SK14 Full Build and Launch

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SK14 Full Build and Launch

Post by propgunone » Tue May 15, 2018 4:05 pm

Picked the plywood up 5/29/17. Due to a basement flood and complete renovation (and addition of home bar) didn’t get launched until 5/15/18. Realistically it’s about 4.5 months and 100 hours or so of work, all done in 1-2 hour increments. Some key points:

Paint - Jamestown TotalBoat One Part Poly. Love the stuff so far, and Jamestown was a great company. Sent me some sticker swag, mixing cups, stir sticks and latex gloves all with the order. Purchased their brushing thinner, one quart each of white, nonskid and fighting lady yellow topside colors. Also one gallon of primer. Have at least half of each quart left after painting (three coats of all). May re-mask and slightly tint the nonskid with yellow just to get the highlight effect. Total order was around $235.

Bottom - Three coats graphite infused epoxy. 3:1 ratio

Epoxy - Raka. Second build I’ve used them on. Went with medium viscosity, next time would go with thin. Medium hardener kicks fast above 70f. Probably 2 gal total.

Glass - 6 oz I believe. As many have stated, build list does not show required amount. Think it said six or so. Needed more epoxy so I just ordered another six yards of glass. Never hurts to have extra laying around.

Motor - Right now it’s just a Minnesota Enduramax 45. Runs maybe 4-5mph with it. Equivalent to a fast jog. Little vibration as many other people have reported. Probably the prop, but it isn’t bad.

Battery - Group 27 non-AGM. Only ran once, a lot. Seemed to not even be halfway down. 105AH

Cooler - Yeti 35. Perfect fit for this boat. Right now rear of cooler is about 33” from transom. Stability is good, no issues standing on the cooler

Stability - See above. If you walk the centerline it feels like a big boat. Stood on the nose and cast a fly rod completely comfortably. Step to the side it wobbles. Doesn’t feel tippy, just a lack of initial stability. Levels out fine after a second. Actually works well as i would set the trolling motor to centerline and steer the boat across the lake just by shifting my weight.

What I’d do different - Not run sole all the way forward so I had more storage under deck hatch. Enlarge forward hatch to accommodate battery placement. Run chase tubes, even if you don’t think you’ll need them.

What I’ll still do - finish console, figure out how to make it readily removable. Have a Garmin Chirp 4CV to go in. Want to console available for kids to sit on, but not necessarily there full-time. We’ll see.



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Re: SK14 Full Build and Launch

Post by propgunone » Tue May 15, 2018 4:07 pm

And some more....
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Re: SK14 Full Build and Launch

Post by Fuzz » Tue May 15, 2018 10:17 pm

Nice build, very good looking boat. The SC14 has sure become a popular design.

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Re: SK14 Full Build and Launch

Post by redfishjim » Wed May 16, 2018 12:08 am

Great job!

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Re: SK14 Full Build and Launch

Post by propgunone » Wed May 16, 2018 11:58 am

Looks like they uploaded in reverse order. Still have to finish out the aft hatches (have flush-mount grabs for those and they’ll be sealed magnetically). All-in-all pretty impressed with the boat. Trailer about a foot too long, gotta see if I can get a breakaway tongue on it, otherwise she’s pretty much done.

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Re: SK14 Full Build and Launch

Post by NavyBuilder13 » Thu May 17, 2018 2:44 am

Nice Build and good write up as well. Congrats on the launch.

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Re: SK14 Full Build and Launch

Post by Dougster » Sat May 19, 2018 8:13 am

Thanks for the extensive post and pics. You did a better job on your SK14 than I did on mine. I'm curious how the TotalBoat paint holds up, it sure looks good from here. You've been turning heads at the launch ramp I'm sure.

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Re: SK14 Full Build and Launch

Post by jtdums » Sun May 20, 2018 6:13 pm

Great job and it sure looks fun on the water. I hope you enjoy for a long time to come.
Thanks for the write up. I always like to follow along.
Sanding is cathartic...

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Re: SK14 Full Build and Launch

Post by propgunone » Mon May 21, 2018 12:05 pm

So far, so good on the TotalBoat. Four trips on it now and no issues. Did get some minor imprinting when I hung the trolling motor. Definitely has a longer drying time, though any tackiness is gone within 24 hours.

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Re: SK14 Full Build and Launch

Post by propgunone » Thu May 24, 2018 1:37 pm

Need to do some trailer modifications and come up with a bow mounting solution for a transom trolling motor. Also picked up tie downs for the yeti. Hatch gutters not waterproof yet (found that out in the rain). Made them from two strips of cedar and water is finding a way to drain through them and into the hatch... needs more epoxy.

In the meantime, guess what showed up today:
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