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Old 11-09-2008, 14:37   #16
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We have a few books as well as DVD's, computer, a 12v TV/DVD player plus a travel packaged Vollyball and also Badmitton sets in case we ever find a beach. Two bicycles to explorer places, also board games, cards and computer chess as well as a small chess board. We also do Tai Chi and Chi Kung for exercise.
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Old 11-09-2008, 14:40   #17
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Nobody has mentioned beach toys. A bocce set, redneck golf, and take a sand wedge and a couple of golf balls.
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Old 13-09-2008, 11:30   #18
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Does anyone have thoughts on the Amazon Kindle or similar setup? My husband and I have loads of books, but don't think we will have enough room on board for most of them. Would it be worth it to have downloaded books in your opinion?
There is a previous thread dedicated to the Kindle here that may be of use to you.
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Old 13-09-2008, 11:44   #19
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Old 13-09-2008, 12:03   #20
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I have an Ipod with some music, but primary reason is for audio books. I can keep a watch out, and not wreck night vision, whilst still "reading" a good book.

Storage of hundreds of books is small, and light.

Best of all, it prevents me speed reading my way through a library in nothing flat.
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Old 14-09-2008, 14:46   #21
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Old 14-09-2008, 16:30   #23
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What sort of things are needed for cruising for entertainment?
The other day we VHF'ed some friends on another boat and asked what they were doing. The wife replied: "We are blowing up our toys and are going to play with them!"



Now, I dunno about you American folks but "toys" in Australia, unless for kids, are definitely the ADULT kind!!!!!!!!!!!

After choking for a few minutes we asked for a clarification and they told us they were blowing up their kayaks.

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If your plans are to be gone a while with the 4 kids, something to consider is a communal guitar and/or some pipe flutes, harmonicas etc.

The Sailing life can inspire the hidden musician in all of us and while you run the risk of dealing with some painful notes for a while, being able to play a musical instrument and join a campfire jam with the locals is a fantastic way to make friends
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Old 20-09-2008, 22:17   #25
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We have:
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- external hard drive with tons of movies / music
- stereo in cabin and cockpit
- 17" flat tv on a swingarm
- PS2
- tons of books

I couldn't imagine being bored on the boat; there is so much crap to do all the time it's insane.
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Old 20-09-2008, 23:49   #26
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Humm...
No one has yet mentioned boat soap, varnish, paint, brushes etc.
Imagine.
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Star atlas or sky chart to learn the constellations on those starry starry nights.
Fishing gear including cast net it's always fun to see what might turn up in them.
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OP talked about 4 kids and maybe doing some "trading." I could imagine my kid who starts getting stir crazy after 6 hours on a but much less 30 days.

I met a lady who was making shell jewelry and selling it at stop overs. That got me to thinking about knot tying (macrame) knitting and crocheting.

These crafting skills take a lot of time, are very creative and can be sold at ports of call.

Hey if you've got the child labor, you may as well use it - How about sewing some Nike's together as well?
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Old 22-09-2008, 09:19   #30
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I also have a telescope which I will take with me, but it's no good on a boat. Too much movement to focus on any planet or galaxie. It'll be a beach side item for sure. On the thread of craft work, the wife and I both do many different crafts. Leather, carving, knot work. She does Tatting, which is making lace collars/doilies etc. We are also massage therapist and will be taking our tables for those who may have a sore muscle or back after a stint at sea.
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