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by Barra
Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:49 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Aussie Belle
Replies: 392
Views: 119392

Re: Aussie Belle

Hey Jamie, I did tinted epoxy on my deck seam (zip) and I've had 2 crack so far.. It was quite tricky to do the seams (ended up using a syringe, very slowly) to avoid air bubbles. Also had issues with it all running out the low end, had to remove the first go and use a thicker mix. I don't know if i...
by Barra
Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: The Tool I hate!
Replies: 13
Views: 5292

Re: The Tool I hate!

I had a run in with my belt sander. Was sanding the edge of some ply clamped to the bench. When I finish I must have touched the belt with the left index finger which was promptly sucked into the sander. Luckily the sander was winding down but still crushed my finger (shattering the bone at the end)...
by Barra
Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member,building a zip, Perth Western Australia
Replies: 7
Views: 2028

Re: New member,building a zip, Perth Western Australia

Hey Whiteant, I'm in Perth too and have pretty much completed a Zip, just got upholstery to go. I'm up north in Dampier at the moment but when I'm back you're welcome to drop round to have a look and ask any questions which I'll try answer. I used hoop pine, got it from Austim but I think they don't...
by Barra
Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip Gentlemans Racer
Replies: 62
Views: 20751

Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Sorry, forgot to measure it but it sounds the same as Andy's (think I copied yours Andy..). And, yes, I did a fair amount of shaping on it to provide nice smooth flow over it and out to the prop.
by Barra
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip Gentlemans Racer
Replies: 62
Views: 20751

Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Can't remember but I'll measure it when I get home this evening.
by Barra
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip Gentlemans Racer
Replies: 62
Views: 20751

Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

And I forgot to say, that is an awesome looking boat, wishing I had done that now!

:D
by Barra
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip Gentlemans Racer
Replies: 62
Views: 20751

Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

That looks pretty similar to mine, which I'm very happy with. My Zip tracks straight, turns nicely and inspires confidence. Sorry I don't have any better photos..
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by Barra
Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:14 am
Forum: Launching Ramp
Topic: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched
Replies: 18
Views: 8973

Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Thanks Mojo. Still need to get a few more hours on it below 3000rpm but must admit I did give it full throttle for just a bit.. 30+ on the phone gps and need a bigger prop.

Proper trials to come...
by Barra
Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:10 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Squirt Build in Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 4433

Re: Squirt Build in Australia

I was lucky over here in WA, managed to get enough for the Zip. The place I got it from no longer stocks it and haven't found anyone else on this side of the country....
by Barra
Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Squirt Build in Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 4433

Re: Squirt Build in Australia

The hoop pine I used would have been a similar thickness. I dressed it myself but didn't bother going all the way to 19mm, seemed like a waste of timber. Means my frames are a little heavier than required but there isn't that much weight in there anyway so didn't think it was too much of a penalty. ...
by Barra
Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Wet Exhaust thoughts
Replies: 32
Views: 9307

Re: Wet Exhaust thoughts

We used to do underwater exhausts on ferries and yachts, but always fitted a bypass above waterline for when the vessel wasn't moving due to back pressure issues. We mainly did it for noise and aesthetic reasons not for fumes and it was on larger vessels (120ft - 300ft). They are tricky do do correc...
by Barra
Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Launching Ramp
Topic: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched
Replies: 18
Views: 8973

Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Well there's warm and what we had on Monday... 44.4 C, 112 F. Glad to be in a nair conditioned office that day!

Mind you 10F doesn't sound fun either!
by Barra
Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: Launching Ramp
Topic: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched
Replies: 18
Views: 8973

Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Thanks everyone, much appreciated. Took her out again this morning. She does handle great but needs flat water so will need to find days when it's not too windy. Andy, it is pretty warm down here (was 39 deg C the other day, ~102F), however Fremantle is pretty well known for its windy summer afterno...
by Barra
Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Launching Ramp
Topic: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched
Replies: 18
Views: 8973

Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

So after about 2.5 years of work we launched the Zip today and christened her "Helen" (after my very understanding and supportive wife). Beautiful day on the river. Only went for a short run (still need to finish the registration process) but she performed brilliantly. As expected 50hp is plenty of ...
by Barra
Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Barra's Zip Update and Qs
Replies: 160
Views: 40775

Re: Barra's Zip Update and Qs

Hey Mike, Thanks for kind words. The sole is finish with Feast Watson Spar Varnish over epoxy. Timber is Tasmanian Oak which is just a brand name and not an oak at all... :roll: One thing with the sole is that after it all dried they got a nasty upwards bend. Must be due to the way I constructed the...