Cruisers Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-02-2018, 10:24   #16
S/V rubber ducky
 
sailorboy1's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bahamas cruising currently
Boat: Hunter 410
Posts: 17,664
Re: Your favourite small purchase

A $2 toothbrush holder.
__________________
jobless, houseless, clueless, living on a boat and cruising around somewhere
sailorboy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 10:30   #17
Moderator
 
Don C L's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Channel Islands, CA
Boat: 1962 Columbia 29 MK 1 #37
Posts: 10,032
Images: 53
Re: Your favourite small purchase

I recently got a little LED waterproof light on Amazon that is pretty handy. And this thread has a few things too...
http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...al-153058.html
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Screen shot 2018-02-04 at 9.29.08 AM.png
Views:	221
Size:	164.1 KB
ID:	163454  
__________________
DL
Pythagoras
1962 Columbia 29 MKI #37
Don C L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 10:31   #18
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
Boat: Antares 44i
Posts: 140
Re: Your favourite small purchase

Another one is the Lucie light. A $10-18 small inflatable light that charges for a full night's use on tiny built-in solar panels. Sells on Amazon.

The most appreciated boat gift we have ever given, about the cost of a bottle of wine.

Several versions - we use one that turns colors or that blinks to aid us in finding Valleycat when dinghying back to a congested anchorage at night. The red setting is great for night watches. One Lucie also provides enough white light to illuminate the cockpit without drawing a single AmpH from the house bank. When done, they deflate and collapse to nothing.
AZUS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 10:37   #19
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Annapolis
Boat: Moody 54
Posts: 44
Re: Your favourite small purchase

The solar charging color changing lanterns are awesome. And for fun, a few old fashioned blow up plastic inner tubes that we string a line to the stern and float away the afternoon. 👍
MamaKube is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 10:40   #20
Registered User
 
Ruffriders's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: canada
Boat: 1984 Hans Christian 33t
Posts: 65
Re: Your favourite small purchase

Quote:
Originally Posted by fatherchronica View Post
Something we enjoyed and was a little useful was a 12 volt, waterproof, LED light on a 12 foot cord that we put over the side at night. The green lights attract phytoplankton, which inturn attracts bigger things that eat phytoplankton which attracts things that eat those things until sometimes after a half an hour or so big fish, or crabs, or foot long worms. It was always interesting. And we used it a few times for vessel location in an anchorage, but we had those solar lanterns that changed color for that. I imagine that if you were a hard partying Canadian you could use it to locate your boat at a slip in a marina most of the time.


Hard partying Canadian thatís sails in Central America
Ruffriders is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 10:43   #21
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 106
Re: Your favourite small purchase

I bought 2 of these things.

Barge lights, solar powered, they last about 3 full nights with no charging!

Visible 2 nm, come on automatically and shut off in the morning. I place them on the cabin top as extra bright anchor lights. Take them down in the AM and let them sit in the sun all day, ready to go again.

$84 each.

http://www.esafetylights.com/s8ls-steady-on.html

When I am anchored I don't worry as much about a crabber flying around a bend at 4AM and not seeing me. Boat anchor lights seem inadequate to me, especially those on top of a sail boat mast. Crabbers are generally not looking 60 or more feet up in the air for a light.
Gypsyjon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 10:53   #22
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Abaco, Bahamas/ Western NC
Boat: Nothing large at the moment
Posts: 1,032
Re: Your favourite small purchase

A VERY COLD BEER
Tingum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 11:19   #23
Registered User
 
DreaminFred's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: FL West Coast
Boat: Pearson 365
Posts: 104
Re: Your favourite small purchase

Quote:
Originally Posted by AZUS View Post
Bluetooth headsets that go by the brand name "Marriagesavers" - and they are.

No more yelling or missed hand signals between Admiral and me when docking, anchoring or med mooring. We have found that we often use them on passages, with one of us up front and one of us at the helm, just to chat and experience the passing ships, seas, sealife, islands, etc. together.

We keep them routinely plugged into USB charger between uses. The best small to medium purchase on our boat!
Can you flesh this out a little? What are the headsets paired to? Do you call each other over the cell? Wouldn't work offshore would it?

I'm using cheap FRS radios, but would love a PTT headset that would plug into them.

Fred
DreaminFred is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 11:26   #24
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: At the intersection of here & there
Boat: 47' Olympic Adventure
Posts: 3,865
Re: Your favourite small purchase

Push start propane torch on sale for about 10 bucks from harborfreight. Brilliant for starting the coals in the charcoal bar-b-q, and otherwise lived in the galley (sans propane canister) where it was used to light the Force 10 stove. https://www.harborfreight.com/electr...rch-91061.html


Heavy-duty and a good strong piezoelectric spark.
Lodesman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 11:28   #25
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Fort Luaderdale
Boat: 41 Morgan 1971
Posts: 20
Re: Your favourite small purchase

NuWave hot plate, don't know what I did before, very safe as well!
dduresky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 11:52   #26
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2014
Boat: Hylas 54
Posts: 195
Re: Your favourite small purchase

Three things we love...More in the light category. Love the Mantus snap on rail light. Perfect for illuminating the cockpit and as an extra anchor light. Charges via mini USB during the day. lasts 12 hrs plus. Can be bright, dim, red or flashing SOS.

https://www.mantusmarine.com/mantus-snap-on-light/

Also in the lighting category but a bit more pricey are the very cool Smart & Green lanterns that are induction charged (pull negligible power) but can create a great glow hanging in the cockpit. Multiple color choices and waterproof and floatable. Can stand or hang.

http://www.lumens.com/vessel-s-led-i...SAGP89023.html

Also Italian made STRONG stainless steel clothes pins. Never have a towel blow off the rail ever again

https://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Cloth...D8VYFYA2T9G0MR
Hobiehobie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 12:07   #27
Registered User
 
redhead's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: PNW 48.59'45N 122.45'50W
Boat: Ian Ross design ketch 63'
Posts: 1,336
Images: 9
Re: Your favourite small purchase

Quote:
Originally Posted by AZUS View Post
Bluetooth headsets that go by the brand name "Marriagesavers" - and they are.

No more yelling or missed hand signals between Admiral and me when docking, anchoring or med mooring. We have found that we often use them on passages, with one of us up front and one of us at the helm, just to chat and experience the passing ships, seas, sealife, islands, etc. together.

We keep them routinely plugged into USB charger between uses. The best small to medium purchase on our boat!
We just bought the SENA SPH10 Bluetooth Stereo Headset and Intercom (it's the present day interation of the old "marriage savers") and we paid $380+tax at the Seattle Boat Show. I very much hope they're as good as your review, I thought they were a bit spendy since most electronics we bought had gone down in price. We bought the original ones for about $200 about 10-15 years ago...fingers crossed.
redhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 12:14   #28
Moderator
 
a64pilot's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Jacksonville/ out cruising
Boat: Island Packet 38
Posts: 31,464
Re: Your favourite small purchase

Quote:
Originally Posted by DreaminFred View Post
Can you flesh this out a little? What are the headsets paired to? Do you call each other over the cell? Wouldn't work offshore would it?



I'm using cheap FRS radios, but would love a PTT headset that would plug into them.



Fred


Mine are made by Simultalk. They are 2.4 GHz radios I think, Bluetooth is very short range, 30 feet?
You also want what is called full duplex, like a telephone, you can both talk and listen simultaneously, just like talking to each other, you donít want push to talk, cause both hands may be full.
About or close to $200 if I remember. When I bought them, I thought they would be the ticket, but truthfully we have learned to use hand signals and donít bother with the headsets, they stay in their case.

I bought a better headset as the ones it came with you would always hear wind noise, and of course the wind is usually blowing on a sailboat.
a64pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 12:17   #29
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Out of Norfolk Va
Boat: Tartan 37
Posts: 686
Re: Your favourite small purchase

Luci lights is the greatest. We got four.
puffcard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 12:32   #30
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Winter Germany, Summer Med
Boat: Lagoon 380 S2
Posts: 1,635
Re: Your favourite small purchase

30 Euro: Varta rechargable 3W LED that can be recharged at 12V without adapter. Its not a flashlight but a strong search light. Not for use inside the boat unless your bilge s a few meters deep.

2 Euro: bicycle LED backlight, has multiple flash modes. Hang overboard in a crowded anchorage and find home easily.

2 Euro: A stainless multi tool card, that is a multitool the size of a credit card. I always keep one in the dinghy. I once had to drain the carburator while underway because there was water in the fuel tank.

10-80 Euro: Original Leatherman or similar tools.

5 Euro: Ceramic knife. One lives near the helm for cutting lines in an emergency. Always sharp, no rust.

20-100 Euro: Bluetooth speakers
rabbi is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
purchase

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Who are your favourite boat bloggers / vloggers? radar_x Our Community 320 02-03-2019 07:46
Which is Your Favourite Bar Stingo Provisioning: Food & Drink 28 20-12-2012 06:56
Your Favourite Places in Italy? marina.alex Europe & Mediterranean 4 25-03-2011 20:05

Advertise Here


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 00:37.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.