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
Limerick and SUPs on Pelican Beach, Cypress Island, WA
Limerick and Mike on his SUP in Reid Harbor, Stuart Island, WA
Bonfire on the beach in Shallow Bay, Sucia Island, WA

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. Of course there are also things we don’t have but that wish we had. Check out Our Wish List — and feel free to buy us anything on the list 🙂

Stainless Steel 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 double-walled for insulation, and best of all, has no glass to break. I keep it handy in the basket left of the stove.

$76

SarongSarong

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

$10-20 

Camping AlaskaFolding Table

We keep this little folding table and a couple of these folding chairs in our minivan at all times because we often end up having an impromptu picnic. They are also great on the boat because they fold flat and are easy to take to the beach on set up on the back deck.

$25 

Kindle Oasis eReader

I can’t say enough times how much I love my Kindle. No need to carry bulky books we have no space for and I can read in bed in the dark. And this new one is waterproof! And the best part is, I never pay for books since I can get them from my library. Check our how to get free library books for your Kindle.

$250

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.

$10

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.

$200-500

Anti-Fatigue Galley Mat

I wanted a galley rug that would not slide around and be easy to clean. With the fridge and most cabinets below the counter I seem to spend a lot of time on my knees in the galley. The mat is thick and cushy and really saves my knees. Before I had it I was developing bruises on my knees! We have another one in the engine room, since that is another place where we spend a lot of time on our knees.

$40-60

Folding Chairs

I really don’t like sitting on those quad chairs that fold into a tube-shaped bag. Sure they are easy to store, but they are so uncomfortable – you sit all hunched over and can’t lean back. These chairs fold flat, so they are still easy to store, but they are also super comfy and you can lean back in them. Not too low to the ground like a beach chair either. But be careful when you have a campfire – the mesh melts easily when an amber lands on it. Here we are on the bow of the Alaska ferry on our trip north.

$90

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. Most dry bags don’t have comfortable straps, so when you are hauling a lot of groceries back to the boat it can get uncomfortable fast. This is a real backpack with padded straps.

$70

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.

$20

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. If it’s raining I hang it in the shower stall. 

$8 

coldOutdoor Blanket

Great for chilly and damp nights in the cockpit. The outside can get wet, yet the inside stays dry. When we are camping I fold it and line my chair with it to keep warm. Works better than this towel.

$15

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.

$5 

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. 

$5-20

Quakehold/Museum Putty

I use this to secure decorative items. Sticks well and doesn’t leave any residue when you want to remove it. It’s not for things that hang on the wall but rather items that are standing up and you want to stop them from sliding around – such as this vase of flowers. Also note how I stop my wine glasses from breaking with a rubberband.

$4

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.

$100

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.

$20

Solar-powered Light String

These are from Ikea but can be purchased through Amazon as well. They recharge during the day and turn on by themselves after the sun goes down. And since they are LED, one charge lasts all night. We use them on the boat and in the minivan camper, where ever we need a little extra mood-lighting.

$12

flashlightWaterproof Solar Flashlights

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

$20

socksTraction Socks

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

$10

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.

$20

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.

$15

cakeHandmixer

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. Here is the recipe for that easy pineapple rum cake I made. Yum!

$20-60

dremelDremel Tool

A Dremel comes in handy in myriad of projects! The more accessories the better. Mike uses it all the time to grind and sand things. 

$40-150

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.

$5

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!

$15

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!

$5

Handheld 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.

$85

Beach Umbrella

We use this umbrella everywhere. On the beach, on the boat, in the dinghy. To keep sun at bay and even to keep us dry. It has a screw at the bottom so it easily screws into the sand and stays put. The trade winds don’t knock this thing over. Tip: I paid a lot less at Costco.

$15

Gear Hammock

We have two of these in the car. One for each of us. When we are camping in the mini van it’s like having a night stand and space for your clothes. And we also use them when we are not camping for hats, gloves, towels, etc. Our car is always ready for an adventure.

$7

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