Boat cards – You have enough to think
about without trying to remember everyone's details. The basic business
free and everyone trades boat cards as a way to keep in touch. We also
have a boat logbook where people can add pictures and notes etc.
Unfortunately we didn’t really use it the first year. See our
Calendar - Keep a calendar to write
simple quick notes about the days activities to tickle you later while
writing BLOGs, journals, etc. My sister sends us one with family photos and
birthday reminders. We laminate it and write on it with fine point
permanent markers. You can design your own at
, but it's not the same as having someone else update
it with the latest photos for you.
Self inking boat stamp – Officials love
stamps and they are also helpful for keeping track of which books you've
read. We put the boat name, documentation number, home port, and captain's name
along with a line where he can sign and date. We also
developed our own logo which makes the background.
Blue ink is best
because it stands out on documents, use "_ " to make the signature
line. See our Boat Stamp.
Hand Cranked Washing Machine –
It builds up pressure (which cleans better) and uses very little water.
Good if you have the
space, if not get a good wash board, wringer, and plunger.
Coopers Beer Kit - Nothing beats a
good cold beer after a nice fulfilling day. In Majuro 30-40% of the
cruisers were making their own beer. It’s cheap, easy to make, and
has great flavor - unlike most of the expensive, watered down beer
available out here (at $10+
a six pack).
Our favorite kit is the IPA (India Pale Ale) which
tastes as good, if not better, than most micro-brews. If you've never
tried a Coopers homebrew or have been turned off by homebrews in the
past, you have to try these kits. If your heading out soon and enjoy
a good microbrew and are NOT planning on brewing your own, start the
weaning process NOW! Here are some onboard brewing tips:
Store the yeast
in the fridge to extend its life in the tropics (the yeast is stored
under the plastic cap on the brew kit). Also pre-activate
the yeast prior to adding it to the wort (do this by mixing the
yeast with warm water 10 minutes before adding). This will allow
you to confirm that your yeast hasn't gone bad.
one-step sanitizer to save water & time. A one-step will sanitize
without soaking (on contact with minimal swishing) and does not require
If you are using watermaker water, add about 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of salt
to the wort before adding the yeast.
We also keep our
bottled beer in a large Rubbermaid bin in case they leak.
Baby Wipes - Yeah they work,
bring lots, enough said. Wipe down after a dusty day in town to
recharge. Like a mini-shower in a tub.
- Carry a small bottle ashore with you. The locals all love to
shake hands, the children seem to always have colds, and you will
always be invited to eat something ... without utensils. But
be discreet when using it as to not offend your hosts.
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