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Old 03-04-2011
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Originally Posted by PBzeer View Post
well built propane system and functional stove.

There are less necessary, but highly enjoyable things, that would be pointless without the above, because I wouldn't be out cruising without them.
do you include a "dodger" with your bimini our you could do without the dodger, you want coverage from the sun?

Can you expound on stove and what failings to look for in the "propane system"? Bad safety design, accesibility (or not), storage for extra tank.....I love to eat and cooking will be a big part of my day so the stove and its capabilites are big to me.

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I can't speak for PBzeer, but I can tell you what I dislike about my stove. I think my stove is original to the boat. The range part works fairly well, except the burners aren't self-lighting and the control knobs are very touchy. But on the whole, it's a pretty good range. It's the oven that really makes me mad. It has a thermostat (some don't! watch out for that), but it doesn't maintain a good temperature. It's at least 50 degrees off from what the knob is labeled as (verified with a oven thermometer). Empty, it does a surprisingly good job of maintaining a steady temperature, but when I put a pan inside it, the temperature distribution gets all crazy. The bottom of the pan will burn and the top will be raw. It once took me an hour and a half to cook potatoes cut into one inch cubes, and the bottom of them was burned almost black by the time they were edible. I've got some new cookware (cuisinart nesting set) that maybe will help, I'll let you know. If stoves weren't so expensive, I'd replace it.
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rmeador- don't buy a Dickinson propane stove then. We made the mistake of buying it thinking it would be heavy duty and top of the line. Very disappointed. The oven has a "thermostat" but it turns out that it just controls a burner like on the top of the stove, basically high or low, there is no pilot light so the oven is usually about 100 degrees F higher than the "thermostat" says. The igniters don't work reliably either and the rod to lock the stove from swinging is a joke. I could go on.
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1. Kitchen towel - wet wipes
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Fridges and freezers - pfff

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Autopilot (2nd mate), chart plotter, lines aft to helm station, anchoring system that is great (oversize anchors, anchor chain and rode to meet most conditions).
Fridge/Freezer, LED lights, good bed to sleep on.
Great Rum, Great Coffee, good stack-able SS pots.
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