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Old 21-09-2020, 09:28   #31
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My Mountaineering Ascenders for going up the mast.
great product I use two a left and right handed one, only way i can get up the mast, know one is willing to winch me up!
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Old 21-09-2020, 10:27   #32
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A winchrite is a poor mans power winch. It is a battery powered winch handle That helps an old guy really well. It is really handy since you can use it on any of your winches. I find that a charge lasts at least one days operation.
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Old 21-09-2020, 10:56   #33
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Comfy shoes/flip flops for driving that sit at the helm
$100 ice maker
Comfy west marine lazy boy type chairs
300 and 2000 watt sine inverters
Rtic everything...coolers, 1 gallon jug for keeping ice for drinks, tumblers, wine glasses...
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Computer fan to recirculate air in fridge
Multiple USB rechargeable headlamps
$70 induction stove top
Electric tea kettle
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Old 21-09-2020, 11:17   #34
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Plastic ice cube trays with lids. We bought 6 from the Avon lady 20 years ago and have made tens of thousands of cubes of ice with them. They can be filled and sealed with the lid so you can make ice irrespective of the angle of heel. Avon doesn't seem to sell them anymore but they're all over e-Bay in various configurations. We make 6 trays a day and keep a large zip lock bag full of ice in the freezer just in case of a massive party. Gotta have ice!!
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Old 21-09-2020, 11:24   #35
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Real ceramic crockery. Everyone seems to say plastic is the way to go but in 50 years of cruising, in small (17 to 27 foot) boats we have never broken a dish. It keeps food warm and gives a sense of refinement.
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Old 21-09-2020, 15:15   #36
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we had a handy little manual blender. Worked by pulling a string, worked kind-a like a yo-yo. Made great margaritas.
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Old 21-09-2020, 16:01   #37
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Old 21-09-2020, 16:29   #38
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If it makes you happy and isn't a danger...go for it..
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Old 21-09-2020, 17:30   #39
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There was a company that made this - than stopped. West Marine sold their model for a while than stopped. What it was was a boat hook that doubled as a suction tube that could get that last 1/4 inch of water out of anywhere. It was like that watergun the kids have that sucks the water in than by pushing the handle shot it back out.
They were great, I had 2 , the WM one (still works) and the other (stopped working years ago). At any rate wish I could buy one - they are great, but like all simple good things......
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Old 21-09-2020, 19:37   #40
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There was a company that made this - than stopped. West Marine sold their model for a while than stopped. What it was was a boat hook that doubled as a suction tube that could get that last 1/4 inch of water out of anywhere. It was like that watergun the kids have that sucks the water in than by pushing the handle shot it back out.
They were great, I had 2 , the WM one (still works) and the other (stopped working years ago). At any rate wish I could buy one - they are great, but like all simple good things......
I loved that thing. Great squirt gun. Fun on a dinghy drift with lots of friends.

Plastic ice trays with sealing lids.
Plastic egg cartons with great snap on lids.
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1 micron crankcase oil cleaner. Greatly extends the regular spin on filter and spaces out oil changes.

Interesting idea. What does your engine manufacturer recommend, and how much longer are you able to go with this? (in other words, what is the "benefit" part of the calculus?)


Also, what criteria do you use for oil changes and/or filter changes?


Currently, I blindly follow Yanmar's recommendations. Oil and filter every 150 hours. Actually, not true -- I do less than 100 hours per year, but still change every fall, and Yanmar actually recommends the filter every 300 hours, but I do it every fall also. But next year, we have a 7 month 3500 mile trip planned, so oil changes will be an issue (maybe up to 3 or 4 on the trip?)
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Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

Great ideas
Can add:
- 2-3 gallons ShopVac with additional narrow long extensions and longer 20’ hose
- Makita 18V cordless high torque brushless drill/driver/winch crunker XPH07Z
- A separate audio b/t, USB etc. mini amplifier with remote in the cockpit
- Garden type manual pressure sprayer
- Wireless Microsoft(!) video signal to HDMI, mirroring all nav station Raymarine data to 40” tv/monitor in the saloon can easily watched from the cockpit (in addition to the cockpit smaller displays)
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Self-contained ice cream maker: uses 110v power for 25 minutes to make a batch. I use chocolate milk with Nestles chocolate syrup for chocolate and long life milk with cherry extract and mini chocolate chips and dried cherries to make Cherry Garcia. You do need heavy cream for the full experience, but a pint makes two batches of ice cream. Just using longlife milk is a bit icy, ice milk not ice cream, but is still good. If I could find longlife cream none of the ingredients would need refrigeration.

More practically: 5 gallon pails of oil with a hand pump mounted in each one to service main engines and generators. No need to open and dispose of quart jugs and no need for a funnel. The pump screws onto the spout of the oil pail with no leaks and has a 3 foot hose.

Vacuum oil extractor to suck old oil out of generators through dipstick tube. Main engines use a Reverso oil extractor system permanently plumbed to oil pan. The old oil is pumped directly into an empty pail and the new directly from pail into engine.
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Interesting idea. What does your engine manufacturer recommend, and how much longer are you able to go with this? (in other words, what is the "benefit" part of the calculus?)


Also, what criteria do you use for oil changes and/or filter changes?


Currently, I blindly follow Yanmar's recommendations. Oil and filter every 150 hours. Actually, not true -- I do less than 100 hours per year, but still change every fall, and Yanmar actually recommends the filter every 300 hours, but I do it every fall also. But next year, we have a 7 month 3500 mile trip planned, so oil changes will be an issue (maybe up to 3 or 4 on the trip?)

I researched on line for over the road truckers and commercial trawlers and ferry boats. Truckers run 100,000 miles between oil changes. I run until I see viscosity drop noted as pressure drop. I change every 2-4 years. My engine is 1984 Westerbeke six cylinder 115 HP. Oil in the Caribbean may be $50/gallon. Disposal is often a problem too. The engine holds 3 gallons. I keep five gallons aboard when I find it at an OK price. French islands usually have better pricing, oil, wine, baggets.

My filter is a bypass type so a small stream from the pressure rail trickles through the filter always. The element is paper. A much improved crankcase filter also used is a centrifugal. If I had known about the centrifugal first, it would be my choice.

I also installed an in line 1 micron element ahead of my Racors. Fuel is always super clean.
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1 micron fuel polisher. 100% of our fuel is pre-polished ahead of the Racor filters. I havenít changed a Racor in five years. The polisher is changed annually on the hard.
Do you have any info on the polisher you use? Brand/model?

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