Wouter's PH18 Namibia

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Re: Wouter's PH18 Namibia

Post by TomW1 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:39 pm

Wouter may I make a suggestion. Go with a single axle and 15 or 16" wheels. Use a torsion bar axle system, it is much more efficient than a spring system and provides a smoother ride.


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Re: Wouter's PH18 Namibia

Post by Wouter » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:48 am

Hi Tom.

Problem is that we often launch directly into the river without a concrete slipway, just a shallow sand bar. So I want to keep the boat as low as possible on the trailer to facilitate easier launching. And for this reason I am using 13' wheels, but felt that a single axle with 13' would be stretching it. (hence the double axle)

I would love to have 15' or 16' but it will just not be practical for our launching facilities.

I have another hauling trailer with torsion bar axles, it works really well. But I couldn't get torsion bar axles with a 13' wheel hub, so that idea went out the door unfortunately.

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Re: Wouter's PH18 Namibia

Post by Wouter » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:25 am

Glued the cockpit floor. Used a few screws to make sure it sits correct. Will take them out and fill with epoxy.

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Re: Wouter's PH18 Namibia

Post by glossieblack » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:46 am

Wouter, with the new setup, you don't use the image button when posting a pic, you use the Microsoft image icon button.

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Re: Wouter's PH18 Namibia

Post by Wouter » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:01 am

Thanx. :D

I couldn't figure it, thought it might be something to do with my phone.

Now I know :lol:

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Re: Wouter's PH18 Namibia

Post by Wouter » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:26 am

Let's try this picture thing again :lol:

Made a grid out of meranti that fits above the fuel cell. In other PH18 threads I've read that the floor tends to flex a little in that area, especially if you don't build a center console as the PH18 is actually designed for!

So to counter that I fitted the grid. In the picture it is not yet glued and I did place a few small pieces of rubber between the grid and the tank.

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Photo thing now sorted :wink:

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Re: Wouter's PH18 Namibia

Post by LGF » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:49 pm

Looking Good Wouter, really Good!

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Re: Wouter's PH18 Namibia

Post by Wouter » Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:21 am

Test fitting the axles

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Re: Wouter's PH18 Namibia

Post by cape man » Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:14 pm

That looks like a very stout trailer!
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Re: Wouter's PH18 Namibia

Post by LGF » Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:59 pm

Sorry for being so inquisitive but I cannot help noticing things even if it's subtle, was wondering about the beige coloured outline on the floor beneath the main frame of the trailer??????

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