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We were always having problems with the springs that hold up the icebox lids. I converted to gas struts as a low cost solution.

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For us, we had problems with mosquito's and our boat had screens for the ports but not for the hatches. So, a trip to home-depot produced some screen and frame material normally used for home windows. The plastic corners that hold the frame together had to be rounded off in order to properly fit in the hatches, and the screens are held up using removable wooden dowels set into the hatch molding. All together about two hours work for all 4 screens and maybe $40 total.

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All measuring and test fitting was done with the gas can in place.

I first measured the depth, leaving a little room for the Dri-Dek flooring that I plan to install. The only board that I actually 'ripped' was the bottom board on the front, the rest were left full width.

I made a basic framework with 4 short boards screwed together, and put it in place over the gas can.


I took a measurement across the back of the aft-most section, then played with the miter saw until I had the angle. Once the angle was right, I cut the board to length using the miter saw and paying attention to get the direction of the miter right. After that, it was measure, cut, attach, measure, cut, attach until it was done.

Some light sanding, and a heavy dose of spar varnish finished the project.

It is not attached to the boat in any way (except gravity) and removes in one piece. You can't stand on it, but it is surprisingly sturdy resting on the gas can. I got lucky enough with size that I can also carry 2 one pound propane cylinders under it to run my BBQ.

Edit: Thanks for the compliment.
Thanks Paul. I'm going to try this out over the winter.

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Oh, Oh, Oh,...I know a low buck project.

This one's been on my boat for five season's now, and works great.

When my boat was new, I didn't want to drill holes in it for those soft plastic winch handle holders that you see on so many boats. Those things seem to get dirty and stay that way.

I use about 2" diameter PVC pipe and cut it to about a 12 or 14 inch length. I attach them to my stern rails, (near my winches). I just use a 1/4 inch drill bit to put a couple holes in them and use nylon cord to tie them in place. They look better than you might think. Acetone works as a solvent to remove the lettering that's stamped on the pipe.

I have one by each of the genoa winches on my Catalina 309, plus 2 more attached to the dodger frame for the winches on the cabin top.

After five Michigan seasons they're still clean looking and haven't yellowed.
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You could attach those with 'zap straps' too... tighter and tidier...

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Oh, Oh, Oh,...I know a low buck project.

This one's been on my boat for five season's now, and works great.

When my boat was new, I didn't want to drill holes in it for those soft plastic winch handle holders that you see on so many boats. Those things seem to get dirty and stay that way.

I use about 2" diameter PVC pipe and cut it to about a 12 or 14 inch length. I attach them to my stern rails, (near my winches). I just use a 1/4 inch drill bit to put a couple holes in them and use nylon cord to tie them in place. They look better than you might think. Acetone works as a solvent to remove the lettering that's stamped on the pipe.

I have one by each of the genoa winches on my Catalina 309, plus 2 more attached to the dodger frame for the winches on the cabin top.

After five Michigan seasons they're still clean looking and haven't yellowed.

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For us, we had problems with mosquito's and our boat had screens for the ports but not for the hatches. So, a trip to home-depot produced some screen and frame material normally used for home windows.
I'm not familiar with this framing material. You can make your own frames to fit?

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Ray... hereabouts Home Depot and other hardware stores often stock screening kits.. the screening, straight pieces of extrusion which you cut to size and then corner pieces that insert. The screen is then placed over the frame and an o-ring type material pressed into the extrusion to hold it in.. Sounds like StormBay had to trim the rather square corners to fit.. it's a good looking result, isn't it?

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Sounds like StormBay had to trim the rather square corners to fit.. it's a good looking result, isn't it?
It's a cleaner installation than what we're doing, a fabric screen frame with velcro. I'm installing a grab handle into the frame of our salon hatch and I was wondering how I was going to work around the velcro screen for that particular hatch. I think this just solved that problem.

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Outboard work stand:



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Nice. I have a similarly homemade/ghetto outboard stand, but I bet that little shelf is worth its weight in gold.

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