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Old 14-04-2017, 12:45   #91
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Ok, this may get a laugh, but not from my wife! There are times she dreads going below to use the head for #1 while underway, so I took a swimming pool noodle and food container bucket for use in the cockpit when needed by the ladies of the family. In case of urgent need for number 2 just add heavy duty plastic bag. May be crude but the ladies are happy!
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Ok, this may get a laugh, but not from my wife! There are times she dreads going below to use the head for #1 while underway, so I took a swimming pool noodle and food container bucket for use in the cockpit when needed by the ladies of the family. In case of urgent need for number 2 just add heavy duty plastic bag. May be crude but the ladies are happy!
Now that's brilliant!
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Re: Handy stuff for pocket cruisers, et al.

There's a good video series on Youtube where a couple that cruised a Dana 24 from the PNW to New Zealand & back was interviewed about what worked well for them, & the little things they did to their boat to make it a comfortable adventure. Sadly I've misplaced the addy, perhaps someone has it? As they have a lot of good tips along these lines, though most of them are applicable for larger boats as well.
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Old 23-04-2017, 14:32   #94
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Something else I have, that comes in handy, are these absorbent mattress covers. I got them for my son to avoid problems with accidents, but they are great for laying on cushions, or anywhere, under leaks, or near the companionway, on a windy splashy day. Rinse in fresh water, hang out on a hot day, repeat. Get grommets from a craft store to add to corners to help hang it or place it.
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I added to my toolbox an old style, eggbeater DRILL. Its a manual drill that works great on fiberglass and wood. Very handy when you need a pilot hole for a screw to mount something. And uses no electricity, no battery, no cord...works forever using simple elbow grease.

They make new versions of these, but an old one from a yard sale works even better.
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I added to my toolbox an old style, eggbeater DRILL. Its a manual drill that works great on fiberglass and wood. Very handy when you need a pilot hole for a screw to mount something. And uses no electricity, no battery, no cord...works forever using simple elbow grease.

They make new versions of these, but an old one from a yard sale works even better.
Great tip, but these are hard to find! None of my local hardware stores have'em.
Amazon help me!

Now about the head. Amazon has the Thetford 5 gallon tank port a potty for under a hundred bucks now. It is IMO the best model. Easy to empty, no leaks, good size seat. Now I know there are folks who don't like 'em, but after dealing with leaky or rusty or stinky heads and holding tanks, I ripped mine out, holding tank and all and put in one of these Thetfords and it is great. No leaks or smell. Easy to use, no plugged lines or thru-hull issues. And more space available in my little boat.
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Don they are everywhere look under hand drill or Yankee drill. https://www.google.com/search?redir_...67786&devloc=0
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Great tip on eggbeater drills, but these are hard to find! None of my local hardware stores have'em.
Now you have a reason to go to yard sales, estate auctions, and browse craigslist till you find one. I found an old one on kijiji for $10 and it works great.

NEXT...I love these dollar store water pumps. They are meant as a children's toy, but they are very handy pumps on the boat. And they cost $1. I use them to drain the last bit of water from the icebox or bilge, or to get a little water from over the side to wash away some dirt on deck real quick. I keep a couple in the dinghy as bailers.

Then I got creative, and used duct tape to attach a narrow diameter hose about 3 feet long, and used it as an oil change pump. It was slow, but it worked. And when I was done the whole filthy/oily thing went into the trash. I build a new one each time I change the oil. Total cost is about $2 with pump, hose and tape.

They look like a giant crayon. They work surprisingly well. They come in two sizes (big and small).

And in a pinch, I guess, if you have to, you could let your kids borrow them. Although I have no idea what kids on a boat would do with a little pump that shoots a blast of water 20 feet. Be warned...they sink.

And did I mention the price... ONE DOLLAR...one CANADIAN dollar...thats like 73 cents usd. I don't think west marine has any pumps (or any item at all) at that price.
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Here's some handy info https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...lager+sailboat


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Love this collapsible silicone tea pot.

https://www.amazon.com/Dltsli-portab...licone+tea+pot
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That's clever

I keep a few in the cockpit lockers for delivering the occasional broadside on a hot summer day. And one in the dink for the last little bit.
But now that you mention it this would be perfect for when water gets into her Achilles keel. The PO of my boat filled most of it with sakrete. But there is a little spot that sometimes collects water and I don't have a bilge pump for the three or four quarts it holds. These will fit past the shaft to get in there! Thank you!

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NEXT...I love these dollar store water pumps. They are meant as a children's toy, but they are very handy pumps on the boat. And they cost $1. I use them to drain the last bit of water from the icebox or bilge, or to get a little water from over the side to wash away some dirt on deck real quick. I keep a couple in the dinghy as bailers. .
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I stocked up on film canisters before they became obsolete. Camera stores, or anywhere that developed file used to dump them by the hundreds. They are handy for storing small parts...I keep different types of screws, nuts, and electrical fittings in them. Some people use them for spices. They are also handy for coins, especially when you have no pockets.
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I just got one of these a couple weeks ago. I didn't mount it I just sit it on a table or up in the v-berth for the kids. It's pretty nifty, when they (or I) get up in the dark they just have to wave their hand and it lights up and it is bright! It rotates so I just shoot it up on the ceiling and it lights the whole place up.
I like it!

I found these lights at IKEA:
RAMSTA Minilamp, battery-operated - IKEA
Uses 3x AAA batteries.

I was going to replace my automotive style cabin lights for LED, but this may be a better (cheaper, faster) solution. Plus there is a magnet on the back so I can stick it to the underside of my galley sink to light up my engine bay.
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Colman propane coffeepot!
Comes in a stainless version, screw in a green bottle, add filter and coffee, click click, and coffee just like at home!!
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Colman propane coffeepot!
Comes in a stainless version, screw in a green bottle, add filter and coffee, click click, and coffee just like at home!!
This one? Good idea!
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