New Braunfels - PH18 Jet

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New Braunfels - PH18 Jet

Post by Dustinwg » Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:45 pm

Alright, I have been hesitant to start a build thread, because I was worried I would spend too much time in front of the computer than working on the boat. I started building a PH18 a few months back, and have received a lot of help from this forum, so I felt bad not posting progress that could possibly push someone over the edge to get one going.

In a nut shell this boat is modified from the plan per the following:
- Installed a tunnel (per glassing/construction schedule from the XF20 tunnel, but per the design I received from Outboard Jets (Manufacturer of jet lower units)
- Installed reverse chines from transom to bow
- Rear deck to be flush (no motorwell)
- No skag

My goal is to be able to draft as little as possible; speed and fuel efficiency is not a priority for me.

Currently I am to the point that I am prepping to coat the bottom with "white graphite".

Here is where I am currently:

Pigmented Seal Coat (needed to see where I was and get a change of pace!)
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View from the stern:
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Re: New Braunfels - PH18 Jet

Post by Dustinwg » Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:12 pm

Here is how I got there in Warp Speed:

Strongback:
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Motor; Found in a barn, still in the crate. Looked hard for this motor as they quit making in either '09 or '10 but is nearly 100 lbs lighter than the closest new comparable. Still need to get the jet lower unit, so if anyone wants to buy a brand new lower unit let me know.
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Jig Set-up:
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Hull Stitched:
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And Glued:
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And Glassed; Did all wet-on-wet from advice from Cannonball and Cracker Larry (Helped to have Cannonball and another buddy)
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Tunnel Cut, Glued & Glassed:
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Reverse Chines Installed and Planed/Sanded;
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Glassed Reverse Chines:
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Sharpened Chines and Transom:
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Fairing; (3) rounds of blended filler & (3) rounds of quick fair (no photos of quick fair as I got excited and covered it with pigmented epoxy.
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To Now:
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So that puts me up to speed. Sorry for so many photos, but I am more of a picture book kind of guy.

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Re: New Braunfels - PH18 Jet

Post by Cracker Larry » Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:20 pm

Very nice :!: 8)
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Re: New Braunfels - PH18 Jet

Post by Dougster » Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:45 pm

Pretty work for sure. How'd you do those reverse chines? Is that kerfed yellow pine? It's neater work than I can do for sure and I'm glad to see another nearby builder. I'll be working in New Braunfels tomorrow, running around with a dang tie on instead of doing proper work like that :D

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Re: New Braunfels - PH18 Jet

Post by Walkers Run » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:50 am

Very nice work. I like your strong back.
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Re: New Braunfels - PH18 Jet

Post by Doc_Dyer » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:24 am

Glad to see someone building a phantom the way it should be built :wink:
looking forward to a performance report
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Re: New Braunfels - PH18 Jet

Post by Cracker Larry » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:34 am

Andrew, I'd slap him for that comment :lol:
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Re: New Braunfels - PH18 Jet

Post by Jim_Davisson » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:39 am

Great looking work! Once I tear down and replace the sprag in my brothers transmission and wrap up a few other small projects, I can get going on my jet boat. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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Re: New Braunfels - PH18 Jet

Post by terrulian » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:07 am

Very clean and impressive work. I hope to achieve that level on my 10th boat. But for now:
Currently I am to the point that I am prepping to coat the bottom with "white graphite".
Forgive my ignorance here, but what is white graphite? You are evidently not using a primer, so is the pigmented epoxy the final coat? What about UV protection?
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Re: New Braunfels - PH18 Jet

Post by Cannonball » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:20 am

Ya Hee!!!

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