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by sawford11
Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Planking the deck
Replies: 86
Views: 12200

Re: Planking the deck

Jeff, On my Zip, I did not use screws for any of the deck. I used spacers, scap plywood w/ drywall screws, and miscellaneous weights. For the most part, I installed one board left and right of the king plank per day, until all the deck boards were complete. I would wait a couple of hours, then pull ...
by sawford11
Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: How do you get nice white lines on varnished decks
Replies: 9
Views: 2500

Re: How do you get nice white lines on varnished decks

Hi Craig, There are a few different methods/materials you could try. The post of my build is one method that worked pretty well. Instead of retyping the process, here is a link to when I was installing my deck boards. The next page of my blog shows the white lines. http://www.glen-l.com/phpBB2/viewt...
by sawford11
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Bimini Top on Zip
Replies: 8
Views: 2093

Re: Bimini Top on Zip

hmmmm.....so it seems I might be the first one. If I pursue, I'll post some pics. Thanks!
by sawford11
Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Bimini Top on Zip
Replies: 8
Views: 2093

Bimini Top on Zip

I saw some posts about this from several years ago, but I was wondering if anyone followed through and installed a bimini top on a zip or other runabout? I don't want to negatively affect the looks of the zip, but at the same time, we spent all afternoon on the river today, it was near 90 and the su...
by sawford11
Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Will a 14' Zip suits a tall guy?!
Replies: 18
Views: 5004

Re: Will a 14' Zip suits a tall guy?!

You should go with the marine grade plywood for the hull. With exterior grade, there can be voids between the layers that you won't know are there. Sometimes, when you cut exterior, you will notice a void that would not have been visible if it wasn't for the cut. Those voids are what you want to avo...
by sawford11
Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Will a 14' Zip suits a tall guy?!
Replies: 18
Views: 5004

Re: Will a 14' Zip suits a tall guy?!

Al-bahi, I'm pretty new to boating, and I've not been around wakeboarding. I know the boat will pull a skier, and it easily pulled 150 pounds on the tube (at 20 mph and I had a good bit more throttle to go). I don't know the requirements for pulling a wakerboard. I think my boat could do that, but I...
by sawford11
Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Will a 14' Zip suits a tall guy?!
Replies: 18
Views: 5004

Re: Will a 14' Zip suits a tall guy?!

Al-Bahi - I had the same concern over potentially looking like a giant in a little boat. I built the surface of my floor level with the bottom frame (vupilot and others have done this also) and then built my seat bottom about 3 1/2 off the bottom of the floor. When I sit in my zip, I generally stret...
by sawford11
Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Teleflex Cable Diameter
Replies: 6
Views: 2817

Re: Teleflex Cable Diameter

I agree with bob....you might want to purchase your cable first. Also, i have the nfb 4.2. The rack has a two bolt fitting that clamps the end of the cable to the rack. It is removable but the end of the cable does have a metal fitting on it. I would guess the fitting adds an additional 3/16 inch to...
by sawford11
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: broken chine fix???
Replies: 4
Views: 1831

Re: broken chine fix???

I personally would replace the first lamination. It seems to me that the required force needed to bend the chine allows the chine to take the desired shape of the boat (i.e. nice lines). If you cut out and somehow splice this piece, I dont think it is going to properly bend to form the desired line....
by sawford11
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Teleflex Cable Diameter
Replies: 6
Views: 2817

Re: Teleflex Cable Diameter

I bought a teleflex nfb system last year and just measured the casing that carries the steering rod/cable. The casing is 5/8" diameter. At the end of the cable there is a large nut that holds the end of the cable in a fixed location. That nut is 1-1/8" i.e. it takes a 1-1/8" wrench to tighten. Keep ...
by sawford11
Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 57976

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Spent the afternoon on the Ohio River, about 20 miles downstream of Pittsburgh. The kids went tubing and had a blast. I have a 12 V adapter (like a cigarette lighter) behind the back seats and I have a palm sized 12v pump. It takes less than 45 seconds to blow up the tube and to deflate it. It reall...
by sawford11
Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:28 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: When your done building?
Replies: 9
Views: 1825

Re: When your done building?

In PA, there used to be a calculation provided on the hull ID / capacity application form. However, starting in January of 2013, "Boat Owners/Operators in PA are not required by law to maintain a capacity plate on their boat." It goes on to read, if you live in one of the FEW states that require suc...
by sawford11
Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 57976

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Ok...that is reassuring. I also just read something on Moellers website. It stated permeation of vapor through this type of tank is normal. It also stated the smell of the vapor does not necessarily mean there is a leak. In any case, i double checked all my connections and all seemed good. Here is a...
by sawford11
Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 57976

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Just wondering if anyone else has noticed this.... My boat is stored in a heated garage. Ever since I fueled up the tank the first time, I've noticed gas fumes in the garage. I have recently placed a cover over the boat, and now, if I lift the cover, the smell of fumes is definitely more noticeable ...
by sawford11
Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 57976

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Thanks Everyone! Keith - in regard to the 50hp, my setup is working pretty well. It will go 35+ mph, but depending upon weight distribution and water conditions, you will probably get some porpoising at that speed. In a small boat like the Zip, anything over 25 really seems like you are going fast.....