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03-07-2011 11:49 AM
Melrna Autopilot (2nd mate), chart plotter, lines aft to helm station, anchoring system that is great (oversize anchors, anchor chain and rode to meet most conditions).
Fridge/Freezer, LED lights, good bed to sleep on.
Great Rum, Great Coffee, good stack-able SS pots.
03-07-2011 11:34 AM
pdqaltair 1. Dictionary (wench, windless)
2. Wife (to keep me off the internet)
3. Fishing line (a reminder to keep things simple)
03-07-2011 11:08 AM
ThereBePirates 1. Kitchen towel - wet wipes
2. Wind Vane
3. Spares for everything

Fridges and freezers - pfff
03-04-2011 03:08 PM
jrd22 rmeador- don't buy a Dickinson propane stove then. We made the mistake of buying it thinking it would be heavy duty and top of the line. Very disappointed. The oven has a "thermostat" but it turns out that it just controls a burner like on the top of the stove, basically high or low, there is no pilot light so the oven is usually about 100 degrees F higher than the "thermostat" says. The igniters don't work reliably either and the rod to lock the stove from swinging is a joke. I could go on.
03-04-2011 12:00 PM
rmeador I can't speak for PBzeer, but I can tell you what I dislike about my stove. I think my stove is original to the boat. The range part works fairly well, except the burners aren't self-lighting and the control knobs are very touchy. But on the whole, it's a pretty good range. It's the oven that really makes me mad. It has a thermostat (some don't! watch out for that), but it doesn't maintain a good temperature. It's at least 50 degrees off from what the knob is labeled as (verified with a oven thermometer). Empty, it does a surprisingly good job of maintaining a steady temperature, but when I put a pan inside it, the temperature distribution gets all crazy. The bottom of the pan will burn and the top will be raw. It once took me an hour and a half to cook potatoes cut into one inch cubes, and the bottom of them was burned almost black by the time they were edible. I've got some new cookware (cuisinart nesting set) that maybe will help, I'll let you know. If stoves weren't so expensive, I'd replace it.
03-04-2011 09:25 AM
Originally Posted by PBzeer View Post
well built propane system and functional stove.

There are less necessary, but highly enjoyable things, that would be pointless without the above, because I wouldn't be out cruising without them.
do you include a "dodger" with your bimini our you could do without the dodger, you want coverage from the sun?

Can you expound on stove and what failings to look for in the "propane system"? Bad safety design, accesibility (or not), storage for extra tank.....I love to eat and cooking will be a big part of my day so the stove and its capabilites are big to me.

03-03-2011 04:20 PM
tomperanteau Darn! Every time I read a post I have to add something to my wish list!
03-03-2011 11:42 AM
PBzeer well built propane system and functional stove.

There are less necessary, but highly enjoyable things, that would be pointless without the above, because I wouldn't be out cruising without them.
03-03-2011 09:42 AM
Originally Posted by F15EWSO View Post

Your items are indeed "must have" and essential pieces of the boat for sailing. I am looking for that "thing" that may in fact NOT be sailing related but proves to be a true time-saver, lightens the work load, makes something less tedious or more enjoyable. Someone mentioned a particular coffee maker for example. I have this weird silicon squeege thing my kids bought me for drying the is a true time saver and I would buy another as it is so useful and effecient.....that is the sort of recommendations I am looking for.

Well, that is different. Then I suggest

Tiller Tamer: one of the best cheap gadgets I have ever bought. When the sails are balanced, I can set the thing and go for a good twenty minutes without touching the tiller.

Winchers: for the cheapos among us who want self-tailing winches, but can't bring themselves to spend almost as much as the boat itself cost to upgrade. I know that the reviews of them on this site and others are mixed, but I put a pair on ten years ago, and have had nothing but good luck with them.

Sport-a-Seats: nothing beats these things for comfort in the cockpit and on the deck. Much superior to the West Marine knock-offs in comfort and durability. Of all the stuff I have bought for my boat over the years, these are the only things my wife really loves.
03-02-2011 04:47 PM
ardoin For things that are not absolutely essential:
My laptop
The micro fiber dust rag (really works and saves time)
My sunglasses
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