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Many thanks for the warm welcome and for posting the link!

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OK - "Low buck"??? If you count my time - lol

I finished making a cover for my inflatable. We want it on when towing, high vis, keep the rain out and the stuff in ... Because of how it attaches, when coming back to the boat from shore, we can pull it up over us if it is raining ... It is a new and improved version of what I built for the last smaller inflatable.

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Very nice Rik. Did the Admiral help a little?

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Very nice Rik. Did the Admiral help a little?
Mostly to tell me she liked it. I sewed it all, measured and cut etc. It is something I like doing. It drives her crazy because I don't pin the material and I don't use patterns.

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I do get it. Love the walking foot. Fabric sculpture. A very clever design.

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These are great! Check the web site! We have several. Use them everywhere on and off boats. A two light headband with a red and green attaches around the mast on our Marshall catboat when we are motoring home late. IR, too. A 16 year old kid invented it.

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When I wanted to move my solar panel from the deck to the stern railing I looked for some time around to source the most economical rail mounting brackets. As usual, if marketed for boats they come at a premium. The cheapest I could find was 4 each if made in plastic and double that if made in metal.

I finally came across "spacer bar saddles". They are used to fix tubular cable trunking onto walls. They come in 20 and 25 mm diameter, in plastic (white or black) and in metal (zinc plated). And they are really well priced, usually from 0.20 each in plastic and 0.30 in metal.

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I've covered the screw that holds it on the frame with insulation tape and will also put some on the rail as not to scratch it.

Here they are on the back of my panel :

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Not sure this really counts as a project (other than the Admiral says it does). The creek and river we are on in NC has a major mosquito issue several times a year, so something is needed to keep them off if you want to enjoy the cockpit in the evening. I found a simple solution using a Walmart $30 screen siding that are sold for 10' x 10' canopy gazebo's.

I simply gathered up the the parts that attach to the gazebo frame with some line and I lay that over the bimini. The bottom has elastic straps that attach nicely to the bimini hold downs and it even has 2 zippered entries for easy access. Here is the Admiral enjoying the results of this 'project.'

wow, your boat looks really decent and nicely done..wonderful job !


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Rebuilt my rudder.

Rockhopper's original rudder had quite a few prop nibbles ever since I bought her. Initially, I only intended to fill those. Last winter I decided to extend the leading edge but also the total length of the rudder. A big problem with the original rudder design is, that it causes significant weather helm. There are replacements available for $400 + shipping to the UK. I followed the suggestions that I found in other forums regarding the ideal size and extended the leading edge by 2.5 inches and the length by 4. I've cut the leading edge off next to the central hard wood core and also cut through the bottom of the rudder. I then extended length and width by bolting wood pieces in between. This was followed by spending many cold evenings in the attic, fiberglassing, sanding, filling, further glassing etc until I had the right finish. It didn't cost much in material, probably just under 40 + 15 in sanding sheets. I made bushes for the rudder uphaul and downhaul out of pipe inserts (30 pence each). Here is a picture of it antifouled and ready to be put back onto our boat. It is suspended it from the ceiling for painting so that I could do both sides in one go.

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