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Old 07-02-2014, 20:22   #106
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Lawn mower!
On a recent trip from Australia to NZ I took a brand new 18V Ryobi electric whipper-snipper (weed wacker) intending to use it to reduce the jungle at a property I bought there over the internet. I was actually hoping customs would ask about it but they didn't.

The grass had grown quite a bit between when the photos were taken and when I arrived. I needed to rent a motorized brush cutter to get through the 5ft tall wheat grass that had sprung up.

The weed wacker battery only lasted about 5 minutes before it needed recharging. Since I was clearing 1/3 acre I doubt it will ever pay for itself. I ended up buying a $50.00 secondhand lawn mower because the grass grew 4" in less than a fortnight while I was there!
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Old 07-02-2014, 20:25   #107
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The most useless thing I took with me when I moved aboard was a....spirit level.
Now THAT cracks me up.
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Old 07-02-2014, 21:29   #108
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That the useless lump that hangs under some of them, always in the way and dragging them down....
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:29   #109
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er.. vinyl records.. and no record player onboard..

I had the idea to flog them on eBay, but that market where some of those records were worth, apparently, hundreds of dollars has collapsed.
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That useless lump that hangs under some of them, always in the way and dragging them down....
I liked a name on a big cat: UNLEADED.

I absolutely hate the looks of most big cats! ... (But I still wish I had one.)


On the fishing gear comments: I like stealthy fishing from my kayak and dinks so I have, currently, 3 smallish rods and reels hanging overhead plus a pole spear for when all else fails. But for bluewater sailboat use a heavy handline is worth its very minimal weight/space in gold fresh fish. YMMV.

The most useless thing for me that I've tossed so far has been the large pile of 37 year old diesel-flavored foam mattresses for the other 4 people I'll never have onboard. I can still sleep two (friendly) folks, plus an acquaintance-level person on an air mattress if needed.
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My hard dinghy mostly just took up space on deck... Seldom used. Probably my lifestyle, but although inflatable doesn't row that well it stows better when not being used
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