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I needed a place to mount my spear gun. The Admiral had some extra Velcro straps lying around from another project plus a couple of screws.

Edit: Forgot to mention that the curtains seen in the second pic were also made on board for less than $100 for 10 ports plus a couple of pillows out of the spare material.
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Engine lift

When we got our Solar Stik we needed a new dinghy engine lift. We didnít want to pay a lot of money for one, so we came up with our own using a single tube and some line. We had a local T-Top maker in the area so we got a piece of aluminum tubing with some scrap fittings welded on. Plus we had them bake the flat mounting plate that was from scrap. Total for the aluminum was about $30. For the rest of the blocks and line, I think maybe another $40 (I canít remember it was too many beers ago).

The tube is attached via a quick release pin so we take the whole thing down and stow when not in use. We used to leave it on the Stik, but we learned that is not a good idea when it is in vicinity of a wind gen that has flexible blades in high winds, but that is another story.

Plus not pictured, we made an engine mounting board for our stern rail out of scrap starboard from a salvage yard.
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I wondered who still used handkerchiefs and then I saw the straight Razors.

LOL, I thought that a bit strange until I reminded myself that I use my great grandfather's shaving mug and a Kent badger brush daily.
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Insalis where did you get the batten stock? I am missing a batten and ought to do the same thing.
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First off. This is a great thread. There are some terrific ideas here and I plan to use a few of them.

I spend about $700-$900 every six months on professional re-wax of my blue gelcoat'd boat. Drives me nuts because I like doing almost everything myself, but I simply can't take a couple of days off work and family to break my back waxing the boat. I've tried every wax known to man, so you exotic wax'ers need not respond. I was almost willing to sell my soul to the devil in order to find something that would work.

Simple solution. $75 bought me the PoliGlow kit. First step is a spray bottle concentrate scrub (very simple). It de-oxidizes and removes existing wax and grime. I then applied 4 coats of a crazy simple application of PoliGlow, which by the time you complete the length of the boat is ready for the next coat. OMG (that stands for Oh my God), the shine is absolutely crazy from near or far.

There will likely be naysayers responding to the use of this kind of product. If you haven't used it, keep your comments to yourself. If you have used it and aren't happy, just keep this in mind. I'm so sick of failing waxes that I've considered spending upwards of $30,000 at the boatyard to paint the boat. Even if it does fail, it'll cost me a fraction of that $30k to strip it and do over. I'm an acrylic'holic!

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First off. This is a great thread. There are some terrific ideas here and I plan to use a few of them.

I spend about $700-$900 every six months on professional re-wax of my blue gelcoat'd boat. Drives me nuts because I like doing almost everything myself, but I simply can't take a couple of days off work and family to break my back waxing the boat. I've tried every wax known to man, so you exotic wax'ers need not respond. I was almost willing to sell my soul to the devil in order to find something that would work.

Simple solution. $75 bought me the PoliGlow kit. First step is a spray bottle concentrate scrub (very simple). It de-oxidizes and removes existing wax and grime. I then applied 4 coats of a crazy simple application of PoliGlow, which by the time you complete the length of the boat is ready for the next coat. OMG (that stands for Oh my God), the shine is absolutely crazy from near or far.

There will likely be naysayers responding to the use of this kind of product. If you haven't used it, keep your comments to yourself. If you have used it and aren't happy, just keep this in mind. I'm so sick of failing waxes that I've considered spending upwards of $30,000 at the boatyard to paint the boat. Even if it does fail, it'll cost me a fraction of that $30k to strip it and do over. I'm an acrylic'holic!
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Handrail covers. Less than $100 in fabric and materials. Used a standard Singer sewing machine with straight and zig-zag (old/heavy duty). I just made the pair this weekend.

Next will be coaming cover; hatch covers, and "stack-pack". The pack will cost about $300 in materials.
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Built a cockpit table for a friend's boat. $25 worth of mahogany and pine, $5 worth of epoxy and varnish.

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