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Old 23-05-2013, 05:58   #91
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

For living aboard in a marina or on a mooring, or for living aboard and going places?

Big difference in what needs to be upgraded on what you plan on doing with it.
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Old 26-05-2013, 01:13   #92
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Not exactly a luxury but I like to have a single-burner electric hotplate, also known as a buffet burner. It tucks away in little space when we are not hooked up. When we are paying for electricity anyway it's a wonderful convenience to have a burner that can be used in the galley, on the dock, in the cockpit, allowing easy, thermostat control when used with a skillet, coffee pot, corn popper, pressure cooker, ad inf. For this reason I don't have these items as separate electric appliances. They would just be dead weight when we are not on shore power. (The noise and stink of a generator is something we avoid if at all possible.) If you use all ferrous cooking pots, single burner induction burners are also available but are heavier than the inexpensive hotplate. I also had a butane buffet burner at one time. It was portable but expensive to use and cartridges not always easy to find.
Single plate induction burners are very light and use less power than an electric hot plate. The other advantages are less retained heat, faster heat up... About 3x as fast, much lighter...2x lighter, switches off if the pot is removed, a much improved more modern technology.

A 2000 watt one boils your water for a coffee in around a minute, the old style buffet burner hotplate takes about 6 minutes.

Disadvantages.... Requires a good quality sine wave power supply and magnetic pots.
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I got one of each type of single burner. Will post some feedback on traditional vs induction.
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Old 28-05-2013, 04:51   #94
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On my wish list, among other things is an ACT tacker and a nice net hammock. Other than that I'm upgrading the mattresses.
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

GOOD fans. Lots of 'em.
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

I just read the west advisor article on watermakers. One of their reasons to get one was to save money in foreign ports where water can be $.25 a gallon. Then I saw watermakers were $4000
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Old 29-06-2013, 03:10   #99
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

I added a watermaker to the list of luxury items in my small yacht...It is not a luxury for now but a necessity!
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Toast on the induction range. Duxtop Model 8300 ST from amazon. Cannot explode your boat & seems good on fire safety. Very very fast system. It is almost microwave fast but actually browns.
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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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Thanks for your suggestion - after much frustrated yacht refrigeration, I now have a 12 volt / 110 volt Dometic unit from West Marine. It is the size of a tailgate cooler. I only use it on 12 V. At 5 degrees F the ice cream is rock solid! I used a stand alone thermometer which shows me the temp varies with height in the Dometic so ice cream goes on the bottom. This unit will make ice.
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Toast on the induction range. Duxtop Model 8300 ST from amazon. Cannot explode your boat & seems good on fire safety. Very very fast system. It is almost microwave fast but actually browns.

I have an induction cooktop and am WILD about it. I got the NuWave and it has some features the slightly cheaper ones don't have to the point that I don't use the first one I got from Amazon any more. I keep it out in case I need two burners someday. If I could find a two-burner model I'd snap it up in a New York second.
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NuWave and it has some features.
Programmable, heck this induction range has an autopilot.
And pre-programmed cooking "routes" means more time entertaining friends in the cockpit.

Raku, I got your point. Time for another upgrade. Lol
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Hearing good things about Engel marine freezer. Added to the list.
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Re: Best luxury upgrades to add to a 30 foot boat?

A gas bbq for hamburgers and cooking outside ,a lot nicer than slaving in a hot galley.
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