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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Yesterday I made a cheap mount for my Raymarine i70 using a Bud PN-1337-DG water-proof enclosure. This cost $9 from Amazon. The Bud PN-1336-DG would be a little nicer looking and lower profile, but for some reason those are $28 from Amazon.

First I drilled the 80mm (3-1/4") hole for the instrument and 4 pilot holes for screws. I did this on a small CNC mill, but it is an easy job on a drill press:


I mounted it using a RAM ball mount on the back of my seahood (over the companionway). I already had this lying around, but they are about $20-$30:


Note that the case is fully closed in that photo, even if it doesn't look like it. There is an O-ring seal around the inside edge to keep it waterproof.

This is the final product:


You need to take the bezel off of the i70 to get good access to the 4 screws that close up the case.

I like having this instrument mounted over the companionway. You can see it from anywhere in the cockpit and I rarely push the buttons so there is no reason to have this on the pedestal.

I think that this looks nicer than a NavPod and it's a whole lot cheaper:
Navpod PowerPod Grand Prix Series
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My boat has LED lighting throughout the cabin, but it was older tech and the color was too "cool" for my taste. Changing out most bulbs with newer "warm white" replacements was a 2 minute job and transformed the cabin from "harsh" to "cozy"
Can you update the links? They don't work, and that would be perfect in our galley.

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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Great ideas

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Can you update the links? They don't work, and that would be perfect in our galley.

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I'm not entirely sure why those amazon text links don't work, but click on the picture below it and you will get there.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I made a drill brush for cleaning the non-skid areas of the boat. It took about five minutes and less than $3.00 plus it works GREAT!
HDX Soap and Scrub Kitchen Brush-139HDXRM at The Home Depot
1. Pop the top off. (I used my vise to break the soap holder off the brush part. 2. Thread a 1/4 - 20 screw (about 2 - 3 inches long up through the hole in the center of the brush head. 3. Secure the screw to the head with two 1/4-20 nuts, the second nut acting as a lock nut. 4. Insert assembly into the chuck of your favorite drill and start scrubbing using your favorite cleaner.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Am I the only one who thinks that mast gates are overpriced? I made a set myself for about the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks. It wasn't that difficult and they work fine.

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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I added a DIY rub rail to my dinghy. 3/4" nylon double braid. Fastened with a #6 flat head SS screw every 4" after first pulling the line as tight as possible. The screws are driven through the outer layer into the core so they don't show. Price: $35.

I also made those nylon bushings for the oar locks so it was no longer metal on metal. That requires a lathe so it doesn't count.





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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

$tingy- Those are great! For those that are not trailer sailing, using a flathead screw rather than a knob will prevent lines catching on the knobs. Really nice stuff $tingy.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I am going on a week long cruise on the North Channel next week (if the ice is off by then). It's a 16 foot boat with no electrical. I built this little battery box to keep my phone charged. It has two 12 V outlets so it can be charged by a small solar panel while the phone is plugged in. It is also capable of charging my hand held radio. Total cost was $10 for three 12 V plugs. I had everything else laying around.









I still need to add a couple screws to hold the lid on.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Nice little battery boxes. I have 4 of those batteries (7 ah) sitting at home that I got for free. I saw some people throwing a bunch away that were from computer UPS boxes and grabbed a few. They do come in use.
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