My move-aboard date is drawing closer, and I'm rounding up what I think are going to be handy bits and bobs for a liveaboard.
So I've got a very handsome pair of wellies (for the first time in half a century), a magnet, the Collins canal guides, a whistling kettle, a spanner for the gas bottles, a couple of BWB keys, a hat for the sun, a shopping trolley- you know the sort of thing.
But I wonder if things have started to get out of control. In my quest to be self sufficient I've purchased one of those little hand-wound clothes washing tubs and a small clothes line, a collapsible bucket, a head torch (not really sure why I thought that was needed), a low-wattage travel iron, a first aid kit.
And now I'm starting to get really esoteric. I'm wondering about the wisdom of an LPG detector (I lost 95% of my sense of smell during a bout of the Aussie flu two years ago, so I cant rely on smelling gas or anything else). The next thing that caught my eye was a water detector, thus: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001BXKYB0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&psc=1 The thinking here is that if my water pipes or pumps spring a leak at any stage and my bilge starts filling up, I'll find out about it immediately, as opposed to hours or days later. I'm starting to suspect I'm going gadget mad, but then given how much of a pain it is ripping up floors and dealing with floods, maybe I'm just being sensible? The jaccuzzi is arriving next week.
But Mr Sheep, as a gentleman of leisure and a perennial tourist, one has to present a civilised front in society. There is also the problem that as an individual of the Scouse persuasion, I have observed on occasion that simply hearing my accent is often enough to have the staff of local village shops reaching for the phone, to alert the local constabulary of a wild and potentially dangerous miscreant in their midst.
Were I to appear before them in an unpressed shirt, and subsequently to speak in my native tongue, I fear I would be incarcerated or thrown into the stocks in the very first rural village which I grace with a visit.
If you are worried about leaks and flooding then learn to go to sleep with one leg hanging out the side of the bunk .... failsafe and you never have to worry about the batteries running out
p.s. a gas detector is a good idea
... or the fire dying in the night .....
To paraphrase that old poem: 'Rage, rage against the dying of the fire' To be honest all of the houses I've lived in for the last 10 years have been maintained at an unfeasibly high temperature. As a fully paid up Northerner I don't mind things being a bit on the cool side. Of course, its one thing to say that now, in a house that is maintained at a constant 22 degrees or more in all seasons. I may well be more squeamish about temperature when things get properly cold and I dont have thick brick walls all around. Thats another issue for sorting out- the boat only has diesel CH, so I'm going to have to get a stove in there pronto.
I don't think you will need an iron...u can get clothes that are iron free which look ok. I lived in those walking trousers and hoodies... waterproofs must have essentials.. vino and vino glass cant think of anything else
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