…or those curious about cruising.
(last updated 12/18/2013) Things we like, things we’ve learned. This info will gradually change over time, it’s just usually what is hot on our mind at the time we posted it.
Stuff on the Boat We’re Glad We Have
- Dutchman Boom Brake – no more accidental jibes. Click here for install notes for Catalina 470s
- Be-bi LED Lights. Blue ones installed halfway up our mast, on same circuit as our anchor light. For: 1) find our way home at night in a crowded anchorage, 2) keep other boats (like Mexican pangas) from crashing into us because they don’t look up 65 feet in the air for our anchor light. (Manufacturer currently gone, hope they re-emerge.) We also have one mounted at the top of our arch that we have on while anchored at night. The Owl model is the one we have – very bright, very low power draw.
- Sirius Weather, text reports feed directly to our RayMarine E120 chart plotter. Gives us regular U.S. National Weather Service tropical weather/hurricane warning reports.
- Simrad Type-B AIS (Automatic Identification System) – marine transponder with receive and transmit capability. It is SOOOO nice to know where those big ships are and where they are headed. Many cruising boats have also added AIS in recent years.
- Radiolabs wi-fi antenna. In some anchorages we can pick up free wi-fi signals from up to 2 miles away. (They make products for R/Vs as well)
- Flir thermal-vision device (we have a monochrome model, great to see things around us, find an anchorage on a moonless night.)
- Eartec voice-activated radio/headsets, sure beats yelling from the helm up to the anchor windlass.
- SodaStream soda maker (we have the Genesis model). Stop schlepping bottles and cans, reduce your trash (a big issue when the nearest garbage disposal is days or weeks away). (Note: you cannot at this time get the CO2 canisters in Mexico.)
- Small rice cooker (always make a full batch and freeze the leftovers).
- Lifefactory glass (water) bottles with colored Silicone sleeves
- Splendide washer/drier – although we don’t use it as much as we thought we would, having laundry “done” in Mexico is often quite reasonable and fairly convenient.
- Waeco 52-quart supplemental refrigeration (configured as freezer)
- Microfiber dish mats ($4.99) from Bed, Bath and Beyond. They dry quick. Our fellow C470 owners on C’est La Vie use them for floor mats as well.
- IPod! Of course!
- Walker Bay Airis inflatable kayaks
- Western Digital “WDTV” player – watch movie files on your T/V without a laptop
- Sirius/XM radio – Margaritaville channel, Classic Vinyl channel, BBC World, and more!
This and That, things we have brought back from the U.S.