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

My "emergency tiller" Is the boats tiller with a shortened arm that is now a piece of aluminum. Instead of storing the "emergency tiller" somewhere below, it lives, out of the way on the rudder post. I can mount the tiller pilot to this tiller just the same way I would if I didn't have a wheel. The boat is very well balanced and the leverage will be more than adequate.

Much simpler than installing one on the wheel. Less expensive, too.

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The huge one to port is the shift lever for the A-4. The end of the throttle lever is just visible to starboard. Reverse with an A-4 is held in place while using. You yank up on her and hold.

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I should have guessed that, I have an A4, too, levers on port side of cockpit, back and hold for reverse.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

No pic yet, but two of my boats steered wonderfully with a shet to tiller system made from surgical hose. Cost almost nothing. Steered for hundreds of coastal miles.
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Richard,

I am looking forward to "playing" with it. Our summer sailing conditions here will compliment it well. Playing with the wind is what we are doing, right? Getting it to take care of the helm will be fun!

If you have pictures you can share that would be great. "The Man", John Letcher, is a neighbor here on Mount Desert Island. I don't plan to bother him but he is a wonderful resource if I need it. It looks straight forward enough for my limited abilities.

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

I've been looking for a new tool box in the last 10 or so countries.
Mine is ok but too small, and has a great concertina top for old nuts and bolts etc.
It lives under the Nav seat so there's a bit of room but not for a bigger box.

Also wanted to separate the spanners (wrenches) from the junk and can never find a flicking screwdriver, let alone the one that I want!

Did a few HOURS in Home Depot (like Bunnings in Australia) and nothing suited.

But they did have a BUCKET bag that turns a bucket into a tool bag... Which I don't want....



But at $7.20 incl tax there was promise!





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Cut into four parts.

Rolled up they fit in the Nav seat with the tool box.

And I still have one piece left over.... Goody I can buy more tools!
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Re: Low buck "Solar Panel"

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I have very basic electrical needs; I have one group 31 battery that I use to run the stereo, keep cellphones charged and run navigational lights when needed.
Me, being the way I am, don't like to leave the power cord connected to charge the batteries while I'm not there (I'm afraid to come back to a charred piece of fiberglass on the bottom of my slip) so, when I go sailing I don't spend too much time in the slip, therefore, I never get enough charge to sustain the battery. The solution: solar panel.

I looked for something small that I would not need a controller (keep it simple) and found a 5watt panel at Harbor Freight for $39.00 (great deal compared to a similar 5 watt panel at WM for $69.00) I actually like the aluminum construction of the frame a lot better than the plastic one at WM.



Then I considered the best place to mount it on the boat and came up with the stern pulpit, the only challenge was to come up with some sort of bracket or something to hold it in place, I dug through my garage scraps and found an aluminum "L" section that was perfect for the job, a couple of "U" bolts, nuts and washers from the store and some fabricating....

Here it is mounted to a pipe in my garage



Here's a closeup of the mounting bracket



Here it is on the boat



Another one



I installed it last Friday when the battery was showing 90% charge, came back on Sunday for a sail and the battery showed 100% charge, so, I'm pleased with the results.
I forgot the cable ties, so I still have to finish the installation.

Panel cost: $ 42.00
Miscellaneous nuts, washers and bolts: $ 5.00
Aluminum L bracket (garage scrap) $ 0.00
Not having to worry about charging the battery " Priceless"
I believe I bought the same panel some time ago, don't even remember for what project. But when I looked at the specs, I don't think it was rated for outdoor settings. Is yours?
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I believe I bought the same panel some time ago, don't even remember for what project. But when I looked at the specs, I don't think it was rated for outdoor settings. Is yours?
What good would an indoor solar panel do you?
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What good would an indoor solar panel do you?
To give you a fake tan!
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Dash replacement.

I added a tach and had to mount it in the dash. A scrap of marine plywood, some epoxy fairing putty and a coat of epoxy paint and now TD has rpms to watch from the helm.

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Cost? The tach cost a few bucks so it isn't part of the low buck project. The dash was from stuff in my shop.

I have asked Santa for an inexpensive automotive backup video camera ($30.00) that I plan to flush mount at the base of TD's pedestal facing the dash. My Garmin chart plotter has a video input I am not currently using. It would be nice to have the chart plotter's display include my A-4's instruments. It is worth a try. I will report back!

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Re: Low buck "Solar Panel"

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What good would an indoor solar panel do you?
This is a question you may want to ask Harborfreight. The instruction manual contains a warning "Do only use in dry environments."
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