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Old 05-02-2018, 00:42   #61
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Re: Your favourite small purchase

Gas powered hot knife/ solder iron / hot air gun / blow torch. I use it all the time.
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Old 05-02-2018, 00:51   #62
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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.
You will not be dissapointed. The Sena units are sensational, crystal clear, no interference from wind etc. Well worth the price!
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Old 05-02-2018, 06:10   #63
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A Makita 18 volt cordless vacum cleaner.
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:07   #64
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A sodastream gassifier that I use to fizz up my own prosecco from box white wine #italiancruising #dontjudgeme
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Re: Your favourite small purchase

2 steamers. one for floors one for clothing. both work well in interior of boat for cushions and ceilings and overheads. and windows and ports.
fancy that.
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:50   #66
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Re: Your favourite small purchase

Landscape solar lights from the dollar store. $1 each. I have 6 of them tie wrapped to the stanchions.

Reflective tape on my mast and outboard cover.

$3 fender covers made from XXXL sweatpants

Small LED light on a head strap.
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:52   #67
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We put two of these in our cockpit; come on at dusk with a soft light or operate by switch: https://www.amazon.com/Landing-Loop-...9717e33da66216
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Re: Your favourite small purchase

Pool noodle; I keep one hatch board in place and snap the slit pool noodle over it. I sit there like an admiral when I'm sailing.

Spice rack from target mounted on the wall behind the stove.

Paper towel roll holder; Wal-Mart. Mounts on wall.

Home depot drop cloth. Used it for a boom tent until I upgraded. Now used as a wind scoop on the forward hatch.

Two funnels with water house attached, quick to attach to the corners of my solar panels to catch rain, hose runs straight to water deck fill.

Google translate on cell phone. Free, works out of cell range.

Memory foam topper for vee berth.

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These 1156 wired sockets at 99 cents each:

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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...
I've actually been thinking of doing something similar, but was concerned it would cut down on the cooling breeze through the cockpit too much.

Have you found that to be the case, or are you happy with the end result?

Thanks for sharing your experience!

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Old 09-02-2018, 05:12   #71
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Re: Your favourite small purchase

Fixclip clothes clips. Pricey at $20 for 6 pack, but I use them for more expensive items, and easily cost justified after losing my wifeís $80 suit overboard one night. Not hurricane proof, but definitely more secure than other clips. (Of course itís more secure if you donít just rely on clipping force and also place the clothes over the rail or line prior to clipping.)
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Re: Your favourite small purchase

Shaker siphons to transfer liquid from 5-gallon jugs into tanks, without the need to hold the heavy jugs in the air. I have one for fuel and one for water. If properly placed, the jug is 80-90% empty before the siphon runs dry, then pouring the remains is easy from the nearly empty jugs.
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Re: Your favourite small purchase

Lots and lots of mesh bags of various sizes and colors. Big duffel size ones get extra line, mooring gear, etc and live in the cockpit lockers. Smaller ones get all sorts of loosely categorized stuff in the cabin. Easy to see the contents, they're ventilated, and the conform to available space unlike plastic tubs.

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Shaker siphons to transfer liquid from 5-gallon jugs into tanks, without the need to hold the heavy jugs in the air. I have one for fuel and one for water. If properly placed, the jug is 80-90% empty before the siphon runs dry, then pouring the remains is easy from the nearly empty jugs.
You can also easily just use a length of tubing. One end in the jug, the other in the deck fill. Put a rag around the jug mouth and tube, simply to keep your lips off it, and blow in hard for a few seconds. Air pressure will start the siphon and away you go.

I've had a couple of the shaker siphons fail on me over the years. Not sure how or why but they just quit.
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Re: Your favourite small purchase

suijin, finally someone else who uses the blow not suck technique, which is a lot more intelligent than diesel sucking challenge....i learned well from my mexifriends.
i use my hands instead of rag, tho... i am able to get a tighter seal for the air pressure to push out the fluid.
recently bought a bunch of sticky rat traps. excellent idea as i was able to catch a wayward field rat first try,. now cats are happy, no one living under their noises on coachhouse roof. rat got away with his aberrant habits for 3 days, which drove us all mad, somewhat. nothing like nutballcatties trying to get mommas attention on this issue. they were excellent at telling me exactly where they were at all times. sleep?? whats that. dogs bless sticky traps. and old queso chihuahua.....
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