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by Moeregaard
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Building the Zip with the NEW Zip Complete Wood Parts Kit
Replies: 38
Views: 4819

Re: Building the Zip with the NEW Zip Complete Wood Parts Kit

It's looking great! It appears that the wood quality is very good as well. Unless it's already included in the kit, I would suggest adding "T" stiffeners to your battens, between the transom and Frame 2. My dad's first Zip exhibited flexing back there and when we built Zip No. 2 in 2008, we added 1'...
by Moeregaard
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Never owned a boat and I'm thinking of building the Malahini
Replies: 6
Views: 1293

Re: Never owned a boat and I'm thinking of building the Malahini

The Malahini would be a great first build. I built a Zip and it's a fun boat, but with a family of your size I'd stay in the 15--16-ft. range. Another great choice would be the Geronimo. Kirk Bellamy built a very nice one and you can see it in the Customer Photos page. It seems to have worked well f...
by Moeregaard
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Human Power
Topic: BONDING CHINES AND BATTENS
Replies: 6
Views: 2162

Re: BONDING CHINES AND BATTENS

I prime the bare wood with epoxy to gain penetration, and then make the actual joint with cotton flocking added to the epoxy. As Jimmy says, a consistency of applesauce works well. The flocking is a bear to sand, so be sure to wipe away as much excess as possible. The wood flour is a great filler in...
by Moeregaard
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Must have Tools
Replies: 12
Views: 2509

Re: Must have Tools

Nice job on the bullet, John. The Ridgid sander will definitely make things easier. I have a 12" JET disc sander and I wouldn't be without it. Another must-have tool in my shop is my 14" band saw. If you don't want to buy new, check your local ads and garage/estate sales. You can find some real barg...
by Moeregaard
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Steering for Zip
Replies: 9
Views: 2996

Re: Steering for Zip

We used the Teleflex "Safety QC" system on our Zip. It does not have the no-feedback feature, but on a lower-powered boat such as the Zip (40 HP) I don't think it's really needed. When we had a 48" skeg under the boat, there was very little feel to the steering, and when I replaced the skeg with a f...
by Moeregaard
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Shop size
Replies: 6
Views: 2404

Re: Shop size

We built our Zip in a one-car carport, with the fixture bonded to the concrete floor, and this didn't really present any problems. When I built two Can-Yaks in my one-car condo garage that also stores my power tools, things got much tighter. At any given time, one boat would occupy my living room wh...
by Moeregaard
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Potential Audeen build
Replies: 36
Views: 4407

Re: Potential Audeen build

I had a very nice email conversation with Al Neill some years ago, and he's a really nice guy. At the time I was considering an Audeen or Mist Miss (essentially a stretched Audeen), and he was able to offer up a couple of pointers. Al's boat has a Ford 302 for power, and he said that Ford marine par...
by Moeregaard
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Best boat for this motor?
Replies: 7
Views: 3289

Re: Best boat for this motor?

The weight of the Flying Saucer is listed as 190lbs and the Zip is 375lbs. I wonder why the Zip is almost twice the weight and is only 2’ longer? I don't think the bare hull of the Zip is anywhere near 375 lbs. When we completed the bare hull--fully decked and painted, but no seats, etc.--two of us...
by Moeregaard
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Matt's Geronimo
Replies: 1147
Views: 274796

Re: Matt's Geronimo

This may be coming your way but as of this year in Nh plugs have to be pulled and bilge dry before you can leave the ramp That's not nearly as bad as we've had things in California, where most lakes require everything to be dry before launching. Wash your boat, or take a "bucket cruise" in the driv...
by Moeregaard
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: First-timer Can-Yak build
Replies: 21
Views: 10256

Re: First-timer Can-Yak build

Curt, I wouldn't sweat the size of the cockpit too much. Even with the full-length cockpit, the 14-foot Can-Yak is pretty cramped for two people, and if they're full-sized adults you won't have much freeboard above the waterline. You probably know this, but with one person aboard you have a ton of r...
by Moeregaard
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Help Needed - Cavitation, Turbulence, Transom Height?
Replies: 17
Views: 3643

Re: Zip Help Needed - Cavitation, Turbulence, Transom Height?

You numbers pretty much reflect ours. With the 10"-pitch prop I usually see 29 mph at 5,500 rpm. The 11" prop reduces the rpm to about 5000 with little to no change in maximum speed. It should be noted that our Mk 55 has never been apart, so your newly overhauled motor should have a performance edge...
by Moeregaard
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Help Needed - Cavitation, Turbulence, Transom Height?
Replies: 17
Views: 3643

Re: Zip Help Needed - Cavitation, Turbulence, Transom Height?

From your description, your Zip is virtually identical to ours, right down to the Mk 55E. As Chris mentioned, it's possible that your prop is slipping on the hub. Out of curiosity, what prop are you running? We found that a 10" pitch, two-blade prop would give us ~30 MPH @ 5500 RPM, and with none of...
by Moeregaard
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: First-timer Can-Yak build
Replies: 21
Views: 10256

Re: First-timer Can-Yak build

Congrats on the launch! Your boat looks great. The Can Yak is a little tender around center, but you will get used to it. They're pretty stable on the water. When paddling solo, they seem to perform best if you're all the way aft in the cockpit. I did add the 1" skeg to the boats, but these will hav...
by Moeregaard
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: ripping gone crazy
Replies: 7
Views: 3020

Re: ripping gone crazy

I had the same problem with some beautiful 5/4 African mahogany I bought for a coffee table. It's beautiful wood, but it has a ton of internal stresses. I was able to save the project only after I resawed and planed the wood into 1/4"-thick planks, and laminated them to a 3/4" MDF core. Honduran mah...
by Moeregaard
Thu May 25, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: First-timer Can-Yak build
Replies: 21
Views: 10256

Re: First-timer Can-Yak build

I would get all the planking installed before making plans to create a transom on one end of your CanYak. Chances are, the problem you describe isn't all that bad, and could probably be corrected with some filler. Once fiberglassed and painted, your sins will no longer be visible. You don't want a r...