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Do you have something similar for the blocks on tracks? Mine flop over and get kicked walking the side deck.
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Poor man stand up blocks.

if you need standup blocks, in this case, for the Spinnaker sheets , I don't like to have springs and other systems that more than often end up snagging some of the lines, in all rearwards blocks, and cockpit area...

So, to modify your regular blocks into stand up blocks, I often use the "poor man" standing block...

since 1980 I use tennis balls underneath the blocks to keep them up, and this is a good idea for dinghies where we sail barefoot most of the time and kicking the foot of a block with your toes hurts like a devil, and because its more difficult for the block to snag and hold a line that is accidentaly near it..

So this is what I do:


You will need a block, a padeye (off course attached to the deck, cabin or whatever), and a tenis ball or other soft rubber ball that is hollow and fits the size...



Attach the block as ususal to measure the height between the block and the deck/cabin...



Take a tennis bal and cut a round hole on one side, that has to be wide enough to pass the block shaft...

On the opposite side cut a slot, that is as long as the length of the padeye. Don't be affraid to cut, watch your fingers..



Install the block shaft thru the hole, attach the shackle thru the slot underneath, and attach to the padeye..

BINGO there you have the POOR MAN STANDING BLOCK



You may also cut the ball in half if you need to get different heights...experiment..generaly the more you cut the ball the softer it will be and the more flexible it will be.

This is what I use for my spinnaker standing blocks..

And I have to admit...when you look at a boat, and you see these little tricks applied, such as the tennis ball under a block...one can imediately tell there is someone that knows what he is doing on the boat...I think it also makes the boat look really sporty and racey...

Ahh gets better, you can use many colours, as long as tenins industry paints them, and once dirty, just get a new ball.....

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I like this...I'll give it a go.
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Rejuvinated Seacock Handles

About $10.00 for primer and paint. A couple of hours of electrolytic rust removal (see, for example, Electrolytic Rust Removal). Like new seacock handles. The first image shows one of the handles after the removal (top) and another before (bottom). Zero elbow grease.
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Thanks, people! THIS is the stuff i am talking about- getting your hands dirty, doing it yourself, making your boat really YOURS.

Keep 'em coming.

After hours of shopping for a dinghy, I have finally decided to build a D4. I think I can build it in under 20 hours, for under $100 in materials, without cheating and scrounging through my scrap pile. I'll keep you posted if anyone is interested.
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Omatako,

That is pretty sweet. I've been thinking of doing something like that but I don't know where I would put the desktop tower.
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Omatako,

That is pretty sweet. I've been thinking of doing something like that but I don't know where I would put the desktop tower.
Have you thought of using a laptop instead? The power requirements are a lot lower and you don't always need AC to run it. You can buy 12V DC adapters for many laptops even if they require higher voltages (like 19V). Then you can take it with you


Just a thought.
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Already posted in another thread but I made these fiddle blocks.

Total cost: $18.00 (raw materials, bolts)

$18.00 of raw materials, a lifetime of experience and several thousand dollars worth of machine tools? But they are beautiful and I'm jealous.
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$18.00 of raw materials, a lifetime of experience and several thousand dollars worth of machine tools.
Being able to make it yourself...PRICELESS
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Have you thought of using a laptop instead? The power requirements are a lot lower and you don't always need AC to run it. You can buy 12V DC adapters for many laptops even if they require higher voltages (like 19V). Then you can take it with you


Just a thought.

I had thought of that but was unsure as to where you might hide the laptop where you would have quick and easy access to it. I like things to be out of sight as much as possible.
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