Saturday, June 26, 2010

How To Repair Gelcoat On A Boat

By Flea - Be A Survivor

OK, so being a new boat owner and also being a newbie Captain, this is something I had to learn to do already...

I had my trailer too deep in water and came in a bit too fast, the result, chipped gelcoat (don't ask). Fortunately, it is pretty easy to repair yourself, especially if your boat is white and no color matching is involved.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Guest Post: Jesse - Repair, Reuse, Recycle

By Jesse – Repair Launch

The big R’s (repair, reuse, recycle, repurpose) have been tossed around for reasons of necessity, money, guilt and that ‘feel good’ vibe people get when they feel trendy yet responsible. Much if it is just talk, as few people come close to practicing what they preach.

Why does this happen? It is mostly laziness. Not just physically but mentally. We have been trained to want what is new and flashy. Throwing something away and buying something new may be viewed as easier, or at least a process we are all familiar with. Converging forces are beginning to change our common reality.

There is a growing awareness that reusing your old stuff is not just environmentally friendly but it also saves money. Or even better, trading in your old junk can get you some money. In particular popular items like iPhone repair have proven that broken pieces and parts don’t need to result in a permanent loss of functionality and value. The less popular the device, the less amount of information you can find online regarding DIY solutions.

Let’s backtrack a little though, back to an article by the editor around these parts, who poured his thoughts here. The point that really drove home was that you can make your waste work for you.

From pop cans to shower curtains, there are ways to get cash or more productivity out of your stuff.

The other big thing is buying quality rather than a name, buy something you have done research on and have found viable repair options for, should you have bought it. There are a variety repair services on street corners, just waiting to be found. There are many recycling centers ignored. If you start looking around, savings will follow.

Roll Back Them Prices

Saving money and getting money back does not always mean you are saving in the long run. Buying crap for $300 and then getting $50 for it 2 years later is not saving anything. Instead, it’s a really bad investment. Truly saving money is buying a quality item, getting a ton of use that leads to productivity and/or entertainment, then when something breaks, paying a little money to have it fixed and life goes as normal. Computers, phones, and video game systems should last over 5 years. Even if you feel it is outdated, someone else will find great use for it. And somebody else will make money off of it.

Follow the Money trail

An iPhone screen repair can cost under $30. A screen repair for blackberry’s and other models can cost even less. A dirty trackball, the cause a new phone buy for most, can cost even less than the screen repairs. My friend repaired an iPhone for another friend and that’s when my awareness began. It really made me consider what the heck has been happening to all of the old games, TVs and other ‘necessities’ bought for no real good reason other than instant gratification.

The upside of a planet dwindling in resources and a country spiraling in debt is that it is forcing people to remember a time when they valued their things. Because of this, along with necessity, people want to keep their broken items around longer and they want people to fix it cheap. Other self-sustainers decide they can do it themselves, which is the best way to insure something gets done if you are short on funds.

The fact is that there is a bunch of junk in this world and while there are some huge waste companies already profiting a grass roots level on many levels is forming. Electronic waste (ewaste) is the fasting growing sector for a reason: people have been buying a ton of electronics gimmicks with a 2 year life span. Those products have value to them, even when not functionable. With less than 5% of cell phones and computers disposed properly (make up over 70% of toxic waste) it is no wonder that with a little more public awareness growth potential is endless.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Boat...It Begins

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Well I ended up biting the bullet and buying a new boat, the used boat deal fell through and I was worried about an engine with no warranty. I ended up getting a Palm Beach 161 center console fishing boat. I had it out the very first day I picked it up and of course DNR pulls us over to do a safety check.

Specifically they checked for:
- Wearable life vests (1 for each occupant)
- Horn (I had an air horn and a whistle attached to each life jacket so I was good)
- Fire extinguisher (1 type B1) (must be in the green)
- Checked my paperwork since I don't have the registration numbers yet

That was all they asked for, additionally I had:
- 1 throwable flotation device
- VHF hand-held radio
- Knife
- Leather gloves
- Mini tool kit (like the kind you would throw in the back of your car)
- Lots of extra rope
- They didn't check for but you should have an anchor (I did)
- Flares (for signaling)
- Flashlight (water-proof, floating)
- Did I mention lots of extra rope
- Map of the area

Make sure to keep the basics required by your state and the coast guard on board, they could save your life. Most boat dealers throw in a coast guard kit when you buy a new boat, ours also threw in a safety class. The wife and I are registered for the class and will be taking it in the next few weeks.

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