Date: 27 June2018. Nautical Swap
Purchases - Handles.
this spring I went to a nautical exchange in downtown St. Pete.
That's fancy talk for a swap meet for boaters. I brought cash and an
eagle eye. To say I was fortunate would be an understatement. I
scored, and then came the second guessing. Was what I purchased all
it was suppose to be?!?
wonder what one does after a career at NASA. David (on the left) is
a retired NASA electrical engineer.
David (blue shirt) and his son Eric (black shirt) now
sell boat hardware at swap meets and on eBay.
Side Note about David: After many years at NASA he switched over to
selling marine hardware full time. He offers stainless boat gear. I
saw lots for sailboats of course, and good items for me as well.
His eBay user name name is bargainh2osports.
I have been looking for handles to open my pilothouse doors and the
one into the cockpit. In the meantime I've seen lots of handles that
were not solid stainless. I admit to being a bit of a snob when it
comes to brass or stainless. The preference is to buy something one
time that is going to be durable.
A year or so
back I had a contest between the teak window frame in the back door,
the aft bulkhead and my thumb. Without a doubt my thumb lost. The teak
and fiberglass were a-okay.
I've been looking for a handle to open the cockpit door.
At David's section of the swap meet I bought three door handles. I
also purchased a pair of stainless hinges. For at least three years
I've kept my eyes open for oversized stainless hinges. These will be
used on that tuna door I've been wishing for practically forever.
Climbing over the transom is not getting any easier.
Not only did
David have the handles I
wanted, he had hinges too. Life is good!
The hinges were not marked
stainless. That is when I decided to consult an expert.
I went over to Lizotte's Welding (phone:
727-343-7690) in St. Pete.
You met them in the
Welding Shop and a Riser
Lizotte's was busy making a custom
fuel tank for a go-fast boat. Looking pretty, eh?
They do very nice welds. Daddy was a welder. I know
good welding when I see it.
The items I bought at the nautical swap were supposed
to be stainless. They were however not marked. I wanted to be sure
they were indeed stainless steel before installing them aboard my
Seaweed. Although nothing attracted a magnet, I was concerned. That
is why I went to Lizotte's Welding.
Welders know metal.
When you need information always go to an expert. I chose Lizotte's
for info on my stainless purchases.
The Lizotte family were the first commercial fishermen in
Pass-a-Grille, Florida back in the early 1900's. Generations
later Lizotte men still enjoy fishing. Now though they also
have their own welding shop. Being able to have quality
welding done by locals is wonderful.
I bragged on them in
Bracket Pattern (how to) article
too. Frankly I'm trying to think of something else they
can do for my Seaweed before I leave St. Pete. They are
I am pondering how to
make a support for the canvas to cover my bow. As of
now I don't have the stainless bar stock I want for that
project. Still haven't quite figured that part out though...
the south end of St. Pete Beach.
Pass-a-Grille is on Boca Ciega Bay.
Lizotte's assured me the hinges I bought from David were stainless.
The weight was correct. A quick grind on the back confirmed the
stainless was not merely plating. I was of course relieved. It is
great to know a purchase was wise.
bought handles from David at the swap meet. I like the
substantial size and that they are stainless.
These handles have four bolt holes. They secure
well to my door. I want a hand-hold I can depend upon.
I decided to through bolt them back
to back. One handle is on the OUTSIDE
and one is on the INSIDE.
Please note, when attempting to do something like this line up the
first bolt then drill through to the outside. I put in a
'placeholder' nut and bolt to secure the handle where it belonged. Then I
drilled the opposite hole all the way through. That one took a bit
of jiggling as I am not real great at drilling.
that second bolt and nut. The object is to hold the handles
in place while drilling. Marking alone would never have worked for
me. I needed the security of the handles to aim through. The final
two holes were much easier to drill properly.
Photo repeated so you don't
have to scroll→
If you look carefully at
the picture you will note the top two bolts have a smooth top. I
opted for them to hopefully prevent their easy removal from the
outside. Alas, I only had two, so that's what I used.
Before the final tightening
I removed each bolt individually. Then I added some epoxy to the
holes. Next I shoved in the bolts. I added a bit more of the epoxy
around the bolt heads on the outside. Finally I tightened the nuts on the
This project was a success. I find using the door handles on the
cockpit door very convenient. The third handle I screwed into the
inside of the
pilothouse door on the port side. Maybe next time I'll buy another
for the starboard side...
life proceeds. I was very fortunate to find good buys at a great
price from David and his son Eric. Thanks to Lizotte's I know what I
bought was exactly what it was supposed to be. I will be able to
depend on the hinges when I get to the tuna door project.
wonderful afloat. Thanks so
much for reading.
What is the best thing you've found at a nautical swap
And, do you sell as well?
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