Join Date: Jan 2012
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Re: Making it comfortable for her
For our pocket cruiser, I insisted on a porta potti. The small camping toilet paper holders and a small bottle of hand sanitizer fit in the built in cup holders behind the porta potti.
We froze camel bag type water bags (the kind that go in backpacks). Hang one up on an extra cleat in the morning and you just might still have cool water at the hottest part of the day. If not, you will have hot water, so check before sipping.
We tried using a collapsible 5 gallon container for our extra water (no built in tank), but it sprang a leak. We replaced it with two 2.5 gallon collapsible containers, but one of them had a leak when we bought it. We eventually just used one gallon jugs.
We never used the built in cabin light: we used a lawn mower sized battery that could just handle the fish/depth finder and the anchor lights for a long weekend. For lighting, we used small LED lanterns. One reason for the smaller battery was that I could lift it, so we could take it home to charge it.
If you don't have any means of cooking, hard boiled eggs and precooked bacon make a hearty breakfast. Sandwiches are the easiest thing to eat under way in any size vessel.
We installed a small plastic basket on the bulkhead beside the companionway. This was originally meant for toiletries, but it ended up being perfect for certain things we wanted to keep inside, but readily accessible, like the camera.
We added a rail mount cup holder to the stern rail. I got the closest image by googling "Cabelas cup holder," but I didn't find a good link.
We attached a small bike handlebar bag to the railing to hold items in the cockpit. It was a good place for snacks without having to go below - especially important when conditions have spray coming over that tiny pocket cruiser deck and requiring you to have the hatch closed as much as possible.
Our pocket cruiser has a fuel locker. Since we use very little fuel, we only put a one gallon tank in there. This left room for a small tackle bag that we kept our sail ties and sailing gloves in. The Precision 18 doesn't have winches, so gloves are important, especially that day we went on a very narrow lake. I could literally take one bite of my sandwich between tacks.
The bimini was only good for lunch breaks. We started sailing on Texas lakes and thought the bimini would revolutionize our summer weekends. It very nearly put us in the drink when we healed over and it caught the wind just as the sail was spilling it!
The one thing we really wished we had that one time was pants. We had been sailing all summer worried about how to cool off, then Thanksgiving came and the sun went down and we crawled into bed by 7 because we had forgotten to pack pants.