This particular design is geared around sailboats, but the entire idea of using inflatable tubes/cells in a cover bring up all sorts of interesting ideas. Its light, collapsible, self supporting (if designed right)… hmmm…
These people make/sell an interesting "low-profile" cable tie (zip tie/wire tie). The claim to fame is that it doesn’t have the large (and often sharp) knot/end where the tie joins together.
A bit pricey, but if you are making a nice, fairly permanent cable bundle or something, especially if you will be reaching in next to it often, it might be well worth trying.
Despite living in a large metro area (Atlanta, GA, USA), finding wood, especially marine grade plywood, can be difficult. Part of this is probably because Atlanta is one of the few large cities that didn’t grow up around navigable water, so there is little boating industry here.
Regardless, there are ways.
First off is a link that I just found referenced on the WoodenBoat Forums for:
- WoodFinder.com – This is a really slick site that lets you search for suppliers by location (zip code, etc.), type of wood you are searching for, etc. Seems to work well… I found several local suppliers I didn’t know existed. Some of the ads are a trip, too 🙂
Now for a couple of popular "internet" suppliers of our kind of wood products… these are worth checking out. Even with shipping the prices are often competitive, if not better than purchasing local. Of course you can’t dig through the piles yourself, so…
Boating is great, but at some point you probably will be going to shore, be it pier, beach or whatever. At that point you have "stuff" to lug around.
Most seem to use a variety of carts and other wheeled devices, or just lug the stuff, but the salt air/water/environment tends to be hard on this equipment, and trying to get across some beaches without all terrain tires might be a pain.
Anyway, this fellow had this problem and his solution is a set of custom designed carts, made of aluminum with coated metal and/or plastic wheeled, off-road style tires.
I can’t vouch for any of it, but the designs look interesting.
Lots of boatbuilding involves fitting cabinetry into odd and non-square shapes. One common way of dealing with this is mockups. Building a quick mockup out of cardboard or doorskin lets you try out different arrangements for pennies on the dollar compared to getting it wrong when building with high priced woods or other materials.
I ran across this article discussing a man who found a source for plastic rivets that are seemingly ideal to hold together cardboard. This looks like it could be a good idea for mockup building…
He currently sells the rivets that he buys in large quantities and also supplies plans for various "fun" things like children’s forts, firetrucks and castles. Check it out.