A Cracker Built GF18- Finished 6/28/15

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A Cracker Built GF18- Finished 6/28/15

Post by Cracker Larry » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:08 pm

It's time to start another one :D

We're going to build a tricked out GF18 for a client in Augusta, GA. This one will have all the bells and whistles, plus a few modifications. 22 sheets of plywood are on the way, along with (according to UPS) 207 pounds of epoxy and fiberglass 8O Still not quite finished with the Grady White, but real close and I was waiting on epoxy to cure again, so we got started today. Built the construction platform/jig, cleaned the shop and made room for incoming materials.

I've got my apprentice broke in and ready to work, he is a go getter .....

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Built the frame from 2 X 6s, 18" high. 4' wide and 16' long. I struggled with the FS18 jig being too high through the entire build and had to stand on blocks to work on it. This one is lower. Should help my back a little I hope.

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Got everything level and square then covered it with plywood sheathing.

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BBV is a BAD disease :help:
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Completed GF12 X 2, GF16, OD18, FS18, GF5, GF18, CL6
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Re: A Cracker Built GF18

Post by peter-curacao » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:10 pm

Cracker Larry wrote:
BBV is a BAD disease :help:
You are a boat building machine 8)

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Re: A Cracker Built GF18

Post by Cracker Larry » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:55 pm

The big brown truck came today and brought us almost half of a boat. Some assembly required :D

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Completed GF12 X 2, GF16, OD18, FS18, GF5, GF18, CL6
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Re: A Cracker Built GF18

Post by Hope2float » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:05 pm

Larry I hope there is some rum in that drink or maybe alot of rum! I be watching and learning as you build. BUILD ON !
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Re: A Cracker Built GF18

Post by reiko1078 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:33 pm

first page! and i get to watch a build from the beginning

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Re: A Cracker Built GF18

Post by Cracker Larry » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:38 pm

Larry I hope there is some rum in that drink or maybe alot of rum!
Bourbon. The brown truck came after 5 :D
Completed GF12 X 2, GF16, OD18, FS18, GF5, GF18, CL6
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Re: A Cracker Built GF18

Post by cottontop » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:51 am

CL, I think we're all lost when you aren't building. I love your builds and the tech info/tips I pick up reading your threads(as well as the laughter). Quick question if you don't mind? How would you go about painting graphite on the bottom of my OD18? It's painted now. Keep up the good work. john

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Re: A Cracker Built GF18

Post by MarkOrge » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:29 am

CL - you are a machine ! Can't wait to see this one come together....
My Son calls me "The Fish Whisperer" I love it !

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Re: A Cracker Built GF18

Post by Cracker Larry » Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:38 am

I appreciate the comments. Y'all need to remember that this is my full time job, not just something I do in my spare time :D
How would you go about painting graphite on the bottom of my OD18? It's painted now.
Ah man, that's going to be tough. You've got to get most of the paint off and sanding it upside down would be miserable. I think I would use a good paint stripper and a pressure washer. If it's S3 paint it might blow right off. Mine does :lol: Do you have a way to hang the boat and get it clear of the trailer?


Speaking of job, it's time to crawl back in that GW and start hooking up some wires and cables. I'll be real glad when that one is finished :?
Completed GF12 X 2, GF16, OD18, FS18, GF5, GF18, CL6
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Re: A Cracker Built GF18

Post by cottontop » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:02 pm

It's S3, but is holding up real well. I can hang it. I'm not going to start that until next year though. Thanks, John :D

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