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Old 10-02-2013
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Here`s is a low buck project.

With a boat staying in the water for the winter, ice is a problem for everyone. It`s no exception up here in Norway. My solution is to hire migrant workers from Europe (I won`t name nationalities in order not to offend) to keep the ice at bay by having them stand on the dock and feed them baked beans, equip them with one end of a long preforated hose to create bubbles that surrounds my boat. As they feed themselves with said baked beans, they fart into the hose, thus creating bubbles to deter the ice. It`s a win win situation.

Is this low buck enough for the thread? Any takers?

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Mayhem...that's a fair enough answer. Have fun with it. ;-)
Got this one done and ready to put back on the boat
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

mayhem, it's really amazing how far a little bit of varnish goes towards improving the overall cosmetic appearance of a boat. while stuck on board during a nasty low pressure a week or so ago, i addressed a nagging varnish problem of my own. the trim around the inside of hatches gets a raw deal: lots of salt spray and UV when open and lots of condensation when closed. couple that with being a cruiser and interior brightwork, and it's a recipe for neglect, at least for me.





last picture is with first of 5-6 coats, however many are needed to get that smooth, "deep" appearance. it was something i had put out of my mind but refinished, it really changes the entire feel of my salon.
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mayhem, it's really amazing how far a little bit of varnish goes towards improving the overall cosmetic appearance of a boat. while stuck on board during a nasty low pressure a week or so ago, i addressed a nagging varnish problem of my own. the trim around the inside of hatches gets a raw deal: lots of salt spray and UV when open and lots of condensation when closed. couple that with being a cruiser and interior brightwork, and it's a recipe for neglect, at least for me.

last picture is with first of 5-6 coats, however many are needed to get that smooth, "deep" appearance. it was something i had put out of my mind but refinished, it really changes the entire feel of my salon.
what did you use? Turned out really nice. I love the look of varnished wood.
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International Goldspar, it's a bit darker than the Z-Spar that i usually use but, surprisingly, varnish choices here in NZ are very limited. It takes MUCH longer to dry than Z-spar ~30hrs before you can sand without gumming up the paper. however, i think it will look OK when complete.
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I think the darker color looks good there. Of course we can't see the rest of the boat but overall looks good.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

So the commercial fishing fleet in my neck of the woods is buying up and installing Rigid Industry's LED driving lamps like crazy. They are expensive. I bought one for those occasions when we have to travel in the dark. They're expensive enough that I wanted a mount that could be quickly mounted and removed so I can store it safely below. I made a small mount pad out of some teak I had lying around the garage, but how to mount it to the pulpit? I considered a few options but settled on a hose clamp. I used a dremel tool to cut out a slot all the way through the teak pad that will secure the pad to the pulpit with the turn of a screw driver.

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this one is not really about the low cost project, changing a through hull, it's about saving NZD$430.10 for a 1-hour lift-and-hold!





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

"I meant to do that" - that's your story and you're stickin' with it, right?
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"I meant to do that" - that's your story and you're stickin' with it, right?
of course! she's a 1982 Skye 51.

here's a picture from Puerto Montt, Chile where I didn't mean to do that...



the railroad ties set out on the grid had been attacked by shipworms and the one at the front of the keel broke in half, you can see one piece just aft of the front of the keel. I knew i was in trouble when i could hear the wood creaking as the tide went out. we nosed down imperceptibly until coming to rest, bow and keel touching. it was a pretty stressful event but we got the bottom cleaned just the same
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