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.