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Old 02-05-2013, 14:20   #1
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Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

Hi all,

I am now officially signed up for the Baja-Haha, which leaves San Diego in October for the tip of Baja. With that in mind, I am busy prepping my boat in all manner of ways. In the galley I currently have both a toaster oven and microwave, which both came with the boat. I don't see the need for either, but I wanted to ask all of you who cruise, are these items worth keeping aboard? Or are they something to lose in favor of gaining valuable counter space?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-05-2013, 14:25   #2
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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

We have neither, but also have no way to power either. Never missed them either.
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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

We never had a toaster oven on board, but when we did buy our boat, it did have a small microwave on board. After it broke down, we never bought a replacement, and haven't regretted that decision. I have no need for either, but to each their own.
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We have and regularly use both. If we had to toss one the microwave would go first. We frequently cook a whole meal in the toaster oven while underway. Of course to do that you also need an inverter capable of powering the oven.
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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

We have a microwave. Came with the boat in a built-in cubby. It doesn't take up counter space and we do use it on occasion. As much as we love our toaster oven at home, we do without it on the boat.

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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

Thanks for the opinions so far. I thought I would add that I only use the microwave ashore to heat my "fake" lattes. Don't even have a toaster oven on shore.

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Old 02-05-2013, 16:10   #7
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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

We don't have a toaster oven but do have a microwave that is built into a bulkhead. We have used it to make popcorn three times while in a marina in the past five years but its real use is as a breadbox and egg storage. It can also be used to store electronics in during a thunderstorm.

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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

We have an old fashioned toaster. It is probably more efficient than a toaster oven if all you do is toast and biscuits. We also have a smallish microwave. We only use these two items hooked up at a dock with shore power. Its nice to have them. Saves propane, fast and not so hot.
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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

I would toss both, but then I am usually at anchor and wouldn't have the power to run either.
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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

Microwave - we use ours regularly (even if we do do coffee in a thermos!); built in and we have an inverter

Toaster oven - I can't even begin to imagine having a resistance fired electrical appliance aboard

OK, someone would say so's a microwave... And our hot water heater, but only when plugged, never on the inverter.

Anyway, all this has proved is that it doesn't matter one whit what we think.

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Anyway, all this has proved is that it doesn't matter one whit what we think.
^^Bottom line.^^ If you use the darned things and have the power to do so, keep them. If you don't use them, and don't have the power, don't keep them.
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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

Toss it all! it's stuff for softies who can't handle to rough it enough
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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

We've had a microwave on-board our new to us boat for the last year. When we get back to a dock, we are going to unload it. The space is more valuable than the few times we've used it.
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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

ditch em, honey--you will not be using them here in mexico. i promise.

unless you will be living in marinas with lots and lots of power..hahahaha...then ditch em.

if you cannot live without real toast---keep the toaster oven so you can have some, as it doesnt exist here.....but, then, live in a marina, so you can use it.

if you would rather carry spares than have real toast, ditch em......

there are so many things you could carry instead o f those so rarely used items.

tacos do not microwave well--do ditch that.

oh yes--if you are a coffee drinker and enjoy dark roast coffee, stock up with lots and lots--isnt available here in mexico until you achieve banderas bay...then is good and not too pricey.

if you like root beer floats----load upon root beer---they do have ice cream here, but not root beer.....

uhoh----forgot to welcome ye....welcome to cf.
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Re: Keep or toss Toaster Oven and Microwave?

We have both and a bread maker, and use all 3 with both a inverter or a gen set when we are chargeing batts. Would never leave without them ! but then we don't claim to be tough cruisers, just cheap cruisers!! I guess it's ok not to have them ! But the folks who don't have them seem to have all the latest electronics, like AIS ect ect. So I guess you can be tough with somethings and not with other things ?? I think this will make sense for some, but we like our fresh bread and ya can do some great things with fish in a toaster oven !! Just our old lazy 2 cents LOL
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