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by seaslug
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: FS17 FS18 fuel tanks built in or portable
Replies: 21
Views: 337

Re: FS17 FS18 fuel tanks built in or portable

Bob, this may help with your decision. I have a 5 gallon built in tank from Speedy Tanks in my FS18 with a 2015 Merc 20hp, and fished Chokoloskee in February for 3 days, running 85 miles, and used only 5 gallons. I don't know where you'll be fishing most, but I doubt you'd ever need more than a gall...
by seaslug
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: FS14LS question
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: FS14LS question

On my build I moved the forward bulkhead to extend the cockpit length primarily for ease of getting 7' rods facing aft into and out of the rod tubes in the aft bulkhead. Just be sure to have the bulkheads in the locations indicated on the plans when you stitch the panels in place and glass the hull....
by seaslug
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: LM18 "Cast & Blast"
Replies: 80
Views: 3855

Re: LM18 "Cast & Blast"

Fir is an excellent wood for the frames. I've used a lot of fir in the framing and cleats for my builds, but for the hatch gutters I used 4x4" Cedar posts. Both take epoxy well, are very stable, and have worked very well for me. Mike
by seaslug
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: Steve's FS18
Replies: 218
Views: 11880

Re: Steve's FS18

Getting the amount of reducer just right will help the paint flow out nicely, but as far as tipping after rolling, it's not required, but can result in a smoother finish. I don't tip the flat sections like the decks, but just roll out with the foam roller and it lays down nicely. On the vertical are...
by seaslug
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: SWFL FS18--FIRST TIME BUILDER
Replies: 10
Views: 301

Re: SWFL FS18--FIRST TIME BUILDER

Welcome to the forum and the fun. The time you've allotted is definitely doable, but that of course depends on how many hours you're able to work, having all the right tools for the job, and of course it helps greatly if you're comfortable using those tools. Also depends on what level of finish you ...
by seaslug
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: My FS18 Straight Shear hard chine Splashed 6/15!
Replies: 139
Views: 4421

Re: My FS18 Straight Shear hard chine Splashed 6/15!

Your finished boat looks fantastic, and I'm sure you'll love it as much as I love mine. Can't find a boat much shallower, or better for poling the flats. If it's wet you can fish it, and never have to worry about being stuck anywhere. post some fishing shots in the future.
by seaslug
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: Sk14 build
Replies: 143
Views: 6042

Re: Sk14 build

Beautiful build Dave, and I love the bright red color. I'd be interested in seeing performance numbers if you haven't already posted them. Since you've done such a great job you must be planning on another build.
by seaslug
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: FS14_LS honeycomb
Replies: 7
Views: 208

Re: FS14_LS honeycomb

Some questions for Jacque's, I know you have already commented on foam builds many times but I can't recall the details. What are the advantages, if any, of foam construction, especially on such a small boat as the FS14. I thought the weight would be close to the same because of using more cloth and...
by seaslug
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Builder's Sail Boats
Topic: AD 14 KIELGE
Replies: 923
Views: 47827

Re: AD 14 KIELGE

Karl, your boat looks fantastic. If you leave now you can probably make the builders meet in October! Happy sailing my friend. Mike
by seaslug
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rapid SK14 Build (I hope!)
Replies: 12
Views: 482

Re: Rapid SK14 Build (I hope!)

I've built the SK14 and the side panels are so small that almost any plywood can make the bend without much trouble. For your purpose I wouldn't have a problem using a lower grade ply than Okoume if you're going to be covering it all in fiberglass. Realistically, how much abuse will the hull see tha...