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Old 16-01-2019, 13:41   #31
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

Well you learn something new every day, great idea. Actually my inflatable kayak has a clear plastic bottom and always look through as I'm kayaking so I will make a glass bottom bucket this winter. Will come in handy!
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

I’ve seen one, and only one completely clear kayak, thought it a great idea and wondered why I haven’t seen others.
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

There have been a bunch of completely clear boats made. I have a photo of my father holding one over his head in the 1950’s. It was about 7 feet long and called a Glasshopper.

Every few years somebody thinks it’s a good idea and starts producing them.
The problem is it doesn’t take long for them to get scuffed up both inside and outside. After that the view isn’t great.

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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

Y'all are overthinking this, he is a cruiser! Get an old bucket, find a piece of glass, chip it to sorta round, cut a slightly smaller hole in the bottom of the bucket, glue the glass in with whatever open tube of goop that has not dried up. Done! Go diving!
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

To be able to see underwater.
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

Well 5200 is doubtful, unless I use my stash, it’s $50 a tube here, but that is the big caulk gun tube, of course I don’t need nearly that much, but it’s what is available.
Might just use sillycone. If you think about it, it and nothing else hold full glass aquariums together.
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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
Good luck trying to actually see anything through your glass bucket on a sunny day with all the reflective sunlight. I paid no more then €50 for my bathiscope at a Spanish chandlery in Menorca. Here’s one for sale with free shipping, make him an offer or continue to fool around:
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Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

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First its $100 like I said, secondly I don’t have anywhere to have it delivered to, and thirdly, I don’t have a need for something else to store.
I already have a bucket, it will continue to be a bucket, just have a clear bottom.
Glare if it becomes an issue I’m sure can be dealt with as easily as a towel over my shoulders.
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

Also Great for checking DAVEY JONES’S locker, from the dinghy, for items lost overboard.
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Well 5200 is doubtful, unless I use my stash, it’s $50 a tube here, but that is the big caulk gun tube, of course I don’t need nearly that much, but it’s what is available.
Might just use sillycone. If you think about it, it and nothing else hold full glass aquariums together.


Isn’t silicone normally recommended for plexiglass anyway?
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I’ve seen one, and only one completely clear kayak, thought it a great idea and wondered why I haven’t seen others.
I don't know just how much money this kid makes but I know it is enough to make a living with the clear kayaks as he has been around a year or two.

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Re: “Glass bottom Bucket” uses

Many years ago we met a guy who had sailed his 28 odd foot wooden boat across the Atlantic AFTER having cut a 2 foot square hole in the bottom and inserting "glass" in the hole to make it waterproof so he could watch the fish.
When asked how it worked he said it was poor since it was soon covered up with green slime and not transparent afterwards.
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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”

Speaking as one who has made a glass bottom bucket silicone is fine but I agree with Ken that the underwater viewer is better, and I ended up getting one. In order to see well the only light coming in should be through the glass. With a bucket you have to put a towel or something over your head, as you say, so light doesn't come in from the top in order to see. The way to make the viewer better is to make it black, not orange. It does take up a good deal of space, even though it does unscrew into 3 nesting parts, but for kids it's great, especially at night. And checking the anchor from the dinghy is easy too if you have good viz. But if you already have a black bucket and some left over plexiglass it's worth a try.
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When asked how it worked he said it was poor since it was soon covered up with green slime and not transparent afterwards.
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He should have used bottom paint with anti-slime in it. Oh wait, never mind.
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Re: Making a “Glass bottom Bucket”

When I was a kid looking for good dive spots we had a trick for getting a quick look at the bottom without stopping the boat. We would just put the boat into a tight turn and it would create a smooth patch of water on the inside of the turn that you could see through surprisingly well. If it looked good someone would take a quick swim with a mask on or we’d stop and use the bucket to get a better look.
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