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  1. #91
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    No, not particularly, though the splash well looked shallow to me. On a long shaft, not much of an issue, but maybe on a short. The design looks to handle this a little differently, so I'll bet you'll be fine.

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    Thank you, we finished up over the weekend so you can see how it all works now, yet to install the port-hole in the transom, but it's a 6" diameter one which will be just offset from centre to access the engine bolts. Damn this boat looks so wide now >.<

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  4. #93
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    Hi Guys,

    Working through the interior at the moment, built the rear seat, with battery box, live well and space for a 25L portable fuel tank. Which will probably be the fuel tank the boat is launched using, and will end up being auxiliary motor fuel tank storage in future (either way, good to have a space for it).


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    Going to look at doing something similar to the image below. Large centre console with hard-top and fold out wings and clears to fill the gaps (will start with just console and seats then move onto the rest when the time comes).

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    Is anyone here more familiar with Australian Builders Plate regulations? I hear there has been some changes... Thanks Australian government for ruining literally everything? Am I right?

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    Busily working away at the moment, mocked up centre consoles and ice-boxes and played with internal layouts a fair bit, hoping to come up with the right set-up.

    Side decks, fore-deck and anchor locker work has been the go.

    Trailer arrives in the next week...

    This will be one busy November!

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    Great work and lookin' good! All the mind numbing thought processes won't go away for awhile yet!
    Laurie - away from the sea

  7. #96
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    I saw a cool looking hardtop on a CC a couple of years ago. The sides of the top, just past the uprights had a piano hinge running fore and aft, which permitted the top to fold down on each side, partly enclosing the console area. Coupled with this was the fact the whole top could also retract down a few feet, making a neat, tight little 3 sided box, with the windshield being at the front over the console, protecting the helm, controls and electronics and lowering over the road height. Clever as hell I thought at the time.

    I'm enjoying your build and progress, you're doing great, though your shop is way too clean, making me wonder if you're a real boat builder. I mean, it looks like you've pulled a few wood savings from the shop vac and lightly sprinkled them around, just for effect. This is pretty much like trusting a skinny cook, isn't it?

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    Hahaha, cheers guys

    She'll be "finished" soon, but I'm pretty sure the next year will be filled with constant jobs. As we'll launch here with a pretty bare-bones setup (no T-top, minimum electrics, portable fuel tank etc) and then knock up each thing as we feel, like adding a hard top, windscreen, sound system, under-floor fuel tanks, maybe a ballast tank (if she's a bit tippy at rest), and any other little additions that is wanted.

    Sounds like a pretty nice CC PAR, we are thinking of something similar, something to make trailing/storing easy, whilst not being something that takes an hour to dismantle. We joked about using some carbon tube (which we've used to make some ski-bikes in the past) and use the same stuff to hold up the canopy, and machining up some plastic bushes and having it telescoping. However we may just have the top lift off and the top 300mm or so of the console fold forward. Looking to build the console to look like the one below (Extreme CC 645). Obviously not as fancy, but a lower flatter section and a more upright top section.

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    Glad to hear you guys are enjoying it. The shop is also the garage my mum and dad keep their cars in, so when I finish I move the boat into the far car bay and sweep up, there's a big pile of wood in the back corner (the one you can't see) and the two racks of tools are filthy and un-organised (if that's any consolation).

    Oh I think you are definitely right there, I'm not a real boat builder! Hahaha I think what you are witnessing is the skinny cook fluke it whilst cooking something new, and so far it's kind-of alright, but it's taken 45 minutes instead of 15... Hehe

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    It always take 2 - 3 times what you figure. Ass and head scratching sessions, some crying and bleeding and the unavoidable screw ups that are bound to join your adventure, just eat up time. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, but we're hard cases or just plain nuts, so . . . You've been partly salvaged with the discussing tools hidden in the corner. This suggests you've beat them hard, put them away wet and have enough decency to hide them from view. When you get to my age, you'll just leave them about, because you've stopped caring about what others think and only the beer fridge is kept tidy. Keep stroking, you'll doing fine and she'll look great some day.

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    How much work can you do in one week?

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    Built a center console, a meter wide, enough room for two to sit in front and two sitting behind. Storage under the front seat and two shelf's in the rear. Front has flat panel lids and the rear will have 4 hatches (hooray for good specials on at whitworths over the last 2 catalogs!), panel for electrical control, wheel and throttle, large step on-top angled forward for keys, phones, cameras and misc. items, and another panel at 90 degrees to your eyes to mount gauges and a couple of tablets (I'm thinking of using a 7" or so fishy and a 10" tablet with navionics). Will mount a wrap around windscreen up another 600mm maybe, at least removable or folding... Only epoxy and paint till she's ready for the kit to go in!

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    Everything inside the boat has been coved and sanded ready for epoxy and painting. I wasn't thinking about doing it, but by chance would there be a good way to fill the gaps between the frames and the ply sides that is around where the stringers run over? I never have seen it filled before on the timber boats I've seen but I see it in glass ply boats a lot where the frames are sealed to the hull instead of just painting both sides in those areas. Just seeing the first frame the stringers are set through being notched and filleted looks better than the remaining visible frames.

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    Buoyancy foam arrived today, along with some seats and other misc items ready to go in. Wood for the side deck and trimmings ready to go!

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    Ready for side deck inside and top to go on as well as the fore-deck. Also got some Kiwi-grip paint for the inside and the decks

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    Anchor locker is finished inside minus paint, deck is cut with hatch ready to go. Looking for bow fittings and cleats at the moment, unsure what to use for bow fittings, like rollers and cleats...

    I don't know what other peoples thoughts are here, (would love to hear) but that pop-up cleats on the deck are great, no ropes getting caught on sail boats being my no.1 favorite, but unsure if it's really going to be necessary for this sort of boat (not having sails and sheets) and just a waste of money...

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    I use an old nexus 7 on the boat, for navionics and such, and it turns out the screen is polarised. With sunglasses on I can only view it in portrait orientation, unless I tilt my head extremely sideways. Something to consider.

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    Missed an image I thought showed the console a bit better, made as a 100+ piece jigsaw puzzle with a mix of ply sheets and 18x18 with a few 42x19, 65x19 and 90x19 pieces thrown in there.

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    Side trims are in, all sanded and filleted inside.

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    After 9 straight days I took the afternoon off today and went for a sail, very different sort of boat from anything I have ever sailed that's for sure!

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    Progress Progress progress... She's getting there >.< Top decks all done and painted inside, moving onto painting the boat and the console externally with epoxy starting probably tonight!

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    Just a th9ought, considering your mention of cleats, but did you think to reinforce the areas where the cleats and fairleads will go *before* you put the deck on?

    I'd suggest those areas be at least double thickness, and possibly even treble.

    Pop-up cleats are exxy and are just one more thing that can 'fail'.

    Remember that you might one day want to tow someone or something, and samson posts are a good idea, either side of the transom. Again, this should have been done prior to the decking being finished...

    You might also want to think about reinforcing under the foredeck for an anchor rode bollard.

    And don't forget cabling for port/starboard marker lights, if you're going to be mounting them on the foredeck. Always a good idea to do this before the decks are finished.

    Sorry....

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    No need to be sorry mate haha

    Been busily working away every day and there's the most endless list of things we have done and still have to do.

    We've reinforced the areas under the cleats, and under the forward locker for anchor related items (it's 20mm thick for rear cleats and 40mm thick for the anchor cleat).

    We ended up buying fixed cleats (I only really liked the look of one set of pup-up cleats and when we looked at them in-person they were sub-par and looked like they would be prone to failure).

    We are installing a few eye-bolts through the transom for major load items, the deck cleats and their locations should be super strong as well. The decks themselves are a bit over-engineered, the original plans called for 4-6mm ply and we've used 10mm.

    Yeah, I've had a good look over wiring stuff, we're going with mounting the lights on the sides of the CC, and the anchor light on the T-Top (temporarily will be on top of the console). But we have also run conduits from battery box to battery box, and from those boxes to the CC.

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    Buoyancy foam is in (A couple of hundred kilos worth), transom eye-bolts are in, bungs in, bow loop is in, anchor drain and cover are in, transom is down, every hole is filled, 1st coat of epoxy resin is on.

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