Can’t live without boat appliances ?

uglyducky

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Hi all, working on lining out some of the smaller details of my build out on a 27’ BW Challenger. Cabin is quite small as you can imagine and I’m wondering between say, a microwave or a little fridge, what do you all who do multi day trips tend to find yourselves using more of the two? Or neither?
 

pescaloco

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I have a fridge and microwave
could have done with out the fridge, they are so small for a smaller boat
 
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MYNomad

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I totally agree that a refrigerator is a waste (of money, space and electricity). But you do need to be able to at least heat, but ideally cook, some food. The two big problems with a microwave are 1) they are really only good for reheating food. You aren't going to be able to make a burger, or even a decent hot dog one one. You could go with a combo convection oven microwave, but that brings up the second problem -- 2) electricity consumption. If you don't have the capacity (either house bank or generator/alternator), it really isn't a viable option. But either way, I would recommend a propane BBQ instead. Even though my boat has a full galley (we have cooked full turkey with all the trimmings before), most of our meals are cooked on a BBQ. We have a griddle attachment which is great for frying bacon and cooking eggs. Burgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken wings, etc., easily beats microwave food. And I think a BBQ is a little safer than putting a propane stove inside. Whatever you do, don't plan on an alcohol stove without understanding the dangers of the invisible flames that burning alcohol produces.
 

uglyducky

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Dec 5, 2017
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I totally agree that a refrigerator is a waste (of money, space and electricity). But you do need to be able to at least heat, but ideally cook, some food. The two big problems with a microwave are 1) they are really only good for reheating food. You aren't going to be able to make a burger, or even a decent hot dog one one. You could go with a combo convection oven microwave, but that brings up the second problem -- 2) electricity consumption. If you don't have the capacity (either house bank or generator/alternator), it really isn't a viable option. But either way, I would recommend a propane BBQ instead. Even though my boat has a full galley (we have cooked full turkey with all the trimmings before), most of our meals are cooked on a BBQ. We have a griddle attachment which is great for frying bacon and cooking eggs. Burgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken wings, etc., easily beats microwave food. And I think a BBQ is a little safer than putting a propane stove inside. Whatever you do, don't plan on an alcohol stove without understanding the dangers of the invisible flames that burning alcohol produces.
Have this and I agree about microwaves. I never use one at home but curious if anyone actually uses one on longer trips for any reason

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Pacific Jigger

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Have this and I agree about microwaves. I never use one at home but curious if anyone actually uses one on longer trips for any reason

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Yes, but a little different. They make one that drops into a rod holder, and we use the heck out of it. I don’t remember where I bought it but they should be available online somewhere. Try to find an old aluminum rod butt and fab up a mount, you’d have a pretty slick setup. Between a grill and a microwave, you’re set.
 

kevina

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    Yes, but a little different. They make one that drops into a rod holder, and we use the heck out of it. I don’t remember where I bought it but they should be available online somewhere. Try to find an old aluminum rod butt and fab up a mount, you’d have a pretty slick setup. Between a grill and a microwave, you’re set.
    That's the ticket. I have almost the same one as post #8 and I fabricated mounting a flat plate with brackets on the feet on each leg and it drops right into a rod holder with a gimbal on the pole, so it doesn't turn when rockin and rollin. Also the pole easily detaches from the BBQ for easy storage.
     

    uglyducky

    I heard there was gonna be cake?
    Dec 5, 2017
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    Yes, but a little different. They make one that drops into a rod holder, and we use the heck out of it. I don’t remember where I bought it but they should be available online somewhere. Try to find an old aluminum rod butt and fab up a mount, you’d have a pretty slick setup. Between a grill and a microwave, you’re set.
    We also got a bracket for it with flush mounts for the gunnel 👍🏼

    will install all of it when we are closer to finishing
     

    madrugador

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    I have both. Really nice to always have cold drinks on the boat . But i slip my boat in the summer so i use it more . Afternoon halibut trips last minute having a cold beer is always nice.
     

    mahi

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    I had the 120v/12v refer and I always had it turned on at the dock on shore power. Ice Cold Beer!!!! I had a large house bank and kept it on when I was out Marlin trolling. No battery issues. The boat had a microwave and I used it to heat food. I used a 2000 watt Honda Genny to power the microwave. Lastly, I had a round Magma grill that lasted more than 15 years. The rectangle grills sold at Big 5 work too and are much cheaper than a Magma. I only lit the BBQ when sitting in a good anchorage. You want to have options. I suggest installing a refer and microwave if you have room. These two items along with a full head make it second home and a potential write off on any loan debt.
     
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    FULLY LOADED

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    Breakfast burritos - need I say more
    Before I had a microwave on my boat.. we would heat up those breakfast burritos on the engine.. always known as 'Manifold Burritos" mmm good stuff!
     
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    dctrjayyy

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    Microwave. You don't bbq burritos and oatmeal and coffee in the am. BBQ outside. fridge is a waste. If you're out of ice, you shouldn't be fishing any more anyway
     
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    Reefmo

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    I fished on a battlewagon in Hawaii that had an icemaker on board. That was badass. It could either fill a local bin (drinks etc) or it had a trickle fill for the fish box.

    If I had unlimited funds/space I'd do that, it is such a pain to slog ice all the time.
     

    uglyducky

    I heard there was gonna be cake?
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    I fished on a battlewagon in Hawaii that had an icemaker on board. That was badass. It could either fill a local bin (drinks etc) or it had a trickle fill for the fish box.

    If I had unlimited funds/space I'd do that, it is such a pain to slog ice all the time.
    How big was it? And where does the fresh water come from?
     

    peakay

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    So our microwave brings our portable Honda generator to its knees -- way too much electricity draw. Is it our microwave that is the problem or is this common? Do newer ones use less juice? Same problem with a kcup coffee maker. Tried both plugging into our power port and also running directly off an extension cord.

    So unless we are doing it wrong, I'd say fridge plus a grill or propane stove.
     

    Tranquility

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