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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

More Boating DIY

This last few days I've been occupied with making a couple of bits for the boat. You know what it's like - you have a problem - you consider the possible solutions - and then come up with something completely different!
We've always had a car interior mirror attached above the helm but it's never quite been up to the job. I remember years ago they used to sell one for cars that was really wide and claimed it gave you 180 degree vision. I did trawl round the spares shops and even thought I might come across one at a car boot sale but all proved fruitless. So, when you can't get what you want you just have to make it. Pictured below the before and after. To make the new widescreen viewer I went to a mirror and glass merchant and asked him to cut me a piece of mirror three inches deep and twenty-four inches wide. Then with a router I planed down some old wood, cut the channel and made the three sided frame. This swivels (using dowel pegs cut down) in an outer frame which I've fixed to the roof. Not only does it give me vision out both sides and the back but it can be tilted to make sure the angle's right when Mrs.Webb is at the helm! Total cost £2.
The other problem we had refers back to earlier article about our last trip when we picked wild flowers for an an instant on-board floral arrangement. Trouble was, if we hit turbulent water (such as a skier passing by) the weight of the flowers tipped the vase over spilling the liquid contents where liquid contents shouldn' be. Solution below. An odd piece of 18mm MDF cut to an octagonal pattern then a hole cutter the size of the vase , well just ever so slightly less for a snug fit. A quick smear of Evo Stik and some veneer left over from when the boat was refurbished. Hey presto a matching base that will keep the blooms upright. Total cost - NIL.

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