White Out

ALUBAT builds great boats… but no one is perfect. The refrigerator works well but it is not insulated well enough. After a few years… this resulted in moisture stains that darkened the wood veneer. We had 3 options: ignore it rebuild the ice-box hide the […]

Lazy Sheets

We originally chose to add electric winches for security. We now use them for convenience as well. We have gotten lazy. We installed 2 Harken 48 2-speed sheet winches several years ago. It makes it MUCH easier for Chantal to lift […]

Plug Away

It would be hard to imagine not having an inverter. When we were originally equipping this boat… sine wave inverters were very costly… which is why we chose a square wave unit like this. It provides 1800 watts and powers everything we […]

We’re the Fucawee

We read recently that the US Navy has reinstated courses in celestial navigation in their curriculum. There is no question that we have been spoiled by the great power of GPS technology. What would happen if the GPS was turned off for some reason? […]

In Hot Water Again

We originally bought these so that guests could better budget their water usage… but have since adopted them ourselves. If you fill them up and leave them in the sun during the day… they provide a warm shower at the end […]

Better 2 C U

A good pair of binoculars is a key safety tool on board any vessel. We bought these several years ago and they have functioned perfectly for us. Last year… some of the rubber (the eye cups) started breaking down. We mentioned this […]

Good inVESTment

There is no question that wearing a life jacket is a good idea. On board Q we wear one whenever we leave the cabin on passage. We also have rules about when to have our tether attached. Rules are one thing… […]

Hot Hot Hot

Even our new boat stove does not come with an oven thermometer. Neither does our BBQ for that matter. Problem solved. Found this on Amazon.

Athletic Cups

There are not too many things we are sure about… but we know that wine tastes better in glass wine glasses. Chantal made this wine glass cosy that has done a great job of protecting our wine glasses for years. So […]

Making Water

We love our Spectra T200 water-maker. It was not the least expensive choice and it was even more expensive if we had chosen the “automatic” model. After doing some research and getting some professional advice from J.T. Halden… we decided to […]