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

I just need to confess right here that I have nothing to add at this time. I spent so much money on my boat over the winter that I have no right to be even reading this thread, let alone posting in it.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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ah, SD, here is where the elegance kicks in- notice that the table is reversible. it can be mounted ahead of the pedestal when underway, and aft of the pedestal when moored. and, unlike typical cockpit tables, the slatted design allows for stemmed wineglasses to be hung between the slats, thereby lessening the possibility of spilled wine.
Why not do both... do up another for the forward side...

That's pretty good though by modifying something else. I mod many things... but they generally are a much bigger projects and not qualified for this thread.

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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em! My cheap but working fridge

A few years ago I did a cheap fridge for the boat ...and it still works !
Bought a dorm fridge at Target for $60.00 and cut everything off .
Door , casing, insulation
Just kept the inside, grill, thermostat and cold plate Be careful not to cut or disconnect the freon line and to keep the wire+ plug !

Re installed directly in the boat ! Simply cut a door inside cold box to insert the cold plate and freon line and wires. I used duck tape to re-attache the door Should do a cleaner job with epoxy but ...hey It works

Its 110 V so Works at the dock and on the generator Simply plugged on a regular socket on the boat .
Before leaving on a cruise , if I plug it for an hour with a bag of ice inside ,
keeps the beer and food fresh for 48 hours
If I plug it all night It becomes very cold ,freezes the meat , makes ice and then when cruising I just need 20 minutes / day on the generator to keep everything frozen




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

I like that! My seafarer has a big "cooler" fed by seawater which I do not like as its another through-hull that has a risk. I wondered how I could covert it to a refrig/cooler. I'll incorporate a pump to pump out ice melt to above the water line.

Thanks for the idea.

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

That's a really neat idea! I have 2 small dorm fridges at home. I might just have to try this!
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

In the past, when we dinghy up to the boat it would be dark and one of us would have to turn on the nav lights or cockpit lights to light-up the boarding area.

So this winter I put two LED strip lights on the underside of the bar that connects the dinghy davits. Then I installed 3-way switchs like the kind you have at the top and bottom of your stairs at home. One of the switches is at the nav station. The other is a pull switch, like you see on ceiiing fans or closet lights, with the cord running through a vent to the transom.

When we dinghy up to the boat this summer, we can pull the cord and have instant lights.

It's actually a bit of a surprise for my wife. We'll see if she likes it.

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

I may have mentioned this before. I put a relay on the freezer thermostat wires and power it off a FlexCharge dump load controller. When the voltage on the house bank gets high enough, it throws the relay and turns the freezer on (on high speed, no less), regardless of the freezers current temperature. I figure I'm storing extra energy as "cold"*, which means less nightly drain on the batteries.

* I know, there is only heat, not cold. But you get the idea. Should I have said it this way? I use extra energy from the solar panels to remove heat from the freezer and it's holding plate, so that at night the food and holding plate can absorb heat that is transferred through the insulation without the box getting warm enough to trigger the thermostat to turn the compressor on, thus saving cycles on the house bank.

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

I built a very cheap swing mount for a portable Sirius/XM radio for a little Venture 17. The materials were basically some scrap Pine and some hardware from the shop junk drawer. (I just joined the forum after reading this thread - but because I have less than 10 posts I can't post a picture of this project)

The whole YouTube video of the project can be found at my YouTube Channel: drez20001 (This project is the most recent one)

This is a really great thread!
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Got one at home and just ordered another for the boat. Fleebay find at £10, thats a quid per year of CO safety. Must be the best "buck to safety" ratio !
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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I built a very cheap swing mount for a portable Sirius/XM radio for a little Venture 17. ...

The whole YouTube video of the project can be found at my YouTube Channel: drez20001 (This project is the most recent one)

This is a really great thread!
JT, welcome to the forum. Nice work on the swing mount. And you do have some very interesting other videos on your channel. Here is a direct link to your post:

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