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Commuting six months shore side on the hook a half mile out... you learn plenty..

Dinghy's: My 8 ft hard dingy looked pretty but useless..Banged the crap out of my boat...boarding and unboarding..If you had just got your boat imroned.."It would break your heart..and don't count on rowing..Once the current gets you you are gone..."Make friends..had to be towed once or twice when engine went out..carry extra plugs..it's easy to flood engine on outboard...rowing in a seaway doesn't cut it

9 ft West Marine Zodiac..with 5 removable harboards is great..not fast with soft botom..but only weighs 62 lbs..seaworthy and reliable..Have 8 hp Johnson..2 stroke..4 stroke's are heavy..Sea choice water seperator a must..only 27 bucks..works great...Put a cavigation plate extension on back of your outboard..50% performance improvement..If you get the signal all around light..you need to silicone around lens cap..water intrudes..also don't get on your dinghy without dry bags for your stuff.."Lessons we all learn at Key West Mooring Field...Nothing like experience.." It stows easy down below under main cabin table

Have the best batteries you can afford..AGM's..Marine X..Wind generator..never needed further charging...I have 2500KW inverter..hate using the percolator on my propane system..plenty of power for my Mr. Coffee.

The utimate fans 12V..are great..only 25 bucks a piece..very little draw. At Home Depot..needed my gen set very little...The Honda's are the best for portability.

My laptop powered by invertor...No you don't need pure sign wave..I also have an en Genius long range adaptor with 12db detachible antenna for picking up WI fi..had great reception a half mile off shore..

My lighting all 12V flourescent..For a cruising boat..electric toilet is a waste of good energy..regrete that...

All cooking done with propane system..just like home...nice and easy..

My point..Many of my preconceived ideas went out the window entering into the school of hard knocks..although I had set up pretty well for hookside living..

I worked out at a Gym pumping iron at Iron Bodies..Let me tell you...water is heavy..plastic cans over 5 gallons to heavy to swing on deck from dinghy..I get th yellow ones from home depot..put a blue spray paint stripe..Disciplined myself to get 10 gallons of water dockside per day....always had enough for fresh water shower...Make sure you have plenty of clothes pins..let towels dry on the lifelines..Lot to be said about being oin the hook..morning swims..waiting for coffee to perk...

One last thing..Put wallet or purse..keys and cell phone in drybag before going topside..to get on your dinghy...Shoreside I do this wel away from dock..law of averages will catch up with you in a moment of carelessness..."Loosing a wallet and or keys is too important not to take the highest precaution"...Take your time getting off and on your dinghy..when you are contending in 3 ft seas with water cans..dry bags..garbage bags etc..Get on first...keep your hands free...then once on..retrieve tour stuff from dinghy that's on the back deck..Make sure your engine starts before casting off..or you might find yourself owing a fried a case of cold stuff for retrieving you..

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Thanks for the info TJ. I'll put it in my file.
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Thanks for the info TJ. I'll put it in my file.
Ditto here to TJ thanks!
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Good advice all around. I plan to row in anchorages when possible, but I plan to have an outboard when necessary and a sail rig when feeling frisky.
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Great post! Thanks.

(edit: of course then I finally read the Isla Mujeres to Panama thread....)
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