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Hey, nice, dacap! Do you know how many amps the fan pulls?

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How about cheap lifeline cushions?
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Hey, nice, dacap! Do you know how many amps the fan pulls?
Yes, around half an amp on high.


Update: Actually, I think it is less than half an amp, although I have not measured it (don't have a magnetic field strength meter). 8 "D" cell batteries are supposed to last 12 hours.

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I have one final low-buck project. In the engineering world, simpler is always better, and this one is so simple it is trivial. It is also not very original, but I am proud of it nonetheless. This one is less than a dollar but maximizes the utility to cost ratio, not to mention makes my life a little greener.

I needed a place to collect trash while cruising, preferably near the galley. My 30 footer does not have much foot room, as you can see from the picture below.


The logical place to collect trash is in that inset under the sink. But a trash can would bounce around and tip over, so it would need something to keep it against the bulkhead.

Simultaneously, I got to thinking about all the plastic grocery bags I keep collecting. It's a pain remembering to take them to recycling. Hmmmm ... the greenies tell me that reuse is better than recycling, so on the next trip to the hardware store I bought a couple of cup hooks. I attached them here:


This works particularly well. The bag stays put even when we're heeled over hard to starboard.


Also worth noting, although I don't have a picture of it, is that I saved one of those little boutique Kleenex boxes and now a fold my plastic grocery bags and stuff them in it. Instant dispenser! Even better, the bags take up little room this way.
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2, 1 1/4" x 4" x 6' pieces of Mahogany for $60 or so, a table saw, sander etc. and you have a behind the fold up table Bar/China rack for extra storage.

I lost no room since it now comes out flush to the mast and just had to move the "hook" (visible top left) to keep the table up to the side from the orig. bulkhead mount. Then you put the bottom of it where the hinge center was for the table and screw the hinge into the front side of the rack to keep the table at the orig. height.

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Finished size is 36" H x 17" W (ripped 16" x 1/2"shelves) so the project had enough from just 2 pieces of Mahogany. I also use Tung Oil on my interior rather than Spar Varnish or Teak Oil, it lasts a long time inside.
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dacap and SHOOL, welcome aboard. Simple and Cheap + elegant, in my book. Keep it up!

Macgyver, dude, you are living up to your alias! Nice work!

Keep 'em coming, folks!

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2, 1 1/4" x 4" x 6' pieces of Mahogany for $60 or so, a table saw, sander etc. and you have a behind the fold up table Bar/China rack for extra storage.
Nice!

That gives me some ideas to use on land as well!

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Since some people have been complaining about the stern rail seats, I needed some cushions. I have some left over sunbrella from making my mainsail cover (which did not qualify for this thread as its costs were $60 over the maximum).
$1.97 for pipe insulation foam and $4.96 for velcro from Home Depot. I had all the other stuff.

It would have taken some time to figure out a pattern to match the curve and I was feeling lazy. So they're just straight tubes. When I can find my protractor and my pocket protector, I might be up to making a better pattern. There is no puckering when viewing the cushions from outside the boat so that saves my self confidence (whew!).
Hopefully it'll get people on those seats and out of the cockpit. Now I need to figure out a walk through mainsheet since it likes to whack unsuspecting innocents who ignore "gybe ho!" upside the face.



Oh! I guess I should find the cup holders else the new cushions will remain unused until a patron can rest their beer comfortably by their side (bites knuckles)!



Up next is something in progress. It's for holding my companionway hatch boards. They'll hold the boards vertically against a bulkhead. It's cedar, a reason to use my router, and held together with dowels, chewing gum and carefully triangulated dental floss (I kid, I kid...except for the dowels). Total cost so far is $2.47 + tax. Upon reviewing my design (I picked up all 4 hatchboards at once-more hefty than I had figured), I will make some gussets to support the floor from underneath. I had the stain and finish left over from a cabinet I had made. It matches the interior of the boat just perfectly!

I need to get the screws for mounting. That could double the cost of this project. Craps! Maybe I can find a coupon.


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While trying to come up with a more aesthetically pleasing way of keeping my gas tank on the cockpit floor, I happened upon an old futon frame. By the next day, my brain had actually turned over enough to think "Hey... I betcha I can do something with that wood". Back to the pile I went, and fished out as many slats as I could pound out with my hands. A few brass screws, a little varnish (which I already had on hand), and VIOLA!!



Sorry there's no construction pics, but imagine a compound miter saw, and a few cuss words.
I had much the same idea for my boat. Can you list some of the ways you measured and put this together so I can have a bit more into to get started on my own? Yours looks absolutely great!
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