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Hi,

I have a quick one that isn't perfectly finished yet. The head on my boat is at the end of the bed. Too close for comfort! So I made a simple box to cover it that also doubles as a bed extension. It works really well. I just need to have a proper pillow made for it. It cost as much as 1 piece of 48x48 ply wood does at Home Depot. Now that it worked so well I might redo it next summer with a nice piece of wood.

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Hi,

I have a quick one that isn't perfectly finished yet. The head on my boat is at the end of the bed. Too close for comfort! So I made a simple box to cover it that also doubles as a bed extension. It works really well. I just need to have a proper pillow made for it. It cost as much as 1 piece of 48x48 ply wood does at Home Depot. Now that it worked so well I might redo it next summer with a nice piece of wood.

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Nice, Jay.

You could get rid of the drop board channels and the hassle of dealing with the drop board after you pull it out by putting a piano hinge on the front of the cover and attaching the drop board to the other side of the hinge. Then the front and top would fold up and back as one piece. A barrel bolt could fix the assembly in position when either raised and lowered.

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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.
Oh my gosh, this is genius. Guess my husband has a project for the weekend.


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

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrc4q2W74ps

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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.

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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.
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