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

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Recently connected my bilge pump alarm to 12v relay, so when the bilge pump (float switch) turns on, the external sensor on my webcam triggers.

Now I get an email whenever the bilge pump turns on. I get an email like this one:



Some short wires and crimped connectors <$10
12v relay from Radio Shack <$10
Total cost: less than $20


(I already have the webcam sending me pictures when it detects motion on the boat. They go for about $50. And it takes about 1.5 amps to drive it and the long range WiFi setup.)

I have a separate, different relay to use when I care more about staying connected to shore power, like in a slip in winter time.

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

Another low bucks project; watch out ed$son!
More scrap wood I've collected. the drink holder was $20 at Bacon sails. I had a plywood swing up but it got trashed by the sun and weather. this one will be kept covered. May make "wings" for it to fold out and make it a real outdoor dining table
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Stern seats:
Interstaqte Plastics for the StarBoard, Helm brand rail clamps, left over stainless tubing, sockets from Marine Parts Depo. Total cost about $100.

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Nice work Denise!
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Nice work, denise and js!
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Well a new Main cover at WM was close to $375, and mine was beat to hell and attached by bungee cord at this point, so I opened up Don Casey's excellent book and got to work:

After spending under $50 on two yards of Sunbrella fabric, I had the thread already, $8 on a YKK zipper, $5 on binding tape and $20 on the twist button attachments (no need for a punch, heated up knife works fine- thanks again don casey) I have a new mainsail cover:

It was so easy, in fact, that for my next project I am going to follow Mr. Casey's directions and use the excess materials to make a mainsheet bag for the cockpit.
Nice work. This is on my list of things to do.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Originally Posted by Bene505 View Post
Recently connected my bilge pump alarm to 12v relay, so when the bilge pump (float switch) turns on, the external sensor on my webcam triggers.

Now I get an email whenever the bilge pump turns on. I get an email like this one:

Some short wires and crimped connectors <$10
12v relay from Radio Shack <$10
Total cost: less than $20


(I already have the webcam sending me pictures when it detects motion on the boat. They go for about $50. And it takes about 1.5 amps to drive it and the long range WiFi setup.)

I have a separate, different relay to use when I care more about staying connected to shore power, like in a slip in winter time.

Regards,
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More details please! How does one get from a relay, to an email being sent?

Being a recovering wooden boat owner, who is now not living aboard, I have an unhealthy obsession with bilge pumps and would love to have my OCD placated by knowing when they go off.

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Stern seats:
Interstaqte Plastics for the StarBoard, Helm brand rail clamps, left over stainless tubing, sockets from Marine Parts Depo. Total cost about $100.
I'd be very curious to see more details, please! I've been considering doing this, and would love to see how others have done it. I have some 1/2" thick, 12"x36" starboard, and have been toying with a few different ways to use that to make the seat. Of course, my stern only has a single rail, so that will make it more interesting, but it would still be good to see how you did it.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I started with a 2x4 foot piece is starboard. Make a template from cardboard. 2 Helm brand rail clamps on the side so I can swing the seat up. 1 inch stainless tube in sockets and 2 crutch tips.
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