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Old 13-04-2012, 08:51   #61
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Re: The Cruisers "Nice to Have" onboard (Luxuries?) List

Those insulated glasses with the embroidered fish between the layers (made in Florida). Fantastic to keep your drink cold! Polarized sunglasses. At least a 100 hats.... one to lose each week you are out....

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Old 13-04-2012, 08:55   #62
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Re: The Cruisers "Nice to Have" onboard (Luxuries?) List

Very Nice to Have (plus luxuries & toys)

9'4 avon with a 3.5hp nissan
banda ancha or some way to receive internetz on board for not too much money
10” Brass Bell
12" Waterproof fold-out/hidden display in the cockpit.
12-gallon water heater with anti-scald system
2 - Sterling 210 Amp 12V smart chargers. One on each drive engine and utilizes both 130 amp Alternators to charge engine, house, and thruster batteries while en route.
2- Back up TV monitor camera
2 XL Box Anchors for use at Stern.
20 Gal. Hot water Heater.
20" stainless steel tilt steering wheel with Edson steering ball
20KW diesel DC charging only gen-set. No AC, less weight, very efficient
23 life jackets and PFD’s
24” Life Ring
240V, 110V, 12V
26" touchscreen chartplotter/radar/ multifunction display/ internet ready with sat data connection of course. (one inside and one outside)
3 - Carbon Monoxide Detectors
3 Lit staircases
3 Reverse Cycle Heat/Air - 48,000 BTU
3000 watt Heart Interface Xantrex Inverter/charger New 2009. with xantrex gauges and dual echo chargers for all batteries.
4800 watt 120/240VAC inverter, 48 volt input.
A Woman
AGM batteries
Air-Sep units on Drive Engines.
AIS+radar+integrated nav system with wireless autopilot control
Algae X on each Drive engine
All chain Anchor rode for primary
All waterproof / ruggedized computers and phones
All wireless instruments.
Anchor safety chain Lock to relieve pressure on Windlass
Arch overhead lights
asymmetrical spinnaker (w/ dedicated primary winches)
Automatic air bleeding and Fuel priming/pressurizing system.
automatic fire suppression system in engine room
Back up the 48 VDC electric motors with a 25KW/hr, 48 volt lithium house/propulsion battery bank.
Bedroom doors instead of curtains
bilge alarm + hard-wired CO alarms and smoke detectors in every cabin
Bilge pump indicator lights for all three bilge pump areas.
blender (for those tropical margaritas)
blowers + 24/7 forced-air ventilation system
boom gallows for both booms--with biminis attached for shade,
Bose entertainment system below + separate cockpit surround-sound stereo with satellite radio
Bow and upper deck Mood Lighting
Bow Thruster
Breakfast Bar with two stools.
Built in TV’s in Forward and Aft staterooms, Salon, and upper Deck.
Built-in Can opener
Built-in Coffee maker
Built-in Dishwasher
Built-in Dual ring Range top
built-in electric oil-change pump
Built-in Hot water dispenser
Built-in Splendide Washer/Dryer
Canvas that can convert from full boat canopy down to bimini/dodger, and full cockpit enclosure
cockpit cushions
Cockpit has retractable shower head and connections for 100 foot shore power cord, cable, and phone and 100 ft dock water hose all wrapped into one sunbrella covered line.
Coffee perculator
Complete set of spare parts
Compressed air
Computer desk, storage cabinet on fly bridge
Corian Countertops
Cork flooring in galley and dinette
Covered Cockpit w/Walk-thru Transom Door
crew (optional, if man is on board),
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Culligan Ultra Violet Light and triple carbon filter Water purification system.
Custom Bow/Beaching Ladder
Custom Circular Seating/Round Table on Top Deck
Custom Draperies, Shams and Bedspreads
Custom quickly accessible large Storage under sundeck for all safety equipment, life jackets etc…
Custom Stainless railing around roof top.
Custom Stainless railing around Sundeck
Custom Stainless steel ladder to roof.
custom-built (walnut) saloon and cockpit tables
davits (+ 10' RIB with 15hp electric start engine)
Deck shower w/instant hot water
Dedicated onboard workshop
Digital compass.
Disco lights
dodger + bimini + matching weather cloths
Drill press
dual Racor filtration system
Dual Racor Fuel Filtering System
Ducted Air Conditioning and heating throughout.
Electric halyard winch
Electric windlass
Electronic shift/throttle controls with synchronizer with
Espresso machine
Extra storage for filters and spare parts on shelves behind galley fridge.
Fire Boy Fire Extinguishing System in each engine compartment.
Flo-Scan Diesel Fuel monitoring System with Electronic Tachometers, fuel used, GPH, MPG indicators and Hour meters
Forward deck sun cushions.
Forward looking Sonar
Four 12 x 30 Fenders with covers.
Fresh Brazilian veggies for the vegan lady visitors.
freshwater-plumbed electric macerating heads
Full Covered Cockpit w/Walk-Thru Transom Door
Full Fly Bridge and Upper Deck Enclosures
Fully electric galley, induction cook top and 1500 watt rail mounted insulated BBQ. No propane.
Galerider drogue
Generator / whisper gen
Grilling pod
Gulf Coast Fuel polishing system
HAM SSB with 600 watt solid state amp, have, ready to install.
HD 3D radar
Hinged doors at both upper deck entrances.
Home theatre Sound system in Salon with Bose speakers with subwoofer for 5.1 sound.
Hot tub!
Hot water shower in head
Hugh, insane size swim step
Hunter Douglas "Dual Light" 3-Way Blinds
Immarsat fleet broadband
Industrial sewing machine,
in-mast furling
integrated instrumentation: knot log, depth, fish finder, wind instruments
joy stick control
Kahlenberg Dual Trumpet Horns
Karaoke machine
kvh satellite TV system
Large Anchor sling with large snubbers for overnight anchoring.
Large battery house bank
Large cabinet for bar and additional storage.
large solar bank to run it all
LED lights throughout
Lighted Cedar Lined Hanging Lockers
Lit cockpit
Lower Helm Station in Salon
Macerator pump on oversized black water tank.
Massively oversized Anchor(s)
Maxwell 3500 Windlass & 200' of 3/8 Galvanized Chain
Micro brewery
No Ladders - gentle Wide Steps
One of the 4 SMG 50's when they hit the used market.
oversize Edson access wheel with elk-hide cover
Ozone Air Purification System
Pirate Flag
plumbed dish-drying locker with built-in ventilation fan
Plush Carpeting
Power steering
Push button steering
Queen size beds
Quickline 200ft flat line for anchor safety. Stainless steel Reel mounted on bow railing.
quiet generator for the rainy days
Radar / sonar
Radar lowering bracket (Allows lowering Radar unit and over all height by 2 feet, without having to disconnect)
Real drinking glasses
Remote power winch on plough anchor.
Remote Search Light Guest
Remote throttle control with 60 foot cord to move control of throttles and both thrusters to bow or stern for one person docking. This unit allows full control of thrusters, engines and transmissions, not like wireless where you can only control thrusters and transmissions and NOT engine speed.
Retractable Instrument Panel
RIB: Nautica solid bottom wide Rib Inflatable 2003, 10.5 foot with 25hp motor, full helm and seating for 4, with, VHF for communication with mother ship and Garmin 640 land/marine, touch screen Chart plotter.
Rudder position indicators
Salon & Galley Monitor Camera
Salon flat screen 32", guest and master berth 26" for each, have, ready to install.
Sauna (not as impractical as it sounds!)
Scanmar SOS emergency rudder
Security / Alarm system (Gost)
self-bleeding Turbo diesel
Several reefers and freezers throughout the boat
Shaft spurs
Shakespeare Cruise net unit for always on live internet access (New 2010)
shore-power transformer
Side thrusters
Silent 3K generator w/remote start
Sirocco cabin fans in all cabins
Six 10 x 26 fenders and covers.
Solar Panels (more!)
solar panels + wind generator + computerized charge controllers/battery monitors
solar-powered tiki torches
Spare set of Props, located in custom built steel rack next to galley fridge.
Stainless hardware throughout the boat.
Stainless steel self launching Ultra Anchor- 77 lbs. (35 kg)
stand-alone shower in owner's suite with dedicated gray-water tank
Stern Thruster
Takacat LITE catamaran/tunnel hull dinghy, and electric outboard. 48 volt golf cart charger for dinghy's battery pack.
Tank Watch Alert System
Teak decking
Three way wireless communications for docking etc…
three-blade folding prop
Tides Marine Mainsail Track System
TNT Hydraulic Transom Lift
Toaster oven.
Tools in metric and imperial (and Whitworth?!)
transom shower
Trim Tabs
Twelve Batteries. 3 – Engines, 5 – House, 2 – Bow Thruster, 2 – stern thrusters.
Twin Disc Transmission
twin polycarbonate sea kayaks with carbon-fiber paddles
Two 16 x 48 Heavy duty Inflatable fenders
Two double built-in 10” fender holders on upper deck
Two gliding chairs
Two seat recliner sofa
Two single built-in 10” fender holders in cockpit.
Two stainless steel double 12” fender holders at bow.
Uncovered Sundeck 6’x 7’
Underwater lighting
Vac-U-Flush toilet
variable-speed freshwater pump
Walk in deepfreeze.
Wall Vac Built in Central Vacuum
Washing Machine
Watermaker and two or more water tanks
well built handsome slightly older man with multiple skills, inclusive of mechanix, electricals and electronix,
wifi and amp
Windlass foot switch on deck and panel switches at helm.
Wine refrigerator end table and a two drawer file end table.
Wipers, 3 on lower level, 2 on fly bridge
Xantrex gauging for house batteries and Inverter, amp usage, voltage, amp hours left on batteries etc…
Xantrex trickle charger gauging to indicate condition of engine batteries and dinghy batteries at the control panel

Extra Buckets


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Old 13-04-2012, 09:13   #63
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Re: The Cruisers "Nice to Have" onboard (Luxuries?) List

contrary to popular opinion, i dont eat beans --unless they are in my tacos--i DO feast on filet mignon and good fresh fish for less money here than in usa by far--i do hve some fancified stuff--not much--and i ENJOY my lifestyle--is comfortable and enjoyable.
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Old 13-04-2012, 17:42   #64
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Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey View Post
I am guessing that was written by someone with more than 30' of boat......and more than one storey high!
Well the savboat is more than 30' and has 1 stairway. I think it's an envy thing. Mine has a mere 2 steps.

Mundane as it be, there is only one storey. Here's a pic.

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Old 13-04-2012, 18:40   #65
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Soft patch to remove the engine......
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Old 13-04-2012, 19:13   #66
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Did I overlook a refrigerator??? So my order of preferences are similar to David_OLD_J

Women---- settle for one if times get tight

And not sure of the order, may need to swap the order at times.
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Old 14-04-2012, 04:15   #67
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Preferably with a mute switch
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Old 14-04-2012, 05:33   #68
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How about someone else's boat that they pay to maintain and provision, but who let you use it as much as you want because they just want to say they are boaters but don't want to be on a boat!
jobless, houseless, clueless, living on a boat and cruising around somewhere
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Ya buy every option you can possibly afford
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Often forgotten nice items. Nail clippers, seam ripper, super blow bubbles,
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Hydroponic plant grow system
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Oh, I forgot

My Bosendorfer 290 Imperial piano
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Re: The Cruisers "Nice to Have" onboard (Luxuries?) List

Things that have been found to work well aboard our 42’ Maple Leaf - Windfall
- Good Radar, Chartplotter, Depth sounder and detailed cruising guides of your cruising areas. We like to carry a good road map of the country as well.
- Good size dinghy and good size motor. We have a 10’ Walker bay RIB and 15hp Honda 4 stroke electric start. Heavy yes, but the wife can start the motor and use the dinghy when she wants.
- Dinghy chaps, motor cover, gas tank cover so it things longer, the tropic sun is brutal on anything uncovered.
- Portable Ice Maker (about ($90) – we use when the generator is running and when we are making a long passage. Ice cold drinks are wonderful to have in the cockpit. Some cruisers even sell or trade for ice.
- Big Inverter (for AC power from battery bank)
- Generator – We have a 4.5Kw diesel generator, but a good size Honda (gas) generator works great too
- Outdoor shower – Keeps moisture out of the boat and nice to enjoy outdoor on a hot evening
- Seawater Washdown Pump – Cleaning muddy chain and anchor, and boat/deck
- Microwave (Less heat in the boat)
- FANS – More the better…a LOT more!
- Solar Panels – Cheaper than fuel and engine wear to charge batteries and it’s quiet.
- LED Lights – Throughout the boat is great. We use a 2’ section under our solar panels for a “porch light” while we’re away for the evening. It also helps you find your boat in a large anchorage at night!
- WiFi antenna booster, and we also use our cell phone as a modem and/or buy the WiFi sticks for internet.
- Skype – Free, or cheap calls back to the US
- Dinghy Davits – Easy up and down…enough said.
- Sewing machine – Easy repairs and new sailcloth items when needed.
- Water Maker – Bigger is better even though we carry 200 gallons of water we fill on passages and in clean water areas.
- Washing machine – Yes, I just installed one for my wife and she LOVES it (though it uses a bit of water it’s better than using a bucket and plunger).
- Cell Phones – Cheaper to buy a new phone and cheaper talk time (no contracts) in other countries. Unlike the US, the amount of money you prepay for only runs out when you use it up, not at the end of each month per contract as in the US.
- VHF Hand held radio – Use when out in the dinghy.
- SSB/HAM Radio (with modem)– Long distance nets, free weather info/faxes, send/receive emails, and entertainment/news and AM radio as well.
- AIS – We have a “receive only” model, but wish I opted for the send/receive. Has been very useful to determine what “those lights” are on the horizon and their heading. Also, useful when you’re buddy boating and you both can send/receive.
- Folding bikes – We carry two, handy when you have them though hard to store (inside) on some boats. We used our bikes a lot in Mexico for groceries, boat parts, and enjoy a day exploring the towns.
- A great anchor – We use a 65 pound Manson Supreme (with 350’ of chain available) and have NEVER drug! It’s an amazing anchor and we sleep well at night!
- Rechargeable flashlight batteries and charger(s).
- Good quality dive mask, fins, and snorkel (makes for better snorkeling and easier for cleaning the boat bottom). We snorkel much more than use our dive equipment aboard. Many carry a Hooka for diving/cleaning under their boats.
- Pressure cooker – Saves propane, time, and less heat inside the boat.
- Sun shade – Sunbrella material to cover your boat and helps keep the boat a lot cooler inside. Cheaper material doesn’t last.
- Hand-lines with 200 line for fishing – We’ve smoked two big reels and lost too many fish with rod and reel.
- Printer – we’ve used our printer more than imagined to copy passports, boat documents, etc… don’t assume there will be any printer anywhere nearby that you can use.
- Extra insulation for freezer and refrigeration – we added 3” once we got to the tropics so our system wouldn’t hav eto run 24/7.
- A GOOD battery drill and (several) high quality drill sets – Do NOT go cheap here, you’ll use these a lot
- Good quality underwater camera – fun to have
- Binoculars – don’t go cheap on this item, powerful and clear is important.
- Marykate ON OFF – This stuff is AMAZING to clean you hull & waterline and any rust stains on the fiberglass. This stuff WORKS!!
- TileEx bathroom cleaner – We use this to clean the bottom of our dinghy, and with a stiff brush/Scotchbrite pad we use to clean/brighten the Teak woodwork…it’s cheap and WORKS!
- Simple Green – For scrubbing the boat deck
- Prescription drugs – MUCH cheaper in other countries than the US.
- Medical insurance – Healthcare is MUCH cheaper and just as good (or better) in many other countries. Of course, your US doctors and dentists won’t agree with this! We don’t carry health insurance anylonger.
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Re: The Cruisers "Nice to Have" onboard (Luxuries?) List

Since there is no limit on cost, I can allow myself to be a male chauvist pig. How about an all-woman crew, between the ages of 21 and 29 and all of them having an aversion to bikini tops?

On the serious side - Sextant and sight reduction tables and almanac
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All this talk about scantily clad bikini girls and harems, what about my cabana boys? Ya gotta add cabana boys, table dancing, and a really good harmonica playin' musician.

I found my home with wind filled sails and salt and waves across the bow. Why o why did it take so long for me to get here? Thank God I am here now.
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