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Old 05-06-2016, 14:45   #1
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The Best thing you added to the boat under $25

Talking with some other cruiser over beer and wine, about some of the best things we added that cost under $25. I thought it would be a good tread to post here and people could add to it.

Number one was the solar rechargeable Luci Light. About $15, bright and long lasting.


My fav was the micro fiber towels, not the $1 ones you wax with, but the ones the swimmers use, about $11. They dry you quick and dry out very quickly.


The first mates favorites, was the green ceramic frying pan as seen on TV, about $20 and the silicone collapsible tea kettle, about $25.


and plastic French coffee press, $20 great coffee is very important.

Silicone large cube ice trays, about $6, so good in the boat drinks.


High water alarm was a good one, about $11. Uses 9VDC last all season and works in the bilge.

Backpacks and dry bags, $10-$25

Stadium seat cushion, $5 easy on the wallet and butt.

Heavy duty Rhino step stool, about $24.

One of my fav was the swedish army surplus collapsible water bladders, about $12 hold 5-gals. Light, strong and stores flat very easily, I store mine under a bunk cushion much easy to store than jerry cans
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:50   #2
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Old 08-06-2016, 11:14   #3
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A copper headed mallet. It packs a punch, but never marks steel or chrome.
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Old 08-06-2016, 11:24   #4
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Silicone mat., dry your dishes on it, protect counters from hot pans, use it to hold small parts like screws when you tear something down, keeps all kilds of things from sliding around, cushions lockers, you can even use it to stand on in a public shower.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004Z...s=silicone+mat
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The Admiral -- she came aboard at no cost -- HOWEVER -- the entry cost and long term cost are slightly different -- and sometimes there are benefits and dividends - right now I am playing on the computer and she is waxing the walls - it is cold and rainy outside so an indoor day - OH she just started recaulking the sink and I am still playing on the computer -
yes there are some non cost that pay dividends -
whoops she is headed this way got to end this before she sees it
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The Admiral -- she came aboard at no cost -- HOWEVER -- the entry cost and long term cost are slightly different -- and sometimes there are benefits and dividends - right now I am playing on the computer and she is waxing the walls - it is cold and rainy outside so an indoor day - OH she just started recaulking the sink and I am still playing on the computer -
yes there are some non cost that pay dividends -
whoops she is headed this way got to end this before she sees it

You're safe...

You just said she's the best thing on the boat.
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Old 09-06-2016, 15:16   #8
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New SS cleat for mooring. Replaced the plastic one. Of course, it did have to connect to the $150 Cyclone Endura Mooring Braid line
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The silicone mats work well for gaskets, (fuel sending unit ) alcohol stove reservoir seal, heat buffer in pressure cooker when using it as an oven many other things
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Mulitport (6) USB charger. Very handy with all the small electronics that charge on USB these days.
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A 6 foot long piece of rubber surgical tubing. Your boat could self-steer around the world with that alone. But it's great even if you want to go below for lunch and a snooze with your wife.
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like the black water bag, hang it in the sun and get a hot shower
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Old 10-06-2016, 20:30   #13
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So here's my Amazon list lately:
dock-a-reni
rescue tape
gaffers tape
knee pads
ball bungees
plexus plastic (isenglass) cleaner/protectant
r/v gutter
gear hammock
one way perforated vinyl sun shade wrap

....all under $20 (depending on volume).
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Love that collapsible tea kettle- have not seen that. We do have the Luci light though- it's a great idea.


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I rank the super bright LED flashlight up bear top of my list. I like a lot of light when looking/ inspecting the engine/ engine room equipment for leaks, chaffing, smears, discoloration streaks. Great for checking a 'daymarker' at night, coming back after dark in dink/ down a dark street/ cluttered dock. Can easily stay in pocket for quick access at night on watch. Batteries last a long time and only 3 aaa, or AAs depending on the model. Also have a few of the headgear LED forehead lights. Keeps both hands free... you 'automatically' put the light right where you are looking. Again, great for night shift/ crossings if you need to venture out of cockpit since again it leaves both hands free for work/ repositioning safety strap. Love the Luci solar cockpit LED inflatable light... perfect amount of light for social gathering... not too bright it too dim... just right.


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