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View Poll Results: Are you or have you been a dumpster diver at a marina or boatyard?
Yes, I have been or am an active dumpster diver 67 74.44%
No, and I would not partake in this crude approach 7 7.78%
No, but I am considering becoming one 16 17.78%
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Old 01-06-2011, 19:26   #1
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Are You a Secret Dumpster Diver ?

Are you or have you been an active dumpster diver around a marina or boatyard?

Besides food, what are some of the most interesting things you've found for your boat while refitting?

Do others in your area share your secret passion for finding these boat bargains, and how many others have you met with that mindset while diving yourself?

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Old 01-06-2011, 19:41   #2
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I may be a Low Budget cruiser.... but I've never been a skip rat....
Some things are just a step to far...
I leave that for the truly desperate and the non fussy eaters amonst us...
I'd choose starvation... with water that gives me 4 weeks normal activity... long enough to raise some work for cash...
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Old 01-06-2011, 19:47   #3
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Re: Are you a secret dumpster diver?

Not something I set out to do, but if i was to take a peak and see something worth wile for the boat, well it would be stupid not to.
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Old 01-06-2011, 19:50   #4
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Re: Are you a secret dumpster diver?

Some would prefer to describe it as "Recycling" thank you !!
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Re: Are you a secret dumpster diver?

Food?? Hell no!!!

Boat stuff? Hell yes!!!

If you hang around yuppie based marinas some really good stuff shows up. I've retrieved a good 25 L outboard fuel tank, a great laminated cutting board, 30 metres of nearly new 12 mm yacht braid that had some diesel spilled on it and endless other less notable stuff. The best thing that I didn't grab was a full set of golf clubs in a leather cart/bag, complete with the little snoods on the woods. It was right on the top of the pile one monday morning... must have been a bad round on sunday! Fortunately I have never succumbed to the alleged magic of golf and so could resist the temptation.

For the less adventurous, many cruiser-oriented marinas around the world have a "junk table" where yotties leave surplus gear for others to pick over... a great way to recycle things that are too good to trash, but are no longer useful to you.

I bet that Indy (Goprisco) approves of this practice!

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Old 01-06-2011, 22:11   #6
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Very cool stuff there Jim! Love it!
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A secret dumpster diver ? No way, I do it in broad daylight!

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Re: Are you a secret dumpster diver?

I am surprised that there are people who don't! Gosh, it's almost like a garage sale, but you don't have to bargain or bring cash
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Re: Are you a secret dumpster diver?

Watched 5 racing boats strip off their exotic halyards after the season. Got 14 nice new dock lines, kept 5 sold the rest for $25 each.
Fairly new Dahon bike with a broken rear sprocket, think it was about $30 to repair,
Like above, not a secret diver, daylight only, you can see better
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Re: Are you a secret dumpster diver?

'Tis better to give then receive ... at least until someone throws out something I can use!
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Wow! A dahonbike! Thats awesome! Some of this gear people are finding is remarkable
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Have pulled a lot of great stuff out of dumpsters. Amazing the stuff that people toss. One of the best ways to beat the high cost of boating!
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An inflatable 2 person kayak....
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Some oars.
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Re: Are you a secret dumpster diver?

An all-bronze Baby Blake. Am going to remove the bowl, fit a copper tube in its place, and make a table lamp for my study.
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