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Old 23-10-2020, 07:00   #46
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

A 4x4 foot piece of canvas with grommets at each corner. Cheap and extremely useful to rig as a temporary sunshade for that sundrenched tack you are on, or while refueling, doing a job on deck. Add a few more grommets and turn it into a windscoop or a rain protection for your fwd hatch. Also could be used in an emergency to cover a breach in the hull from outside.
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Old 23-10-2020, 07:53   #47
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Aero press coffee maker. Super easy to clean, easy to use, makes great coffee.

Magnetic knife strip with strong magnets. I mounted mine inside a fold down galley door.keeps the edges sharp and keeps them safe/me safe in rough seas.

Sewn on 3/8” wide webbing strips every 25’ to my anchor chain. Lasts for years, doesn’t get hung up on the gypsy, easy to see even at night. I use a pattern of red, white, blue, black for the first 100’ and then repeat with double red, white, blue, black for the second. See them tight to the chain with whipping twine.
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Old 23-10-2020, 08:02   #48
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Fly swatter
my special pillow
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Old 23-10-2020, 09:15   #49
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For me breadmakers (with a MIX cycle and BAKE cycle!) I find invaluable for making homemade 12 grain &seeds loaves anywhere. I use inverter to mix 15+ min and then leave to rise unplugged in sun or on warm engine for a couple of hours, then bake 40+ min using Honda.
Toasted is heavenly & healthy. Available at Goodwills for only $6-$10.
--military guage bugscreens custom cut and velcro'd to all openings, and super high socks esp for type "A"'s like I am.
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Old 23-10-2020, 09:19   #50
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My first time answering 🤗
High density seat cushions at the stern pulpits where you can really stretch your back !
Teak floor on the shower (toilet included)
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Old 23-10-2020, 09:27   #51
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usb/outlets at all needed and easy to get at spots for phone, GPS, electronic devices and for (Godsent!) Nav, Wx, downloaded library books, & Wifi access)
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Old 23-10-2020, 09:31   #52
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Has to be the fishing pole and Magnum propane gas grill on the aft railing, fish and eat. how can you go wrong,

Oh yea, Pink Sands beer with a shot of vodka - best breakfast beer in the world!!
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Old 23-10-2020, 09:34   #53
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a blow-up doll
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Old 23-10-2020, 09:43   #54
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Obviously) An Italian Moka for homemade espresso. At least 2 different sizes, 2 and 6(9) cups
https://www.amazon.it/Bialetti-Expre...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

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Old 23-10-2020, 09:50   #55
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Una Palanca de Mando del Motor Yanmar cómoda, que no esté abajo y a estribor cuando haces maniobras de atraque. Alguien encontró una mejor ubicación y que funcione bien?
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a blow-up doll
Yeah, but only if s/he will stand a watch...
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Old 23-10-2020, 10:20   #57
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Una Palanca de Mando del Motor Yanmar cómoda, que no esté abajo y a estribor cuando haces maniobras de atraque. Alguien encontró una mejor ubicación y que funcione bien?
Google translates: "A comfortable Yanmar Engine Joystick, which is not down and to starboard when doing docking maneuvers. Has anyone found a better location that works well?"
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Old 23-10-2020, 10:31   #58
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

Finally, on page 4 someone mentioned a propane gas grill hanging off the rails. It keeps a lot of the heat out of the galley and we love grilled foods. One time up by Lund, BC, Canada we had our kettle grill ripped off (long story). We made a one day side trip over to Campbell River to buy a new one.



The lists above are great in general. Gotta say that comfortable seating in the cockpit is critical for watches and in general sitting around. We had two of the foldup canvas cushion seats. Just plain cushions don't cut it for long passages.


An odd personal quirk: I am addicted to Coca Cola (not Pepsi) and Lays Potato Chips (regular kind - no flavoring). I walked 6 miles roundtrip on a little country road on Tonga just on a rumor that a little country store just got some in. I bought six bags and walked back to the boat. Other wise it was only Chicken-flavored chips in town. Yuck! If you have a favorite snack, stock up unless you know you can get them in the near term.
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Old 23-10-2020, 11:12   #59
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#1 - Cockpit bimini integrated with Dodger, with drop down rainshields. Shade during day, comfortable watches despite weather at night. Amazing difference in being able to comfortably stand deckwatch in all conditions. (this was the wife's vote)

#2 - Folding cushioned stadium seats back support all angles, lay'em flat when you want to sleep in cockpit. Watch prices, they go on sale every year.
https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-...56?recordNum=3

#3 - freshwater shower on transom. Swim constantly, FW rinse makes a huge difference to comfort. Solar Showers work fine, but a quick disconnect on deck and a short length of hose with nozzle is better

#4 - ability to make ice. We enjoy one drink a day underway, and this make it especially fine.

#5 - fans, lots of fans - especially over your bunk.

#6 - Books on Kindle - easy to read anywhere at night, does away with hassle of finding & storing lots of books on passage

#7 - waterproof bluetooth speaker
- we used a Bose Soundlink Colour, great volume.

#8 - ipad with gps. Navigation, books, music. videos, email (via satellite or wifi)

#9 - USB charging points - lots. At least one in cockpit. Frequently ran with 4 people on board, had 7 charging points, used them all sometimes. (during the day when solar at it's peak)

#10 - all the solar panels you can fit
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agreeeee!
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