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by BillW
Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 37
Views: 702

Re: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?

I think you made the right decision.
Many wood boats, and fiberglass boats with wood core transoms, have rot around the drain plug, whether the owner knows it, or not.
Probably, nearly all older boats have that issue.

Bill
by BillW
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Help Needed - Cavitation, Turbulence, Transom Height?
Replies: 17
Views: 458

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

Wow, that is a beautiful boat ! What a great steering set up. Are the clamp brackets and tilt tube modified, or from a later motor , or something ? We have an issue similar to your cavitation problem. In addition to our Squirt, we have an Ace. This boat is about a foot shorter than yours; it has two...
by BillW
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Slow Speed Wandering
Replies: 10
Views: 964

Re: Slow Speed Wandering

Deep-V hulls are usually hard to steer straight at displacement speed. It is so common, that it is known as "Deep-V Wander" Here is what is happening: The deep deadrise hull is acting somewhat like a flag waving in the wind. Pressure is slightly increasing on one side of the bottom, while ...
by BillW
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: SEA KNIGHT
Replies: 364
Views: 55976

Re: SEA KNIGHT

If the motor has not been run in a long time, I would not attempt to start it until the water pump impeller has been replaced. When it has been unused for years, the rubber impeller vanes will have taken a "set" and probably will not provide good water pressure, or worse yet, may have piec...
by BillW
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Launching Ramp
Topic: Pennsylvania Malahini Launch
Replies: 16
Views: 452

Re: Pennsylvania Malahini Launch

Wow. Now that's gorgeous.
I love those old Merc motors. I am guessing a 1969, 65 or 80 hp ?

Bill
by BillW
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Launching Ramp
Topic: Michigan Squirt Launch
Replies: 13
Views: 329

Re: Michigan Squirt Launch

Just beautiful.

And vintage boats look so good without registration numbers !
We ran our Squirt like that a few times....

Bill
by BillW
Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 467
Views: 53231

Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Hi Jim, That's really beautiful. In your third photo above, it looks like the rubber pads under the clamp brackets are made from the red color material. I was told by the hardware store guy that the red stuff will not stand up to gas and oil. He said to use the black, so I did. When I suggested to y...
by BillW
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 467
Views: 53231

Re: Michigan Squirt Build

JimmY, Those tabs on the clamp brackets are intended to bite into the transom a little, to reduce the possibility of the motor working it's way off. That is the vintage OMC method, in lieu of provision for bolting the motor on. I have used .060 or .080 rubber sheet gasket material, from the hardware...
by BillW
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 467
Views: 53231

Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Yes, you will be the center of attention at public docks and boat ramps. Better get used to it.

Squirts, in general, cause that and this is a very exceptional Squirt !

Bill
by BillW
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: ZIP keel Battens
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: ZIP keel Battens

Hi Bill W,

A somewhat related issue can be seen in the above picture posted by Joshuab:

Notice that the building form was faired off a bit, to allow clearance with the plywood planking. Right hand side of picture.

I believe that's what we are seeing here; I did that, anyway.

The other BillW
by BillW
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: 2017 Small Boats Magazine
Replies: 0
Views: 299

2017 Small Boats Magazine

This may have been discussed already, since it is copyright last year. I am usually the last to know. But I just saw the excellent magazine article on Art Atkinson's beautiful Glen-L Squirt. I laughed at Art's statement: "The paint scheme evolved further to hide some sins along the sheerline, b...
by BillW
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Squirt questions
Replies: 8
Views: 583

Re: Squirt questions

Yes, the Squirt is a bit cozy. My wife and I have room for a small lunch cooler on the floor between us, and that's about all there is room for. I have a full size marine battery just ahead of the foreword frame, and that seriously affects the leg room, and space for "stuff". But the batte...
by BillW
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: what would you suggest?
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: what would you suggest?

You are correct in that fasteners (screws or nails) were not used at the frames. Don't add them now, if that is what you are asking.

Possibly the limber holes (water drain holes) could have been larger, so they don't get clogged. Just check them occasionally in use.

It looks very nice.
by BillW
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Farewell to my father...
Replies: 27
Views: 1529

Re: Farewell to my father...

To Gayle and all the Glen-L family, We were so very sorry to hear of your loss. And yet we know that you have much for which to be thankful, in that Mr. Witt had a very long life, and a very remarkable career. Mr. Witt was truly a legend in his own time; a very long time. I have been a fan of Glen-L...
by BillW
Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: I'm a Boat Builder! G-L Ski Tow under construction!
Replies: 346
Views: 36426

Re: I'm a Boat Builder! G-L Ski Tow under construction!

Really beautiful boat.

Mark, it's a good thing that you followed instructions, per this attached photo.....

You could have the name on the left, and on the right, in smaller letters:
"Glen-L Ski Tow, 1957" ( or whatever the design date).
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