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Old 23-10-2020, 11:32   #61
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

high quality sheets
cribbage board
sound system
ukelele
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Old 23-10-2020, 11:35   #62
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

1) L.L. Bean makes a "waterhog" mat the exact size of my cabin sole:

https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1226...=a&feat=WEB-od
Huge benefit for little cost.

2) This wireless remote for my 35 year old autohelm, which was mounted nowhere near the pedestal:

https://www.i3dgear.com/online-store...-pin-p79308476

3) stainless steel french press, hand cranked coffee grinder
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Old 23-10-2020, 11:41   #63
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

I don't know about folding ceramic knives, but Harbor Freight has some ceramic knives in the $6 to $11 range.
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Old 23-10-2020, 12:30   #64
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Take a look at my website about cruising gadgets. The top one in my book is the Cockpit shade. A 4x10 86% blockage screen with grommets all around. Hang it anywhere. It's a late afternoon life saver.
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Old 23-10-2020, 12:54   #65
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

I'll second (or third or fourth) the ice making ability. My freezer makes ice quickly, which is sheer luxury. Also, I have a stand-up fridge with a swing door like you would at home. It's somewhere between house size and mini-fridge size. When I bought the boat, I thought it was a bit silly, but I've come to absolutely love it.

A hammock that I can sling up on deck in hot weather

Music piped to the cockpit

A berth oriented atwartships is lovely in a rolly anchorage

I do the french press for coffee, but the aeropress fans have me curious

Something sweet to snack on in the evening

Port wine

A really good thermos to keep soup and/or drinks hot. I can heat it in the morning before pulling up anchor, and enjoy hot lunch while underway in cold weather

Enough solar and power available on the house bank to use phone/laptop/lights/fans/fridge on/etc all night without running the generator
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

Silicone baking mats. Used as anti-slip mats. Much better than the standard antislip stuff
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

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What is that little thing that you can't live without while cruising?
Yorkshire tea bags, the rest we can make do or live without
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A GOOD mattress!
Better still...a Swedish mattress improver... better yet if they can also cook...

Did someone say 'icemaker' ... ¿Qué?!!!!!

Surely they meant Icebreaker thermals...

Rum... blood... for the thinning of...... antifreeze for sailors...

Oh and a pressure cooker

And lots of Bolst's extra hot curry powder
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

been thinking about this one for a while...

nearly everything that makes our life easier on the boat is a BIG something eg the watermaker. if the emphasis is on a "little" something that has benefits that outweigh it's cost, i'd say either the clothes drying rack or the shopping trolley

both are small cheap and really make our life easier

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Old 24-10-2020, 09:41   #70
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

My absolute favourite is my tiller mounted chart plotter (small one, 5 inch screen).

Other than that and in no particular order:
Composting toilet
Cabin heater (sailing in the Baltic Sea)
Electric outboard and lithium battery for the dinghy
Shitload of solar panels
Ukulele
Trombone
Battery operated p.a. and karaoke files on my phone
Harmonica
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Any ideas on the handling of trash? My dad had a neat can crusher. I don't allow glass bottles on the boat as there is no way to compress. I still end up with multiple stinky bags at the end of every cruise.
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Any ideas on the handling of trash? My dad had a neat can crusher. I don't allow glass bottles on the boat as there is no way to compress. I still end up with multiple stinky bags at the end of every cruise.
Yeah, it's called my 200# foot .

Why stinky? Rinse the cans and step on them. Organic waste goes over the side when out at sea. What else stinks?

We're out for months and usually come back with a couple of small bags; mostly crushed cans and the odd plastic thing. We avoid most paper/box/cardboard.
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

A fun means to explore my surroundings once I arrive:
  • Bike
  • Dinghy
  • Kayaks
Many options, changed over the years, but something both fun and practical.
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Damn... can I say "Me Too" to a few of the previous posts?

Inflatable kayaks for exploring once the anchor is down for a while. Ukuleles (his and hers) for musical entertainment. And a sail rig for my dinghy. Hours of fun .

Nautihamstern: What's does your tiller-mounted chartplotter look like? I love my tiller-driven boat, but I do miss the binnacle as a place to mount a plotter. We use a handheld in the cockpit, along with an pad. Love to see how you've mounted yours.
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

Maybe not little, but foldable. Electric scooter for running errands in foreign harbours, go to the local supermarket, etc.......
Very low footprint when folded on board.
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