GF16 In The PSL

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Re: GF16 In The PSL

Post by jorgepease » Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:19 am

wow, that is sweet!!!



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Re: GF16 In The PSL

Post by bigphillet » Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:22 am

Very nice! I hope mine comes out half as nice. Happy 4th!

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Re: GF16 In The PSL

Post by mindunderwater » Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:04 am

Noles -

Nice job on the para cord wrap. I seem to remember this conversation with you a while back :D

Looks great!

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Re: GF16 In The PSL

Post by Noles309 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:59 pm

mindunderwater wrote:Noles -

Nice job on the para cord wrap. I seem to remember this conversation with you a while back :D

Looks great!
It was fine before I had to paint it. The uv resistant epoxy I used didn't work as advertised. Once I painted it, it got hot. :(
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Re: GF16 In The PSL

Post by 94'325is » Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:37 pm

Just read through the whole thread, great job on the build, documentation and finish. I've been between several boats to build next and the FS14 was the first on the list. After reading your thread, watching the videos and then looking at other GF16s I'm starting to lean towards it more and more. How does the boat handle a chop? I'm not concerned with it bouncing around but I'd like to avoid pounding and being soaked if possible. Also now that you've presumably used it at least a few times since you launched what are your overall impressions? What would have you done different or the same?

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Re: GF16 In The PSL

Post by Noles309 » Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:07 pm

Its a great boat. I love it. It runs pretty dang dry and Iv'e had it in some sloppy stuff in the Indian River (big water down here). If you slow down in a chop you will have no worries, if you don't, she will pound pretty good. If you spend most of your time in bigger water, its probably not the boat for you.

Things I would do different: Rig it for a trolling motor, use epoxy graphite on the bottom instead of Gatorglide, make the back deck flush with the top of the rubrail or drill some drain holes in the transom (It holds water where the transom meets the deck) and thats about it.

Things I don't like about it: Only one, the mid seat. Its wide at 24" and a pita to climb over.

Its perfect for what I do 90% of the time which is creeks, smallish rivers and mangrove tunnels.
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Re: GF16 In The PSL

Post by jorgepease » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:59 am

why not the Gator Glide is it scratching up? Mine has held up pretty good but haven't really beached her that much

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Re: GF16 In The PSL

Post by Noles309 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:34 am

For what it costs, I don't think its really worth it. It doesn't seem as slick as it did and I dont think its really held up all that well. I have had to touch up places that went through to the primer. They show those airboats running on land with the stuff. I figured it would be indestructible in the water....
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Re: GF16 In The PSL

Post by jorgepease » Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:33 pm

I'l keep an eye on mine, so far no issues. Was glad you didn't say it started to blister after a week in the water or something like that, haven't tried that to see what would happen if I did that.

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Re: GF16 In The PSL

Post by 94'325is » Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:08 am

Noles309 wrote:Its a great boat. I love it. It runs pretty dang dry and Iv'e had it in some sloppy stuff in the Indian River (big water down here). If you slow down in a chop you will have no worries, if you don't, she will pound pretty good. If you spend most of your time in bigger water, its probably not the boat for you.

Things I would do different: Rig it for a trolling motor, use epoxy graphite on the bottom instead of Gatorglide, make the back deck flush with the top of the rubrail or drill some drain holes in the transom (It holds water) and thats about it.

Things I don't like about it: Only one, the mid seat. Its wide at 24" and a pita to climb over.

Its perfect for what I do 90% of the time which is creeks, smallish rivers and mangrove tunnels.
Thanks for the report, I'm glad to hear you're liking it. My local waters are lakes, St Johns River and IRL/ML. I was really looking at the FS14 w/ a flat sole since I like the open layout but having a center bench length might be worth it for 2 extra feet of length, especially with your reports of liking it so much. I wish there was a side by side of an FS14 and GF16.

Sorry to hijack your thread, great job and thanks for documenting. Makes sitting in a cubicle almost bearable.

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