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Friday, February 1, 2013

Lots of Project Ideas....

Last week, Shelley and I were in Cuba... What a great break!  The warm and sunny weather may just get us through the rest of the winter now...  While we were laying on the beach I managed to read a couple more idea books and now have 7 pages of "Boat Project Ideas" that may or may not get done over the next  few years...  Below is the list of "projects" and "tips": 

(Keep in mind none of these ideas have been run past the Admiral yet)

Not in a book:
1) ***Finish installing new steering ram
2) Make "poor mans" Bimini
3) Make cover for Dinghy
4) Make covers for 2 diesel jerry cans , one gas can, and one water can
5) when we get south buy 80-100lb test line and switch it out on our salt 
water poles
Not in a book:
***All guests must come with soft sided duffel bags ONLY
keep about 6 disposable coveralls on the boat. shrink package them.
Get 100-200 ' of 1" nylon webbing.. Makes lots of stuff....

Why Didn't I Think of That?    (John & Susan Roberts)
pg: 5-6   Companionway seat
pg: 15   Mast Climbing system - low mast steps...
pg: 16     Winch Handle holder - PVC pipe...
pg: 17:     Ring to separate the flag halyard tied to the shroud...
pg: 21:       Companionway storm door***                                 
pg: 23:   Use Thompson's weather seal on canvas....  
We have a gallon already.. put it in a spray bottle...
pg 32:   Re-use liquor dispensing rack 
attach to a bulkhead or inside a cupboard
pg 33:     put a 1/4" plywood sheet under the mattress in aft cabin 
then hook it to the ceiling - it will hold up the mattress
pg 56: anchor buoy - use the yellow ball - see picture use 3/8" line so it 
can be use to pull out the anchor if it gets fouled
pg 58: In addition to mast head anchor light use a solar light at deck level.
pg 59: put clear tubing on anchor snubber for extra chafe protection
pg 60: 15" x 4" PVC attached to stern rail with lrg. SS hose clamps 
to hold stern danforth anchor.
pg 81: Move bolt cutters to seat in cockpit.
pg 83: put barrel bolt in hatch board that goes into sliding hatch
pg 84: Put shock cord behind both heads 
pg 87: Put a collar zinc on the shaft inside the hull.
pg 90: install jackline in cockpit  and at helm. (& pg5 Offshore Sailing)
pg102: install activated carbon filter in galley sink for drinking water

100 Fast & Easy Boat Improvements  (Don Casey)
pg 11: Rim deadbolt for hatchboard
pg 22: Add warning light to bilge pumps at helm and nav station
pg 37: add compass to aft cabin
pg 48: add 2' length of 2" pvc to hold umbrella

Offshore Sailing (Bill Seifert)
pg 28: Install preventer system (need 2 turning blocks)
pg 39:   Magnaflux test kit $49 - to check standing rigging
pg 48: add SS cringle rings to reefing points on main & mizzen
pg 62-63: ***Create locking mechanism for lazarette from aft cabin

Why Didn't I Think of That?    (John & Susan Roberts)
pg 25:   find some boric acid.  it will kill cockroaches.
pg 26:  - buy a mouse trap and a rat trap and keep them on board 
(often not available in other countries)
pg29-30:  when off shore cover dinette cushions with towels...
pg 35:   put a few tablespoons of vegetable oil in 
the near empty toilet every few days once a month pour vinegar
into the toilet - let it sit in pump for about an hour - then rinse
pg 37: instructions for using the head - laminated  (for guests)
pg 43: put beach down every drain including the shower once a month...
keeps the smell down and kills germs
pg 44: bleach in bilge to get rid of bad smells - VINEGAR for diesel smells
pg 47: vacuum seal toilet paper
pg47: create inventory notebook - (see idea 238)
pg48: store towels and sheets in pillow shams and throw cushions.
pg 48: store cloths not being used in vacuum storage bags
pg 55: find a plastic recipe  card file box to keep alphabetic track of 
boats we meet.  if we get a boat card just glue it to the card.
pg 82: find a pre-departure checklist and make it work for us.
pg 82: make through haul diagram - and close as many as possible 
while underway
pg 87:   put a whistle in the cockpit.
pg 88: put 20' of line and a carabeiner on the ditch bag.
pg 96: wherever possible, use local currency.
pg 96: Lonely Planet Guide Books and Fielding's Caribbean Travel Book.
pg: 101: Liquid Joy - works for dishes in salt water
pg 105: keep micro tape recorder at nav station to record weather 
pg 106: Caribbean weather forecast 4003 khz @ 0815 AST (ECT)
  and 8104 khz @ 0830 AST
pg 108: cook double batches of potatoes, rice, meat etc. use leftovers... 
saves energy
pg 108: use "flame tamer" to make toast.
pg 108: if you soak rice for 6-8 hours cut cooking time in half.
pg 109: use dutch oven on barbecue for baking
pg 110: make "solar tea" - 4 tea bags into black 2 litre plastic water 
pg 111: reduce pressure cooking time by 20% and let the cooker cool
down slowly instead of venting- saves propane
pg 118: use a mortar and pestle to grind/crush spices. (do we have one?)
pg 119: start collecting mayo, ketchup mustard relish packets (now)
pg 163: find a dozen or so plastic syringes - for epoxy or liquid sealant

Projects & Tips:
Best of Sail Magazine's THINGS THAT WORK
pg 3: use 27% hydrogen peroxide - 1/2 oz per 10 gal h20
instead of chlorine tablets chunked off and mixed with water
in a bleach bottle
pg4: get an 18" length of 3/8" to 1/2" soft copper tubing connected 
to a valve that fits the washdown hose. to clear blockages in the 
waste lines.
pg 5: never leave salt water standing in the water or waste system for 
any length of time.  if leaving the boat for any length of time run 
fresh water through the whole system...
pg 7: to clear clogs in drains or pipes use a scuba tank to blow them out
pg 8: emergency gasket - cut out a plastic lid.
pg 10: to cut a tube in half - wrap it in paper then fold the paper in half.
pg 17: Rigging tester: wd-40 mixed with red dye powder. apply with soft
brush, let stand for 20 min. wipe with lightly dampened rag with 
alcohol. then lightly brush on talcum power - cracks will appear.
pg 19: compress a new impeller with a hose clamp - lube with veg oil.
pg 24: take oil filter off with ziplock bag.
pg 25: flush raw water side of cooling system w/ fresh water from time 
to time
pg 27: use enema bag for transmission fluid and distilled water
pg 38: check to see if this idea might work for an extra solar panel?
pg 39: wire in warning light to indicate when the water pump is activated...
pg 44: flopper stopper - settles boat in rolly anchorage (see video too)
pg 45: old fire hose for chafing gear...
pg 55: add 2 small padeyes to each mast just above the spreaders for 
bird wires
pg 87: Put water pump grease on the prop... keeps barnacles off.
pg 90: use small clevis rings instead of cotter pins
pg 95-97: Some kind of rig to secure a floppy topping lift...

Tips & Projects
From Buy Outfit and Sail By Fatty Goodlander: (Kindle Edition)
 3703.   Glue a sunbrella umbrella over the ssb radio to keep it dry.
 2728.   Attach hatch boards to the boat.  Make sure they don't fall out
if the boat flips over
2760 important storm stuff.
3738.         Buy a toilet wax ring to fix leaks while underway
3815.          Get rid of all steel wool.
3893.         Make dry boxes for electronics 💻etc. find a dehumidifier 
and hygrometer and a large Dry container see picture.
4941 exercise all the equipment on the boat at least once a month.
5076 a list of stuff to take to trade... (a really good list!)
5255 how to re-build a dinghy motor that has been submerged.
5317 inventory and record all spare parts - not only the engine!
5443 when crossing the ocean, move anchor chain to the base of the 
mast post in the bilge.
5492 there are 2 free knot books on amazon for the kindle.
5501 Coconut husks on a fire keep mosquitoes away..
5560 How to careen your boat
6290 find some Kevlar thread - it can replace a SS fitting.

Tips & Projects:
Simply Sailing by Connie McBride:  (Kindle Edition)
197 medications for seasickness. Scopolomine - brand: Tran-Scope
1771              Replace napkins with cloth - 2 for each person.
2297           Store extra clothing in throw cushions
2374           Get a few 100' spools of starter cord - works great for may projects
2391             Use dry-deck from west marine for under cushion etc. keeps moisture at bay.
2685            Put a 1" hole in the top of the rudder for am emergency steering rope
3915              Best anchor seems to be a Bruce 


  1. Thanks... I would recommend these books all day long. My favorite was Fatty Goodlanders...