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We bought a lot of stuff as we moved onto Starry Horizons. Some items were duds that we never use, but there are a few that we are surprised to find ourselves pulling out all the time:
David picked up this bad boy that electrocutes bugs. It’s pretty ingenious, and we’ve found it really helpful here. Since its summer, the bugs are a bit crazy. Fortunately, we aren’t dealing with no-see-ums. Most of the bugs are flies or mosquitoes. Our enclosure does a great job of keeping them out of the main salon and cockpit, but occasionally a bugger will get in and we fry it. Some of the flies around here are so big we fry them to disable and then squish them to kill them.
We have two Camelbaks on board, one is stowed with our camping gear and one is pretty much out all the time. Since we walk to places instead of drive, it’s good to have a supply of water available. Of course, we bring it with us for hiking and kayaking. And, instead of carrying a purse around, I just keep my important stuff in the Camelbak, which I can take out the reservoir if I just want to use it as a small backpack.
Just for the record, my “important stuff” is no longer wallet, makeup, and sunglasses, but a swiss army knife, band-aids, Advil, lighter, etc…. my how things have changed.
We use this shelf liner permanently on some of our shelves to keep our dishware from sliding around. However, the biggest use is while we are underway. If we are going to be in motion overnight (meaning I’m cooking dinner), we pull out several pieces of the shelf liner. A large piece goes over our main salon table, another large piece over the large counter, and then smaller pieces around the sink. This keeps anything we are using (dirty plates or appliances) from sliding off the counter. We lost a pot of rice that way!
We get down on our hands and knees A LOT. Our knees take enough of a beating, especially when you consider most of our boat is covered in non-skid, which is really painful to kneel on (it’s that some old-school punishment? make your kids kneel on gravel? Ouch!). We use these kneeling pads for maintenance projects and cleaning projects.
David never owned vise grips before, but on a recommendation, we bought a pair for our toolkit, and sure enough, he’s using them all the time now.
What do you find indispensable on your boat?