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Old 25-09-2014, 02:10   #1141
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Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Two or three years ago I saw a nice large but not very clean ss marine stove, 3 burner kind with oven, by the dumpster in the marina. Apparently someone put a new one in and the installers just threw the old one out. I called my liveaboard friend to inquire if it had any value. He asked me to bring it to him asap. Few days later, after he cleaned it, put new burners in (the stove was CNG so he put in propane burners) and replaced the piezzo ignition (he had a unneeded spare lying around) he quickly sold it for $500 and we split the profit.

The amount of good stuff people throw away in the marinas is mind boggling. I am almost tempted to rent a storage space or a yard and make re-selling it a part time business. Or may be even a full time one.
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Old 25-09-2014, 04:53   #1142
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That was a great post Ryan. Thanks. And you're quite correct that the two very long earlier threads were not all hints and cool info. Some retired guy with a lot of time on his hands should probably edit all that stuff and produce a file literally worth its weight in gold.

Fortunately, we have many true and practical boat gurus onboard the internet. I suppose it's impolite to name posters but there are at least five or 6 outright brainiacs on here passing on their varied knowledge for free, a trimaraner who I hope is writing a book, and several others I've been reading for years that have moved on from CF.

As the value of money continues to erode, more of us will need to do some real thinking before reaching for that debit card.

On edit, I know of a certain baritone ukulele that is returning to the main saloon after a long period of being banished into the forepeak. Thanks for that tidbit.
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Last bit is just some random advice. Find room on the boat for a cheap instrument, anything will do. You're essentially locking yourself in a tiny room for much of the time, it's practically impossible to not get good at something you pick up and fiddle about with every couple of minutes. General rule of life there for ya.

There, I think I'm about done now.

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Lots of good advise, thanks.

This part though, not just an instrument, but anything else, certain books, taking up new skills, learn a language, one could learn just about anything if they're determined enough.

I do have an instrument I've been thinking of putting on the boat. Maybe it'll get me to start learning more of it.

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Ryan and Sailorchic sound like a match made in heaven!!
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Ryan. Thanks for bringing the thread back with some very practical advice
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Thanks Ryan!!


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"The amount of good stuff people throw away in the marinas is mind boggling. I am almost tempted to rent a storage space or a yard and make re-selling it a part time business. Or may be even a full time one. "

+1.

When we bought our new-to-us boat this spring three of the ports were missing the little screw knobs that you secure them with. Two weeks later in the marina Dumpster I was able to scavenge the EXACT parts I needed. Somebody had apparently replaced their ports, and the old throw-aways were ripe for the picking. I even had the presence of mind to grab a few extra pieces in case the need arises in the future.
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Ryan and Sailorchic sound like a match made in heaven!!
I have just elevated ryanh to the level of sailorchic34. Well, not quite. Ultimately, I would rather be stranded on a deserted island with sailorchic than ryan...
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The amount of good stuff people throw away in the marinas is mind boggling
We were in Nassau Yacht Haven for a few days. I stopped at the dumpster to drop off a bag of trash and found a set of Explorer charts. They were newer than mine.
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The amount of good stuff people throw away in the marinas is mind boggling. I am almost tempted to rent a storage space or a yard and make re-selling it a part time business. Or may be even a full time one. [/QUOTE]

+1 NEVER pass a marina or boatyard dumpster without looking in it! I have found many amazing discards in perfectly good condition. When dockbound, I always make it a practice to go for a walk through the more upscale marinas for a "dumpster check" on sunday evenings after all the weekenders have gone home.
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The amount of good stuff people throw away in the marinas is mind boggling. I am almost tempted to rent a storage space or a yard and make re-selling it a part time business. Or may be even a full time one.
+1 NEVER pass a marina or boatyard dumpster without looking in it! I have found many amazing discards in perfectly good condition. When dockbound, I always make it a practice to go for a walk through the more upscale marinas for a "dumpster check" on sunday evenings after all the weekenders have gone home.[/QUOTE]

SC recently mentioned she shops at "upscale second hand stores." In Oakland! That's hardcore.
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Ultimately, I would rather be stranded on a deserted island with sailorchic than ryan...
Me too. :-)

Glad to hear my post might have gotten a few instruments out of storage. Feel free to sail up to the Boston area anytime for a jam session, I won't have much else to do beside keep warm soon anyway. Actually, a cruisers forum meet up and jam session sounds like it could be fun to try someday.

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Your sail is probably Dacron. If so it is made from Polyester. It is also filled with some type of clay that is pressed into the weave. The clay makes a new sail very stiff. You would be advised to sew it with polyester and you can buy that already waxed in different gauges or sizes. I sewed every seam on my main and my jib one nice sunny week in Guatemala. Generally if you have the patience you can follow the original seams and it sews a lot easier. Mac
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Probably why I wouldn't like to cruise on a budget, in the UK that can be theft and I kid you not, below is an extract from an article in which a person was prosecuted for taking food from a supermarket dumpster.


"the law in England and Wales: "A person commits theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it."


Just because someone throws something away, does not mean they don't own it. So if it can be proven that the property that was thrown away had a rightful owner, it would be illegal to take it."
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Speaking of shoestrings, there is a newish 2nd hand boat stuff store, Anchors Aweigh, in Beaufort, NC. It's on the maindrag, a couple of miles from the anchorages. Chock full of interesting stuff. On the way to the grocery stores.
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