Syphon Mate – simpler can be better

>>> Syphon Mate – simpler can be better

In the overly complex world of today, everything has to be powered and complicated. I have an old air mattress we use with the occasional guest/kid sleeping over or something. It has a integrated foot pump. You may get a bit of exercise in your leg, but you’ll soon have a nice bed, no matter if the power is out or what.

You can’t seem to buy one now… they all have to have a battery powered "blower". And when you need that bed, you can guarantee the batteries are dead.


So, with that kind of background and mindset, I really liked the looks of the Syphon Mate. A design that dates back 50 years or so, and apparently only one moving part, you put one end in the liquid, shake the other end until the tube is full, and syphon away. And all for less than $10. That just makes sense.

ClampTite Tool

>>> ClampTite Tool


OK, this looks like a handy one to have around the house, on a boat, or most anywhere. The tool lets you wrap, tighten and clamp wire around an object.

DIY Boat Owner has a nice review and they agree that it’s a good tool to have around (although you probably will need to practice with it a bit).

Magna Cart

>>> Magna Cart

Many boaters use various carts and handtrucks to help haul the "stuff" to and from the boat. I haven’t used this one, but it looks to have some nice features.

Having decent sized wheels and still being able to fold flat looks to be really useful on a boat. Keven Kelly’s CoolTools (a neat blog on it’s own) seems to like it, and also points out that a larger version is available.