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21 Hours Ago 02:42 PM
__floater__
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post
I won't use it. I was just warning others to be careful about what they do, because it will cause problems with many types of LEDs, especially the cheap ones.

Common sense may not be sufficient in this case. "Common sense" says you put white light through a green filter and it looks green. But a closer look at the spectral distribution of inexpensive LEDs reveals that they're not "white" in the way that incandescent lights are. LED's emit a few narrow bands of wavelength that blend together to approximate white, but when put through a green filter can actually look like a different color than green. This has been shown by many to be a problem, and I was pointing that out.

I agree that this could be very nice for applications where color fidelity is not important. Red/green nav lights, not so much.
FYI
Last year I changed every light on my boat over to LED with VERY inexpensive lamps (bulbs) off eBay.
When it came to the nav lights I expected problems with variation in colour due to the temperature of the lamp used.
I ordered several temperatures of "festoon" lamps (which my nav lights require) and found a temperature of 2700k (Kelvins) produced the identical lens colour as the original incandescent lamps. I found if I inserted a lamp with a higher temp, it turned the lens bluer.
I also bought two 12" strips of "cool" (4000k) waterproof LED lights which had good quality 3M tape already in place for installation. They now live on the underside of my spreaders and bathe the deck in moonlight. They lay so flat they're almost invisible in the daytime.
Cost was $7 each! I had to fish wires up my mast and out throuh 3/8" holes inside the spreader socket. I then put shielded spade connectors so I can pull the spreaders after dropping the mast. I drilled a 1/8" hole at the inner end of the positioned LED strip and tucked the tiny wires through the hold before peeling the tape and sticking the strips permanently to the spreader. I attached larger wire to the tiny pigtail wire and tucked the splice deep inside the spreader so I only deal with larger wire. Helps avoid breakage. I had a spare pin on my deck socket for power.


To change every lamp onboard (approximately24 lamps) the cost was under $50. My cabin lights originally had High/Low/High+Low positions on the switches, so I bought red LED's for one side of the switches and now have cabin lighting that won't ruin my night vision.
The best part, my batteries last much longer between charges
I highly recommend LED conversion. Just look at your nav lights and make sure they are as close to the original tint as possible. The lamps are so cheap it's no expense to mess around.
2 Days Ago 01:12 PM
Multihullgirl
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

My "low buck" version of the fancy (and heavy) WM adjustable seat are these big pillows that I stuff with dollar-store dog beds. Normally they live in the salon as pictured, but whenever and wherever I want, I throw them into the pit, or nets.

Cloth is fabric-store synthetic, but you could use Sunbrella (stiff) or Sunbrella Furniture Fabric (less stiff, more for the purpose) as the cover. When salty or dirty, just take the stuffing out and wash the whole lot.

2 Days Ago 01:04 PM
ccriders
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
That's true, but, it is a low buck solution.
And, it repurposes something you already have letting you put that $100 into something else.
John
3 Days Ago 12:05 PM
Barquito
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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not sure how this is DIY but?
I guess it keeps the thread alive.
That's true, but, it is a low buck solution.
3 Days Ago 03:41 AM
white74
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
I found that just having a cheap stadium chair that can cradle your legs helps a lot. It's like a rocking chair.

not sure how this is DIY but?
I guess it keeps the thread alive.
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Originally Posted by bljones View Post
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.


Let's see yours.
3 Days Ago 01:10 AM
SailSoCal
Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

The complaint about the seats taking up room is fair, but on a 8 hour auto pilot trip to Catalina they add nice back support.

My guest like them also.
3 Days Ago 08:31 PM
Group9
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Originally Posted by Ritchard View Post
I have a couple of those Westmarine go anywhere chairs, but rarely use them as they are so bulky and awkward to stow and retrieve - at least on my boat. comfy, but hardly worthwhile in our case.
I have two of the West Marine stadium type seats and we love them. I also have one of the bigger version with the armrests and the cupholder and the shoulder straps. I wish I hadn't bought that one. It's not that comfortable and it takes up a lot of room and it's just not as good as the cheaper stadium model seats.
3 Days Ago 04:22 PM
Barquito
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

The Low Buck alternative to all these chairs, is to eat $100 of McDonald's food. Then your padding will always be with you.
3 Days Ago 02:32 PM
Ritchard
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I have a couple of those Westmarine go anywhere chairs, but rarely use them as they are so bulky and awkward to stow and retrieve - at least on my boat. comfy, but hardly worthwhile in our case.
3 Days Ago 12:54 PM
Minnesail
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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I found that just having a cheap stadium chair that can cradle your legs helps a lot. It's like a rocking chair.
I have one of those made by Crazy Creek:
Crazy Creek Original Chair Lifetime Warranty - camping, backpacking, stadium and logo chairs


I've even canoed the actual Crazy Creek in Wyoming with it. Never thought to take it on a sailboat though.
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