Questions about boat repairs with our resins and fiberglass: hull patches, transoms and stringers, foam, rot etc.
Do not have any pictures tonight just an update. Flow was bearing down on us and I needed the trailer to get my first project off the lift at the coast and safe at home. In order to do that I had to clear out the shop. Since I was moving things with chain falls I went ahead and put the console and seat in the boat. Glassed them in while the storm was raging. Started working on supports for the hard top. Plan to build the hardtop into the boat rather than using aluminum. Also doing a few things to the 1st boat. Decided to go after a little more horsepower since I up sized the props and am adding a propane system. Had to tap into the freshwater cooling side of the engine to get hot water to the regulator to vaporize the LP adequately. Also had to build a box to hold 2 40lb propane tanks as I did not want them rolling around offshore. It is a really neat system. The propane servo doesn’t open until I get enough boost generated and enough vacuum thru the turbo. With these 2 things there is no way for propane to flow unless the engine is under load. The total flow of propane is adjustable but should be about 1lb per 10 gallons for an additional 50-100 hp. I normally burn about 60 gallons per trip so it should work out about right. I’m also going to install a larger thru Hull for the engine th get more sea water and see if it won’t run a little cooler. Also thinking about removing the Bertram windshield and using strata glass instead. There is so much metal in the windshield that it seems like I’m always looking around a crossmember to see something. I thought I had it right but it should have been 6” higher. Will try and get some pictures uploaded soon
It'd been a while since my last post. The recovery from Florence is almost complete and I have been able to get back to work on the boat a little. Most of the major construction is done now it is time to glass, fair, sand and then do it all again. Here are some pix from today.
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Very nice looking! Both you and Daytrip sure turn those old Bertram's into works of art. It is a good thing for me that there are no old hulls around here just laying about
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