Sometimes it’s the little things
When your entire living space is the size of the average North American’s living room, efficiency is the name of the game. Efficiency could be improved by making frequently required tasks less time consuming to accomplish. It could also mean having items that are often needed, easier to access.
Last September I wrote about the Flow-rite system that I installed to speed up adding distilled water to our 8 batteries. That product offered a huge increase in efficiency for me and was well worth the investment. Replacing our cooking pots with a “nesting” set offered a much more efficient use of storage space. But increases in what I am calling efficiency don’t have to cost a bunch of money. For example, we had on hand several long white baskets. They were originally purchased for a few dollars each for some other project that has since been shelved. With a handful of mirror clips and a bit of boat-yoga (that is what I call the contortionism that was required to install them) they have now been made into sliding drawers under our salon table. I love them.
My next project is to install a 120V outlet in the salon area. At this point, for us to charge our laptops, we need to drape a cord over the seats either into the nav area or into the galley. It’s not a really big deal but it could be much better. One GFI outlet and a bit of wire and I’ll have that fixed. Note that I am getting over my aversion to cutting holes in the boat!
I’m sure that all boat owners, and especially those who live aboard their vessel, have dozens of little improvements that they have made in their boat. Reading about inexpensive and easy-to-do projects is one of the things I enjoy most on the various sailing and cruising blogs.