Date: 10 November 2017. Glass Dishes
hear from folks transitioning to life afloat. The ladies question
galley gear. They are used to their conveniences and worry about
having to downgrade their lifestyle, cooking habits, dishware and
more. I'm here to say decadence is just around the river bend. I've
got it and you can too!
When the view is like this,
change. Meals are savored at anchor.
The panorama outside inspires me.
A well-stocked galley makes
have cooked for years on cast iron pans wonder about bringing them
aboard. I do know of a gent who only uses cast iron pans on his
trawler. It is possible to use cast iron and not be plagued by rust.
It being done right now.
purchased a set of expensive boat cookware, Many experts say you
must have special nesting pots and pans. Those with removable handles
are even better. So he bought them.
period followed. He hated the fancy ones. The boat neighbor
preferred his cast iron cookware. That expensive set is now stuffed
unused in a cabinet at his house.
If you love
your current pots and pans, why change? Bring aboard your everyday
Use what you are most comfortable
If it doesn't work for you afloat, change.
Living aboard a boat with a modicum of
decadence is a
goal I've reached. You can too.
Internet shopping and rapid mail
deliveries are a godsend. Initial equipment decisions I made were
not always correct. When something doesn't work the way I want it
to, I look for alternatives. I have changed my way of thinking about
many things over the years aboard Seaweed.
When I first moved aboard I had
ideas. I was sure that having only 12-volt items would be ideal. I
bought a 12-volt drill by Black & Decker. It ALWAYS required
recharging. I could have saved money and simply bought a $10 Harbor
Freight drill. After all, Seaweed does have an inverter.
Now sometimes cheap drills break. I described a
repair in the
Drill Repair article.
Being able to accept that not all decisions
work in the long term is helpful. I am willing to change. That is
why visiting other boat gals is so much fun. We all learn from each
I switched dishes too over time. Initially
I had plastic along with some
glassware. Now I only use glass.
Glass is prettier. Frankly I like
my small fish plate. Although I have a fish dinner plate most
frequently I use the one shown below. The larger the plate, the more
I want to fill it. Because I am determined to lose weight a smaller
fish plate helps me toward that goal.
Eating a meal served on glass,
well, it simply feels wonderful. I definitely count my blessings.
There is something rather elegant about eating
glass dish shaped like a fish while at anchor.
Life out here is
for those capable of adapting.
Start your life afloat with what pleases you.
Jettison quickly what doesn't work. No matter what choices you make
today, they may not suit you down the river.
I used to not care for spicy foods.
Now I prefer hot
stuff. I've changed. Bland hotdogs won't work for me.
Buddy on the other hand will eat the bland
as many as I will give him.
When moving from a house onto a boat, not everything will fit.
Some stuff will have to be left behind. If an item is something you
use regularly find a spot for it aboard your boat.
As for the rest, the article
Take Small Bites (de-cluttering)
may help in your decision making process.
Boats are our homes. Those of a "certain age" (that'd be me!!)
like pretty things. I would not be out here these nine-plus years
if I were still camping. A woman has to have some niceties.
Roughing it is not for me. I like a
life of decadence. So does Skipper.
Even Skipper uses glass dishes. At night she has a
nifty one I found at a local charity shop. I believe it is
beautiful. She likes the water in it.
Incidentally, most stuff that I have broken occurred
beach potlucks. I am just not always graceful.
For those new to the
boating world, the storage space on your boat will determine how much
you can bring aboard.
Whatever you find extraneous, get rid of ASAP. You will want that
space for other items.
I remember back on the east coast a fellow named Rich. He sent
around an anchorage a plastic box filled with stuff. It was mostly
galley gear he did not use. Everybody took some, gave more and
passed along the box. It took a few days to circle the anchorage.
What wasn't taken ended up at the local Salvation Army store.
I know I
took four dinner knives. I cannot remember what I put in the box.
Something no doubt that seemed like a good idea at the time...
even on a 23' boat I have too much stuff.
Sharing what you have is a good thing. One of my most memorable
meals came from Ken. He sent over a big bowl of pork chowder. There
was more than enough for one, so I called Lynn on the VHF. She
brought over bread and we ate it all up. Shared meals with friends
afloat are part of the special life boaters enjoy. Good times... and
more to come no doubt.
Aboard the Edge ↓
friends often gathered. There were
many scrumptious meals served
aboard this boat.
Socializing is one of the wonderful parts of this life afloat.
It is the people far
more than the table
set that makes boating memorable.
As for the
galley gear you want, my advice would be to first take your
favorites. Any tool that can serve more than one purpose is a good
thing, IF you use it. Many decisions can be made by what fits best
in your lockers.
may buy a smaller, more expensive version of something simply
because it will fit where I need it to go. Round containers use
more space than square so I have shied away from those. As you're
out here you too will refine your goods.
Aboard Seaweed, if I don't love
the item it will be passed along.
treasure being surrounded by the things I love.
For you and
yours, I hope you find the happiness I enjoy every day aboard
Seaweed. I truly am blessed.
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You can achieve a simple satisfying life
Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak enough food for a week.
But I'm darned if I know how the helican.
(Poem by Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1879-1972.)
For years I've been collecting short
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the weird, go ahead and
These are previously posted at the
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Seaweed is in St. Pete right now.
The above chart (#411) can be a
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The Writer's Block
It's my belief that other folks who
boat are some of the most interesting in the world. Inside every boater
is a story. Let yours out! I'd love to post short stories, vignettes, or
even longer articles that focus on some aspect of our life on or near
the water. Suggested topics include:
1. I Remember When...
2. My First Boat
3. Who inspired you to be a boater?
4. Fishing Trips or Tricks
5. Or another subject of your choosing
For the novice, here's how to write: Simply pretend
you're sending a letter to a friend. Tell about an event or a memory
from years ago that you still recall.
Life has changed so much on the
water since I was born aboard. Personally I'd love to hear your memories
of life when you were younger. Boats were smaller, narrower, and much
slower. Kids were kids and our families often shaped the adult we have
become. Here are my two aboard the tow boat my dad ran for a time:
Your pictures would be wonderful too. I posted one of
Boot Key Harbor taken in 2001 that has gotten quite a few downloads
and really, that's not so terribly long ago... Do you have any photos to
Do you want to help
Often an article for the website
will be completely written yet lack photographs. I like pictures and am
looking for some for up-coming pieces:
Pets afloat (include pet and boat
Any picture of boats underway or at
Photos of people enjoying life in
or on the water
Size: a minimum of 1000 pixels
across please. If that doesn't make sense think bigger versus resized
for emailing. I prefer the full-size version. Also, the name you'd
like me to use when I add the copyright stuff to your picture. And
My email address is