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post #81 of 1420 Old 10-29-2009
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A small project but a good place for wallets and keys and cel phones.


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

Total cost: $18.00 (raw materials, bolts)

Those are very nice blocks. If you ever do them again you can really get a great finish by vibratory or tumble polishing them. A cheap little rock tumbler can do a job you just wouldn't believe! You start with ceramic media, a little dish detergent and water, to knock off the burrs, then finish with plastic media and a little dish detergent and water, to get a polish. On stainless it'll take about two days of tumbling with ceramic first, then another two days or so with the plastic. You'll be amazed at the finish, and how little work it was! I've done lots of parts like this and it works great.

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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.'
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Early this spring I bought one of these screens. It sat on our boat, unused, until July when we stopped in a quiet, buggy spot. It took about 5 minutes to put up the first time, this long only because I had to tie a line around the top to keep it in place. I left the line attached when I put it back in the case. The next time it took under a minute to put up. Spectacular!

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This project was free.

The white speakers that came with our boat bugged me. They were too bright against the teak, and every time I looked that way they seemed to demand attention. I know, it's just a little thing. I had mentally put replacing the speakers near the bottom of my list along with the other changes I never expected to get to.



Then one day I noticed a can of black spray paint in my basement. Aha!



There were so many big projects this spring. This little one was satisfying because it was quick, simple, and easy to see.

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I didn't like my instruments mounted in the front cockpit combings but when I got a quote for the pods that mount on top of the companionway (very hard to find) I gaspped , over $400.00

So I decided I could make one myself.

$8.0 for a sheet of PS insulation at HD (for the mold)
$45 West system epoxy and glass mat, fillers ( est, I already had this stuff)
$4 worth of rudder gloves
$10 assorted other stuff

many hours laying up, sanding, filling, sanding,filling, sanding and finally painting and here it is.



Instuments not included.

My crew loves it as I don't yell at them to get out of my sight line and they couldn't tell I made it myself.

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What kind of boat? J/28?
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Very nice and professional looking. If you ever are bored and want another project just let me know. I'm sure I can find something you can build for me.



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Great guess Doug, J28 hull #11,

Looking to move up to the 34C or 35C when I finish with my kids tuition bills
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I've also been using the tennis balls in my sheet blocks for years:

'works well for us. take care and joy, Aythya crew
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