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by BillW
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Is this a Zip or is is a Flying Saucer
Replies: 8
Views: 170

Re: Is this a Zip or is is a Flying Saucer

That boat is an Ace. The plans for it were published in Science and Mechanics magazine in 1956; you can see the whole Ace story at It would be nice if you can send your photos and all info to Ed Waali; his e-mail is at the top of the website. He likes to compile info on all Aces kno...
by BillW
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: modified malahini
Replies: 345
Views: 70830

Re: modified malahini

This a Moeller tank held down with 4 heavy "marine" bungees from the hardware store. They have stainless hook ends. Won't last forever, but easily replaced. They are out of the sun, under a seat. This photo shows the tank just sitting on the battens, but I smartened up and added plywood platform wit...
by BillW
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Painting
Replies: 12
Views: 1052


Question for Billy C In your post, above, you mention removing fiberglass cloth. 1. What is the procedure? 2. Does it tear out little wood fibers as it comes off? 3. Is that surface suitable for bright finishing ever again, or, is it now pretty much suitable only for painting? I have bright finished...
by BillW
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Muskoka Mystery Boat/New member
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: Muskoka Mystery Boat/New member

That's a nice looking boat, and motor. The 500 was considered to be one of the very best. In case you have not been involved with vintage Mercury outboards before, here are some resources that will help: Parts and manuals. You will need a service manual. Parts. ...
by BillW
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: SLX 3 build
Replies: 12
Views: 679

Re: SLX 3 build

Looks like it has 2 steps in the bottom. Am I seeing that correctly?
by BillW
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: New Squirt Build Belgium
Replies: 1
Views: 890

Re: New Squirt Build Belgium

I can't be completely accurate measuring hull depth on a finished boat. But my Squirt is a little more than 22 inches.
That's not including a skeg.

The trailer interferes with an outside measurement, and the seat and floorboards interfere with an inside measurement,
but that is fairly close, I think.
by BillW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Mercury Mark 58AE
Replies: 2
Views: 972

Re: Mercury Mark 58AE

You should go to and ask this question. There are lots of very knowledgeable folks there who will be glad to offer advise. There is at least one who will do a professional re-build. I think that sitting outside for 25 years makes it a likely candidate for re-build....
by BillW
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 239
Views: 57952

Re: Michael's ZIP

I added a chine block to a Squirt. It's much like the breast hook. It was not on the original plans. In the same way that the breast hook defines, or establishes, the curvature of the sheer between the stem and first frame, well the chine block enables the chine to assume the proper curve near the s...
by BillW
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Pee Wee in Maine
Replies: 115
Views: 20226

Re: Pee Wee in Maine

That's a great picture, with the boat in the pick-up bed.

We can see how you load it with the crane.
But, how do you launch it upon arrival at the boat ramp?

Don't tell us you just back down the ramp, until the boat floats off.....
We don't think you load it back onto the truck that way, either.....
by BillW
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Photos of your Glen-L boat for magazine ads
Replies: 16
Views: 2502

Re: Photos of your Glen-L boat for magazine ads

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Hi Gayle,

Would you want something like this ? Sort of like that Christmas card picture.
You may not need too many Squirt pictures, though.
by BillW
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: modified malahini
Replies: 345
Views: 70830

Re: modified malahini

Regarding your concern about the motor shaft length: If I read it correctly, you are concerned about the minimal freeboard at the transom cutout, and the motor sitting close to the water at rest? I believe that is not an issue. If you were to have a 25" shaft motor, then it would require a lot of wo...
by BillW
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Tucker's Squirt
Replies: 58
Views: 12150

Re: Tucker's Squirt

You may have read about my Squirt. It has a 12 gallon Moeller built-in tank behind the seat. I opted for that, knowing I would never fill it more than half full. It seemed to be the smallest built-in type of tank that was readily available. It has a gauge on the dash; easily installed. My Squirt is ...
by BillW
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Steering for Zip
Replies: 9
Views: 1460

Re: Steering for Zip

The Teleflex systems (now called Sea Star) will be the most readily available, and the easiest to install. But will not be as "period correct" for the vintage boat look. A Mercury Ride-Guide system will have the vintage look, for an old Merc motor, but will be harder to locate, especially the right ...
by BillW
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Mini Adventure
Replies: 15
Views: 1327

Re: Mini Adventure

Beautiful shots.

So, did you have to duck your head going thru that culvert ? It must be small; only a Squirt fits under there...?

Bayou, did you sell your Squirt? My Squirt still does those things.

by BillW
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Squirt Build - New Builder - Deck planking
Replies: 7
Views: 1298

Re: Squirt Build - New Builder - Deck planking

Regarding planks laminated over a sub-deck; some folks don't do that at all. When I built this Squirt, I was not on the internet much, and I was not aware that planking was ever applied over a plywood boat. So, this deck is just 1/4 inch marine ply, stained, glassed with 4 oz. cloth, and varnished. ...