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Old 30 September 2012, 08:49   #11
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a straw and your mouth instead of an auxiliary engine, I'll will post pics for thicky boy !
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Old 30 September 2012, 09:30   #12
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1. Roofing coach bolts instead of expensive stainless steel. If there easy to access and can be changed easily, you can get 300 of them for 12. I used them to fix the consol to the deck, making sure the main fixings were going into the thicker wood part of the deck and resin'd in.
you must have too much time on your hands if you are going to change all the bolts when they start to corrode in salt water. If you don't do it quickly you'll get horrible stains around them and find them very difficult to remove.

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3. Make an anchor out of a piece of scaffold pole with two pieces of concrete reinforcing bar, each length bent round double , then threaded through the centre of the pole, then bend the two ends up to form the spikes.
are anchors expensive? As a fairly critical piece of safety equipment I'll stick to a tried and tested model with a good blade area. At least then if my boat ever gets washed up on the shore I will be able to make a credible claim to my insurer.
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5. Tie a piece of 10lb fishing line to your toggle on your manual inflation lifejack and your boat in a big sea if you want it to become auto for a while !!! Hopefully never folks.
I bet you accidentally trigger that more often than an auto one.
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Old 30 September 2012, 09:52   #13
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This just washed up on the beach, is it yours???
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Old 30 September 2012, 10:31   #14
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a straw and your mouth instead of an auxiliary engine, I'll will post pics for thicky boy !
An old plasterer's mixing rod and a cordless drill would be an ideal cheap auxie...
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Old 30 September 2012, 10:45   #15
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and the anchors have been by proper sea goer's , i.e. fisherman for decades,
You're sort of right in your own unique way, fishermen & dive skippers do use the grapnels that you describe. But not for anchoring, they use them for pot lines & shot lines for one simple reason, THEY ARE EASY TO PULL OUT either with a winch or hooking the line around a bollard & giving it some beans. You'd never catch a fisherman anchoring his boat with one.
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Redundant traffic cones and footballs make good fenders as stinky pete would confirm on our local canal.
though we were told later his home made bilge pump dident live up to expectations in last winters storm .

Having a Horse shoe on the bow dident give him much luck either ,,lol
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All these ideas are in use, and the anchors have been by proper sea goer's , i.e. fisherman for decades, as are the pots, they just get there boats out without the bullshit and expense, go and spend your money how you wish, I'm gonna spend mine wisely. This thread is deadly serious, it was mean to add good ideas to my shit ones. People use rope and hose instead of expensive handles.

I found this useful if 1 other person does all your know it all comments are worth it. YC's
I don't see many fishermen using Ribs, so do they know something we don't?

Have they realised that that home made anchor sounds like its gonna rip the tube to shreds?

The only good thing about grapnels (apart from they pull out easily) is they fold tidy in the boat.
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To be quite honest though & having owned fishing boats for many years , so I have made and adapted many things over the years but with some the second hand bargains that can be had at boat jumbles these days does it justify going to the hassle of making stuff especially for basic things such as anchors or fenders for a rib or a sib .
even if its second hand or maybe old and perhaps a bit out of fashion .
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To be quite honest though & having owned fishing boats for many years , so I have made and adapted many things over the years but with some the second hand bargains that can be had at boat jumbles these days does it justify going to the hassle of making stuff especially for basic things such as anchors or fenders for a rib or a sib .
even if its second hand or maybe old and perhaps a bit out of fashion .
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Hightower showed me a very cheap waterproof mobile phone case
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