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Old 22-09-2015, 21:47   #46
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How could I have forgotten these? I have one pair, but I am going to get more! These are just excellent for those of us who need reading glasses! Try working on an engine, or anything close up, with these on, in the dark. No more yelling "hand me the flashlight!"
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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.
We used a Redcrest for more than 20 years. That thing was built like a tank. I replaced it with an Avon 340 which has needed more repairs in 5 years than the Redcrest did in 25.
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So I was reminded after dinner tonight to include "handy foods for pocket cruisers with no refrigeration" although I think there is a thread here somewhere for that. My wife makes some great salsas that keep for quite a while (without refrigeration) soaked in lime juice; I especially like the white onions in lime juice on just about everything. She says it will last for quite a while but tequila can be added to kill germs too. Easy to make and onions and limes last a long time of course... and meat brought aboard frozen can be marinated with this after the ice is gone... so maybe a week and a half out a bbq without refrigeration... ok what else?
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I like the little brie cheeses that come in a can. Lasts forever, and tastes fancy. Also, the dry salami that needs no refrigeration. Add a few crackers and some dried apples, and you've got a feast.
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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.
You can also use a straw! Seal up the bag most of the way then insert the straw, suck out the air and then take out the straw and seal.
I find it works pretty good.
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Sirius boom box and Onyx receiver . We don't even have to put the antenna out side . When we are away from the dock we use a small xantrex inverter .
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Here is an item that has come in handy. They throw these out or recycle them at restaurants and other large food service institutions. If you just ask they will probably give you 10 or 20! They are strong enough to carry a load of chain, they stow well and with the cap snapped on they are water proof. The only downside is that the top is a little hard to unsnap. The roll of paper towels is just there for scale.
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I stocked up on film canisters before they became obsolete. Camera stores, or anywhere that developed file used to dump them by the hundreds. They are handy for storing small parts...I keep different types of screws, nuts, and electrical fittings in them. Some people use them for spices. They are also handy for coins, especially when you have no pockets.
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Here is an item that has come in handy. They throw these out or recycle them at restaurants and other large food service institutions. If you just ask they will probably give you 10 or 20! They are strong enough to carry a load of chain, they stow well and with the cap snapped on they are water proof. The only downside is that the top is a little hard to unsnap. The roll of paper towels is just there for scale.
They also work great when making my own composting head . ( 24 ft islander no room for holding tank).
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They also work great when making my own composting head . ( 24 ft islander no room for holding tank).
I'd like to see some photos of that!
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How did I miss this thread?? Thanks for all the good info so far

But all things considered, this is simple tool helps me most of all:



Anything I haven't used for 6 months (except some some seasonal stuff of course) goes in one of these.
That's the only way I know to deal with the lack of space (and living near shops)
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How did I miss this thread?? Thanks for all the good info so far

But all things considered, this is simple tool helps me most of all:



Anything I haven't used for 6 months (except some some seasonal stuff of course) goes in one of these.
That's the only way I know to deal with the lack of space (and living near shops)
Don't know if they have them over in your neck of the woods, but they have a variety of plastic garbage bag here that is extra strong and resistant to tears. Good thing to carry messy boat or engine parts! Heavy duty zip-loc bags are handy for cameras or non-water-proof phones too, like when you are going to shore in the dinghy and you misjudge the size of the waves on the beach. Not that I have ever done that of course...
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Not that I have ever done that of course...
Neither have I ... tho some waves overestimate the size of the dinghy I'm in.
Guess some waves are new to it all and are still learning
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I stocked up on film canisters before they became obsolete. Camera stores, or anywhere that developed file used to dump them by the hundreds. They are handy for storing small parts...I keep different types of screws, nuts, and electrical fittings in them. Some people use them for spices. They are also handy for coins, especially when you have no pockets.
They are also handy to use for measuring oil to mix for your two-stroke ob. It holds right at 1 fluid oz and putting the cap back on controls the mess.

I used to say don't worry about losing one, but not anymore!!
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I'd like to see some photos of that!
I will take a couple next week if I remember I will have to email them and have you post them for me for some reason my tablet wont let me post pictures directly. ( and this forum and sailnet are about the extent of my online presence)
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