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Old 16-10-2020, 06:15   #1
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That little something that makes life easier

What is that little thing that you can't live without while cruising? The little thing we might add to make our life either easier or more fun. I'm not talking ground tackle or AIS. The little thing. For example, for me it is fans. I really only discovered them about 15 years ago, but they make the boat cooler, less stinky, fewer bugs. I see thermal slow cookers and am intrigued, but I know no one using one. I'm still struggling to decide on cockpit lighting. The best way to make coffee. If you have something you love be brand specific if you can.
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

A french press coffee maker.

An apartment size refrigerator.

Really comfortable canvas deck chairs.

Lots of hot water for showers.

Cold beer.

Fans. Yes, I agree. Ceiling fans in the cabins and reversing fan the forward hatch.
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I second most of TKeithlu's list.

The $15 ceramic knife that deals oh so much better with modern synthetic ropes than any metal blade.
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Old 16-10-2020, 12:01   #4
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My mother swore by her pressure-cooker. We enjoy having a corkscrew. Lots of people seem to enjoy bean-bag chairs.
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Old 16-10-2020, 12:45   #5
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

Manual bread dough mixer.

Fully contained environment for mixing dough that completely eliminates the horrific mess of flour and sticky dough around the galley. Just put the ingredients into the bucket and mix.

It is very quick, very thorough, totally mess-free and inexpensive. We even use ours at home.

EZ Doh Manual Dough Mixer

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Old 16-10-2020, 13:53   #6
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I had a rail mounted solar light next to the bbq. Helped a lot. Would last almost all night in a crowded anchorage
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Old 16-10-2020, 14:01   #7
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STERN SHOWER!
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Old 16-10-2020, 14:24   #8
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I have found external tents that stop sunlight from beating right into the cabin windows are a great improvement. The kind that stops direct sun but keps the view open - just like canvas stretched over Mediterranean restaurants - keep the view, cut the UV.


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The wife !
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Old 16-10-2020, 14:46   #10
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

Breeze catcher for hatches

Pressure Cooker
Magnetic clipping bug screen door
Rear roll down canvass/shade

Quick release clips on dinghy davit connections
Electric start and tilt dinghy motor
Stainless dinghy chain lock

Separate hr meters from Yanmar panel
Anchor drag app for phone
Teflon drawer slide tape for annoying squeaks
Cordless drill, grinder, jigsaw
Dremel
Large Oil drain pump
Electrsan - for USA regs
Hand held waterproof VHF * 2
BAT Wifi antenna
Folding Bikes
Folding Shopping Cart (2 wheel)
Water bladder and pump for dinghy/boat water transfer

Modified cabin top to catch rain

list goes on .........
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Screens for all the hatches and screens that drop in where the batter boards go.
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An icemaker, rum.
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

Shade. Be it from Bimini, boom tent or other.

Yes, stern shower.

Fridge!!! Neve had a real fridge on a boat before and it's the single biggest jump from camping to comfort of any other single improvement on the boat.

Music. Most of the time the wind and the waves are all I want but a moderate breeze, watching the sun set and listening to the right tunes is magic.

Hot water is nice.
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Books
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Re: That little something that makes life easier

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Manual bread dough mixer.

Fully contained environment for mixing dough that completely eliminates the horrific mess of flour and sticky dough around the galley. Just put the ingredients into the bucket and mix.

It is very quick, very thorough, totally mess-free and inexpensive. We even use ours at home.

EZ Doh Manual Dough Mixer

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