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5 Days Ago 11:58 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

My gooseneck broke. $750 but I had already blown my budget on electrical upgrades. Could get a shop to make a new fitting for $250 by the end of boating season. None of these options appealed to me so I decided to rig it for the season and it cost me about $50. The repair is holding up so well I think I'll leave it permanently.

Starboard for in between the ss washers
2 ss plate washers machined to exact size.
2 small bolts any locking bolts.
1 ss ubolt
Epoxy so the u bolt won't ever rattle
5 Days Ago 10:49 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

More near free locker sliding doors. This time I used some scraps of teak ply, more of those $0.25 solid brass pulls ($1.50 worth ) and a couple of bucks worth of wipe on poly.

Total cost? About $5

First pic is the old plexi sliders with corroded chrome pulls, second pic is the new sliders.
1 Week Ago 05:48 PM
Capt Len
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

For any near locals, I'm cleaning out the basement and have found some teak .full 1" x4' and 1"x2 both 8'. Many shorter lengths of 3x4 teak ,some oak and jarra,yew . gum. Priced right.
1 Week Ago 03:21 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Other than free stuff, this is my lowest buck project ever - one buck.

I got the solid brass pulls for $0.25 each - $1 total and had the mirrored plexi left over from a skylight job on my house.

The first shot shows the scruffy 31 Y.O. plexi sliders with rusting chromed pulls as they were and the second shows my $1 investment.
2 Weeks Ago 11:37 AM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

This actually cost me nothing because it only used things I already had. But it came as a result of the fact that I had been eying a $45 attachment point for the end of the tiller extension.

It turns out that a bungee sail tie (which I like a lot btw) can hold the tiller extension handle against the stern rail perfectly well.

The extension is adjustable and seems pretty easy to either yank out or to re-adjust. In that position it can move the tiller across the useful sailing range of the tiller.

Currently, I have a line with two adjustable slip knots (adjustable grip hitch) on either end and a butterfly loop in the middle to go around the tiller handle. This is my tiller tie off line and tiller lock underway. It's worked fine but the tiller extension is another option that may prove easier to adjust.

Going upwind, tying off the tiller is my primary strategy and I can usually get the boat totally locked in and self-steering with the tiller tied (so long as the wind speed doesn't shift too much).

2 Weeks Ago 08:09 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Looks good, also a lot cheaper than replacing your running rigging with color coded lines!
2 Weeks Ago 03:48 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

It's been raining and storming for the last couple weeks so I've had plenty of time to do a quick project I'd been thinking about. I have some experienced sailors on the boat a lot and also frequently have beginners. Every boat is laid out a little different and I think it is easier to tell people which lever to open or close than to describe the color of the line. I just installed a double Gaurhauer on the starboard side that has black and blue levers, and have a triple Gaurhauer on the port side with grey levers. I bought some spray paint from the local Do it Best Hardware at 6.50 a can and color coded the levers. I'll report back to let you know how they're holding up in a few months.

I just sanded with 100 grit and sprayed on some enamel outdoor furniture type paint.
07-21-2015 11:06 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I like my gloves handy. At home I screwed
a box to the garage wall. Here I taped a box
to the inside of a locker. Also put up a baggie
07-08-2015 10:40 AM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Outboard fresh water rinse.

I found this idea for a simple, portable fresh water rinse device. Re-purposed fender.
07-06-2015 08:22 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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I am not sure I have the words to answer that. My video may be the best answer you can get to that question.
I did not notice the pic as a video.

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