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Old 03-11-2015, 06:51 PM   #1
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Vacuum Packing




May be old news to some but I got tired of throwing corroded things away from inside my small boat's "waterproof" box-which it may be but it sure isn't humidity or corrosion proof.
Tried vacuum, packing-a strobe and some batteries.

Maybe it took me so long to think of this because I'm not too bright--I sure am having a difficult time getting a picture to show up.

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Old 03-11-2015, 06:56 PM   #2
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:02 PM   #3
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I am now a firm believer in vacuum packing. I am now able store an assortment of blankets, towels, and clothing in my cozy v-berth lockers. Amazing how much I can pack in one bag!
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It's a great way to store stuff in your ditch bag as well.
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I vacuum bag all of my flares.
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Old 03-12-2015, 02:14 AM   #6
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Never thought of doing that on the boat. Great idea.

Vashon, when you shrink wrap blankets then use them, do you shrink wrap them again?
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Sometimes, GFC. Blankets are used infrequently with the Florida weather, so they stay stored in the bags; but they are ready when I need them. I have a small shop vac on board in my engine room so I can quickly pack/seal. I also have spare clothing, v-berth sheets, and towels (shorts/shirts) sealed in bags--keeps them fresh and mold free.
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:56 AM   #8
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When we were full time cruisers we vac bagged a lot of stuff, engine spares, safety gear, food etc. The best thing was two years supply of toilet paper and paper towels!

TP, if you remove the cardboard core shrinks way down when vac'd and saved a ton of space.. and most importantly stayed dry.

Just remember when bagging ones ditch bag stuff to leave out one knife to be able to open the bags without resorting to gnawing it open with one's teeth

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Old 03-12-2015, 12:13 PM   #9
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Hmmmm, interesting. I will have to investigate that further. I know Costco sells a vacuum machine for food but don't know if it would be large enough to work with blankets.

Hollywood, good point about the knife. There is one in my ditch bag, but your point was well made.
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I've seen larger bags for blankets and clothes that use a vacuum cleaner to suck the air out.
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If I'm not mistaken both ZipLoc and Glad make the space saver vacuum bags for large items such as blankets, clothes, toilet paper, etc. etc. I'm sure there are other companies that make the bags but the two mentioned above are what come to mind at this moment.

All you need is a home type of vacuum, like a ShopVac, and you're good to go.
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:46 PM   #12
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We used the vacuum bags years ago and they always let air in and expanded. Are the seals better now?
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hmason--To answer your question, here is a photo of a few bags from Sherpa that have been sealed and stored in my home's spare bedroom for over six months--still sealed perfectly. Inside the bags are towels, blankets, shirts, sheets, etc.
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VT, do you recall the brand?
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Ziploc brand! My wife used the house vacuum to seal these. Amazing how much she was able to pack in them. They are normally stored in the v-berth lockers.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:32 PM   #16
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I will hunt them down. Thanks.
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I will hunt them down. Thanks.
Amazon carries them. 15 bags for about $36 I think.
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Several years ago I tried using the Space Saver brand bags. Like hmason, I was disappointed. I'll give the Ziplock brand a try. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:43 AM   #19
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Things like oil filters need sealing love too. The cans are plain steel, expected to be installed in months , not years.

Full vacuum is not required , just enough to remove most of the damp air.
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We have used the Zip Lock vacuum bags both at home and on the boat for years with good success. I also vacuum bag/seal a wide range of other things, mostly spare parts and things that will sit around for a long time (hopefully). Never though of the ditch bag, but that's a great idea.
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