the definition of a pocket cruiser a bit with a Fantasia 35, but simplicity is still a top priority for me).

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Old 16-09-2015, 20:58   #34
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Simplicity is good no matter what size the boat. I bet there is a thread on just the virtues of how to get that perfect cup of coffee while cruising north of 35 and the getting the coldest beer south! BTW that new LED Flare alternative approved looks good.
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Old 17-09-2015, 06:56   #35
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I love my "Boaties" square-sided frying pan. It's a genius simple idea that works so well I cook more one-pan meals in it than anything else! Now I just need a square kettle to sit next to it on the cooker.
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I love my "Boaties" square-sided frying pan. It's a genius simple idea that works so well I cook more one-pan meals in it than anything else! Now I just need a square kettle to sit next to it on the cooker.
Looks like the coolest thing ever!! Been looking for that solution for a while! Just ordered one on amazon
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Pocket cruisers can also benefit from a huge supply of ziplock bags. You can also turn these into 'vacuum seal' by si,ply partially zipping them up and then immersing the bag (not the top) in a bucket of water.... The majority of air/space is expelled, then you finish sealing it.
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Looks like the coolest thing ever!! Been looking for that solution for a while! Just ordered one on amazon
I couldn't find it. Is it listed under "Boaties cooking pan?"
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I couldn't find it. Is it listed under "Boaties cooking pan?"
I got mine from Force 4 chandlers in the UK. On Amazon UK it is listed as "boaties frying pan". Hope this helps.
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I've seen tons of sailing videos people take using gopro cameras. And I always think wouldn't it be nice to have an extra thousand bucks to get one of those and make my own videos. Well, my daughter came up with a bright idea...she uses a waterproof fuji finepix camera (about $100) with a mini-tripod that has a velcro strap. She lashes the whole thing onto her laser. For a total cost under $200 (don't forget the memory card), she has a setup that produced this video:

https://youtu.be/0c2ed29Y630
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On my C&C25, I used an Avon Redcrest dinghy. On a small boat, there isn't a lot of space for a dinghy. The Redcrest has no transom, and mine had no floor (although I understand it originally had one). So it actually rolled up into something manageable on a pocket cruiser.

Having a real dinghy meant that I could anchor and explore, opening up lots of new adventures for me and my kids.

Its barely big enough for 2 adults. OK for one adult and two small kids, provided they get along and aren't fighting.
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RAM Mount for handheld GPS.

The RAM mount meant that my GPS was not only secure, but ready and visible all the time, hands free. Just too important a device to be just knocking about in the cockpit. I mounted mine in the companionway, so that it could be swung out while sailing. This also meant it was secure below when the boat was locked. Also, I left it on all night while anchored. From my bunk I could see on the display that we weren't dragging, saving me from having to get up during the night.

BTW, thats a Garmin GPS60, basic model. The big number display (software settable) was great in the cockpit.
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I realize that this is not a coffee thread, but...

Has anyone tried Folgers coffee bags. I use them with a 12v. heated coffee cup like you use in a car. It plugs in and you can dial the heat. Just put the coffee bag in and it will brew you a cup.
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I've seen tons of sailing videos people take using gopro cameras. And I always think wouldn't it be nice to have an extra thousand bucks to get one of those and make my own videos. Well, my daughter came up with a bright idea...she uses a waterproof fuji finepix camera (about $100) with a mini-tripod that has a velcro strap. She lashes the whole thing onto her laser. For a total cost under $200 (don't forget the memory card), she has a setup that produced this video:

https://youtu.be/0c2ed29Y630
What a great video!! How much memory is that? That may be more practical than a gopro! It is time for me to pony up for a laser for my daughter too!

And for a practical dinghy too, I have settled now on an expedition size inflatable kayak from Sea Eagle because it is faster and I can make headway in a wind with it and it will hold the whole family (800 lbs.) We don't all weigh 800 lbs, that's the limit for the boat. It rolls up to about 3.5 x 2.5 feet.
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I got mine from Force 4 chandlers in the UK. On Amazon UK it is listed as "boaties frying pan". Hope this helps.
Couldn't find it in my area but I did find this one:
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