Practical Things on Board: BOAT & SAILING.

A list of practical things onboard for the boat & sailing we found that work for us:

Carbon Monoxide Detector – detects the non-smelling fatal gas. Must Have Safety Item!  link here

Flashlight – our favorite, waterproof, rechargeable 12 volt flashlight.  link here

Floating Handheld VHF with internal GPS – we take it everywhere… Must Have! link here

Deck Brush – very fine and good for boat washing, holds up longer than expected (2 years and counting), handle can also hold a fishing net… link here

Deck Wood Oil – we sanded the varnish off the bright work and use Semco Sealer Oil instead. Comes in different color stains, needs cleaning/oiling every 6 months rather than re-varnishing. link here

Butyl Tape – patches leaks, seals portholes to deck plates. Must have!  link here

Stainless Steel Leatherman Multitool – the name says it all. Only thing it can’t do is swim! link here

Handheld Depth Meter – sometimes our depth sounder doesn’t work because of growth on the hull or it’s handy if we want to check out the depth of a bay in a dinghy. link here

Handheld Wind Meter – a seasoned sailor advised us to measure the wind near the boom, where the sails are the widest not on top of the mast. link here

Folding Seat – works well if you don’t have backrests in the cockpit, mechanism rusts easily monthly oiling necessary. link here

Canvas Bucket – heavy duty, folds small. link here

Siphon – for easy transfer of liquids, we have one for diesel, one for gas, one for water. Must have! link here




This list of practical things onboard is of things we found that work for us. We researched, listened to hot tips from other cruisers and tried them out the last two years while cruising in Southern California and Pacific Mexico.

We have not received sponsoring by these companies, nor do we suggest these particular items. We don’t suggest buying them from the links, they are meant solely as a reference.

We will be updating this list as we go along.

Written May 2017/ Latest update November 2017