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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I just bought my first "real" sailboat. This thread is dangerous.

Thanks for all the ideas! Now I just need to find some time.
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Wow! you folks are all terrifically creative, you've given me lot's of ideas! Only problem is all these low bucks ideas are starting to add up! lol
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We have a big scum problem at our dock, and a dock mate of mine spent $70 on a brush like this one. I spotted a brush that looks remarkably similar for $3 at H&[email protected] Fr*!ght yesterday and duct taped it to an old boat pole and I'm very pleased.
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I love this topic , lets see if we can get it going again .


Need some inspiration ? Get this book .
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I am a bit over the $100 mark, but considering inflation since this thread started 10 years ago, I am pretty close. Ive spent maybe $160 cdn, so maybe $120 US. The project has been quite a bit of effort but has been cheap with the biggest expense being 3 sheets of 1/4" douglas fir ply and some hardware store pine to build frame and internal chines, tite bond glue and a bit of fibreglass tape and epoxy to seal the seams.

The rig is a rig I had laying around the house and am currently using for 2 other boats (my WB8 and my sailing canoe). Oars are the oars off my WB8.

Its a complete boat hull, a class legal PDRacer. The design is my own. The boat was specifically designed to nest in the back of a Grand Caravan with the middle row of seats up. Carrying capacity is adeqyate to carry the whole family (in extremely protected waters), without needing to trailer or even car top a boat. Couple of pics.
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It's very ingenious, but what do you use it for?
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It's very ingenious, but what do you use it for?
Aside from the pleasure I got from designing, building and tinkering.

I am going to race it. For one design racing its not supposed to matter how fast the core design is, what matters should be that all the boats are the same general speed, so most classes should be competitive within their class, in theory any way. The class isnt as big as it was 10 years ago, but there are still lots of PDRs out there racing.

I am also going to experiment with it as a camp cruiser. The box design allows for a sizable pay load. So in theory, my son and I could load the boat into the van and go to a wetland, pond, lake or river, assemble the boat on the beach, load it up with camping gear and go exploring. The boat has two sizable dry cargo areas for tent, sleeping bags and food.

Or as a day sailor. We just got back from a road trip to Cape Breton- about 2000 km with a canoe onthe roof and sailing rig in the back. The Cape Breton Highlands werent a fantastivc place for bombing along at 110 kph with 70kph cross winds with a boat on the roof, but you wouldnt even notice a boat nested in the back inside of the car. So same thing. Road trip some where, set up camp on the beach, assemble your boat on arrival and use it for day sailing.
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I was tied up next to this old motor cruiser this season. I loved the table lamp in the 'window'. At night it was pleasant glow to see.



You don't see 'table lamps' on boats, for obvious reasons. But I had a dark area between the saloon and vee berth below in our boat, and that lamp got me thinking...

I had swapped out all the incandescent bulbs for LED's in our household bulb cabin fixtures. LED's are available in 12VDC household base in various wattages and color temperatures and I had a couple spares on hand. Lamp parts, remember those?




Sailboats like ours are smaller than that big cruiser - I'd have to scale things down. I knew small(4-6") lamp shades are available to fit chandelier bulbs. I bought a couple of those. Now a base. My dark space, has a high fiddled shelf under a port. We have Maine beach finds around the house and boat. A rolled rock, formed by eons of pounding surf on our granite islands, caught my. I drilled it for the threaded lamp pipe. Not high enough so I added another to make a cairn. I sat it in a doughnut of silicone (on an oiled surface) to form a non skid base. But I also tied the wiring below for security.



Not only did it light the passageway at night,.....



...it added another warm light on the harbor. Just what I was looking for in the port.



With extra parts, I put another together out of a cut of drift wood and a Lexan base for stability. For this one, I added a 16/2 cord and plug so it could be stored and used if you extra light.

Cost is about $20 per lamp, including a 7 watt bulb.


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This is so simple (the way I did it) the true marline spikers will cringe , maybe this winter I'll do some splicing . Anyhow the toggle is from the bay . It was advertised as a sweater button/toggle there were some interesting ones made from bone but I landed on the wood ones , 5 for 2 bucks .
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