LM18 in Perry, GA

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Re: LM18 in Perry, GA

Post by Jwhitakeriii » Fri May 31, 2019 4:24 pm

Capt UB wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 12:44 pm
Jwhitakeriii wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 9:38 am
Capt UB wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 5:52 am
You should have installed the skeg before the graphite/epoxy mix...?

I rolled on wet on wet, with the 9" red rollers. No sanding.

This is my FS14, I did not put on the skeg.... I just forgot!!! Old age. first time building..... No problems with handling on the the boat.

This was after all coats cured, I was thinking about compounding and waxing, but did not need it.

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Maybe I should have I don't know. I would think epoxy would bond to epoxy but maybe the graphite does something there? I didn't have the wood when I started the graphite but didn't have the time to wait. Got to get this thing done (or at least seaworthy) by June 8. Do you know of a major reason it cant be done this way?


Like I said with my FS14, I forgot to put on the skeg. I still hit a big log in the water going 15-20? No skeg, no damage and no spilled beer!
I can't say about the epoxy/graphite mix on holding strength for the skeg. Great thing is you can fix it later if needed! Some say it's needed for the control, others say it's just for protection of the hull....

Anyway it looks great, I'm guessing the better rollers helped?
I used 1/4 nap roller this time and it was much better but still a few much smaller bubbles. I think it is because I was doing it before work at 5 this morning and it was only 75 degrees. If it was hot like it is now I bet it would have flowed out better



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Re: LM18 in Perry, GA

Post by Jwhitakeriii » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:54 am

Got a ton done since my last post. Skeg on. Three coats of graphite. Three coats of Petit Platinum gray on the outside. Flipped. New axel with custom adapter brackets I made. New bunk carpet. New winch post welded to perfect height by my brother. New trailer lights (submersible led), mounted keel roller.
filled space under rubrail. Got my check by the Georgia game warden. Plumbing for controls and future wiring/baitwell. Cut down console height 6", scupper housings glassed. Sole glassed (12 oz biax tape with Marine epoxy does not bond to Petit paint wet on wet), sole sanded and faired. I'm tired!
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Re: LM18 in Perry, GA

Post by nathan » Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:00 am

Wow! You should be tired. Have you found the time for sleep in the last week?
Boat look great!

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Re: LM18 in Perry, GA

Post by Jeff » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:37 am

Really well done Jwhitakeriii, great progress!!!!!! Jeff

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Re: LM18 in Perry, GA

Post by Jwhitakeriii » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:22 am

Whirlwind of activity to get this thing ready enough to bring on our trip to carabelle Florida that started June 8. Had some help from my brothers and FIL and uncle and wife and boys. Pulled an all nighter the last night. Haven't done that in a long time. Hastily shaped some scupper "boxes" and glassed them to allow for a pass of water between cockpit and stern storage to take advantage of the 1" drop from cockpit sole to hatch sole and to allow for drain plug. Installed hardware and rigged motor. Faired and sanded sole twice. Installed console with fillet and two layers of 12 oz biax tape. Then we hooked her up and drug her to Florida (with some tools and materials of course for last minute stuff that I didn't get done)
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Splashed and slimed but not finished

Post by Jwhitakeriii » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:13 am

Splashed and slimed but not quite finished. Trailered great, launched great, hatches work like a charm, motor is amazing, handles great, glad I raised the sole an inch because a little water comes in even raised. Catches fish almost by itself. Didn't get it done completely yet but having fun using it like it is. Top speed based on Waze app (no time to hook up fish finder yet) was 31 loaded with big cooler myself and big neck brother. Weather is spotty so not using it as much as I'd like but having fun thus far.
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Re: LM18 in Perry, GA

Post by Jeff » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:20 am

Congratulations on the splash and GREAT photos!!! Jeff

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Re: LM18 in Perry, GA

Post by ctbeutel » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:14 pm

Congratulations! That is awesome everybody chipped in. Looks really good.
Owner of a FS18, completed FS12.

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Re: LM18 in Perry, GA

Post by Reid » Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:56 pm

Congrats John!!!! Boat came out really nice. Looks like everyone is enjoying all the labor that was put into her.

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Re: LM18 in Perry, GA

Post by Capt UB » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:04 pm

Even the little one loves that boat! Great team work and great looking fishing machine.

How's that 40 on her?
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