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November 2009

Working in the Galley

When we moved aboard over 7 years ago, Stew (and I) wondered what I would miss about living on shore and in our home. Potential areas that would be cause for sadness or withdrawal were the herb garden,  the neighbors and our new dishwasher. 

The dishwasher was big (at the time). We had upgraded to a new one less than 6 months before we sold the house. It was a beauty, though for the life of me now I can't remember the brand. It was quiet and it didn't require pre-rinsing -- that I remember. I also remember installing it. Our neighbors got wind of this project -- probably when we enlisted their help in moving it into place. The evening was spent with three men installing it (Stew and two others) and three women hanging around the island supervising and drinking wine. You can see why I liked the neighborhood! 

Anyway, when we moved aboard, we actually seriously discussed what it would be like to not have a dishwasher. (I cringe as I write this. Really.) I thought about it and told Stew that I like cooking. He likes it when I cook for him -- bur readily will enjoy a restaurant or take out when I am not in the mood.  I am so not a chef. (As tonight's meal would indicate,  I tried a new mussels and pasta recipe and it wasn't great. That recipe is toast).  While we used to share the cooking at the house, the boat galley is big enough for one. I like to cook and  I don't mind doing dishes. Here is what I don't like to do: clear after the meal, prior to dishes. I also don't like to put dishes away all that much -- but not as much as I don't like clearing the area and getting things ready for doing the dishes.

Stew agreed to take on those tasks when we moved aboard. When I cook a dinner, he clears the table, puts away the left-overs and clears up the work area. I do the dishes. Here's a secret: I married the best clearer upper in the world. Really. When he is done, doing the dishes is a cinch. No problem. Not an issue. On this Thanksgiving Eve I am thankful for our life, and for my husband -- the best kitchen clearer ever. 

As for the herb garden, I got over it. As for the neighbors, there are always great ones on the dock. Life is good. Living aboard is great.


Boat Tip: Love that 3M Dual Lock 250

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There are some products that everyone needs to know about -- whether you live on a boat or not. One is 3M's Dual Lock. I love, love, love Dual Lock. This is a "reclosable fastener system". Think Velcro with only one side  or that is un-mated. Dual Lock is a plastic tape with locking pins that locks to itself. The 250 version is strong, strong strong. While I love regular Velcro I have found that it does weaken over time and Stew will not use it for items that we want to stay put at sea.

We had a lot of art, photos, and "decorative items" on the walls of our former home. Here, Stew doesn't want to put a lot of screws into the boat's bulkheads -- it isn't as easy to fill a hole in the teak as it is to fill a dry wall hole. After we moved aboard he brought home 3M Dual Lock 250 and quickly discovered he had created a Dual Lock monster. 

So far, it is has been used to hang 3 photos, three pieces of art, and one needlepoint work that my sister gave me.  It holds up our galley knife storage thingamajig, and the hand soap in each head stays put at sea because the teak holders are stuck on with 3M Dual Lock. I am making a new drawer divider system for our flatware and 3M Dual Lock will hold those in place in the drawers. More recently, we were gifted with a delightful wall plaque and found a second wall ornament in the storage locker. Up they went with Dual Lock.

One drawback is that If you decide that your item must be removed, Dual Lock will remove the varnish. That hasn't bothered us as anyplace we have hung an item, we have removed one to hang another. 

This is my home. For the first few years, we only had one piece of art decorating the main saloon. I would visit other boats or view photos in magazines and see how most live-aboards have decorated their spaces and I wanted that homey feeling. We hung that one true work of art, a print of the Penobscot Islands, in a special frame with acrylic glass and attached it to the bulkhead with special tools provided by the framing store. That is a wonderful system for large items. For everything else, there's Dual Lock.

And They Lived Happily Ever After