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Old 17-10-2020, 11:52   #31
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Wow, if these are your “little somethings” I’d be keen to see your big projects!

The dough mixer really is worth a look.
When I bought this boat I decided I wanted not just safety but comfort. It is my home and will be floating around the world and why not be comfortable? Next up, large hardtop Bimini with solar, lots of solar. Still need to mount my scuba compressor too
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Old 17-10-2020, 14:33   #33
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Bose audio sunglasses are awesome. Keep the sun out of my eyes, I can listen to music or podcasts or audiobooks while keeping an ear out for the surroundings.
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Old 17-10-2020, 16:09   #34
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Paper filter insert for French press. No mess, great coffee!
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Beer!


But if I'm honest, I'd have to say boxed wine.
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

Those of you with larger boats may not have this problem, but since my little boat has no room for a shower, my plastic chemical sprayer for water, and vinyl tarp hung in the cockpit, make a great shower.
My Omnia stove top oven is great too. (AND I am going to check out the dough mixer too!)
I've really been using rechargeable, flexible, clamp-on music stand lights more lately for reading.
Bungee loops with the plastic balls on them have been finding more and more uses lately too!
Maybe something in here of interest too:
https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...al-153058.html
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Old 17-10-2020, 21:31   #37
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Cassidy. Well, the TIG trick on an aluminum boat is aluminum argon tanks. The size I use are about 5’ high and little bit wider than a scuba tank. I can lift them on and off the boat and dinghy. Lots of gas. It’s nice to be able to help somebody out on the water when they need a little welding done. We have a Miller inverter which is light and a long power cord to my gen set. Cool beans set up.
I’m working on a manatee gas compressor. It will make LMG the new Green Fuel. Liquified Manatee Gas. I guess down your way Liquified Dugong Gas.
Crushed Foster beer cans, TIG machine, LDG. It a whole new world.
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

According to my needs over the day:

Aeropress coffee maker.
Beats the french press on all counts:
Better coffee
Almost nothing to clean, save water
All plastic, nothing breaks

Internet
Better weather info
Communication, parts, entertainment etc.

Quality inverter to keep gadgets running

Music
I just keep a 4TB military spec drive and plug it into my Mac.

Good Pro sound system
Two active monitors and a subwoofer from Genelec
All class D amplification means low power consumption.
Motu M4 sound card makes the angels sing


I'm sure the is more, but we all have things that we really really rather not be without.


The aeropress is by far the one I think most sailors should try out if you like coffee.
Brew up to 3 cups at a time in that tine little thing.
Just make it like an Americano: espresso shot + hot water.
Brew at 80C (176F) to not burn the coffe.
I just boil the water and add a little cold before brewing
(0,4l boiling + 0,14l @ room temperature)
Brew fast: just pour water, stirr and press. Takes 20s.
Enjoy

Boy I like my Aeropres :-D
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

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According to my needs over the day:

Aeropress coffee maker.
Beats the french press on all counts:
Better coffee
Almost nothing to clean, save water
All plastic, nothing breaks

Internet
Better weather info
Communication, parts, entertainment etc.

Quality inverter to keep gadgets running

Music
I just keep a 4TB military spec drive and plug it into my Mac.

Good Pro sound system
Two active monitors and a subwoofer from Genelec
All class D amplification means low power consumption.
Motu M4 sound card makes the angels sing


I'm sure the is more, but we all have things that we really really rather not be without.


The aeropress is by far the one I think most sailors should try out if you like coffee.
Brew up to 3 cups at a time in that tine little thing.
Just make it like an Americano: espresso shot + hot water.
Brew at 80C (176F) to not burn the coffe.
I just boil the water and add a little cold before brewing
(0,4l boiling + 0,14l @ room temperature)
Brew fast: just pour water, stirr and press. Takes 20s.
Enjoy

Boy I like my Aeropres :-D
Better add that to this thread!!
https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...179185-21.html
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A GOOD mattress!
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Ginger biscuits....
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A GOOD mattress!

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A feeling of contentment.....
....It really is amazing how this simple mindset saves you money, releases you from recreational complaining and helps you to focus on the one you love!Click image for larger version

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Re: That little something that makes life easier

1 - A solar driveway light on the stern rail or arch. It comes on automatically when the sun goes down and helps you find your boat when you've stayed too long on shore or or another boat across the anchorage. Also serves as an automatic anchor light (albeit not regulation, but better than nothing when you forget to turn on the switch!).

2 - A laundry spinner. We spent 2 years hand washing. "Washing" is the easy part. Hand wringing gets old pretty quick. Some European boats we pal'd around with had centrifuge spinners which got most of the soapy water out making rinsing laundry quick and easy, then got most of the rinse water out making line drying a lot faster. (it took us over a week to get our laundry dry in Tonga... high humidity and daily rain. We ended up having to wash it again because it got funky on the line!)

3 - A pressure cooker/canner. We canned our own meat when we could get it , reducing the need for freezer space, and preparing meals with pre-cooked meat was a lot easier at sea. It also cooks things faster and you can bake in them.

4 - Almost didn't mention this one, and do so at your own risk/know what you're doing: hose, nipples, bibs and fittings to make adapters to be able to "gravity" fill your LP tanks from "foreign" propane/butane tanks.
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