Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 11-05-2013, 08:00   #121
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 3,949
Re: Great Inexpensive Gizmos

Have I already mentioned microfiber washcloths? They are super cheap in the automotive section of places like WM, and you can buy them in some bright colors--I have some blue ones for general duty and some fluorescent green ones I reserve for cleaning glasses and sensitive things. They are great cleaners of binoculars, glasses and cameras. The blue ones wipe up cockpits, or dry off the dinghy seat. They last much longer than the fake Shamwows I used to use, they can be thrown in the washer to clean up, and I use them all over the boat. Keep one in my car and near my computer for cleaning my glasses too.
__________________

__________________
Kettlewell Cruising
Kettlewell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 13:05   #122
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 280
Re: Great Inexpensive Gizmos

I know these are not gadgets or gizmos, however, I can not think a boat without them...
1. Ducktape
2. Silicon cutting board
3. WD-40
4. A proper sailing knife with marlinspike
5. A beautiful woman who loves the sea
__________________

__________________
MehmetCan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 13:07   #123
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 3,949
Re: Great Inexpensive Gizmos

Quote:
5. A beautiful woman who loves the sea
Remember, "inexpensive" is the watch word.
__________________
Kettlewell Cruising
Kettlewell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 13:32   #124
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 280
Re: Great Inexpensive Gizmos

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kettlewell View Post
Remember, "inexpensive" is the watch word.
Kudos!!!

...however, still...
__________________
MehmetCan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 17:18   #125
Registered User
 
Capn Morgan's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: South East Asia
Boat: Hans Christian 48T
Posts: 381
Re: Great Inexpensive Gizmos

Quote:
Originally Posted by delmarrey View Post
Are these multi-voltage or ordered for the location?
The ones around here are only 230V.
__________________
Capn Morgan
'If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds' worth of distance run...'
Capn Morgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 17:45   #126
Registered User
 
Reefmagnet's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: puɐןsuǝǝnb 'ʎɐʞɔɐɯ
Boat: Nantucket Island 33
Posts: 2,735
Quote:
Originally Posted by noelex 77 View Post
Here is another chap gizmo

A wireless anchor winch control is handy.

These are available from ebay at a very low price (about $25 for one with 2 hand controllers) and work fine with marine anchor winches.
They are cheap Chinese junk, so don't expect too much, but as long as its a backup control, they are a good option to have.

Mine has been going for a couple of years without any problems. The only slight inconvenience is a short push of button retrieves a minimium of 18 inches of chain, which is too coarse to "park" the anchor.
I've done the same thing. The transmitters can be set to the receiver frequency by the soldering pattern of the IC on the circuit board so replacement transmiters can be purchased and reprogrammed for couple of bucks. I've modified mine by coating the PCB's with clear insulating varnish and gluing the rubber button covers down "properly". This makes them reasonably water resistant. I also made a wired pendant from parts sourced cheaply as I couldn't see how the switch supplied with the winch could be put to any practical use on my boat. I really have never used the pendant controller though as the wireless control works great.
__________________
Reefmagnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 19:42   #127
Registered User
 
Ldylightfoot's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by resilientg View Post
My automatic waterless dishwater / hotwater bottle / bug displacer / intruder alarm / alarm clock / best best friend / possum finder.
ROFL!! Now THIS was a great read!!! Thanks for the laughs!!
__________________
Ldylightfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 20:00   #128
Registered User
 
Ldylightfoot's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by gettinthere View Post
3' long part grabber. Has 4 small prongs, spring activated at the handle end for grabbing stuff in hard to reach places.
Also called "mechanical fingers". I personally can't work on a plane without them. Don't know why I hadn't thought of getting a set for the boat!
__________________
Ldylightfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 20:07   #129
Registered User
 
Ldylightfoot's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by MehmetCan View Post
5. A beautiful woman who loves the sea
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kettlewell View Post

Remember, "inexpensive" is the watch word.
Hey! He already had me before we found the boat! That counts as inexpensive, doesn't it?!
;-D
__________________
Ldylightfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2013, 02:50   #130
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 280
Re: Great Inexpensive Gizmos

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ldylightfoot View Post
Hey! He already had me before we found the boat! That counts as inexpensive, doesn't it?!
;-D
That's just utopia...
__________________
MehmetCan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2013, 04:59   #131
Nearly an old salt
 
goboatingnow's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 13,649
Images: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by MehmetCan View Post

That's just utopia...
TCO of any " beautiful" is stratospheric , yachts , art , wom....

Dave
__________________
Check out my new blog on smart boat technology, networking and gadgets for the connected sailor! - http://smartboats.tumblr.com
goboatingnow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2013, 18:14   #132
Senior Cruiser
 
skipmac's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: 29 49.16 N 82 25.82 W
Boat: Pearson 422
Posts: 12,374
Re: Great Inexpensive Gizmos

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ldylightfoot View Post
Also called "mechanical fingers". I personally can't work on a plane without them. Don't know why I hadn't thought of getting a set for the boat!
For the boat I keep three sets. A short one that has a strong grip and is easy to steer, a really long set for reaching into a deep hole under my water tank and a really cool set with an LED light on the end so you can find the lost screw in the dark.
__________________
The water is always bluer on the other side of the ocean.
skipmac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2013, 18:38   #133
cruiser

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: medusa NY
Boat: Tayana Surprise 45 schooner "Union Pacific"
Posts: 2,098
Re: Great Inexpensive Gizmos

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kettlewell View Post
Tell us about your favorite inexpensive gizmo that has changed your life onboard! I'll start with the Super Siphon. I got sick of fueling my feet, the dinghy, the dock, and the deck of my boat due to the cruel jokes they call fuel jugs these days--I picture the crew at the fuel jug factory sitting around telling sick jokes about all us saps using their products that make it harder to put fuel into your tank than on the ground. So I asked around some of the car forums and the Super Siphon kept coming up. Bought two from Amazon and boy are they slick. Work like a charm. No more spilled fuel and I don't have to balance an awkwardly heavy fuel jug while trying to pour into the tank while watching the rising level so I don't flood the dinghy. I don't know how I have lived without these for years. I just make sure the jug is a bit higher than what I want to fill. Put the brass thingy into your fuel jug and shake it up and down for a few seconds and pretty soon the fuel starts to flow lickety split at just about the right speed. It is easy to stop the flow at just the right moment by simply lifting the brass thingy above the fuel level in the jug. Easy peasy.
in lew of the jiggle siphon you can get a 12 volt pump, self priming, 2gpm.
on one end, a long hose on the other a short hose into the tank.
walk from jug to jug sticking the long end into them without unhooking, or moving them. very easy.
__________________
scoobert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-05-2013, 04:40   #134
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Boat: Simpson, Sinewave 9m
Posts: 10
I have to boil the kettle on the gas stove for hot water, so I have a vacuum flask/thermos that I put any unused boiled water into when making a coffee. I then have hot water 'on tap' for washing dishes, bathing etc. throughout the day.
__________________
JacquiSydney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-05-2013, 06:25   #135
Registered User
 
mbianka's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 2,125
Images: 1
Re: Great Inexpensive Gizmos

I carry a kit of wire thin wire running sticks.
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: A DIFFERENT KIND OF FISHING
Useful for fishing wires through the boat and also use them for cleaning barnacles out of the intake houses. Might also be good as emergency fishing pole.
__________________

__________________
Capt. Mike
mbianka is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:24.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.