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35 Minutes Ago 11:41 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Was given a Ted William 2 stroke been sitting close to 20 years in my YC locker. took it home.. washed it down with cleaner. got some gumout and gas and oil . Let the gumout set in the carb and tank over night.. mixed gas and oil. filled it pulled the cord... sput sput...
Pulled again Running!

2 Weeks Ago 08:37 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Here's my latest cheap trick. New plexi drop boards for my companionway. The before shot shows the old teak ones and yes, there was no top board so I couldn't lock up the boat.

I made the new ones from a piece of 1/2" plexi I've had in storage for about 36 years. The handle was cut from some teak scrap, also on hand, as were the hasp & lock.

$0 out of pocket now but I suppose I paid something originally. Either way, they were as close to free as makes no difference.
2 Weeks Ago 07:30 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I just completed a fairly successful experiment - sorry but no pics. The 31 Y/O Grey Enterprises ports in my '84 Hunter had degraded to being merely translucent - you couldn't make out anything but light & shadow through them. The same applied to my deck hatch lenses.

I picked up a headlight polishing kit at HF for $10 or $15 and tried it out - turned them transparent in minutes. They are still far from perfect as they have some internal crazing but you can read the fine print on other boats through them now - huge difference and a whole lot cheaper than the approx. $1K that 7 new ports would have cost.

We won't even talk about the cost of new deck hatches or even doing new lenses for them myself - $hundreds more either way.
2 Weeks Ago 02:30 PM
Capt Len
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

A source of thin clear plastic sheet is those huymongous TVs that are thrown out at the recycle depot (projecter type) Probably acrylic but the price is right.
2 Weeks Ago 01:03 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Storm windows for Winter. Any ideas other than insulation?

For example, we swap bug screens for 1/8" polycarbonate. In may cases, it's as simple as tracing and cutting.

Some are a little harder to fit (the small Beckson hatch screens can be swapped, but it requires cleaning and swapping the gaskets).

How about external covers (other than canvas)? Keeping the UV off always helps, and covers can reduce the summer AC load.
2 Weeks Ago 07:19 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Here's a video of my hatch doors, which were made by the boat's previous owner. He said the project took him less than a day to complete.

2 Weeks Ago 01:54 PM
Capt Len
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

SV gimme .Lubing the threads with suitable grease negates the need to find a pipe wrench while the BBQ cools. Drilling a hole in the cap for a bit of lanyard helps sometimes as PVC dosn't float too good
2 Weeks Ago 12:40 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Cheap storage for those small propane bottles that you don't know how to store. I went to Home Depot and bought a three-foot piece of #10 PVC pipe the right diameter to hold the bottles, a glue on (I know it's called weld) bottom cap and an adapter and screw on top. Put it all together, drilled several holes in the bottom and attached the rig to one of the slanted legs of the stern pulpit with a couple of hose clamps. It's lasted for about 10-years now and shows no sign of wear.
I have the same setup. Most stern pulpits are not vertical, so make sure you have holes in the bottom of the pipe that are near the edge, not in the middle.
2 Weeks Ago 11:53 AM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Originally Posted by piav View Post
I'm going all LED inside...would love to hear how you make your own lights!
Running the risk of looking like I'm plugging my blog, but this does actually provide a good explanation, and with pictures.

Repairing a cabin dome light with LEDs | svgimmeshelter
2 Weeks Ago 10:24 AM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

That's an interesting idea! That would look really sharp.

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