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14 Hours Ago 11:01 PM
TakeFive
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Originally Posted by therapy23 View Post
Cool.

What sort of stream do you get from it?
I am not sure I have the words to answer that. My video may be the best answer you can get to that question.
15 Hours Ago 10:48 PM
therapy23
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Cool.

What sort of stream do you get from it?
15 Hours Ago 10:12 PM
TakeFive
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post
...Since I have started anchoring a little more frequently, and am aways dealing with heavily caked-on mud even on a small lunch hook, I would like a washdown system. However, I always try to keep things simple and portable on my little 25 foot boat, and I really don't want to create another through-hull penetration. So I decided to make a portable wash-down system.

I found this portable submersible pump on Amazon:
Amazon.com: Docooler 12V Water Oil Diesel Fuel Transfer Pump Submersible On/Off Switch Car Van Stainless Steel: Home Improvement

It is designed to be lowered through the bunghole of a drum and run from a wired remote switch while hanging freely. It pumps non-flammable solvents (diesel, etc.), but also water. The specs indicate that it should have enough head to drive a spray nozzle, and my freeboard is about the height of a typical drum. So I think this has a chance of being a nice little portable washdown system once fitted with a hose and nozzle. For $20 I decided it was worth a try, so I bought one.

Out-of-the box, it comes with battery clips to attach to the lead posts on a battery. My initial dry test indicates that it draws only 1 amp, though I expect that amperage may increase under the load of pumping water (will test as soon as I can). But I think that it is low enough current that I will be able to cut off the clips and attach a 12v plug. I have 12v sockets at various locations on my boat, so I should be able to easily plug it in when I want to use it.

I want to cut off a relatively short (~8') length of garden hose. The hose barb is 3/4", but most of my hoses are 5/8" ID, so I need to figure that out.

Of course, this system could also be a backup bilge pump in case of emergency...
Project complete. Total cost about $43:

1 Week Ago 07:49 PM
Bill-Rangatira
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

used track lights $25 for 6
came with new halogen bulbs which are $20 for 6
bases for surface mounting $5
new 12v sockets $5 ea.
12v led spot bulbs with mr16 ends $7 ea.
cost per light was $21 or less if you count the free light they came with


1 Week Ago 03:44 PM
TakeFive
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

This low-bucks project is not complete yet, but I thought I'd share it with you to get your comments before I finish.

Since I have started anchoring a little more frequently, and am aways dealing with heavily caked-on mud even on a small lunch hook, I would like a washdown system. However, I always try to keep things simple and portable on my little 25 foot boat, and I really don't want to create another through-hull penetration. So I decided to make a portable wash-down system.

I found this portable submersible pump on Amazon:
Amazon.com: Docooler 12V Water Oil Diesel Fuel Transfer Pump Submersible On/Off Switch Car Van Stainless Steel: Home Improvement Amazon.com: Docooler 12V Water Oil Diesel Fuel Transfer Pump Submersible On/Off Switch Car Van Stainless Steel: Home Improvement



It is designed to be lowered through the bunghole of a drum and run from a wired remote switch while hanging freely. It pumps non-flammable solvents (diesel, etc.), but also water. The specs indicate that it should have enough head to drive a spray nozzle, and my freeboard is about the height of a typical drum. So I think this has a chance of being a nice little portable washdown system once fitted with a hose and nozzle. For $20 I decided it was worth a try, so I bought one.

Out-of-the box, it comes with battery clips to attach to the lead posts on a battery. My initial dry test indicates that it draws only 1 amp, though I expect that amperage may increase under the load of pumping water (will test as soon as I can). But I think that it is low enough current that I will be able to cut off the clips and attach a 12v plug. I have 12v sockets at various locations on my boat, so I should be able to easily plug it in when I want to use it.

I want to cut off a relatively short (~8') length of garden hose. The hose barb is 3/4", but most of my hoses are 5/8" ID, so I need to figure that out.

Of course, this system could also be a backup bilge pump in case of emergency. I'm debating whether to cut the hose long enough to go all the way out the companionway hatch and over the gunwale, or whether I just figure a way to attach the hose to drain into the galley sink if it was pressed into use as an emergency bilge pump.

Any suggestions?
1 Week Ago 10:16 AM
mbianka
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Is the molding just screwed into the cabin top?
Actually it is just screwed into the liner. There is a little space between the liner and the actual cabin top. If my boat did not have this liner I would have had easier access to the screws holding the handrails.
1 Week Ago 09:19 AM
utchuckd
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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A couple of years ago to make the removal and re-bedding of my boats handrails easier. I enlarged the area under the cabin top to gain access to the mounting screws. This left some unsightly rectangular openings in the liner. This spring I finally got around to cover those spots up using some molding from the Home Depot:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: FIXING A HOLE: HEADLINERS AND HANDRAILS
Is the molding just screwed into the cabin top?
1 Week Ago 07:09 AM
Tubesteak Got rid of the useless hideous looking icebox in my Mirage. All wood was scrap and hardware cost around 10$. Was planning on building a custom cooler attached to it but I like the easy access to the bilge. Interior ledge in door is keeping wiring off the bottom too.
1 Week Ago 12:09 AM
mbianka
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Originally Posted by CharlzO View Post
That looks great, and definitely a creative solution that allows for future access.
Thanks. I was also thinking the wood strip would also make a good attachment place to mount a fan by the galley. But, that's another project.
1 Week Ago 08:13 PM
SHNOOL
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Sure what do you wanna know?

drawing internally

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