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Yeah - gratings on a boat are the nautical equivalent of louvers and lightening holes on a car.

Just plain cool looking.

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Yeah - gratings on a boat are the nautical equivalent of louvers and lightening holes on a car.

Just plain cool looking.
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Hi, Guys!

It's impressive how this thread has taken on a life of its own and stayed alive over the years. There are a lot of handy and creative skippers out there. It was one of the motivations for me starting The $tingy Sailor three years ago.



As a way of giving back to the DIY community, I'm hosting a DIY project contest on The $tingy Sailor through the month of March and I invite you to enter your best projects. No catch, no gimmicks, just a good, old-fashioned showdown. Complete details are available through the preceding link.

You've done some awesome work and you deserve a shot at winning one of the prizes. If you know of anybody else that you think deserves a chance, please let them know too. Yeah, it reduces your odds of winning, but let the best work win, I say!

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This is almost a no buck project because I know 1) sailors have plenty of tote bags and 2) at some point will buy enough wine/liquor that the store puts it in a box with dividers when you check out. I find the box awkward to carry so I took the cardboard dividers and put them inside my sturdiest canvas tote. Each time I use it the people in line think I invented the light bulb.
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This is almost a no buck project because I know 1) sailors have plenty of tote bags and 2) at some point will buy enough wine/liquor that the store puts it in a box with dividers when you check out. I find the box awkward to carry so I took the cardboard dividers and put them inside my sturdiest canvas tote. Each time I use it the people in line think I invented the light bulb.
When visiting my parents I picked up some very inexpensive wine on clearance at Kroger's, They had wine totes kind of like this but with cloth dividers. I grabbed a few every time I picked some wine up, and brought them home figuring they would have some use on the boat, but have not found a use yet other than keeping wine from clanging.

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When visiting my parents I picked up some very inexpensive wine on clearance at Kroger's, They had wine totes kind of like this but with cloth dividers. I grabbed a few every time I picked some wine up, and brought them home figuring they would have some use on the boat, but have not found a use yet other than keeping wine from clanging.
Someone mentioned those at the wine store today but with my cardboard dividers I can remove them and use the tote as a regular tote when I'm not carrying wine.
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Didn't want to pay $80 for a simple dinghy bridle. Made this one today out of webbing, stainless hardware, and a pool noodle.

Cost = under $20.
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Didn't want to pay $80 for a simple dinghy bridle. Made this one today out of webbing, stainless hardware, and a pool noodle.

Cost = under $20.
I'd consider changing those quick hooks.. I've seen them unlatch themselves when the dinghy surges down a wave.. The locking versions are more reliable.

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Someone mentioned those at the wine store today but with my cardboard dividers I can remove them and use the tote as a regular tote when I'm not carrying wine.
That's a big plus - those booze bags are useless for anything else.

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