I wanted to find a small LED light that could work as a flash light and a small lantern. I wanted it light and simple. I also needed to secure the light with a tether. I have often respected the UCO company for the uber cool candle lantern they manufacture. Now they also offer a small LED lantern.
Who doesn’t want music on their vessel? I love music and think it can add a ton to the mood and experience. It’s also a great way to get your kids involved.
Every boat needs a log book. This allows you to keep a journal of your micro expeditions. Where would we be if early explorers didn’t keep journals? Rite in the Rain makes 100% waterproof journals. I’ve always wanted one, but wasn’t sure I needed one. With Shackleton, I now need one.I love the small carabiner that came with the pen. It allows me to secure the pen to the notebook. The pen will write upside down or during a rain storm. The ink is smudge proof. I wrote a few notes on the front page and put the whole thing under the tap. My kids thought I was crazy…not a single smudge. Awesome gear. The carabiner also allows me to tether the journal to my boat. I made the tether long enough to allow me to make a journal entry without unclipping the tether.
I didn’t want them dangling. I did’t want them getting hung up in my outboard. I didn’t want them trailing behind me like kelp around the centerboard.
I used stainless coat hooks from Ductworks and hung 2 lines on each side of the veranda. I mounted them on the outboard side of the bow hatches. This allows good access to the hatches without getting tangled up in the lines. I didn’t use a carabiner to secure these lines, instead, I just hung them. I want very quick access to the dock lines.
Now working on mounting the compass