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    Posted: 12 Oct 2017 at 6:04pm
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We all utilise them every now & then as simple remedies for otherwise annoying problems .... so wouldn't it be great if we could share them with our fellow fishos.

I will start the ball rolling with a solution to a problem that has annoyed me for years.

Nowadays battery operated watches are very affordable, never need winding & are supremely accurate.

However in a consumer hungry "throwaway" world as we know it to be this obviously presents a problem for the manufacturers as how to incorporate a factor of planned obsolescence, therefore come up with the idea of using straps with a very limited life & designed so as to be non replaceable.

If like myself, you have a collection of watches with broken strap languishing in a drawer still happily "ticking" over telling the correct time then no doubt you will be as annoyed as I am.

OK grab two short lengths of Velcro strapping costing next to nothing joining them to fit your wrist then simply apply a smear of superglue to the back of the watch, put the strap in position & hold it in place with a couple of spring type clothes pegs until glue sets after a minute or two ... Presto .... all done.

OK may not be the watch to wear to a formal occasion but is ideally suited to out on the water or in situations where a watch might get lost or dirty ... NB such as paint splashes on the one in the pic.

Who else would like to share a tip or two they use or know of & so much the better if fishing related.


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Try buying a NATO strap, as it goes over the spring bar then under the watch and out over the other spring bar you are  highly unlikely to loose your watch, even if one spring bar lets go or gets knocked, the watch remains attached. A better proposition that normal straps which if they fail at either end can be  costly. 

The idea of relying on superglue to attach a watch to a strap on my wrist isnt appealing, although I can see the rational behind it.......
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Originally posted by Titahi Titahi wrote:

Try buying a NATO strap, as it goes over the spring bar then under the watch and out over the other spring bar you are  highly unlikely to loose your watch, even if one spring bar lets go or gets knocked, the watch remains attached. A better proposition that normal straps which if they fail at either end can be costly. 
The idea of relying on superglue to attach a watch to a strap on my wrist isnt appealing, although I can see the rational behind it.......
 
The type of watches in question simply do not have spring bars or for that matter any way of replacing straps & are certainly not in the price bracket of Rolex or Tag Hauer etc. nevertheless keep very accurate time. As for relying on superglue .... even in the highly unlikely event it failed & was lost, am still no worse off wearing it than having it sitting in a drawer.
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Great post Bazza! I'm a simple man Big smile I'll see if I can think of a few


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I've heard a mixture of super glue and baking soda makes a much stronger glue.
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I will watch this thread with interest
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Can't you just superglue the watch to your arm Bazz?
Do away with straps altogether.

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Originally posted by Jaapie Jaapie wrote:

Can't you just superglue the watch to your arm Bazz?
Do away with straps altogether.

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I thought of doing that Jaapie, but as I live in a bad area reasoned that
if someone fancied stealing the watch they would need to cut my hand off at the wrist, then how would I be able to use a rod & reel ???  
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Originally posted by puff puff wrote:

I will watch this thread with interest

I second that. It's about time.
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Heres something I like, a lot. Someone else told me.
 
To stop the boat rolling backwards off the trailer before the hook is removed. Tie a length of cord to the end of the chain that holds the safety shackle. Put the cord through the shackle hole on the bow, Hold the cord so the boat stays in place and the winch rope loosens so you can remove the winch hook, and let er go.
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Originally posted by letsgetem letsgetem wrote:


Heres something I like, a lot. Someone else told me.
 
To stop the boat rolling backwards off the trailer before the hook is removed. Tie a length of cord to the end of the chain that holds the safety shackle. Put the cord through the shackle hole on the bow, Hold the cord so the boat stays in place and the winch rope loosens so you can remove the winch hook, and let er go.

A friend of mine does something similar using a 50mm wide strip of velco that goes through the bow eye and then comes back to stick on itself forming a loop. You would be amazed at how secure it is.
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That tip would have come in handy for some guys I saw (well, heard first, before I saw them) launching their boat on the public ramp at Maraetai back on Mother's Day.
All eyes on the beach and wharf turned towards the source of a big crunch. 

The two people standing in the boat got a fright, but not as big as the guy reversing down the ramp, who got out of his vehicle quick smart to see their 5-6m fibreglass cuddy high and dry on the concrete.
Ouch.


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A flyfishing friend with the same problem most of us endure, namely washing machines that continually manage to devour one only of your best pair of sox, that has made many a man suspicious that maybe his wife has a one legged lover who she is keeping supplied with sox, has come up with a form of consolation.

He carries one of the remaining sox in his pocket whilst fishing, into which he puts any mono/flouro waste then bins it when full, moving on to another one, that will have surely evolved in the meantime.
 
Will not work for Aussie's unfortunately as they only wear jandals that over there they call thongs due to the fact they have trouble pronouncing words of more than one syllable or five letters & they mostly wear them because it requires an IQ of 1 1/2 to tie up laces.
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Originally posted by The Tamure Kid The Tamure Kid wrote:


The two people standing in the boat got a fright, but not as big as the guy reversing down the ramp, who got out of his vehicle quick smart to see their 5-6m fibreglass cuddy high and dry on the concrete.
Ouch.



Why anyone would unhook the winch prior to the boat trailer being in the water is beyond me. Having said that it appears that launching boats onto concrete boat ramps is not that uncommon.
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Originally posted by letsgetem letsgetem wrote:

  
To stop the boat rolling backwards off the trailer before the hook is removed. Tie a length of cord to the end of the chain that holds the safety shackle. Put the cord through the shackle hole on the bow, Hold the cord so the boat stays in place and the winch rope loosens so you can remove the winch hook, and let er go.

Works well - here's my version. It's only 8mm polyprop, but the friction is plenty to hold a 6m tinny.



Alloy hates stainless, because stainless always wins. You can buy plastic/rubber washers for your stainless nuts & bolts, or if you have access to a wad cutter and can scrounge a bit of butynol, you can easily make your own.



With the handle cut off a small stainless seive from Briscoes solved the problem of my roof drains constantly getting clogged.



Lots of boats with bait boards come with knife holders but not iki holders. Easy fix with a 6mm drill.

 

Anchor swivels shouldn't be attached directly to the stock of the anchor, to avoid damage from a sideways pull if the anchor gets stuck. The dayglo paint gives a bit of warning when the anchor is nearly home, and saves wear & tear on the gear and the nerves.



I've got more of these, but some are Surtees-specific, so I'll let someone else have a go Big smile

PS Bazza - all washing machines and dryers have a tiny shredder hidden inside. That's where lint comes from. I think there's an phone app that lets you change it to target undies or hankies. 
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Originally posted by kitno kitno wrote:

Here's a tip, I grow my hair long enough to tie back, thus creating the illusion that I still have a full head of hair

Reminds me of the classic comb-over, which you don't seem to see much these days.

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If only it turned out that well.
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