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by Moeregaard
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: ZIP & Mercury Mark 35A - Steering
Replies: 12
Views: 5902

Re: ZIP & Mercury Mark 35A - Steering

Wow--the length of this thread must be some kind of record! I believe I left one question unanswered. For the steering link I used a length of stainless-steel tubing, 3/8" OD X .063" wall. I tapped it internally for a 5/16" X 24 thread and installed a rod end on it. All of the materials were Swagelo...
by Moeregaard
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: The same old question, which one for me!?!
Replies: 8
Views: 2071

Re: The same old question, which one for me!?!

You don't realize how small the Zip is, until you see it parked next to any modern boat. As vupilot says, you don't want to take the Zip anywhere you wouldn't take any other 14-foot boat. I had four adults in our Zip, on our local lake, and I was getting nervous about the lack of freeboard at the tr...
by Moeregaard
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip Process to begin
Replies: 8
Views: 3739

Re: Zip Process to begin

Looking forward to seeing photos of your build. Regarding tools, you probably don't need a lathe or jointer, but a 14" band saw with decent blades and guides will make your life easier. A table saw will also come in handy for ripping chine logs and sheer clamps. I would also buy or borrow a decent 1...
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: 64
Views: 20192

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: 2204

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: 2772

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: 2850

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: 3260

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: 2569

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: 5102

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: 3484

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: 1158
Views: 298210

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: 11686

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: 3896

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: 3896

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...

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