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Old 03-05-2013, 09:22   #16
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

A really nice sound system. LED 1080p television.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:26   #17
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

Depends on how you define luxury.

Here's one of our skippers suggestion based on his real world experiences from Vancouver, BC, to Mexico.

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Air conditioning
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

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Can you elaborate on your midget watermaker --? thanks
Nothing special, just a katadyne 40E. By most peoples ideals i'ts midget with only 1.5 GHP
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

Bimini
Dodger
Watermaker (if cruising long range)
Autopilot
Davits (your boat may be too small)
Hot water
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

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What's the one non-essential feature you've added/seen that gives the most added enjoyment?

Open budget, constrained by hull length.
I'd have to say considering non-essential features our custom latex matress was the single best improvement to a life aboard. Pricey but in our opinion much better than the typical boat mattress with memory foam topper.

Our best overall addition was a radar arch which doubles as dinghy davit/solar panel mount/fishing rod holder, but really now that we've had this I'd consider it essential

Other honorable mentions:

- 12V TV/DVD player with HDMI hookup for laptop.
- Air Conditioning (actualy kinda essential for marina-type liveaboards)

Lots of good suggestions already posted, but I would consider a bunch of them "essential" for our liveaboard style.

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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

woo hoo! I just ordered one.. a bad boy xtreme unleashed for more remote wi-fi.
something else that gets a lot of use is a handheld gps with anchor alarm, helps us sleep.
Neither one will take up much space.
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We have lived aboard for the past nine months, and I would love ICE.
YUP, Ice, Ice Cream, frozen drinks.
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

I dream of a pair of beaching legs, to go in drying harbours and coves. Maybe next year project...

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Solar powered water maker..............
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

Without knowing what is on your boat already and without knowing what things you enjoy, it's pretty hard to give advice that will be of use to you. I added a 12 volt TV/DVD player and antenna and that could be considered a luxury. I am seriously considering upgrading the mattresses because mine are pretty hard and uncomfortable. Toppers help but I would like a mattress suitable for a home. Of course, it's a two piece V mattress so I can't just go to a furniture store and buy one.

I suppose sheets and blankets that actually fit the V mattress would be nice.

I replaced the carpet with artificial teak and holly. I suppose that's a luxury at nearly $2K.

Oh, I forgot. I bought a Verizon wireless hot spot so I have Internet access from pretty much wherever I am.
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Another "luxury" I added - a puppy! My wife's idea.
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Another "luxury" I added - a puppy! My wife's idea.
YA, Laughing :-) ... We just did that, I think its more of a hudge pain... 20hrs of sailing and your puppy has pissed in every corner, thinks the puppy pads are for laying on, and when we arrive she looks constipated & I have to walk her. Yet my wife loves her... Luxury/Pain, still deciding
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Ice maker for lot'sa sundowners!
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A still, or a beer fermenter.
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