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

I've heard of people doing this mod before. I have a 12v drill I plan to do this with once the battery stops taking a charge. Good reminder.

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

The silly thing was... I was actually browsing the internet looking for a corded 12-volt drill. Of course all my search results came back with battery powered drills. Then I remembered the junk gathering dust in the garage.

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I thought that I might have posted this here, but scanning back through the various pages, I apparently didn't. I like to steer from the the sides of the cockpit near the rail of the boat where I can better see the jib teletales.
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The problem is that it is hard to see the GPS/Chartplotter from the side of the boat unless it is able to rotate. I had seen commercial GPS mounts but they all looked either too flimsy or were wildly expensive and most did not rotate. I ended up designing this simple starboard turn-table to mount the GPS on. It works very well and did not take very long to make.

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

The other really low buck project was a cover for the end of my boom. Like many performance boats my boom end fitting has an opening that allows you to reeve new lines or replace the hardware that lives is inside the boom. This opening has been very appealing to birds and every spring I would have bird's nesting in the end of my boom. So I made this little cover out of prefinished aluminum flashing that I cut to shape and folded over to hem. I then made a naugahyde cover for the aluminum in case someone came in contact with it. The naugahyde was cut oversized to allow for a 1/2" margin and glued in place with contact cement. I folded and glued the margin onto the back of the aluminum before screwing it in place.

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Some horrible bent/twisted mahogany from Jamestown Distributors I think, a piece of red oak I had laying around (the leg) and a plywood top with some grooves routed in to look shippy. Lowes white paint and an old can of Cetol. Mix in some sloppy cuts and voila! Fold down table.
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Needed a better way to raise and lower the mast on my Mac 22. I didn't want to drop a few hundred on an actual mast raising system. So, I just made one. Works great. Got to use it today.
Made from a heavy gauge fence post, winch, 1/8" cable, hook, a pulley, and a length of water hose just big enough to get on the foot of it. Total cost was $30. Maybe. I bought the winch used for $5. Post was $8, cable hook, and everything else was maybe $10-15.
Works great. and makes raising and lowering the mast crazy easy.
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I don't have the pictures but I finally finished wiring my boat up. New masthead light, bow and stern lights, and interior lights. Got a battery, a small solar panel, and a battery tender solar controller for my birthday and so I wired them in. I used good tinned marine wire. In total I have about $80 in it not counting the gifts. Those would add another $200 to the project. However, I got it all wired up and running. Full LED and I'm all good for an overnight trip now. I'll be hooking up my fish finder to test it out. I need to find a good spot to mount it. If I can find a good place then I'll need to mount it and then I'll be good for a while. I think from here on out it'll either be repairs to things I break or accessories. I'll worry about that when the time comes though. I think if I can get this last little bit up and working I just may have the nicest Mac 22 out there. lol
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

2" industrial velcro makes for easy temp...or permanent mounting...and still portable.
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2" industrial velcro makes for easy temp...or permanent mounting...and still portable.
That's a good idea. I'm more concerned about the location. The cockpit is fairly small and space is a premium. Although, with velcro I may be able to mount it in different places. I'll play with it this weekend while I'm out.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

When converting a 12v drill ,may I suggest HD speaker wire. Flexible and big amp compatible. I built a 17 ' sailboat on the beach in Thailand .Makita and a car battery
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