Apr 7, 2020

The Best Printer on a Boat?

LeeAnn (my wife) has been asking me to buy a printer for years. The responsibility falls to me as the more "techy" one in our relationship. I've resisted...because printers are a pain in the butt.

They work great for a while...then it seems the novelty wears off and you stop using it. When you need it you can't get it to connect, then after investing a bunch of time getting the thing print-ready, you find out the ink has dried up and it's $40 to buy new ink which really seems outrageous since this is the first time you've felt the need to print anything in 6 months.

Whew. I feel better now that I got that off my chest. And with all that said...we bought a printer and I'm super glad we did. Hobie is home from school due to Covid-19 quarantine, it didn't take long for it to become clear that having a printer for worksheets would be pretty handy.

So I scanned the options on Amazon, wondering what kind of printer represented me as a person, and then bam. I found the sailor's dream printer. Compact and able to run on AC power or its own internal battery which could also be charged via standard USB port.

Suddenly I wasn't thinking about our immediate needs, but our first-ever long-term boat trip with a school-aged crew member coming up. It made buying this printer a no-brainer. We could use it at home, and in the future on the boat. I couldn't resist and I'm glad I didn't.

Things are easily lost today, everything displayed on a digital screen. Having a printed piece of paper is a welcome change.

The first two things I printed:

A high-resolution version of "A Comprehensive Guide to Yellow Stripy Things" that I remade because the original was grainy:

And this thing from Charlie's school that I thought was cool about what a child needs:

Other Mobile Printers:

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