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

I really like that bag, I was just thinking about where I would store my 3 headsails last night once the boat goes back in the water. I am going from roller furling to hank on and I haven't had to worry about it before. This would be a good (partial) solution.

I just finished a low budget project as well (along with lots of expensive ones) and thought I'd share. Mine is new winch bases made from scrap Mahogany and Sapele to match my coamings.

Full details are here: Magic #16: Winch Bases on the Cheap

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

Nice winch bases. I love projects that save money and are attractive.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Stuff like this is not for every boat but I think it lends it's self nicely to any older classic type boat . This block started out life as a Nico with the black rubber cheeks . All I did was take them out and put in teak . I currently have one under construction that started out as a Merriman with the black rubber .
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Here are some of my contributions to $100 or less club

The cockpit table is made from the seat benches out of an old Pearson Ensign I scrapped. Couldn't let the mahognay go to waste. Hinges are SS Piano hinge ($15 at Hamilton Marine) and the attachments are some rail clamps I had laying around. To keep it upright, I bought hatch spring stay that snaps open ($15 from anywhere)

Only downside is that it doesn't fold open more like the $200 edson version.


Also in this pic is the harness my wife made for the crawler. They wear lifejackets while underway but at anchor or when on the mooring, we let them roam while teatherd.

PS: I made this baby too but he didn't qualify for the "under $100 project" thread.

Next:
Lee cloth for the mid day napper. After falling out of her bunk and spoiling a peaceful nap time, my wife got some mesh and made this lee cloth. We went with bungee for the top because the kids will tear the screws out of the wood if it was done with solid line. This way, they are held in while sleeping but are not trapped.

PS: again, the daughter does not qualify as under $100.

Last one for now is the pads my wife built for the kids to not smash their heads off the hull while rolling around asleep as we sail during their nap times.

and here is the rail we made across the vberth to contain the whelps when they should be napping but instead want to come up and play.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Great you make the time to sail anyway.
Quite the team you have to control there.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I made these "combing pockets" to make use of the dead space inside the cockpit combings. I glued them in permanently. I did both port and starboard sides. Great place to keep cell phone, radio, water bottle, sunscreen, etc. They slope (drain) out towards the cockpit. The cross bar keeps things inside. There is a 1/4" lip on the bottom to keep a pencil or something inside.

Price was free since I had everything: Plywood, epoxy, glass, paint.









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

Forming the cutout to incorporate a built in fiddle like that was a stroke of brilliance - simpler, cheaper, stronger, all around better than the usual strip of teak or whatever added after the fact.

"Why didn't I think of that"?

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

This one ekes by as a low buck project if you consider that there are 4 cushions for a total of $130, so $32.50 per cushion. I used one whole sheet of 2" dry fast foam from the foam factory wholesale site (not to be confused with the regular foam factory site which looks exactly the same, and is in fact the same company selling the same product but at higher price! e.g $143.99 vs $84.30!) I wanted to use thicker foam but the hatch doors limited me to 2". I also picked up some Sunbrella fabric, Phifertex like material for the backs, and some bulk zipper from our local discount marine store here in town, Sailors exchange, all for $40. Score! This was one of my first sewing projects, and though they are not perfect, for the price my wife can't really complain.


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

tip for cushions:
Oversize the foam by about 1/4-1/2" to make a tight 'stuffed' fit
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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tip for cushions:
Oversize the foam by about 1/4-1/2" to make a tight 'stuffed' fit
Thats a good tip, and it doesn't look like it from the photos, but I did. Sailrite has a good video on making cockpit cushions that I followed as best as I could. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIIgvJEvCSk
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