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Old 26-12-2016, 10:24   #1
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Live Aboard and Long Range Sailing Entertainment

I'm curious how other sailors entertain themselves onboard...

What are your must haves - the stuff you just can't do without?

What sparks your creativity?

Solo sailors... how about you too??

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i have not changed anything since i moved on board--1990 to now--i entertain myself as i always have done-- books, movies, whatever i can find--- after my adventures in new-to-meville are done to my satisfaction...my first few years were filled with my work--as rn~~ emergency and icu and pacu. i no longer work.
now it is bike riding, exploring, rowing, sailing, fishing--as well as reading and music and movies and other.
so much to do--as well as repairs on boat.
this lifestyle is awesome for those who are able to be happy with selves and surroundings.
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We have about a 1,000 books on kindle, similar amount of music mp3s, a guitar, a ukulele, a bowed psaltery, drawing materials, books on wildlife and a couple sets of binoculars, stuff to make paracord bracelets and lanyards, dvd's (about 50 or so), and if those things fail to inspire, we talk to one another and anyone else around. Funny enough, we make friends despite our intentions and we haven't touched the other stuff yet (except for wild life viewing).
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Kindle is huge as it solves the problem of storage space for books and the damage from a high humidity situation (it's easier to slip a kindle into waterproof storage than trying to protect a ton of books). I read a lot so use the Kindle Unlimited service (it's like having a digital library). Also the kindle connects via 3G in a lot of areas internationally for free.

Then my photography gear and scuba stuff.

I'm in the middle of refit so there are a ton of boat projects going on full time but I'm hoping to have this down to a more reasonable level by the end of the year.
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a kindle and about a billion movies/tv shows on SD cards. Take up almost no room at all. After of course, the mandatory daily boat chore. I always do one every day, more if I am in the mood, and that seems to more or less keep up with what is needed though there do seem to be some things that never rise to the top of the list ....
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so, when you have no interwebzzz, how does one use a kindle???

there are marinas with book exchanges once into no interwebzzzville.
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I load up the kindle whenever I am at a place with internet. and there are always those old fashioned "book" things made out of paper. People trade used ones!

Also, staring at the ocean or sky never really seems to get old. And no, I am not stoned or drunk.
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so, when you have no interwebzzz, how does one use a kindle???

there are marinas with book exchanges once into no interwebzzzville.
The ebooks are downloaded once purchased via WiFi. Once downloaded they are stored on the memory of Kindle for use offline.
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Music and books. After nature, that is.

Oh, and watching people (try to) anchor!
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If toast always lands butter side down, and cats always land on their feet, what would happen if you strapped toast to a cat's back and dropped it? - Steven Wright ...... I suppose the poor kitty will land on his side lol
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I read a lot on my iPad, photography, swimming, adventures into town and spend time with other boatpeople in the anchorage. We meet someone new almost every day, many of whom we made first contact via this CF forum.

I post quite a bit during the cruising season to let folks know kinda where we are.
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Kindle is huge as it solves the problem of storage space for books and the damage from a high humidity situation (it's easier to slip a kindle into waterproof storage than trying to protect a ton of books). I read a lot so use the Kindle Unlimited service (it's like having a digital library). Also the kindle connects via 3G in a lot of areas internationally for free.
I use Nooks, not Kindles, but most of my ebooks are DRM-free (Project Gutenberg or Baen).

I keep my ebooks in Calibre, do they're saved with my normal backups, and so I can download books without having an internet connection. (Local wifi works, if you're on the same network. Or internet from anywhere in the world, if your server is online.)

What I won't do is "buy" a book where I don't control the file. Not from Amazon, not from Google, not from B&N.
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Books swapping and reading, fishing, snorkeling/hunting, maintenance.
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Rearranging the do to list can take a large chunk of each day
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