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I just did a "low bucks" project on my boat. I mostly used what I had on hand but did spend a dollar at Walmart. I went down to check on my boat and found that a Great Blue Heron has been hanging out on my transom. The evidence of his repeated visits was all over one side of my cockpit. It is common to see people hang things like plastic owls, CDs, monofilament line, etc around their boats but I wanted to build a better mousetrap.

I chose CDs as my bird deterrent. I used cheap CD-Rs that I had. I wanted them to really spin well to annoy the birds. I made a trip to Walmart and picked up a packet of barrel swivels from the fishing section. I then ran a light nylon cord from the back stays to the end of my mizzen boom. I ran a large nylon cable tie through the spindle hole and barrel swivel and left it loose around the CD. I then used a small nylon cable tie to attach to the nylon cord. In even the lightest breath of air, the CDs wiggle back and forth. In even a light breeze, the CDs spin wildly because of the swivel.

We'll see how this works.

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Recently built a new table for our cockpit (and by built I mean drilled 6 holes, glued and Cetoled). The table is made from an old Purple-heart cutting board I bought a long time ago (from Marshalls) that was never really used as it would not fit in our sink when we needed to wash it. I also inset 2 cup holders, which I priced matched at $1.15 each from West Marine, down from there original outrageous $7.59. The mounts are original and the table can fold down and out of the way when not in use.



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Storm, I like it!

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Okay, not strictly a boat project but...
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I'd rather build my Christmas gifts than go to the mall.
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Nice, bl..... here's mine for the cost of a sheet of doorskin, and the set of lights... the rest is a recycled futon frame.


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We just recently finished our floors in our Downeast 32'. The original teak & holly had rotted out and the subfloor was impossible to keep clean. Total cost was less than $50, and it looks pretty good if I do say so myself!



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Interesting choice of material. It will be interesting to see how well it holds up.

How thick was it, and is it interlocking or did it glue together?

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It was pretty thin, about 1/8th inch I'd say. Basically two pieces of vinyl stuck together, overlapping about an inch on each side with sticky stuff so they connect together. You can cut it really easily by scoring with a utility knife and snapping it, it breaks perfectly. We had some curves to cut which were more challenging but still a utility knife was all it took.
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A whole bunch of step by step photos of how I converted all my lights to LED's for $10.00 each
GREAT POST

This will be my winter project

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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.

Icebox Lid Strut
Tim,

We have currently 2 lids that have nothing to hold them up. It's a perfect opportunity for a low bucks project. The lids are very heavy.. How did you know what rating strut to use?

Here are pictures of our lids. (Sorry, one's not a very good picture.)





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