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Old 10-03-2011, 18:04   #1
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Best Money You Spent...

I'm not certain where to put this, so I'll put it here in off topic.

When outfitting your boat for cruising what was the best money you ever spent? Other than on the boat itself

On the other hand, what was the piece of gear that was the biggest waste of money?

I'm looking forward to the answers and please- Tell the truth!
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Old 10-03-2011, 18:34   #2
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best: Fuel... as the price generally goes up

Worst: Nav Software as the price usually goes down for a better product.


But then again...I could be lying
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Old 10-03-2011, 18:40   #3
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best was the autopilot. Worst was the water maker. Reasons -- AP takes a lot of strain off of standing watch allows you to use the head and get a cuppa joe. Water maker never needed it in the cruising that we have done. We have 190 gallons of water and don't go away from a Marina for more then a couple of weeks.
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Old 10-03-2011, 18:42   #4
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Money well spent:

- solar panels
- Bombard dinghy
- Sunbrella cockpit side canvas,
- Mobitronic shorepower charger,
- Garmin handhelds,
- STP Polygrease,
- Lanocote in grease and in spray,
- Gill foulies,
- Polaroid glasses,
- wide brimmed straw hats,
- all leather shoes,
- buttoned shirts in place of T-shirts and polos,
- Nivea sunblock,
- Italian pasta and coffee in Australia.

Money wasted:

- neoprene hatch gaskets,
- coffee in Portugal, Spain and Brasil,
- engine service in NZ,
- Plastimo galvanized shackles,
- s/h outboard.

Out of the two batches I would pick solar panels as our best buy and Spanish / Brazilian coffee as the worst.

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Old 10-03-2011, 19:20   #5
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The best: All that's needed for long term cruising.

The worst: Building my mother in law a place next door the following year.
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Old 10-03-2011, 20:16   #6
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Good:
- composting head
- solar panels
- trojan t105 battery bank
- engel fridge
- LED interior / running lights
- walker bay rowing dinghy
- handheld vhf
- marine binocs
- triangle protractor
- nissan thermos

Bad:
- a lot stuff that never went into service
- stuff that clutters the deck and doesn't get used
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Most bang for the buck, most missed when it didn't work (very seldom) was the autopilot.
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Old 10-03-2011, 21:52   #8
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best was probably the solar panels and controller. Worst might be the inverter. It's overkill for my needs (I had one of those "oooo shiney and got pretty lights" moments).
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Best? The Eddyline kayaks on the foredeck.
Worst? The Petit Trinidad bottom paint that slimes up ten minutes after the sun comes out.
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

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Money wasted:

- neoprene hatch gaskets,

Explain, please?

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Re: Best Money You Spent...

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Bad:
- a lot stuff that never went into service
- stuff that clutters the deck and doesn't get used
Can you be more specific?

Good thread, BTW.

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Old 11-03-2011, 00:07   #12
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

A late model outboard. Its nice to have reliability again
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

I invested a case of beer to the Sunsail boat handlers in the BVI in exchange for them showing me how to dock and undock boats all day.
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I invested a case of beer to the Sunsail boat handlers in the BVI in exchange for them showing me how to dock and undock boats all day.
Beer is ALWAYS money well-spent. Fact of life.

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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best - autopilot without a doubt

Worst - POS wheel drive autopilot drive that can not steer without help when you really want it too
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