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

Nice enough battery box, but a week-long cruise in the North channel on a 16 ft boat in a week?! I am not worthy.
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Added a fuse and fastened down the lid. All done now.

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

I'm attending to a small job today, to replace the cabin fluoro light which has stopped working. It's not worth my time to analyse why it doesn't work - it could be wiring, a blown tube, any number of things, but really I don't want a fluorescent fitting in the boat, for a couple of reasons.

I figured I'd try replacing it with an LED fitting. The fittings available off the shelf look incredibly daggy, so I've bought one roll 5050 led strip, which is a thin, narrow flexible strip with a self-adhesive backing. I am intending to mount it on the fwd face of a deck beam, out of the way of everything and no fluoro fitting to bang my head on. The strip can be cut down to any length if there is too much light coming from it.

The first job is to test the wiring while the old fitting is in place, then remove the old fitting and test the LED strip, and nominate a new location for it. First job, test the wiring. Switch on the master switch, and test that power is on in the boat. Yep, the bilge pump makes its noise just fine. witch the power to the old light, via the main switch panel. Switch the old light on, just in case, and yes, now that I have the LED strip sitting in the cabin with me, the old fitting lights up like new.
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I'm attending to a small job today, to replace the cabin fluoro light which has stopped working. It's not worth my time to analyse why it doesn't work - it could be wiring, a blown tube, any number of things, but really I don't want a fluorescent fitting in the boat, for a couple of reasons.

I figured I'd try replacing it with an LED fitting. The fittings available off the shelf look incredibly daggy, so I've bought one roll 5050 led strip, which is a thin, narrow flexible strip with a self-adhesive backing. I am intending to mount it on the fwd face of a deck beam, out of the way of everything and no fluoro fitting to bang my head on. The strip can be cut down to any length if there is too much light coming from it.

The first job is to test the wiring while the old fitting is in place, then remove the old fitting and test the LED strip, and nominate a new location for it. First job, test the wiring. Switch on the master switch, and test that power is on in the boat. Yep, the bilge pump makes its noise just fine. witch the power to the old light, via the main switch panel. Switch the old light on, just in case, and yes, now that I have the LED strip sitting in the cabin with me, the old fitting lights up like new.
I'v used some of that LED strip lighting, it works great. It's more for accent light than task light, as there's not enough intensity for tasks. Pay attention to polarity - the strips will not work if wired backward.

Incidentally, I liked that strip lighting so much on the boat that I am replacing the old under-cabinet fluorescents in my kitchen with the same stuff. Much nicer light, and you could basically leave it on all the time as it uses next to no no electricity.

You can buy the stuff astonishingly cheaply on eBay. There are guys in China that will sell the stuff for peanuts, often with free shipping. I just pick someone with good feedback ratings and go for it.
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You can buy the stuff astonishingly cheaply on eBay. There are guys in China that will sell the stuff for peanuts, often with free shipping. I just pick someone with good feedback ratings and go for it.
Lee Valley Tools has some nice channels with diffusers that are inexpensive.

LED Channels and Diffusers - Lee Valley Tools

They are local to us in Toronto so you can actually touch and feel before buying. And Lee Valley is not known for sourcing crap.
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I'v used some of that LED strip lighting, it works great. It's more for accent light than task light, as there's not enough intensity for tasks. .
I find the strip lighting ideal for task lighting:

I got my diffusers and LEDs from Amazon:Galley lighting
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Lee Valley Tools has some nice channels with diffusers that are inexpensive.

LED Channels and Diffusers - Lee Valley Tools

They are local to us in Toronto so you can actually touch and feel before buying. And Lee Valley is not known for sourcing crap.
Wow, those Lee Valley diffusers are gorgeous.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

My boat doesn't have a gimbal for the stove. I wanted a very basic one that could be used to make coffee (or other hot water based items) under way. I had a Jetboil that I use for camping that was sell contained, efficient, and fast, so I decided to make a gimbal for it.



There is a quick video showing the range of motion here:
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It is all made of stainless steel. I used stainless pipe cut into 1" sections for the two rings, stainless 1/8" rod to make the basket that supports the stove, and stainless hardware that bolts it all together. All of it is 316 except for the larger pipe which I could only get in 304.

It is pretty crudely made mostly with a hand drill. I did braze the basket that holds the stove together.

The Jetboil has very little waste heat, so the items nearby are safe. This location lets me keep an eye on the stove while sailing the boat. It pops off for storage in a couple of minutes using the two quick release clamps.

I still have to polish up some of the stainless and trim off the excess starboard that was used to make the mount.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

When you want your damned coffee right now!
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

But..but..how do you get the winch handle out without burning your hand?
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