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A perfect container for upside-down 'maters is the large 3 gallon kitty litter container. It has handles just like a 5 gallon bucket, but is just a bit smaller, will weigh less when filled, and is more convenient.
Drill a 1.25-inch hole in the center of the lid and another in the center of the bottom. They do not have to be perfectly round.
Turn the container upside down and place your starter 'mater plant up through the bottom hole of the container. I prefer the little sweet-100s or similar cherry or grape size tomatoes.
Turn the whole thing over and hang it by the handle for the next step.
Fill it completely with Miracle-Grow potting soil.
Duct-tape a coffee filter over the hole in the lid (on the inside). Then snap the lid onto the hanging container.
Now you can turn the whole thing over, again, and let it grow bigger, for a while, before you hang it upside down, again.
The 'mater plant will try to grow upward, t'ward the sun, so you should let it grow right-side-up for a while until it gets buds or flowers on it. Then turn it over and hang it upside-down (lid-side up), again. Now the plant's own weight will prevent it from growing upwards... mostly.
Leave the lid on and water it every day through the hole... about 10-12 fluid ounces a day should be enough, unless it is very hot out. The small hole and the coffee filter that you taped on the inside of the lid will prevent heavy rain from flooding your plant (and dirtying your deck).
If you buy one large starter plant and one small starter plant then you can stagger your harvest and have several vines of cherry 'maters for 6 months.
It worked well for us... in Michigan... in our back yard. It should work well on a boat, and take up a little less room than the 5 gallon bucket. It is much cheaper than purchasing the kit from T.V. And, if you don't have a cat, you can use the kitty litter as oil-dry.
It's a good thing ;~)