#1: We did not bring along a water hose for the first half of our trip and without a water hose, we could only fill up water tanks at a fuel dock--not in a slip.
|We purchased a collapsible water hose and plan to keep it on board at all times. |
It takes up a lot less space than a conventional garden hose. We have also
implemented some water conservation measures that will help in this area.
#2: WiFi signals from marinas were rarely suitable for blog posting unless we were in a boater's lounge or in the ship's store.
|Our new WiFi booster (thick antenna on the stern) will allow much better |
WiFi signal availability while on board.
|This ICOM waterproof helm-mounted VHF gives us 25 watts of power right in the cockpit |
and provides complete redundancy in our onboard communications.
|We purchased this 12-volt charger for our laptops on Amazon. We also installed a 600-watt |
GoPower inverter for charging things that didn't have 12-volt chargers readily available.
|A rigid hull inflatable dinghy with a 10 HP outboard will solve this problem. |
We plan to purchase it early next year.
|We're trying to improve the quality of the water that comes from our tanks (by using a better filter)|
so that we don't have to rely on the water in just three jerry jugs for drinking water.
|After hearing from other cruisers, it is important to get rid of all packaging at the |
time of purchase, not only to save the storage volume taken up by trash but to
prevent cockroaches from coming aboard the in the cardboard containers.
|We made storage bags from IKEA plastic bags for use in our quarter berth |
to prevent the clutter from overtaking us.
|Our solution involves getting our cats closely clipped once a year and the |
portable vacuum cleaner (made by Eureka) that runs on our inverter.
|We decided the best course of action was to turn off the fridge overnight once every two |
weeks. We will put this on our calendar on our iPad with a reminder every 2 weeks,