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

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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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Medsailor,

I agree with your sentiments.

You need these to use my method:
1) WiFi access where your boat is.
2) Wifi (IP) webcam with external alarm input.
3) 12v to 5v converter (they are cheap) for webcam
4) 12v relay
5) wire going to bilge pump switch
6) wires and crimp connectors to connect everything
7) a circuit breaker switch that you leave on, or an in-line fuse
8) email address to receive alarms
9) electrical tape to eliminate webcam's pan and tilt
10) optional - long range wifi
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11) you need to setup the webcam, including setting it up with your email address. This took me significant time to figure out. (It still takes me too long to re-do.) But there are resources to help. It needs to be done with a laptop.

Except the optional long range WiFi, all of the parts are under $100. I just saw some really cheap webcams on eBay that have the external alarm input. You get motion detection for free, by the way, with emails sent to you, showing the inside of your boat when something is detected.

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

It sounds like a great idea but I can't help thinking "What would the Herreshoffs say about this?"

Could you get it to burn kerosene somehow?
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Here is my low-buck boat lettering on my folding dinghy. I printed out the name I wanted on regular paper and carefully cut out the letters with an exacto knife. Then I taped the template on the boat and drew in the letters with a sharpie. Later I varnished over the sharpie-drawn letters to give them UV resistance.
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2) Wifi (IP) webcam with external alarm input.
IP and external imput on the camera. That's the missing link right there. Got it now! Thanks!

Now to make it truly modern the boat should have it's own Twitter hashtag and tweet when it's sinking.

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Come on you guys, it's spring. I need some more inspiring cheapskate projects.
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Here is my low-buck boat lettering on my folding dinghy. I printed out the name I wanted on regular paper and carefully cut out the letters with an exacto knife. Then I taped the template on the boat and drew in the letters with a sharpie. Later I varnished over the sharpie-drawn letters to give them UV resistance.
Awesome job! Interesting folding dinghy BTW. Q: What brand is it?
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2) Wifi (IP) webcam with external alarm input.
This is the standalone web cam I've been using at home:
Infrared Motion Night Vision Network Color Camera w/Pan & APM-J011

It has built in wifi and wired intenet. Although I have been using
the motion detection, it also has various IO pins.

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Come on you guys, it's spring. I need some more inspiring cheapskate projects.
Very cheapskate here, indeed ... changed the lock on the door to the heads.
There used to be a sliding bolt, this was quite difficult to line up. Installed a sash window lock for under £4 :

Brighton Sash Fastener Polished Chrome 58 x 22mm | Screwfix.com

Countersunk two screws to hide the old screw holes.

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This is the standalone web cam I've been using at home:
Infrared Motion Night Vision Network Color Camera w/Pan & APM-J011

It has built in wifi and wired intenet. Although I have been using
the motion detection, it also has various IO pins.

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Wireless night vision camera with it's own Wi-fi on a turret for $35??!! Wow, the electronics world never ceases to amaze me.

5 years ago, for $35 you could chose one of the above items for that price.

Anyone know of small stand alone LCD screens that could combine with one of these puppies (without the need for a computer) for an engine room camera?

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Very cheapskate here, indeed ... changed the lock on the door to the heads.
There used to be a sliding bolt, this was quite difficult to line up. Installed a sash window lock for under £4 :

Brighton Sash Fastener Polished Chrome 58 x 22mm | Screwfix.com

Countersunk two screws to hide the old screw holes.

That's an okay cheapskate repair job, but a freaking good picture!
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