Posts Tagged “Other tips & techniques”

No turning back

No turning back

We started living aboard early this year at Bell Harbor Marina as an experiment. We hadn’t planned to live on our current boat–our initial plan was that we’d eventually live aboard on the new boat. We’d been on the waiting list for Bell Harbor for ages, and weren’t expecting a slip to come available for…

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Remote Data Communication Costs

Remote Data Communication Costs

When near land, 802.11 is the cheapest and fastest form of communications there is. Around the Pacific North West, BroadBandXpress offers a fast, reliable service. BBXpress has a point of presence in 104 marinas in the area from Portland, Oregon to Sitka, Alaska (coverage map). We spend most of our time at Bell Harbor Marina…

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Waterless hand sanitizer

Waterless hand sanitizer

Our boat carries 77 gallons of freshwater and we have no water maker. Over the years, we’ve developed a number of techniques to conserve water that allow us to cruise three or four weeks without replenishing. On our summer cruise this year, we added another to the list: an alcohol-based waterless hand sanitizer.   While…

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Vacuum seal canisters

Vacuum seal canisters

We use vacuum sealing on board for a variety of purposes: extending foodstuff life, protecting valuable mechanical parts from moisture damage, reducing package size and isolating smelly or messy garbage. In the past, we’ve always used 8-inch and 11-inch continuous roll bags. These work well for most applications, but not so well for breads. It’s…

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Sauteed shrimp with spice rub

Sauteed shrimp with spice rub

When we leave the marina on a Friday after work, we often don’t reach an anchorage until well past 7pm. Although we could prepare a meal underway, usually we just like to enjoy being out on the water for a bit and winding down from the week. So on Friday night we typically favor lighter,…

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Food Waste

Food Waste

Recently we started recycling food waste at home through the City of Bellevue’s food-recycling program. It turned out that most of our kitchen garbage is food waste. Instead of dropping a nearly-full thirteen-gallon garbage bag in the garbage bin each week, we now rarely fill a three-gallon bag. The rest is food waste that goes…

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The Case for Inflatable Kayaks — Pacific Yachting, July 2007

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