Mike on his SUP in the San Juan Islands, WA
Limerick at anchor in the San Juan Islands. Mt Baker in the distance.
Minivan Camping near the Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys
Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatán, Mexico.
Camille at anchor in Mexico
Snorkeling in Cozumel, Mexico
Camille from above
Mike and Limerick in the San Juan Islands
Mike in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Camille in the distance)
Verena and Camille in Ensenada Grande, Baja, Mexico
Fireweed in Alaska
Butterfly Fish, Big Island, Hawai'i
Limerick underway in British Columbia
Mike and Dorado, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Dolphins on the bow of Camille
Ice floes in Cook Inlet, Alaska
Limerick and Chatterbox Falls in Princess Louisa Inlet, BC
Surfboards, Sayulita, Mexico
Minivan Camper near Death Valley
Camille anchored off Isla San Francisco, Mexico
Fire Dancer, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mike fishing for salmon in Alaska
Cruising down the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend
Limerick and moon in BC

Gear We love

All items listed here are things we use daily on our boats, in our travels and at work. By linking our favorite gear to Amazon we can provide you with more information and an immediate price quote. Click on the item name for more information. Where possible I linked to the exact item we have, others are similar to ours.

Dyson Cord-free Vacuum

This thing is a life-changer. I love how small it is yet I can use it like a regular upright. And I can use it at anchor when we don’t have 110v power. And all those cabinets with the louver doors? Easy to clean now! The only complaint I have is that the charge doesn’t last long enough.I have the 20 minute model but I should have bought the 40 minute model.


Vacuum Food Storage Bags

I use these with my vacuum (my Dyson cordless!) No need to buy the hand-pump. The Dyson is so strong it sucks the air right out. Also works great for storing non-food items you want to keep fresh. 


waterproof backpack dinghy mexicoWaterproof Backpack

There is no such thing as a dry dinghy ride. This backpack keeps our stuff DRY. We have the large blue one and it fits a ton of food or gear.


tubDinghy Tub/Basket 

We use it to transport all of our gear in the dinghy – sandy towels, snorkel gear, etc. Easy to rinse the sand off the bottom and keeps things from sliding all over the dinghy floor.


dryerLaundry Dryer 

Great for small personal items you might not want to hang on the rail for the world to see. Folds up like an umbrella.



Not only useful to cover up on the beach but great as a lightweight beach towel and to add more shade to the cockpit.


Camping AlaskaFolding Table

We keep this little folding table and a couple of folding chairs in our mini van at all times because we often end up having an impromptu picnic.


075-DSC_6353Removable Hooks

If I need a hook I add it, if it’s in the wrong place, I move it. Simple, strong and no holes in the boat. I found that you need to wait a few hours before hanging really heavy items. I like the ones with the metal finish for locations like my galley.



I use this to secure picture frames, shells and other decorative items. Sticks well and doesn’t leave any residue when you want to remove it.


helio pressurized outdoor shower Pressurized Outdoor Shower

Kind of expensive but much better material than those black solar shower bags and no need to find a place to hang it – just use the foot-pump. And it packs down tiny to boot.


coldOutdoor Blanket

Great for chilly and damp nights in the cockpit. The outside can get wet, yet the inside stays dry. Works better than this towel.


French Press Coffee Maker

When we want to make a lot of coffee and keep it warm for a while we use our all stainless steel french press. We’ve had it for years and it has held up great. Makes great coffee, is insulated, and to glass to break. I keep it handy in the basket left of the stove.


Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 9.55.29 PMPortable Inverter

We use this in the car to power the laptop or for gear we only have a 110V charger for. Also used it on our smaller boats where we didn’t have a full sized inverter. Be sure to check the wattage needed by your laptop before buying.


flashlightWaterproof Solar Flashlights

They float, are waterproof and recharge with the sun. What more can you ask for?? We love these flashlights!


socksTraction Socks

Sometimes my feet get chilly but slippery socks can be dangerous on deck. These socks have little rubber nubs on the bottom.


lidsSilicone Pan Lids

Take up a lot less space than regular lids and can be used between pots and pans to stop rattling and scratching. The handles can get a little hot though.


headMicrofiber Bathmats 

Very cushy on the feet and non-skid on the bottom. Also it’s microfiber so it can absorb a lot of water.



12 volt galley gadgets are too expensive and how long do you really need to mix the cake batter? Our inverter has always been able to handle the 110 volt hand mixer.


newskinLiquid Bandaid

It’s waterproof so you can continue swimming if staph is a danger. Also lets the skin breathe. Do not buy the spray-on kind – it’s expensive and empty in no time.


bdaySilicone Baking Pans

I have a loaf pan and an 8×8 pan. Easy to store because they are flexible, don’t make any noise underway and quite non-stick. Easy to clean-up too!


Grip Clip Clothes Pins

They are a bit pricey but after loosing a few clothes overboard due to cheap clothes pins I feel they are well worth it! Super-grippy! One single pin easily holds a towel in a blow. Much cheaper from K-Mart, Fred Meyer’s or Walmart!


Monk 36 master stateroomHandheld GPS as anchor alarm

Want to be able to sleep well at anchor? Get a handheld GPS! It has an anchor alarm and draws a track of your location all night long. Who wants to get out of bed every time the chart plotter alarm goes off? After a scare with a dragging anchor we got smart. You don’t need an expensive unit, just one that can draw a track.


tub2Small Plastic Tubs

We use these for everything! To hold tools while doing projects, small batches of laundry,  cleaning fish, shoe tub, rinsing snorkel gear, temporary aquarium, etc….  We have several and when not in use they stack neatly while the top one can still be used for storage.


dremelDremel Tool

A Dremel comes is handy in myriad of projects! The more accessories the better.


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