Category: Gadgets

T and Crimp Its

A standard wire crimper will do a great job on any connector for 8 gauge wire… but what do you do if you have larger wire to crimp. Found this tool at Harbor Freight in the US. It does a great […]

Life in a Bubble

We love our vacuum sealer. We use it to store all kinds of food… nuts and dry food… meat for the freezer… and even cans for long term storage. You can accomplish some of these things with ziplock bags… but we don’t […]

Clip Joint

If you have never lost laundry overboard… you probably can skip to the next entry. We on the other hand have lost many things in the past… but those times are over forever. We finally found the perfect clothes pins for […]

File of Facts

OK. I admit it… I am a man and hate reading manuals. Full truth be told… there are times when a manual is EXTREMELY useful. This is usually when something goes wrong and needs to fixed quickly. We make sure to […]

Spring Ahead… Fall Back

Froli Star is what these things are called and Q came with them under every bunk. We love them. They provide good support AND allow air circulation under that mattresses. Ours came from here.


Wander around any trade show and there is no shortage of hawkers trying to sell you over-priced knives and useless gadgets. Every once in a while we find something useful while walking around a trade show. This has to be one of […]

Cut Out the Middleman

Inverters are extremely useful to power devices that cannot be powered with 12v… however there is nothing more efficient than NOT converting 12v to 110v or 220v… then converting to 5v or whatever voltage your device requires. Sorry… that is a […]

Assault on Battery

Good batteries on board are so important. Even with solar panels, high output alternators, and wind/water generators… you still need a healthy house and motor bank of batteries. If you have standard batteries (not lithium)… one of the most important rules […]

What a relief!

Chantal and I are so fortunate… we rarely get seasick. I have been seasick twice in my life. Others are not as fortunate. This is an amazing solution that we have found that works for almost everyone. There are other solutions… […]


There are few luxuries more appreciated on a sailboat than ice in your drinks. The biggest cost of cubes is not the freezer… it is the electricity to power the freezer. The next challenge is finding an ice cube tray that […]