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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I've seen several 12-volt refrigerator freezer combinations, and I think if my current system drops dead, then I will seriously consider a drop-in Engel. It would run easily on my 100-watt solar panel and house battery system and draw less current than most anchor lights.

As for genset, no question in my mind, a Honda 2000i will be going on the boat this summer.

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MikeO... of anyone on this thread you always really bring it back to the original intent of what the OP was wanting to start a conversation about. Thank you! You really knock it out of the park.
And for the record, I just wanted I use a cool new emoticon and that one was the best I could come up with. There isn't one for clapping.
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MikeO... of anyone on this thread you always really bring it back to the original intent of what the OP was wanting to start a conversation about. Thank you! You really knock it out of the park. I think you are right in the dots you connect. However, I think there is probably some room for compromise.
Thanks mrhoneydew, that's very kind of you. And perhaps my dot-connections speak more about my own limitations than anyone else's. You've all convinced me I can maintain and sustain a fridge/freezer on my boat. I'm definitely being enticed by those nice drop-in Engels. But that's the problem -- or perhaps my problem.

A nice fridge is going to bump me into a higher food bracket than I think wise for frugal cruising. You're right of course; just b/c I have a fridge doesn't mean I need to fill it with fresh beef or lovely lettuce and cucumber. I can keep it for the big fish that doesn't get away, or all the leftovers I need to preserve. But if there's one thing I've learned about myself over the years, it's that I'm not that strong, nor that wise, when it comes to avoiding seductive choices.

If I've got that new Engel humming away at minimal power consumption, of course I'm going to want to fill it with steak and chicken and lettuce and cucumbers and fresh milk and cream and... Why wouldn't I? It's working so well, and that fresh produce will taste soooooo good out there. But then we run out of fresh, so we have to go back to the dock so we can stock up on more. And since we're at the marina anyway we might as well fill the diesel and go out for dinner. And how about that nice dress (for my wife -- not me ), or how about just one case of that great hoppy microbrew for me.

Pretty soon we've blown the budget and are hanging out in the $3,000/month club.
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If I've got that new Engel humming away at minimal power consumption, of course I'm going to want to fill it with steak and chicken and lettuce and cucumbers and fresh milk and cream and... Why wouldn't I? It's working so well, and that fresh produce will taste soooooo good out there. But then we run out of fresh, so we have to go back to the dock so we can stock up on more. And since we're at the marina anyway we might as well fill the diesel and go out for dinner. And how about that nice dress (for my wife -- not me ), or how about just one case of that great hoppy microbrew for me.

Pretty soon we've blown the budget and are hanging out in the $3,000/month club.
LOL... that made my day! Mike it would be a bad thing to be out voyaging many miles and weeks filling yourself on the same foods and not have a nice steak/chicken dinner you had stashed away for a special occasion, denying yourself these simple pleasures insures you will be headed to some port for a Mcdonalds/KFC or some expensive restaurant to fill the need and we all have them. Having either type of small refrig allows you that sense of keeping those special items neatly stored and frozen.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

This is why Mike wants a fridge and freezer.


This is what he's afraid his freezer will look like.


Here's Mike making a provisions run. The locals started helping him.


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But then. I'm a bit biased.


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This is what he's afraid his freezer will look like.


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Just the amount of stuff on a door shelf is about the amount I normally have in my fridge at home. I only ever get a little at a time.

All of that was a good laugh, thanks for that.
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This is what he's afraid his freezer will look like.


Looks like 90% of what you see in that freezer will go bad as it's in ziplok bags and not vacuum sealed... doesn't look like our freezer at all.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Can I open the topic of navigation. I am thinking a hand bearing compass The plastimo with a garmin hand held GPS. The last thing to buy before you set off is Gizmo gear electronics ?
I however need to learn just a little more about navigation. With a smart phone you always have a bill. I also thought about a kindle Fire and a navigation app.
The GPS should have the better ability to work in a wet environment ?
Will a phone work far away from the cell towers ?
I was thinking about a hand held GPS The Garmin Montana.
I want to wait for the price to come down as it is the (new) one. I like that you can lay it on its side unlike the Dakota or Oregon. I am not on the ( bwb blue water boat ) yet. If I invest in something to learn with I would hope it will last and be portable enough to take to the bwb . Right now I am getting to the camping on a Catalina-22 Navigation out of sight of land is not a problem. It is skill building time.
Advice anyone ?
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