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Old 04-02-2018, 12:33   #31
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$ 130 flashlight is above my pay grade, that ain’t small to me.
I bought on Amazon Wsky LED Tactical Flashlight -Best S1800 Powerful Waterproof Flashlight - Perfect for Camping Biking Home Emergency or Gift-Giving (Batteries Not Included)
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$17.99

Buy it again
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:40   #32
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Bose bluetooth speaker $300
George Forman indoor grill $70 I use it for everything! Got rid of toaster, microwave, outdoor grill. haha
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:41   #33
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Was just at Autozone and picked up these cool LED strip lights for like $25.
You can set any color. Will make great red cockpit lighting for night, white to see in the cockpit at anchor or marina and a variety of colors to help find the boat in crowded anchorages.
Do you have a link for the led strips?
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:44   #34
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Re: Your favourite small purchase

The few months we have been focusing more on making the boat more Home! So

Spice racks
Utensil holders
Paintings
White board
Tv
Mattress
Real plates and glasses
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Old 04-02-2018, 13:01   #35
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When I bought a Luci light, I was hoping to leave it on constantly so I could get a few hours of light in the early evening before the battery ran down.. Not only did that not work, I now can't get the battery meter past a low reading. Not that they said it would work.
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Old 04-02-2018, 13:03   #36
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the sun shade that clips on to your hat to stop your neck getting burrned and the 12 inch long latex tube that slipps on my glasses so they dont fall off my nose and sink ,,,,, Best thing ever
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Old 04-02-2018, 13:28   #38
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Re: Your favourite small purchase

My method of making coffee. You can steep the grounds, and easier cleanup than a French Press, IMHO:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

My fave flashlight, it’s waterproof, glows in the dark, is very bright, and fits my female hand nicely:

3310PL Flashlights - High Lumens Flashlight | LED Standard | Pelican Consumer
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Old 04-02-2018, 13:38   #39
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I bought a $40.00 atv winch remote control from Harbor Freight, converted to the anchor winch, works like a champ! I single hand, it make's dropping and pulling much easier and safer if the winds up.
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Shadecloth in a 4x8 panel and attached with a couple spring clips is a lifesaver when the sun is blasting into the cockpit. Cost is about $40 Shade Cloth from ShadeClothStore.com
That's a great one. I just ordered some shadecloth. (We've hung towels on occasion).

Along those same lines -- I bought some cheap insect screening to hang from the bimini. We don't use it often, but once in a while in light air we encounter a swarm of biting flies that drives us crazy, and this has been a salvation.

The cheapest way to buy the fabric was to get "garage door screen" from Amazon, and that also had the advantage of coming with some finished edges (so we didn't need to sew them all). We marked cut it to size, and added some 1" black cloth edging tape where needed. We sewed some plastic coated curtain weights onto the bottom every 2 feet. Total project cost was a few hours of labor and less than $50 in materials. We put it up with clothes pins (and pairs of strong "rare earth" refrigerator magnet dots).
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Old 04-02-2018, 13:56   #41
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Anchor rode markers (just bought them again today because I had to re-mark my rode after redoing my rope-chain splice to swap the ends of my rode, to even out the wear). https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-...72?recordNum=1

Suitcase dish rack. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/galle...-rack--4850087 We've been using these for years. Contains the water while the dishes dry and easy to stow when not needed. (It's a bit fragile and we've broken it, but I always bought the same thing -- nothing better IMHO).

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Old 04-02-2018, 14:00   #42
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I bought a $40.00 atv winch remote control from Harbor Freight, converted to the anchor winch, works like a champ! I single hand, it make's dropping and pulling much easier and safer if the winds up.
Can you send me a picture or two on the conversion ?

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Old 04-02-2018, 14:01   #43
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+ bright waterproof rechargeable headlamp for every person aboard plus one

+ folding hikers' solar panel with usb charger for shore excursions/ditch bag/electrical backup

+cellphones == 1000s of hours of entertainment + navigation + reference library + 14mp camera+ flashlight) both ours have at least a6 128gb microsd card.

+ Garmin Inreach

+ Upgrading to standard propane tanks which can be swapped at any gas station in the US. Way more capacity, and still easy to transport via dinghy.

+ Painting the 30 yo faded interior gelcoat (Still in progress and not a priority, but good grief what a difference.)

+ Hammock hooks for hanging pots and pans low profile (I hate 'eyecatcher' hooks--you know, the ones you'll impale on in a seaway.) and elastic straps to hold them in place without rattling.

+ Acetic acid to mix my iwn vinegar.

+ Pool shock bleach crystals to mix own bleach.

+ 20qt granite ware pressure canner and Tattler reusable canning lids.

+ Good day packs to properly enjoy shore excursions.

+ HDPE 2000ml rectangular prism labware storage bottles by Nalgene for storing chemicals, coffee, anything I want safely and impermeably stored.

+ Swapping and moving to midline the small double basin sink for a giant, just as deep, single basin and simplifying the plumbing--better, more useful, sink and three times the accessible, low, and more midline, storage volume. (Aka how I found room for the 20qt pressure canner and more).

+ Upgrading the dim cool light LED retrofit bulbs to brighter, warm light LED retrofit bulbs. Indistinguishableb from incandescent, 30x less energy. Kakuanua is the brand name, I think--Amazon.
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Old 04-02-2018, 14:02   #44
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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....
The type of Bluetooth SENA uses has about a 1000 yard range and it is full duplex. My wife and I had those on our motorcycle helmets so we could talk while riding. Mind you, she was on her on her own motorcycle, not the back of mine.

Back on topic: LuminAid (https://luminaid.com) makes several LED light units which are charged by built-in solar cells, or through USB. Waterproof, some versions with different color lights, and variable intensity. We hang one in the cockpit at night while relaxing, then inside with us. With the choice of where to hang it and the intensity, it is more versatile than the fixed interior lights.
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Re: Your favourite small purchase

Lets see I have several.

$13 to add a cordless remote to my old autohelm 3000.

$4 to add a layer of foam under the Vberth mattress to keep condensate down. worked fine.

$3 BBQ brush to clean deck Nonskid.. Quick and easy cleaning.

$12 for my DIY anchor light/ cockpit light.
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