I have recently moved to stink boat after 37 years competition yachting ( deckhand , winch , trimmer , ) also racing Thundercats , building a twin 200! Tunnel hull 21 ft Liberator my empathy for boat owners is squared upwards. Due to health reasons I was off work after I bought a boat 32 ft Diesel fuel in Queensland . I have no idea how anybody working could ever get honest service while they are not present . I had the the boat surveyed before purchase but miraculously shower , basin , hot water does not work now . Radar is U.S. O.k. I get it . Old boat, poo happens . The diesel also got to be a milkshake after truck transport .
Now before I whinge too much , I bought a nice little pump for the tank . Now I have 150 litres of fuel I can't get rid of . I built two hatches , one on deck and one on the fuel tank for about $120 in parts . The tank hatch is a beautiful stainless piece that I used a technique I learnt on bicycles fitting an engine and rear cogs . You cut the inner ring solid seal in half to get it in the tank. Now I could sandwich the rubber seal between solid inside ring and the inspection hatch. This little process had a quote of $ 2500 from diesel cleaner and Shipright. I cleaned the tank with a cloth and the so called sludge I was promised was nowhere to be found.
May I add that it amazes me how a boat with 300 litres of diesel fuel can have so many corroded outside metal fittings and cables unlubricated !
I have spent hours of enjoyable hours adding and modifying fittings to my taste . I think the Maritime system of swapping my old crappy life jackets for self inflating yokes was a pearle. It may behove our fellow boaties to remember that a yoke with no crutch strap and strong screw shackle is a potential risk.
In the fatal Fastnet race exhausted sailors fell out of the life jackets getting winched in to choppers . Also a c-shackle can twist open if you fall overboard and hook up for retrieval . It's amazing how exhausting it is . It is also important if you hoist somebody into your boat to simply cross your arms. The refugee gets lifted and lands on their bum on the rail or Marlin board . Next as far as tooling goes a little spray paint on metal tools helps prevent rust and corrosion. I find 4x 4 superstores have some nice goodies often in s/s or ally. LED lighting strips . I prefer the solid more costly bars . They have many configuration options . The flex have very light shitty wires and joins. I am a sucker for cigarette sockets . Buy quality plugs that have solid wire screws , good fuses . You can then flip circuits and usb,s on and off knowing if something is suspicious you pull the plug . For awnings and sunshades , non slip floors and kitchen utensils you can't beat 4x4 . Use your imagination with S/S piping in rod holders and quality bungee chords , tent guy ropes , and cargo netting (catamaran bow nets ) hammocks . Use disposable gas cannisters on heaters , stoves , and have gas lighting if batteries kark it .
I know Elon Musk is a genius but I have almost had my head blown off by an exploding Lipo . They are so handy for quick lightweight power . I use remote control toy 18v to power all sorts of 12v gadgets Be careful with chargers . There is no substitute for an inline pump to get into tight wet holes hard to reach with a thin splinted hose . Make sure the pump is robust , easy to get to the impeller and self priming . If not , a petrol line bulb is good . Just make sure the pump doesn't empty it faster than you can squeeze . Also an easy way to start a syphon .
My other use of off the envelope shopping is a big truck supply company . Diesel filters , (with bleed valves and water Windows ) turbos , inter coolers , etc Why not mount an intercooler under your Marlin board for extra power. Compression testers . Note that diesel injectors are no different in trucks . They cost a fortune to replace . Send them to reconditioners that spray test and measure in micro mm. Also don't forget Jaycar. Wonderful for switches , relays , solenoids , all sorts of solar and security devices .
With our marvellous free trade agreements I have bought S/S props from Propshop , jack plates , steering systems , even rubstrake , and engine blocks, from US dealers . Look at Pirhana props if you boat near rocks . You simply replace the plastic blades. They don't muck you about with out of stock sobstories . One week it's on your doorstep .
My current mission is FLIR . I don't want to get my props foiled with fish traps and invisible obstacles . Found a nice system on Ali Baba . Watch this space .