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

If you don't want to cut the plexi yourself remove the old and take it to a plastic shop and get them to replicate it with new. That is not expensive.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Did this today. Added the shelf for either fuel or a battery. Can add a tub for water to run in the garage if I need to. Channeling my inner Jonesy....



Oh yeah, wood was left over from when I built my deck a few years ago so I guess cost is $0.00......
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Low-buck cabin refit, part one:
Dock Six Chronicles: First Wet Week-End of 2012! Part One.

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

bl - I have to admit. You make some really cool crap dude. Nice work.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Thanks Smacky.

Just to close out the tale: The most dramatic low-buck project yet:

Dock Six Chronicles: First Wet Week-End of 2012! Part Two.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Thanks Smacky.

Just to close out the tale: The most dramatic low-buck project yet:

Dock Six Chronicles: First Wet Week-End of 2012! Part Two.
Ummm.... wow. Wasn't this thread supposed to be cheap AND accessible projects????

BlJ you are officially invited to sail on my boat. Oh, and since you're here, I've got this pile of scrap teak and a few tools over there on the settee.....

Nicely done man, nicely done.

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

Med, if I can do it, you can do it.
The table is scrap plywood and a scrap of pine 2x4 ripped into 1/4" battens and 1/4" doorskin strips and some lefto over pine corner mould. Screw, glue, nail, cover with epoxy and varnish and done.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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

Not quite under the $100 requirement, but I had to replace my lifelines, and when I got the quotes..l well I wasn't sure I wanted not to die that badly.

So $125 worth of amsteel blue line, and a few hours of learning how to splice it, and I had new lifelines for my Olson 30. And they are now certified by ORC, and US Sailing to be safe for offshore racing. The same as wire, but much more comfortable.

I can't figure out how to post pics from my iPad, but I'll put some up tomorrow.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Our boat is an IOR era masthead rigged racer cruiser. The spinnaker pole is a a bit of a handful for my wife to handle, and the monstrous symetric spinnaker is even more of a handful short handed. So the decision was made to splurge and buy an asymetric spinnaker. I hated the idea of flying the new sail off the stem. so I looked into buying a bowsprit kit. Damn those things were expensive, and they aren't the most elegant solution. So I pondered for a while, and came up for a design for my own sprit. I made up a couple of drawings, went to the Metal Supermarket for some materials and took it to a welding shop to get it fabricated.

Well, here is what I have come up with. It is made out of Schedule 40 3" aluminum tube. The end of the pole is 3/8" thick aluminum to give enough meat to thread in a 3/8" ss bolt as the fastening point for the block. The reason I did that was twofold; I wanted to keep the outside surfaces of the pole free of hardware so that the pole is easily removable, and I wanted all of the load to swivel on the centre axis of the pole to eliminate any torque that might stress the inboard anchoring point. The forward collar is welded out of stainless steel tube, with a 1/4" thick tang that fastens to the same 1/2" clevis pin that secures the forestay to the stem. The inboard end is secured to a heavy stainless car, (originally a staysail tack point) using a 5/16" quick pin through two 1/4" aluminum tabs. The car slides on a pre existing track. the pole can be extended and locked in place in seconds. Because of the slope of the deck where the track is mounted, the pole lifts up when retracted giving plenty of clearance to use the bow cleat that is under the pole.









Ok, confession time! This project did cost more than $100 but even at $200 it saved me hundreds of dollars, and I didn't have to drill a single hole in my deck!

(oh yeah, and the brand new Quantum chute definitely cost more than $100!)
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