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Awesome job! Interesting folding dinghy BTW. Q: What brand is it?
It is the origami from woodenwidget. You can see better photos of the dinghy at the woodenwidget site, or on the album under my profile.
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The dog knocked my new Iphone 5 in his water bowl this weekend, don't ask,
I used a zip lock filled with rice as a cell phone desiccator. I think it cost almost nothing since I already had the dog, wet phone, rice and zip lock.
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Slippery when wet

Slippery when wet.

I have a real money saver.
The tiller and handrails that are used the most are somtimes slippery when wet
and quite hard to get a firm grip or hand hold.
I now use self amagamating tape wrapped a few times around a hand hold gives a very good grip and can be removed as and when required and replaced...
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Nothing too fancy, but my wife wanted a way to lock the boat when we are staying on board at the dock.

Picked up a sliding bolt latch for about $4 at the hardware store. Not super secure, but an unobtrusive addition that matches the rest of the hardware.

It will help her sleep easier at night and at the very least, wake us (or the dog) up if anyone tries to pry it open. Also has the added benefit of being easy to undo should be need to get out.

I also oiled the teak slats this weekend - but did that after taking the picture.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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The dog knocked my new Iphone 5 in his water bowl this weekend, don't ask,
I used a zip lock filled with rice as a cell phone desiccator. I think it cost almost nothing since I already had the dog, wet phone, rice and zip lock.
What I do:

Take the battery out. Put a vacuum hose on any obvious openings, let sit running for a couple hours. Vacuum with make water vaporate fast without using damaging heat.

I usually make sure I'm not near the vacuum for those hours, since the whole setup is noisy.

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

Brad,
Sounds like you have experience with this kind of stuff. My Iphone 5 was not designed to make it easy to remove the battery. It seems to be alive again but I utilized my warranty/insurance and a new one arrived last night.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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The dog knocked my new Iphone 5 in his water bowl this weekend, don't ask,
I used a zip lock filled with rice as a cell phone desiccator. I think it cost almost nothing since I already had the dog, wet phone, rice and zip lock.
Why was your dog using your phone?

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

Our 15' Albacore is new to us, and hasn't been in the water in a few years. The previous owner said that the port-side seat (which doubles as a flotation compartment) sometimes takes on water. He tried tracking it down, but couldn't find the source. I haven't gone hunting yet (not sure how I'd do that, either), but when I had to throw the boat off the trailer, I did notice that the port side seat had a good bit of water in it. I used a hand pump to get most of it out, but I'm still a bit worried about how that will impact the overall bouyancy of the boat in the event it gets swamped.

While contemplating how to find and patch the leak, my mind started to wander, and I remembered the pool noodles I found at the dollar store. I went back there today, and purchased $25 worth of noodles to stuff into the lockers. I figure it's better than nothing, and might just help keep the boat from sinking the first time I launch her.
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While contemplating how to find and patch the leak, my mind started to wander, and I remembered the pool noodles I found at the dollar store. I went back there today, and purchased $25 worth of noodles to stuff into the lockers. I figure it's better than nothing, and might just help keep the boat from sinking the first time I launch her.
I know someone that used bundled pool noodles when rebuilding a kayak. Some noodles are closed cell and others are open cell. Both are buoyant, but the closed cell is preferable because it holds onto less moisture.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I have one of those thick black rubber rubrails below my toerail that has a white tube of plastic sandwiched in the middle (the tube hides the screws). The other day I took a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and scrubbed the white part. It was really looking dingy ... now it looks like new. Total cost $3.00.

Note, I am always skeptical if those erasers have detergents in them ... I would hose of your hull and brightwork before that stuff stays on any surface too long.
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