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by txjm
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Trailer question
Replies: 9
Views: 258

Re: Trailer question

From recent experience, find a small trailer that is made for the correct load or the boat will bounce a lot. I had a single axle trailer from an old Glastron 17’ in and out laying around. I ended up changing the leaves out with some from northern tool. It made a huge difference. The gf16 is a real ...
by txjm
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: GF16 In The PSL
Replies: 585
Views: 58769

Re: GF16 In The PSL

I would necessarily want stick steering from a location nearer the bow than the GF16 "middle" seat which I understand is not movable due to structural constraints (see Jacques post in another thread). Also, as you suggested in your "druthers" , I would want a trolling motor also, but the bow transom...
by txjm
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: FS18 "Flats Bottom Girl" - Team Above Avg
Replies: 87
Views: 3319

Re: FS18 "Flats Bottom Girl" - Team Above Avg

A comment about question 2 - with a jack plate, you don’t have to get your height correct to the shaft length. You can leave it fairly tall and lessen the issue of water coming over the transom. Another suggestion is to go ahead and purchase the jackplate or at least get the mounting hole dimensions...
by txjm
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: GF 16 layout advice
Replies: 15
Views: 497

Re: GF 16 layout advice

I think gas tank up front will help. I would also put the trolling motor battery up front. I’m sure you can notch the front to clear the trolling motor but I think most build a platform to mount the trolling motor. I would definitely mount some kind of support to hold on to while standing. I did the...
by txjm
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: Gf 16 trim tabs
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: Gf 16 trim tabs

You might try the cav plate on the motor before worrying with the trim tabs. That seems to fix all trim issues I had. I can now sit on the rear seat without having anyone in the front without having popoising.
Chip
by txjm
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: GF16 and GF 14 Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 441

Re: GF16 and GF 14 Questions

The 18 is a nice motor. If I could have found one, that is what I would have bought. Light, simple and reliable. That is my vote. The Tohatsu 20” shaft is well over 20”, be prepared to raise the transom. I used the permatrim plate. It is well made and fairly thick aluminum. It worked wonders for my ...
by txjm
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Stainless Washer
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Stainless Washer

316 would be best but they were special order. I figured 304 is better than the 18-8 bolts. The hole is sized to fit the 3/8 bolts I used. I am sure that all my hardware is overkill but I had fender washers on first and they fished on me. I really didn’t want stuff loosening up over time. I bought t...
by txjm
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Stainless Washer
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Stainless Washer

I thought I might throw this idea out there. I was looking for large diameter fairly thick stainless washers to use mounting a jackplate. I wanted to spread the load better than a standard washer and didn't have room to add a flat bar of aluminum. I found that the washers used to hang struts are ava...
by txjm
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: GF16 and GF 14 Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 441

Re: GF16 and GF 14 Questions

I just finished a gf16. It ran pretty well with weight up front(a passenger). I added a permatrim cavitation plate. Since I added that all the issues went away with little loss of top end. I am running a 20hp 4stroke. I did put a 5hp 4 stroke on it while I was waiting on the 20. The 5hp planed the b...
by txjm
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: GF 16 build
Replies: 46
Views: 1490

Re: GF 16 build

Since the plans call for not using butt blocks how exactly are the boards supposed to be spliced? Thanks in advance The tutorial section has an article on “how to make a long panel”. Or something like that. It is nothing more than a fiberglass splice one one side , a careful flip and a fiberglass s...