Originally Posted by MaDouleur
My general plan is to liquidate the entire contents of my house, buy a boat and live aboard. Once established, I would take weekend / week-long cruises and then see where things go as far as more extensive cruising.
As I clean things up and put them up for sale, I'm giving a lot of thought to what I should keep. I think most household I'll keep will be kitchen items so this post should be in the right place...
I know this is really old and out of date, but since you aren't going to be the last person to have to solve this problem, I am going to throw in my two cents.
I believe that looking at what you have and deciding what to bring is the wrong approach. Instead, I would say to make a list of what you need/want to have. Then pare that list down a couple times till you are comfortable with it. Think about the tasks you want to accomplish and what the reasonable minimum tool set is for that.
After that, look throught what you have and take only what is on that list.
Then live with your choices for a while, bringing more stuff aboard as you find yourself needing it. Sometimes purge what you haven't used.
This is similar to the concept of taking nothing, then buying what you need as you need it, but costs a bit less.
When I bought my boat I decided to set it up with all new stuff. Since I was using my house about 2/3rds of the time and my boat the other third, I wanted to have each be comfortable and supplied with what I want.
Galley, for example:
To me, a few very good pots and pans, a couple very good knives, and a nice small set of dishes was key in the galley. I did plates, wine glasses, and flatware for 8, bowls, salad plates, and coffee cups for 4. Then I have fewer than twelve other items.