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by Chenier
Thu May 09, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Builder's Sail Boats
Topic: Hybird MF14
Replies: 77
Views: 3102

Re: Hybird MF14

Thanks. The next challenge was inserting a 3/4" block into the mast step for the mast base. First I had to make said block. It was easy to laminate and chop out a block that fit the nominal dimensions of the step. But there were enough irregularities in the fiberglass (who, me?? :D) that the block h...
by Chenier
Wed May 08, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Builder's Sail Boats
Topic: Hybird MF14
Replies: 77
Views: 3102

Re: Hybird MF14

Back on page 5 I mentioned there was daylight under some of the frames. Well, that chicken came home to roost. Now that the boat has been flipped it's apparent that a deck laid across the structures wouldn't be flat. http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userpics/91275/normal_124_Tops_of_sides2C_frames_...
by Chenier
Tue May 07, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Batteries?
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Batteries?

>> So how well do those dual purpose batteries work? << Well, they work fine for us. When we're cruising we don't usually spend more than one night at a spot and we're only running lights, fans and music at night. No AC, refrigeration, or anything else that would really stress the battery. That's "b...
by Chenier
Tue May 07, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Batteries?
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Batteries?

We have a boat that lives in the water year-round and has a small cabin. The batteries get a workout when we go on overnights at anchor. We've been using West Marine's "Dual Purpose" (starting and deep cycle) for a couple of decades in it. Their website says $160 for 60 amp-hours, $180 for 80 amp-ho...
by Chenier
Sun May 05, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: building in a narrow space?
Replies: 20
Views: 264

Re: building in a narrow space?

I agree that your plan can work. My current build is taking place in a garage/workshop that barely gives enough room for me to siddle sideways past the project in a couple of spots. When I'm working in those spots I stand to one side and lean in to the work area. PITA, but I can make it work. Yours ...
by Chenier
Fri May 03, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Limber holes, Yes or No?
Replies: 10
Views: 174

Re: Limber holes, Yes or No?

Yes - for me at least. All boats are designed to be waterproof. And water always eventually finds a way in. In the case of the Moonfish (MF14) I'm building, it's basically a big pontoon with a bunch of frames and stringers sealed inside. At some point I'd need an inspection hatch for each of the thi...
by Chenier
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Builder's Sail Boats
Topic: Hybird MF14
Replies: 77
Views: 3102

Re: Hybird MF14

You're being kind. It looks like I slathered a chicken with epoxy and let it loose in there. :D
by Chenier
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Builder's Sail Boats
Topic: Hybird MF14
Replies: 77
Views: 3102

Re: Hybird MF14

Finished filletting and taping the inside.

Once that set I removed all the duct tape from the outside before it made itself a permanent addition.

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With all the hull joints sealed up, it's now watertight. It's a boat!
by Chenier
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Resins, Fiberglass and Paint
Topic: Wood flour vs cotton flocks
Replies: 16
Views: 351

Re: Wood flour vs cotton flocks

The first build I did 20-ish years ago we simply used sawdust. That worked but the surface was a bit coarse and lumpy. You're looking for a substance that, when mixed with epoxy, makes a thick paste that can be more or less smoothed out. The smoother it is the less epoxy it takes to fair the surface...
by Chenier
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Builder's Sail Boats
Topic: Hybird MF14
Replies: 77
Views: 3102

Re: Hybird MF14

Thanks.

Finished filleting and taping the inside keel seam today. That was good practice! About 40 more linear feet to go ...

Taping the keel inside of the trunk/mast assembly was fun. Thank goodness I'd cut lightening holes - it gave me better access.