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by BillW
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Easier build ?
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: Easier build ?

The Squirt is a great little boat; lots of fun to build and use; we built one several years ago. It can be seen at the Customer Photo section, under "Bill & Linda's Squirt". (There is a typo there, one photo is not ours; the group of 9 is ours) We lengthened the boat 15", and re-positioned the dash ...
by BillW
Wed May 15, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Squirt with a long shaft 9.9
Replies: 8
Views: 840

Re: Squirt with a long shaft 9.9

If the Squirt is built per the plans, there is no need to modify the transom knee. That would be major surgery and/or result in looking funny. Bear in mind, the transom is braced by the cockpit coamings, as well as the knee. In addition to all the other parts. That boat is very strong. Some have bee...
by BillW
Sat May 11, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Tucker's Squirt
Replies: 73
Views: 20915

Re: Tucker's Squirt

What TomB said. If that is a dent that happened after the epoxy cured, then it likely will swell up with application of lots of hot water.
by BillW
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Deck Trim
Replies: 22
Views: 3393

Re: Deck Trim

Well, here is an example of one that does not have a rub-rail around the deck at all. It has been several years now, and I do fully intend to add a stainless rail around the deck edge, when I get around to it... Probably 1/2 inch hollow back rail. Boats do look a little strange without it. Notice we...
by BillW
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 290
Views: 79874

Re: Michael's ZIP

One thing to keep in mind when building the motorwell, or rear deck : If it ever becomes necessary to rope-start the outboard, you might appreciate having a place to stand, while planting one foot on the transom top next to the motor, or on the boat bottom near the transom. On the boats that we buil...
by BillW
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 290
Views: 79874

Re: Michael's ZIP

Here is one thing to consider: If hull sides are fiber-glassed with 4 or 6 oz cloth (which won't show) and then varnished / bright finished, they will look great. However, if damaged, or deep scratched, or dinged (in the cloth/ bright finished area) it will be difficult to repair and still look grea...
by BillW
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Is this a Zip or is is a Flying Saucer
Replies: 13
Views: 2930

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

Yes, the Ace design is unique in quite a few respects. Once a person is familiar with that boat, you can spot another one a mile away. Except there aren't many of them. I did not know about the Ace either, until 7 or 8 years ago when I came across Ed's website. I had been thinking about building ano...
by BillW
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Is this a Zip or is is a Flying Saucer
Replies: 13
Views: 2930

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 www.sandeace.com 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: 368
Views: 92723

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
Topic: TEST BOAT
Replies: 12
Views: 3098

Re: TEST BOAT

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: 2835

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: www.oldmercs.com Parts and manuals. You will need a service manual. www.marineengine.com Parts. ...
by BillW
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: SLX 3 build
Replies: 25
Views: 5087

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: 1703

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: 1617

Re: Mercury Mark 58AE

You should go to http://www.johnsoldmercurysite.com 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: 290
Views: 79874

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...