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3 Days Ago 09:34 AM
Barquito
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Obviously you have not discovered floating tools:

4 Days Ago 09:18 PM
pdqaltair
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Floating Tool Tray

Ever have to work in the water while swimming and wonder where to put your tools and parts? Take a dishpan (or mortar mixing tray for really big jobs!), drill a hole in the lip, and put a 3' x 1/8" line through it as a lanyard. Just tie it to something handy and your tool tray is right there.

I have a catamaran with twin outboards slung underneath and other systems only accessible swimming, since the clearance is not enough for a dingy AND headroom. I've pulled a lower unit and replace the impeller using this system. Fortunately, I had done it on dry land and knew the drill. Last week I was installing an external strainer over a troublesome intake, using a hand drill and a depth stop to drill the holes. It went smoothly enough.
4 Days Ago 05:05 PM
fred1diver
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

at the size of my locker lids, I'd have a small table for one lol
4 Days Ago 12:07 PM
Minnesail
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Quote:
Originally Posted by This Old Sailboat View Post
Take one of your locker lids and attach it with temporary mounts to the mainsheet traveler, pushpit rail, or transom. Rubber pole clips work great in my case. Support the front of the lid with your tiller, a folding leg, or cord tied to the boom and voila! When you're done using it as a table, put it back as the locker lid.
I'm so doing that!
5 Days Ago 11:50 PM
jongleur
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Great idea! Thanks.
5 Days Ago 10:44 AM
This Old Sailboat
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

A $7 cockpit table that needs no additional space to store.

Take one of your locker lids and attach it with temporary mounts to the mainsheet traveler, pushpit rail, or transom. Rubber pole clips work great in my case. Support the front of the lid with your tiller, a folding leg, or cord tied to the boom and voila! When you're done using it as a table, put it back as the locker lid.

For full details and more pictures, click the picture below to visit my blog at stingysailor.com.

1 Week Ago 09:12 PM
albrazzi
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Follow up on some stanchion reinforcements I made a while back finally got them installed and they work great. There's a 6" long Flat bar underneath so the contact area of the inboard foot is increased dramatically. Pictures of the polishing jig I made.
1 Week Ago 10:28 AM
willyd
Low buck projects- let's see 'em!

I was missing a tab on my windex, so I made one from a lemon soda can and section of reflective tape I got at Hrbr. Frght. for five bucks.



from bottom, with flash:



I still need to glue the tab to the rod.
2 Weeks Ago 12:46 PM
travlineasy
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
I think I may need to add one of these "tools" to my toolbox.
Seriously, diving into Lake Michigan in the spring to look for a wrapped prop could be avoided.
Great for checking the prop, intakes and rudder. I've done this using my 5-foot long selfie stick.

All the best,

Gary
2 Weeks Ago 04:12 PM
Barquito
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I think I may need to add one of these "tools" to my toolbox.
Seriously, diving into Lake Michigan in the spring to look for a wrapped prop could be avoided.
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