Cruisers Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 16-09-2020, 08:17   #1
Registered User
 
daviddiscenza's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Worton Creek (Where my boat lives)
Boat: 1993 Catalina 34
Posts: 114
Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

Hello.
What items do you have aboard that make living aboard easier and more pleasant? I'm talking about those things like the wine glass holder that attaches to a stanchion or some galley item you wouldn't be without. Thanks to all who respond.
daviddiscenza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-09-2020, 08:48   #2
Registered User
 
Smokeys Kitchen's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Out and about in the US side of the PNW
Boat: 1999 Pacific Seacraft 40
Posts: 529
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

My trusty backscratcher
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	AD02F4FF-1368-401A-828D-1DA02EC8F3EF.jpg
Views:	214
Size:	427.8 KB
ID:	223493   Click image for larger version

Name:	28D83DF2-9DDB-4EF4-B760-F5F4DAE917A9.jpg
Views:	211
Size:	422.6 KB
ID:	223494  

Smokeys Kitchen is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 16-09-2020, 09:04   #3
Registered User
 
daviddiscenza's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Worton Creek (Where my boat lives)
Boat: 1993 Catalina 34
Posts: 114
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

Thanks, Smokey's Kitchen.
daviddiscenza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-09-2020, 16:38   #4
Registered User
 
chris mac's Avatar

Join Date: May 2015
Location: edmonton alberta
Boat: 1992 lagoon 42 tpi
Posts: 980
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

Silicone drink glasses. Won't break if they fall, can throw them in the backpack or your pocket but they hold their shape well when you use it.
Pretty cheap on amazon tooClick image for larger version

Name:	20200916_193542.jpeg
Views:	175
Size:	37.0 KB
ID:	223517
chris mac is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 16-09-2020, 16:59   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: ABC's
Boat: Prout Snowgoose 35
Posts: 1,747
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

Silicone baking mat.

Used for everything where you'd put foil or baking parchment/paper in the oven. Saves on waste, and is of course non-stick.

Proper glass storage containers, wine glasses etc.. The containers can be put in the oven to heat individual sized portions. They are easier to clean than plastic, and don't stain. Put a chilli con carne or curry in a plastic container and it's stained after the first use.

As to the Bordeaux glasses. Well, one might as well keep things classy.

Least useful for me has been a pressure cooker.
mikedefieslife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2020, 08:57   #6
Registered User
 
sowwaninii's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Massachusetts
Boat: sabre 456
Posts: 101
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

Grabber with light. Great when something falls in the bilge.
sowwaninii is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2020, 08:58   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Montreal
Boat: Jeanneau Attalia
Posts: 7
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

I started making gizmos, including coincidently a wineglass holder, for selfish reasons. Gizmos created include ladder treads for tubular rungs, a DeBoarding Step to get off a moving boat and a simple elegant drink holder. It turned into a business.
Aproposmarine.com
Phonse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2020, 08:59   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
Boat: Antares 44i
Posts: 134
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

Most important Do-Dad: Communication headsets for husband/wife teams. We started with 'MarriageSavers' headsets. We graduated to Eartek UltraLITE headsets and love them. These are game changers. The Admiral and I started using them to avoid yelling at each other (or using confusing hand signals) during anchoring and Med mooring. (It is human nature - you can say the kindest words, but expressed at top volume, it feels the same as if you had been yelled at in anger.) Later, we found that we were using them to talk to each other while sailing - to comment on the passing scene even when on opposite ends of the boat.

Honorable Mention: Strahl Unbreakable stemless wine glasses - look good, never break and usable for everything.
AZUS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2020, 09:03   #9
Registered User
 
Stu Jackson's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cowichan Bay, BC (Maple Bay Marina)
Posts: 8,346
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

Twist & Lock holders on our binnacle ss tubing. Holds the GPS hh, glasses, phone. Great idea, still made in Texas, I understand.


Pool noodles for backrest for perch seat.
__________________
Stu Jackson
Catalina 34 #224 (1986) C34IA Secretary
Cowichan Bay, BC, (Maple Bay Marina) SR/FK, M25, Rocna 10 (22#) (NZ model)
Stu Jackson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2020, 09:03   #10
Registered User
 
redhead's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: PNW 48.59'45N 122.45'50W
Boat: Ian Ross design ketch 63'
Posts: 1,270
Images: 9
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

Not a gizmo, but it sure makes life easier.

We all have lists - of things to do, products, current position, weather forecast, you name it. We got tired of chasing little pieces of paper, or notebooks. So I painted one of the cupboard doors with chalkboard paint. Now I and everyone on the boat can just glance there when we're chasing down parts or want to know the last time the day tank was checked, etc.

It's really messy now, because we're knee deep in projects.

When we're out of jobs (hah!!!) I put a sea inspired quote on it. Or "happy birthday" or draw a goofy picture.

This is one of the most useful things we've ever done. And when wiped clean, it looks just fine, it doesn't ruin the look of the saloon.
__________________
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts...
redhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2020, 09:06   #11
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 2
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

For anchoring, have you tried using ear buds with cell phones? Seems that's a poor man's way of doing it - but does it work?
AtLastCapt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2020, 09:08   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: New York, New York
Boat: Dufour Safari 27'
Posts: 1,544
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

My Mountaineering Ascenders for going up the mast.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Ascender.jpg
Views:	181
Size:	36.0 KB
ID:	223562  
ArmyDaveNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2020, 09:14   #13
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: New York, New York
Boat: Dufour Safari 27'
Posts: 1,544
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

My Italian made cast iron heat diffuser for use on my alcohol stove. It make a big difference when cooking with anything other than my cast iron pan.

Oh yes, my Magma grill too.
ArmyDaveNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2020, 09:29   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: ABC's
Boat: Prout Snowgoose 35
Posts: 1,747
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

Quote:
Originally Posted by ArmyDaveNY View Post
My Mountaineering Ascenders for going up the mast.
Don't forget the grigri for coming down. Great fun.


It is worth noting on the Grigri that although it's designed for up to 11mm ropes. Sailing lines, tend to be a little fatter than climbing cord, and it won't work well with 10mm lines. Better to get some 9,8mm climbing lines, and hoist them each time you want to go up. This can be quick and easy if you normally keep a mouse line in it's place.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC02793.jpg
Views:	199
Size:	427.7 KB
ID:	223567  
mikedefieslife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2020, 09:37   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 10
Re: Do-dads, gizmos, and things that make life aboard easier

We kept a small whiteboard and erasable marker in the cockpit. Used it to mark notes on our days route, caution areas, bridges, areas of interest, etc.
Escapaide is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ulysse Gizmos app? OldFrog75 Navigation 1 17-09-2020 14:09
46 Things To Make Life Easier. Coops Off Topic Forum 4 22-07-2014 21:34
Great Inexpensive Gizmos Kettlewell General Sailing Forum 134 28-05-2013 05:25

Advertise Here


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:34.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.