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What Do People Think About a "Budget/DIY" Forum?

Old 10-20-2007, 02:12 PM
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Default What Do People Think About a "Budget/DIY" Forum?

I've noticed there are two camps on these forums, those with what appear to be almost unlimited budgets, and those who have to keep their hobby at hobby prices. For instance, Powerboat Magazine really doesn't have any relevance for me, because just about every boat in there is over $250K. Many are $500K or more. I've seen some people on the forum who post very little, because their boats are not big, not expensive, not new, not super fast, and it's a little intimidating talking about a low cost boat, when others are talking #6's, 1075's and MTI Cats.

Personally I love seeing what people do on a budget. Some people make their own parts, and often there is a lot of experimentation trying to get more speed. You really see a lot of innovation. Some refurbish old parts, and restore old boats, which I also find very interesting. On the Hotboat forums, there is even a thread on a guy building his own flatbottom V-drive boat from scratch!

So my idea was, what if we had a "Budget and Do It Yourself" forum, where people could share ideas on what they have done to save money? It could include what they built themselves, what they refurbished, what the best older boats are to buy, where to buy and what parts to buy on a budget, and just getting the most speed and fun from the least dollars. It might encourage a few people to join the sport, too.

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Old 10-20-2007, 02:43 PM
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Sounds good to me
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Old 10-20-2007, 03:19 PM
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Real good idea,I do 90% of my own work,build my own motors and drives,make and modify parts to save money and gain performance,pull and rig my own motor etc. Always looking to save a buck and I try help other boaters on OSO AVOID buying the wrong parts/avoid MY mistakes so they don't end up doing something twice,Smitty
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the idea is good but question is will all the gearheads share their unfair advantage
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Old 10-20-2007, 04:04 PM
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Great idea
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Old 10-20-2007, 04:09 PM
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I am a firm beleaver of spending the least and getting the most.

It is really the only way I can afford this sport.

I have done some projects.
I have hacked some up aswell

I am fortunate to have mechanical skills.
I post every vender with phone numbers.
Posting every step all the way through the project.

Great idea!
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Old 10-20-2007, 06:38 PM
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Good idea,im in the process of converting a i/o boat to o/b's with a bracket,fix transom,lotsa work,i would never pay someone to do whwt i did tripps
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love to see a forum like that - jeff
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Old 10-20-2007, 10:45 PM
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Sounds like a great idea!!!

I'd be happy to share with others the things I've learned over the years!
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Old 10-20-2007, 11:40 PM
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I like the idea. I too do most of my own work. Learning how to save a few $ would be great.
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