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Old 05-11-2015, 12:14   #16
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Re: Your Favorite Purchase Under $150

For $150 I would get : a nice bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape, a bottle of decent single malt Islay whiskey, a takeout from the local Chinese restaurant, and a good movie from the Redbox next door.
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Old 05-11-2015, 13:13   #17
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8 horse tohatsu sail drive with optional 8 amp alternator $25 at a garage sale last fall runs like a top plenty of motor for my islander or my tender.
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Our Marriage Saver headsets were a great investment for about $100 CAD!
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Re: Your Favorite Purchase Under $150

I bought a $10 box at an estate yardsale, in the box was a bunch of sailboat stuff, the gem was a $2500 Katadyn 80E watermaker. It appears to be in good condition. I'm sure I'll have to buy new elements, but that's not a problem. I wanted one for the boat on my circumnavigation, figured I'd have to build it from scratch and have to buy the elements anyway. I have checked the pump it works.
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A bazooka watergun. This is a child's toy- under $10, about 2" wide, gets into little nooks and crannies and suckS out water better and faster than any pump I have bought for that purpose.
I buy a similar pump at the dollar store...it looks like giant crayon, and its meant as a childs toy. But its just right to get the last bit of water out of a tight space, like the icebox, bilge, or dinghy.

Then in the fall, I cut the tip off the pump to make a 3/8" hole and insert a 4' piece of flexible tubing, sealed with Tear Aid. And I use it to suck the oil out of the engine. Its a bit slow, but works great. When I'm done, the whole mess goes in the trash. I build a new one every year...no storing greasy pumps on my boat.
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I bought a $10 box at an estate yardsale, in the box was a bunch of sailboat stuff, the gem was a $2500 Katadyn 80E watermaker. It appears to be in good condition. I'm sure I'll have to buy new elements, but that's not a problem. I wanted one for the boat on my circumnavigation, figured I'd have to build it from scratch and have to buy the elements anyway. I have checked the pump it works.
I found a very dirty old VHF radio (with digital controls, not too old) at a yard sale. Convinced the guy it probably doesn't work, and bought it for the grand sum of 75 cents. Took it home, cleaned it up, installed it on the Paceship 29 mentioned above. Worked great.
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A bottle of 12yr ole chilvers scotch 130 dollars ...baragain and mighty fine drink
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A bazooka watergun. This is a child's toy- under $10, about 2" wide, gets into little nooks and crannies and suckS out water better and faster than any pump I have bought for that purpose.
I like it! I'm gonna get me one.
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Easy. Kindle.
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Easy. Kindle.
I will second this.. Actually this is the number one electronic gadget I have ever bought!
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A bazooka watergun. This is a child's toy- under $10, about 2" wide, gets into little nooks and crannies and suckS out water better and faster than any pump I have bought for that purpose.
Can be had as low as $1 if you look for em. Best dinghy bailer in the world. And you don't care if you lose it or it gets stolen.
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solar water bags....about 10 bucks each (his and hers) put it out in the sun for a afternoon shower on the deck....just love it
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Soft shackles from Colligo. Now I make my own.
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Re: Your Favorite Purchase Under $150

A little more expensive at $180, but the Madman autopilot remote control with FOB's really came in handy on the trip we just made - mostly thru ICW. In open water, sitting on the nets on the front of the boat and giving the remote a tap to change course and avoid platforms, other boats, whatever, was really cool.
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