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post #200 of Old 06-11-2012
Brent Swain
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Re: Who''s living on what??

Originally Posted by SloopNanoose View Post
When I'm in the US, which hasn't been much lately, my home is a 31' Hunter. I love it. Plenty or room for me, all the stowage I need. I think the only things I would change and they are fairly easily changeable is the cabin heating system from a wood burning stove to something that I can automate, maybe electrical? and the icebox could use refrigeration instead of fetching ice blocks every few days. Oh yea, and I want a water maker some day!
I switched from an oil stove to wood back in the mid 70's and would never go back to oil. It all depends where you live, tho. I get up to 14 hours of burn time for a load of wood. The important thing is for the stove to be airtight and thus totally controlable.
I live on a 31 ft steel twin keeler of my own design. By the time I launched my first boat, I wished I had done everything different. On my second boat, it took me ten years to get to that stage. My current boat is 28 years old and there is very little I would change on her.

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