Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
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Products that are NOT marinized or marine grade that work
Cruising is a lot like camping out, just on the water. Much of your galley can be purchased “non marine”. I found a great deal, a set of four plastic dishes, bread dishes, saucers, bowls and cups in a bag for taking in the picnic. They’re pretty durable and have lasted two seasons. I think I paid a buck for the bag and bought two for a setting for eight!
How about the grill? There’s not much more stupid looking then a prim and proper yacht sailing along with a $200.00 “flying saucer” attached to the stern rail! One of the $25 dollar el-cheapo’s works just as well. Put some wet paper towels under it while you’re cooking to ketch any drips. Store it in a plastic bag after it’s cooled.
Wiring? I use SO chord, available at any hardware store, all over the boat, It’s the same thing as extension chords. It’s available in many sizes, 14 and 16 being the most common depending on the load and number counts from 2 to 8 or better for multiple wires going in one direction. I have re-wired many boats with it. It’s flexible, durable and takes crimp connectors well. On the connectors, I load then up with silicone or Vaseline before I put the wires to them so the actual mechanical connection is sealed.
Flashlights, binoculars, sleeping bags, radios, overhead lights and lanterns. There’s a plethora of non marine stuff out there that will hold up just as good, and sometimes even better then the stuff sold at the marine stores! Look in automotive stores, hardware stores, camping and RV and even antique stores and flea markets.
JUST USE YOUR HEAD AND NEVER SHIRK WHEN IT COMES TO THINGS THAT ARE A FUNCTION OF YOUR BOAT! THE INTERGITY OF YOUR HULL, DECK, RIGGING AND POWER PLANT SHOULD NEVER BE COMPROMISED BY THE USE OF A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE!