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Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

In this forum, we've seen big projects on small boats and small projects on big boats- let's see the cheap projects! Show us what you have done on your boat on a budget.
Here's the rules:

1) Gotta be under $100 US, or equivalent currency.

2) You must have done it yourself. Although, if you found someone to work on your boat for less than $100, feel free to post contact info.

3) bonus points will be given for elegance and ingenuity.


Here's one of mine:

I needed a cockpit table. Well, I, personally, didn't need a cockpit table, but the admiral did, and I need a warm place to sleep, so you can see how the stars aligned on this one. I sussed out commercially available, marine priced cockpit tables and promptly gagged. So, I thought to myself, "self, you could make it yourself for a lot less." One problem. Well, four actually. I have limited woodworking skills, limited woodworking tools, and limited time. oh yeah, and I am cheap.
So, I went to plan "c".

I spent some time eyeballing the cockpit in question:

Then I moseyed into action. I bought one of these for $29.99


A frenzy of measuring, remeasuring, cutting, screwing, drinking, varnishing, etc. later, and this is how it finished up:




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I'm pretty sure that my bridgedeck cost less than $100 in materials. I can't say exactly how much the materials were since the epoxy, fiberglass, and plywood were bought for several different projects, as was the paint, masking tape and other materials used.

The total material were about 1/2 a sheet of 3/4" plywood; enough epoxy and fiberglass to coat said plywood and tie it into the cockpit—approximately four layers on top and three underneath; enough thickened epoxy to fillet the joints and to bed the top section of the bridgedeck; and paint—two coats plus two coats for non-skid.

Oh, yeah, had to buy a new deck fill for the fresh water tank, but that wasn't technically part of the new bridgedeck project IMHO... just ended up on the new bridgedeck.
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Nice table bljones. It looks like it belongs.
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I've posted plenty of photos of the damn bridgedeck...don't see a need to do it again.

BTW, there's a serious problem with that cockpit table.... can't really use it underway, since it goes through the spokes of the wheel... how the hell do you turn the wheel if the table is in place??? So, in my book, he loses major points for that.
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Thanks, thumbs. I was kinda pleased with how the project turned out... and the addition of two more beerholders. One can never have too many beerholders in the cockpit.
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I've posted plenty of photos of the damn bridgedeck...don't see a need to do it again.

BTW, there's a serious problem with that cockpit table.... can't really use it underway, since it goes through the spokes of the wheel... how the hell do you turn the wheel if the table is in place??? So, in my book, he loses major points for that.
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.
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BTW, there's a serious problem with that cockpit table.... can't really use it underway, since it goes through the spokes of the wheel... how the hell do you turn the wheel if the table is in place??? So, in my book, he loses major points for that.

SD, it doubles as an autohelm while underway.
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screen cockpit enclosure

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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new thruhulls or hoses or things of that sort - lots of them, done on my own of course. LED lights too - I made them myself out of regular light fixtures and LED boards.

not much else though - pretty much any marine item costs more than $100 Like that table - I'd have to make it out of teak and just teak alone is probably right up there in price.
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