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400 Watts free from the sun. Photo by Birgit Hackl
400 Watts free from the sun. Photo by Birgit Hackl

Cruising Must Haves

When we first set out cruising, life in our floating home wasn’t quite as comfy as we’d hoped it would be. Over the years we’ve added gadgets and gear that made life easier while keeping an eye on energy, fuel and water consumption. Here are ten of our favorite things, some of them big, others small—ranging from expensive to low-cost—but all of them adding to a pleasurable life-style on a cruising boat.

Solar panels
We set out with just two little solar panels and soon realized they didn’t satisfy our considerable energy needs. After adding some more on the way, we now have 400 Watts, which is enough to run all our electronic devices, laptops, a fridge and a watermaker.


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