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Old 16-01-2019, 07:29   #16
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

Because the lens is beneath the water surface, a Looking Bucket (Bathiscope) eliminates water surface reflection, and the cone (if that type used) eliminates reflection on the lens, to allow under water viewing as far as water clarity and light permits.
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Old 16-01-2019, 09:34   #17
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

You know how well you can see underwater with a mask?
A glass bottom bucket does the same thing, without you having to stick your face in the water.
Great for places like the Bahamas if you want to see your anchor clearly etc., but don’t want to dive it.
It’s still to chilly for me yet, later on when it warms up, I’ll do more diving, until then I’m growing a garden on our hull
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Old 16-01-2019, 09:42   #18
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

Simply purchase a ready made contraption from a chandlery for about $40. Then after about two years of not using it, because you’ll find it to be somewhat useless and taking up too much space on your yacht, at that point you can either sell it or give it away. We have one of these (pictured), which is totally useless and takes up way too much space.

Anyway, don’t bother wasting your time trying to make one yourself.
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

Ken I would gladly take that off your hands, just tell me how much!

Our buddy boat in the Bahamas last season had one and I grew to love it; didn't have to dive the anchor.
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Old 16-01-2019, 10:51   #20
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

I would use 5200, I use a 5 gallon bucket with the bottom cut out and no plexiglass and it works, try it.
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

Silicone will work fine.
BTW, We put this silicone on the bottom of our boat dishware to make them "non slip" in 1993! Still there. You just squeeze it on there and place the plate/bowl on a piece of wax paper and let it set up.
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Old 16-01-2019, 11:08   #22
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

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Repurposed traffic cones make EXCELLENT bathiscopes. Don’t ask me how I know this.

Narrow end up, deals with the whole sunlight and angle of view thing plus they are bl—dy near indestructible, being made to handle wayward trucks and drunk drivers.
Excellent idea!
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Simply purchase a ready made contraption from a chandlery for about $40. Then after about two years of not using it, because you’ll find it to be somewhat useless and taking up too much space on your yacht, at that point you can either sell it or give it away. We have one of these (pictured), which is totally useless and takes up way too much space.

Anyway, don’t bother wasting your time trying to make one yourself.
Are you aware that those unscrew into two or three parts that nest for storage?
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Old 16-01-2019, 11:26   #24
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

I made one out of one of those orange highway cones. plexiglass screwed to the bottom and sealed with 4200, top cut to sorta fit our faces
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Simply purchase a ready made contraption from a chandlery for about $40. Then after about two years of not using it, because you’ll find it to be somewhat useless and taking up too much space on your yacht, at that point you can either sell it or give it away. We have one of these (pictured), which is totally useless and takes up way too much space.

Anyway, don’t bother wasting your time trying to make one yourself.
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Are you aware that those unscrew into two or three parts that nest for storage?
Not until I read your post. Thanks.

It hasn’t been very usefull in the Med, but might find a use in the shallow clear waters of the Caribbean. I’ll try unscewing it when I return to Italy in May. Thanks again.
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

We use a 6" black "plastic" drainage pipe about 2 feet long with plexiglass attached on one end to determine water depth clarity.
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[QUOTE=a64pilot;2803463]I have a circle of plexiglass and want to cut the bottom out of a 5 gl plastic bucket and adhere the plexiglass in.
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So please forgive my ignorance. What is the significance or purpose for a "Glass bottom Bucket".
Perhaps I've been missing a valuable boating tool all these years?
While you can simply look at the local wildlife living below the surface, I find the most important use is to take a quick look at how the anchor set and give it a check before heading off in the dink.
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

I'd get the bell end of a piece of 6 inch PVC pipe as long as you need, cut the bell end down to 1 inch and cut the perspex to fit snugly in it. That'll be very strong and require only a caulk to seal it.
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Simply purchase a ready made contraption from a chandlery for about $40. Then after about two years of not using it, because you’ll find it to be somewhat useless and taking up too much space on your yacht, at that point you can either sell it or give it away. We have one of these (pictured), which is totally useless and takes up way too much space.



Anyway, don’t bother wasting your time trying to make one yourself.


What reminded me that I already had a piece of cut plexiglass was seeing a plastic bucket with a plastic bottom for sale in Spanish Wells for about $60, what you have if it was for sale would bring I’m sure more than $100.
Plus a bucket with a plastic bottom, is still a bucket
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