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Re: Plants on your boat

Maybe those upside down bag planter might just work on a boat,it sure did kill the tomato i tried growing in it.
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I have a few plants onboard, and I kinda dig them. I sail with them too... usually one sits in the beer holder by the wheel. They are indoor plants, and my rule is unless I'm mid-project, I want to be ready to sail in 20 minutes or less... so the plants have a place.

I think I'm going to make a planter that resides on the post that contains the cable for the centerboard. It'll be right under the leaking deck hatch, so it'll stop the rain from getting on my table.

One of the plants on board right now is a cactus... I can advise you against having a cactus on a boat (completely not my idea, and I threaten to teach the thing to swim everytime it bites me)! But it has character.
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Re: Plants on your boat

I hate plants on boats. My wife keeps seeing boats that look like gardens and says to me: see, if they can have them why can't we..and I have to wait till I am blasting upwind with 20k wind doing 7k up and down 2m waves on a bumpy and joyful ride heeled at 25 to tell here: imagine the flower pots flying around

Off course she forgets about that the next time she sees another garden boat I hate garden boats
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She is right. Plant calms the eyes, and good for the soul. If you know how to sail, you will know how to secure the plant. It is not that complicated.


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Re: Plants on your boat

I grow mint onboard for fresh mojitos. I use a hanging pot that looks nice when moored, and sits in one of the galley sinks when underway. It takes less than a second to unhook it and move it down.

As a bonus, it creates a nice, green semi-curtain that creats a slight separation between the galley and the rest of the salon. You can see around it, but it breaks up the space very nicely.

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Re: Plants on your boat

Several plants aboard. They are all fake..... umm.... synthetic.

Some cheap fake plants really look awful and plastic. My wife is a connoisseur and buys what are actually ridiculously expensive imitation plants and flowers. From 1 foot away, they look spot on real. In the long run, they save money. She cycles flowers around the house by season. Those on the boat are fairly consistent.

Edit: Aboard, all flowers and plants are in vases that use velcro to stay in place. No water obviously. We've tossed just about everything around the cabin at one point or another and don't every recall a vase coming undone.


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Re: Plants on your boat

A few chives are always nice. I like the mint for Mojitos. Gonna have to find a few sprigs to plant for the season...


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No Plants on board, it is bad luck, Sailing Superstition. I can't believe nobody mentioned this. Just like leaving port on Friday or stepping on board with your left foot first, plants and cut flowers on board are considered bad luck.

Plants seek soil and will run you aground.

Cut flowers (any flowers) are to be used at Funerals.

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But, but, what about mojitos? Surely there's some exemption for mint...

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A few chives are always nice. I like the mint for Mojitos. Gonna have to find a few sprigs to plant for the season...
Mojitos have a season? I thought they were a year round drink.

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No Plants on board, it is bad luck, Sailing Superstition. I can't believe nobody mentioned this. Just like leaving port on Friday or stepping on board with your left foot first, plants and cut flowers on board are considered bad luck.

Plants seek soil and will run you aground.

Cut flowers (any flowers) are to be used at Funerals.

No Plants or Flowers are to be Allowed on Ship
Many skippers will not abide a green plant in the wheelhouse. They say plants
seek the earth and thats not a good characteristic for a seaworthy vessel. Flowers can serve many purposes, especially for funeral wreaths. That's enough
reason for sailors to keep them off a well-ordered ship.
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But, but, what about mojitos? Surely there's some exemption for mint...

Just plant some at the marina in the dark of night. It spreads really quickly so you can cut enough for the week before leaving.
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