Originally Posted by w1651
T I hear you on that. I think that is going to be the hardest part of cruising for me. Thank God they still make rum
Here's a little question I have been pondering since I checked a price
at west marine
. How much of your boat Mark did you get from the auto supply store as compared to the marine
I went looking for a plug
for thru hull
to the head
on my boat. Foam emergency plug
at west marine 10.00 a rubber freeze plug with center nut to spread and secure the plug 4.00 at advanced auto parts
These are the things I want to know about. Where to get the same or betterparts at a more reasonable cost. Another example, Polybutyl tape. the cheapest I have found is at a glass shop that does windshields. 1/16 tape 30.00 with more then enough to do all the fittings on deck
I'm not sure which boat you mean? The first??? I lived far from the nearest big town and often didn't own a car then. My first boat was before nationwide marine stores, although I did use Defender Industries catalogs, for blocks & rigging
. (LOTS of visits by the UPS man). I also worked building boats professionally, in exchange for materials @ coast rather than cash.
On Delphys, I never buy retail, (have a business), and always look for deals. I got much of my hardware
, etc. @ 50% off. Although this is not always possible now, (Due to my less volume consumption
... thank God).
I have used consignment stores on occasion, but find that the prices are too high for used gear
, and I seldom find what I want.
With simple things like your example, I always go for hardware
store stuff first. If it can flood my boat bigtime, I go for the marine grade Maralon through hulls & valves, but on the fresh water plumbing
for example, I use common hardware store PVC parts
. I make a LOT out of PVC!
Another example is the last boat building. These parts ALL came from Lowes, and even if I figure in a new plastic tarp cover every 1.5 years, over 5 years (=3), and the PVC pipe, cement, wires, fans, turnbuckles, lights, stereo, and the salvaged mobile home LP furnace that heated it in winter... the building still totaled < $1,000 over that time, to both build and maintain.
I also made specialized tools, like the sanding
block made with brass hinges & furniture casters. I was always looking for the cheap
, simple solution first, then got more complex and expensive as the situation dictated.
This High tech sanding
outfit is called a PAPR. Powered Air Purifying Resperator. I DID buy it... However, 20 years earlier, I invented it, ("as far as I know"). I made the prototype out of a boyscout back pack frame, speaker wire, The blower motor
bus, respirator cartridges, duct tape, bilge pump
hose, a welders mask, a canvass duffel bag, some plywood
, and a train transformer. It cost "0", as my barn's "crap collection" supplied it all. Like a fool, instead of going to the patent office, I published my contraption, with photos in great detail, in Multihulls Magazine. Some years later, they appeared on the market, in a much refined form. Live & learn!
I recently made a device for retaining my stored staysail stay, rather than buy the catalog one for $80. Mine is made of PVC that I bent by boiling, cut a slit, glassed, and attached glass triangles. It cost about $5, and is self adjustable... (Took a week "off and on", though.)
So, yes and no about your question. It depended on how much of my life I would be willing to devote to searching, or how much safety
I would give up. I did always ask myself, however, Is there an easy & cheaper way.