Liz’s Top Ten Kit For Liveaboards

Having commissioned followtheboat to write a four part series for the magazine, Sailing Today decided to take advantage of Liz’s presence at the Southampton Boat Show. She was asked to come up with her Top 10 items for a liveaboard.

The brief? Try to find as many new products as possible for the list. Liz could not quite find 10 new products, but had fun trying. She wondered at one stage if she would be allowed to include a brand spanking new Oyster 46, but then thought better of it.




The catch? It took two solid days of combing the show and interviewing people, followed by another full day of writing up the conclusions. It was fun, but felt dangerously close to being back at work.

Thanks go out to Trish and Jim, Emma and all the other stringers who chipped in with ideas.

The four page piece is in December’s edition of Sailing Today, available end October and online. If you can’t wait till then, here is an extract:



Any piece of equipment with the tag line “hull cleaning made easier” is guaranteed to catch my eye. The Waveblade power barnacle cleaner might just be the ticket for those of us who find very few opportunities to haul out.

The life of a liveaboard is spent in many beautiful anchorages, but even in paradise boat maintenance goes on. One of the most laborious jobs is keeping the yacht’s hull clean of flora and fauna; in the past I have cried over my bleeding knuckles after a morning of underwater hull scraping. The new Waveblade is set to make this a thing of the past.

Waterproof to 4.5m, the 12v Waveblade is simple to use under water and on land…


Catch the whole article in December’s Sailing Today magazine.



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6 Comments on “Liz’s Top Ten Kit For Liveaboards”

  1. Thinking of buying a cooker but do not think I will throw my pressure cooker out. Could it be used for soaking chick peas etc. Put beans in cooker add hot water put in insulated container and leave. Should help with the soaking process and speed it up

    1. Hi Tony, we won’t be throwing out our pressure cooker. Think of the Mr D cooker as a replacement oven, for longer cooking. For me, its biggest advantage is the saving in gas, particularly for long distance cruising and anchoring in non inhabited areas, like Chagos.

  2. Hi Liz. I agree. Mr D + pressure cooker ideal. Also enables getting meal ready early when its cool. Just cannot cook below in August and end up eating out. Could save us money

  3. Hi Liz,
    I hope all is going well. I have been busy sorting out new recipes for the thermal cooker and this includes bread which I should be posting on my site over the next few days. The site is worth visiting by anyone who would like to know more about thermal cooking as it has lots of information and recipes which should help in understanding the theory better.
    We were asked last weekend to give a talk to the Port Solent Yacht Club and we took along some of the bread plus a steak and kidney pudding. Both went down very well.
    If you or anyone reading this has an iPhone or iPad you can now download a free app “The Thermal Cook” which will keep you up to date with what is going on and is becoming very popular.
    All the best
    Mr D

    1. Thanks, Dave, always good to have an update on anything we write about. The cooker’s doing a fantastic job making curries for us here in India.
      Any tips on how to make really good bread would be greatly received…

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