Originally Posted by deltaten
What's the consensus on apparatus needed? An electric toaster takes some juice ta run and having an inverter to do toast [only] is right silly. There's the old camping stand-by with the four slice, leaning prop, sheet metal base dealie; but they tend to burn some and be a lotta work for toast.
Anyone have alternatives?
Gotta have my a.m. toast an' coffee
Our 110v toaster uses 83 amps/hour. That sounds really high. However, in three minutes, you are verging on burnt toast. So at 3 minutes, at 83a/hour, you just used a whopping 4 ah. So what??? THat is less than your fridge will burn in an hour... and you may not want your toast that dark!!
I bought our toaster (double toaster) at Walmart for next to nothing. You can also buy a small inverter to run it at Walmart, for next to nothing. Walmarts, Targets, and Kmarts are everywhere in the us when it breaks. If it looks like you are getting low on power, run the main... it uses diesel. Diesel is everywhere on the water. Wanna know what isn't everywhere on the water? Propane. Propane generally involves a long bus ride, hithcing a ride with a friend, or renting a car. Never mind the tanks are also a PITA to get out and back in. Diesel=easy. Propane=pain. Our propane is more precious to us than diesel.
Same discussion with a coffee pot. Same discussion with a microwave. Same discussion with power tools. Buy what you can get easy and replace easy and cheap. Making cruising work is about making the boat comfortable.
That does not mean everything that works on a house works in a boat... it just means that to be happy long term, you have to be comfortable. If you enjoy grilling toast, do it. But in this instance, don't shy away from using a household product. Its electricity use is minimum and and its cost is very small and it is very replaceable.
Just my opinions, but that is what works for us as FT Cruisers.