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Old 23-08-2013, 08:17   #1
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What is it? Cruising and Liveaboard Stuff

Precluding family photos, pets and...well...family! What is the one item, trinket, knick-nack, object you brought aboard as a keepsake or such. Something that really has no sailing or safety function onboard?
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Old 23-08-2013, 08:28   #2
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Re: What is it? Cruising and Liveaboard stuff

For us, nothing. We got rid of everything from our previous life except a small box of photos kept with a relative.

I guess I do have a watch and wallet on board that I haven't used since we left 5 years ago. They probably count as having no sailing or safety function. The wallet is leather, so maybe it could be chafing gear (if it hasn't rotted by now - I have no idea where it is).

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Old 23-08-2013, 09:38   #3
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we downsized over 6 yrs ago and kept about 3 boxes of stuff that my son keeps reminding me is taking up space at his house when he wants to poke me in the ribs - as for anything special
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A much dented often blackened Sterling Silver Baby Rattle given to my daughter when she was a tiny little girl by her late grandmother. My (much) better half often holds in her hand and rubs it with her thumb, like a worry stone, when she's feeling nervous.

Me: "Feeling Rattled eh?". She: "Yes, a little." Me: "Don;t worry, we're good." She: "Okay" (Rub, Rub, Rub...)
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A trumpet. Thought I may play it sometime, but haven't. From high school days, marching and jazz band.
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My Sextant.

In my imagination I still use it regularly but to be honest it is a legacy from my younger days when I still did. Im not the oldest but I did sail without GPS and I love having it onboard. I have two little one now that are nearing the age where they can use it so I live in hope it will be used again.
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Old 23-08-2013, 10:53   #7
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an ex-wife... BIG mistake! Phil
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Nancie and I moved aboard with everything we owned except a set of Samsonite luggage full of a twelve piece set of china that Nancie had received from her parents before we met. I suppose they expected their daughter to marry someone who would provide them with a house and a dining room table. The twelve piece setting stayed in my in-laws attic until our daughter married and found herself with a dining room table. We never downsized. Except for the dishes that I had never seen until a Thanksgiving dinner with my daughter, we didn't own anything that didn't fit in the trunk of our Fiat 1500. We moved aboard our 30' sloop with everything we owned and empty lockers left over. Forty-two years later we still don't own anything that's not on our boat.
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marbles....2 full bags plus some additional.

i have been on board since 1990- never lost a one....
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Gukky! A stuffed duck that doesnt think he's a stuffed duck.
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"marbles....2 full bags plus some additional."

At least you haven't lost them!
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Now it's getting interesting. A baby rattle, 2 bags of marbles and a stuffed duck.

And I thought my terribly misshapen coffee mug made in a kindergarten pottery class was a peculiar choice. As it is woefully inadequate for coffee and the handle is too small for anything but an infant.
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A rock! Specifically, a quartz crystal that had special meaning for my mother, who died just less than a year before we got our first boat.
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Re: What is it? Cruising and Liveaboard Stuff

Lots of things. The stuffed cat that keeps the dogs inline, dogs that keep the ducks away. Some pottery, books, books, games, china, crystal, silver, composite guitar, and just lots of other odds and ends. I don't have marbles, so i can't lose 'em
I did had a nice wicker waste basket that a brought on board, but found there was no place for it, so i gave it to a power boat owner. I do have a approach to minimize junk - if it isn't a spare part, essential tool, or safety gear and i haven't used it in the past 18 months, it is top on the list to be removed from the boat.
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