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

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Not really a project, but cheap and cheerful anytime:

Been using these bags from a famous Swedish furniture company for all sorts of things around the boat, from outboard cover, rope tote to sail bag. At the price it doesn't matter if they only last a season (most last much longer).

There larger bag they sell at the checkout (I think $0.75 or so it has been a while) make the best laundry baskets as well! And they fold up small.
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A sea chest. They've been practical for generations. Though small boats don't have the room, smaller custom-sized ones can make useful steps for too-high bunks and add storage. Just build it from scraps. I was going to paint it, which is more traditional, but my wife told me not to.



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Guess what I'm building? Shouldn't be too hard. I'll post the real pics and details after it's finished.
Ahhh..yes...that was my first step toward climatizing my boat. The second step was an on-the-floor- Soleus air conditioner from Home Depot. The third and final step was buying a Mermaid AC unit and installing it. Save yourself some misery and buy a Mermaid (or other brand) now!!!!!
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She was right.
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Nice work, pdq- you're right, sea chests are wicked handy aboard.
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Maybe consider some way to keep it from sliding around on boats that are not endowed with two hulls?
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Another cheap project I did last summer was my outboard engine hour counter.

I treated "Rockhopper" last summer to a new outboard. Like most of the smaller engines it does not come with an hour meter. So how would I know when to do the next service ?

I found a simple solution for just over £10 on fleebay: An hour meter that works via induction from the spark plug. No batteries, no complicated connections.



All I had to do was to wrap the induction wire around the wire that goes to the sparkplug inside the engine.



Then fixed the wire with twist ties and self amalgamating tape.



Finally stuck the meter with outdoor double sided tape inside the outboard.



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

I am in need of a outhaul car for my boom with a 3/4" internal track. Any ideas. The boat is a 41' Morgan Classic. Surely someone has one laying around.
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I am in need of a outhaul car for my boom with a 3/4" internal track. Any ideas. The boat is a 41' Morgan Classic. Surely someone has one laying around.
Have you tried Catalina? They built them and are famous for their customer support.
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