Friday, October 24, 2014

Hindsight, Part I (Cookware)

Now that we have been living aboard Sea Gem for over three years, I think it is about time to revisit (and judge, harshly if need be) our earliest posts about our preparations in anticipation of moving aboard.  Looking back, some of our ideas were spot on.  Others missed the mark completely.  For the benefit of those now preparing to move aboard a boat, we will attempt to explain what worked, what didn't, and what we would do differently.

I'll start things off with something that worked.

In May 2011, we wrote about our efforts to condense our collections of pots and pans into something that would not take up much space in our galley.  As we explained in that post, we settled on a set of nesting, stainless-steel pots and pans with removable handles made by Fagor (the set is called "Rapid Chef").  That has proven to be one of the best purchases we have ever made.  Everything has held up extremely well, is easy to use, and takes up very little space. 

Usually, there is some trade-off when buying a compact version of  something.  Less functionality, more money, etc.  But, after using our cookware over the past three years, I really don't think we give up anything as compared to a typical collection of pots and pans.  Honestly, I can't think of any good reason not to use nesting cookware, even for landlubbers--with the number of bulky kitchen gizmos available now, anyone could make use of more cupboard space, no matter how large the kitchen.

Our advice:  If you're moving onto a boat, you should get a good set of nesting cookware.  Our advice is the same if you are moving into an RV, or even into a smaller apartment or house.  And our advice is the same if you are moving into a larger apartment or house, or if you're not moving at all.  Just get a good set of nesting cookware. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Slip Hopping

After just two months in our new marina, we've already moved slips. When we first arrived, we were docked as transients, which meant the slip we were in wasn't ours indefinitely. Annual contract holders get first dibs on slips, and someone wanted our slip for the winter. So, we moved. We knew this day was coming, but we certainly weren't anticipating it happening so soon or abruptly. The good news is that we're now officially seasonal contract holders, which means Sea Gem can remain in this new slip at least until April of 2015.

Unlike our last move, which covered hundreds of miles, this move was only a few hundred yards. (We literally moved from one end of the pier to the other.) Our new slip comes with a slightly different view, but for the most part, it is the same view as before:

New View
The slips are larger at our new end of the pier, and our neighbors are slightly larger than what we're used to (i.e., they dwarf us).

Wind Protection

Docking next to boats of this size and pedigree (read: multimillion-dollar yachts) is beyond nerve-wracking, but I'm optimistic that the stress of sideling up to these behemoths will be well worth it come winter. I'm hopeful that the tall stature of our new neighbors will result in added protection from the wind--that, or their towering hulls will create a wind tunnel and we'll freeze to death on the first gusty day of winter. Only time will tell...