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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.
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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.
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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...
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Don't you just hate it when stuff from your youth is called "Vintage"?

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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...
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Don't you just hate it when stuff from your youth is called "Vintage"?
I'm not even that old (in my mind anyway) and it's happening to me. My neighborhood had a little classic car show the other day and there were a couple that didn't seem that classic to me...

"That's not a classic Mustang, that's just the Mustang people drove when I was in high school. Oh."

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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...
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While hunkered down below two weeks ago waiting for the Nor'Easter to blow its self out. I made a simple storage pouch using some cheap knock off Sunbrella fabric. It that made access to some often used aerosol sprays much easier. Beats rummaging through the tool locker to find them:
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I put one of these motion activated lights in the head. It is battery powered but really provides simple lighting when you're stumbling around at 3 am.
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I put one of these motion activated lights in the head. It is battery powered but really provides simple lighting when you're stumbling around at 3 am.
Just don't sit still for long as it will go out.

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