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Old 09-14-2012
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I'll add one. Don't know the total cost, but way under $100.

We like to use the 2 1/2 gallon drinking water containers for drinking and cooking with. We were just putting it on the countertops and that would work fine while sitting up on stands in the boatyard but not very practical underway.

So where to put it and how to hold it in place? There was some room on one side of the sink next to the companionway, so that is where it went.



... where the larger right arrow is. It also had to not interfere with the propane solenoid switch.



The above picture is when it was about finished.



The platform will lift out of there, but it is in very secure and at this point I don't see any need for any pins, but that would be easy to do.

The water container....



...is also a very snug fit and there is a lip on the front of the platform that keeps it from sliding forward.

It is in a convenient place to use and still out of the way. Once in place we were quite happy with it.

You can find more pictures and the whole build here....

Interior Mods page 16

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

That is a good idea... I have the same problem with my pony keg rolling all over the place.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I built this wind vane a few years ago with my old man, I don't have any pictures of the building process but here is a video of "windy" doing what she does, steering =D

At this point it wasn't quite finished yet, there is no tiller on the auxiliary rudder. Notice the counter weight, a plastic bottle full of rocks screwed and epoxied in place as per the KISS system



At one point for the counter weight we had a boot tied on


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How Many of You Hate Making up the V-Berth???

Since there hasn't been much new activity since Pierre's neat post I thought I'd throw out another one.

I'm the one that gets the job of making up the V-berth bed in both boats and I've never liked it. First we started with full size sheets and blankets and they were a pain to get tucked under the mattress and you had all of that extra material.

Then we cut the sheets and blankets to better match the V-Berths shape and that helped but I still had to climb up in there and try and do the job.

Well that is a thing of the past now I can make the bed in the Endeavour standing up at the head of the bed and in the MacGregor pretty much the same way. I'm sure someone else must of done this so I'm not saying that it is original, but it sure is handy.

The 3 pages of pictures and info starts here...

Canvas Mods page 15

...but I'll summarize below.

The key to this working is cutting the mattress into 3 sections...



... and making covers for them. We have been sleeping in both boats on a mattress configuration like this for the past couple years and it feels like one continuous mattress under you.

Next step is to ...



...cut big hunks out of the fitted bottom sheet then...



sew it back together.



Next cut the top sheet and hem it so ...



...that it is wide enough to go over you but get rid of all of the access material. Then attach a slip cover to the ....



...end of it like above (sorry for the color change, but the sheet was cut & sewed the same).



To put the sheets on you start like above and you can bring the foot mattress back to you where you are standing at the berth. Put the cover on the mattress like above and leave the top sheet off to the right.



Next pull the bottom sheet over the foot mattress and let the elastic band pull some of the top sheet back under the mattress section like above. Notice that the top sheet is still off to the right.



Here is how things look at this point. You don't need it all laying out like above. I did that so that it is easier to see what is going on.



Next you just fold the top sheet back over the bottom sheet and the mattress. At this point you can take the mattress section with attached sheets and slide it forward on the V-Berth platform. Slide it in a ways and then take the second mattress section and lay it on the platform and pull the fitted sheet around the sides and under it. Then slide it and the foot section forward some more into the V-berth. Finish by doing the same with the last mattress section.

Now you just made the bed without getting into it. We also cut top blankets like the top sheet (with no sleeve at the bottom). If it is cold put how many blankets on the top of the sheets/mattresses as you slide them forward



This is one of the most practical things we have done to the boat. No extra bedding down at the foot. The top sheet doesn't pull out down there and you can make the bed standing up in the cabin. You can make the bed in less time than it takes to read the above. We love it or should I say that I really love it as making the bed is my job.

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Notice the counter weight, a plastic bottle full of rocks screwed and epoxied in place as per the KISS system
I hope those are "marine quality" rocks. Standard home improvement rocks will corrode very quickly.
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I hope those are "marine quality" rocks. Standard home improvement rocks will corrode very quickly.
I've had some success with exterior grade rocks.
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Re: How Many of You Hate Making up the V-Berth???

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Since there hasn't been much new activity since Pierre's neat post I thought I'd throw out another one.

I'm the one that gets the job of making up the V-berth bed in both boats and I've never liked it. First we started with full size sheets and blankets and they were a pain to get tucked under the mattress and you had all of that extra material.
Pretty slick but I find sleeping under a down duvet makes it even simpler and easier.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

When I carried the dingy on the foredeck I had a problem...the rails are 7 feet off the water and the dingy is 8 feet...when the stern hit the water it would tend to go under the water..not good...

The bumper was a 2 dollar garage sale special the clips came from a dead bungy cord and the rope was laying around...

Problem solved...

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w079ttxr950j1ji/25kKw7SGiQ
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

what a good idea I am going to put one on today thanks
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I went to wally world and bought a cutting board , stained it and varnished it
there is the new table
total costs around 20 bucks
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