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by J Clark
Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Andy's Zip build
Replies: 663
Views: 76978

Re: Andy's Zip build

A note on curing the dreaded itch from fiberglass. Cold showers. Keeps that crap from getting deeper into your pores. I know my advise comes a little late. :(
by J Clark
Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Skegs.
Replies: 24
Views: 2503

Re: Skegs.

To level a waterline set two long straight boards perpendicular to the keel at each end of your hull. Level them to the proposed waterline and each other. Once you are happy take a string and pull it tight at varying angles and let it just kiss the hull and mark where it lands. Once you have enough ...
by J Clark
Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Onwards and Upwards
Replies: 8
Views: 1193

Re: Onwards and Upwards

Looks great! Makes me think twice about about not finishing my build bright.

What's the boss think about you building a boat in the kitchen? :wink:
by J Clark
Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Building a Squirt
Replies: 123
Views: 13170

Re: Building a Squirt

That's the way I did it on my squirt. Took a few minutes with a sharp hand plane to get it done. When it comes time to plank your squirt I would stay away for the douglas fir in 1/4". Most of it isn't stamped and it is unbearably stiff. My local lumber yard is a Foxworth Galbraith and once they...
by J Clark
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: source of protective metal strips
Replies: 20
Views: 2539

Re: source of protective metal strips

To go from satin to mirror finish you need to use a polishing compound suited for hard metals. Some are formulated specifically for stainless steel. if you really want to burn your retinas out you can finish it with chromium oxide. Usually that will satisfy most people but you can go a step further ...
by J Clark
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: source of protective metal strips
Replies: 20
Views: 2539

Re: source of protective metal strips

When you purchase 316L stainless steel from "onlinemetals" it comes with a polished side with a protective film covering it. A resourceful individual could easily have a shop cut the sheet to spec and drill all the holes needed for transom bands. The only finishing required would be to smo...
by J Clark
Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: source of protective metal strips
Replies: 20
Views: 2539

Re: source of protective metal strips

I believe most builders use stainless steel. I work with stainless steel everyday and it is a shame I wont be using much on my squirt since I can fabricate and tig weld everything in my little workshop. When I need a small order of metal I use these guys: http://www.onlinemetals.com/index.cfm You ca...
by J Clark
Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Badlands Squirt Build
Replies: 27
Views: 4724

Re: Badlands Squirt Build

I started cutting the limber holes today. My local hardware stores didn't have a spade bit for my router so I decided to use a coping saw. I had to make some little wooden spreaders to push the blade of the saw out so I could cut flush to the battens and keel. It worked so well I thought I would sha...
by J Clark
Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Badlands Squirt Build
Replies: 27
Views: 4724

Re: Badlands Squirt Build

I have read that metal fasteners can cause problems in the epoxy skin during heating and cooling cycles leading to delamination on the screw heads. I don't know if it is true or not.
by J Clark
Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:35 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Badlands Squirt Build
Replies: 27
Views: 4724

Re: Badlands Squirt Build

I've mounted the side panels. I chose to omit fasteners and rely on the strength of the epoxy. The fitting of the plank along the chine line turned out to be a breeze. I simply cut it close then brought it home with a small hand plane. The virola ply probably had something to do with the ease of fit...
by J Clark
Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: glen l squirt frame spaceing
Replies: 3
Views: 994

Re: glen l squirt frame spaceing

Hi Joe,
It doesn't take anything fancy to stretch the squirt. The modification is an added 6" between the transom and frame #2 and 6" between #2 and #1. I believe the spacing goes from 32" to 38".
by J Clark
Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Building a Squirt
Replies: 123
Views: 13170

Re: Building a Squirt

B is the correct way to go with the squirt. If you pull the breast hook back so it lines up flush with stem the shear line will also be pulled back and no longer intersect with the stem. It would become a nightmare. As long as your breast hook matches the plans go ahead and glue and screw it and eve...
by J Clark
Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Badlands Squirt Build
Replies: 27
Views: 4724

Re: Badlands Squirt Build

I am happy to say I have most of the fairing out of the way now. Today I laminated some angled strips to the forward chine sections. I wasn't able to get enough twist on the chines when they were installed but this seems to have done the trick. My plywood will arrive a week from Wednesday and I woul...
by J Clark
Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Building a Squirt
Replies: 20
Views: 2744

Re: Building a Squirt

I think 4 months should be plenty of time if you hit it hard and stay at it. Im doing my best to have my squirt build ready for the summer. We'll see. :D
My daughter has ours named as well. "Black Dragon" But that may change once it is flipped.
by J Clark
Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Building a Squirt
Replies: 123
Views: 13170

Re: Building a Squirt

I'm using AeroMarine epoxy 2 to 1 formula so take my experience as such. I have had similar temps when I first started my glue up and the epoxy was rock hard after 2 days. I had one mix foul up on me in a similar fashion when I installed my keel. It was the only time I did not bring the epoxy up to ...

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