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

I have also seen the edging in Marine Supply stores also
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Taco makes edging that should be available in any good marine store. As posted the automotive trim works well also.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I just relabeled my electrical panel. Not only was it nearly illegible, several of the labels were confusing or downright wrong, as I think you'll agree:



The labels came off rather easily with a razor blade, then I did a little cleanup with Goo Gone and alcohol.



I had the stickers made up by a local sign shop. They're printed on clear plastic (vinyl?), since the cut out letters used for larger stuff like boat names would have been too tiny to deal with. I chose to accentuate the circuits that are powered by the inverter by making them blue. The total was $55, and was the only cost for this project, aside from about an hour and a half of time. The observant among you may note that I swapped out my voltmeter for a TriAnchor light control, since that function is now performed by my battery monitor, so there was no need to label that now-defunct switch.



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Much more legible, and now I don't have a LORAN breaker anymore!
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Nice job on the panel
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very pro looking
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

On the subject of sourcing, McMaster-Carr is an industrial supply house not unlike Grainger. McMaster has an excellent online search engine which includes data on the materials in question. There is no minimum and their prices are competitive to low.

I'm quite sure the trim pieces will be there. I've bought bearings for traveler tracks and winches, rivets, gasket material, sheet and billet plastics and metals, filter/strainers, cork for flooring, the list goes on and on

the website is mcmaster.com and it's a wonderful resource.

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

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I cut the four holes on the sides of the berths for easier access. There are hatches on top but these are a pain with the cushions and who knows what else on top (sometimes people). I used a 3" hole saw to create the radii and then joined the holes with a thin cut off disk in an angle grinder. Finished it up with some sandpaper to remove sharp edges.

You could velcro something against the "walls" to cover the holes.

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

Making Pelican Hook Lanyards & Key Fobs

These are Lanyards I have made for my boat and for friends, they also work nice as Key Fobs (Gave many Key Fobs away as gifts)

They are quick and easy - use colorful line - or Red & Green for Port & Starboard - install them backwards on your friends boat if you are in a bit of a mean or joking mood.





This knot goes by many names, Portuguese Sennit, Cobra Knot, Solomonís Bar, Boatswains Plait and probably some others.

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Making Spiral Pelican Hook Lanyards & Key Fobs | Boating Safety Tips, Tricks & Thoughts from Captnmike
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

A digest of NextBoat's low-buck projects:
Dock Six Chronicles: Low-Buck Projectapalooza


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Are those pics simply before & after the acid bath or did you polish them up after?
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Nice work.

I've used vinegar to clean parts that still turned out well. Those ports of yours now looks brand new.
Thanks guys. Those port pics were after a once-over with Flitz. Ive tried vinegar on the bronze, but it seems to take forever and a day to soak off 38 years of "patina".

Something else I've tried, and it's way less toxic than the hydrochloric acid in the Clorox toilet bowl cleaner is a soak in CLR (Calcium Lime & Rust cleaner available at Home Depot). More aggressive than vinegar, yet less acidic than HCl. Don't use it on brass, but it works great on bronze. You should still wear gloves, and a Scotchbrite pad scrubbing helps speed things along. The metal turns pink in the soak after it cuts through the green and still needs a good rinse afterward, before a final polish with Flitz but here's a before & after using CLR on the cowl vents on our Tayana 37:





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