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by weasel
Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Motor Weight?
Replies: 7
Views: 1069

Re: Motor Weight?

Hello "JPLATOU" I have just a small wet bike battery 320 CCA (5 1/8" x 7") not much weight 5-8lbs. The boat dealer says that will be plenty to start it. I have no room to put it up front with my feet/throttle/steering wheel all there. I would have to cut a door or something on th...
by weasel
Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Motor Weight?
Replies: 7
Views: 1069

Re: Motor Weight?

Hello People! Thanks for some of the input and I always like more. This Tunnel Mite is 10' long, so that's 2 feet longer than the 8' one talked about. I don't know if that 2 feet makes a big diff or not. I found out he motor is 130lbs has electric start, I have a small marine battery in the rear too...
by weasel
Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Motor Weight?
Replies: 7
Views: 1069

Motor Weight?

My Tunnel Mite is almost ready for fiberglass and paint. I just got the motor all rebuilt/painted/new stickers looks new. It's a 30hp Yamaha, 3 cylinder, short shaft, and weighs 135lbs. It is a little heavier (25lbs) than recommended. I did beef up the transom boards to 1/2" instead of the 1/4&...
by weasel
Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: "Tunnel Mite" Building Question?
Replies: 1
Views: 517

"Tunnel Mite" Building Question?

I am finishing up the bottom of the tunnel mite. I am on the spray rail now, and have a question. The plans call for #8 - 1" screws to fasten on the spray rail from the inside/out. If you cut the spray rail exactly like the plans show, the screws will come through the spray rail when the screws...
by weasel
Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Tunnel Mite Building Question?
Replies: 2
Views: 548

Tunnel Mite Building Question?

I am at the point where I faired the runner keel and the chine log and sheer clamp. It is all looking good and smooth and it all comforms pretty good. It calls for 1/4 inch plywood for the runner planking, that I have ready. It just seems a little hard to bend the very front of the runner planking t...
by weasel
Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Help Get Ethanol out of Premium Gasoline
Replies: 53
Views: 27973

Re: Help Get Ethanol out of Premium Gasoline

I have used 91 octane NON-OXYGENATED fuel in all (3) my boats, my small engines, tractors, snow blowers etc. I was told by the fuel distributor in my area years ago, that the 90 or better octane Non-Oxygenated fuel has no ethanol in it. I have never had any gumming issues or any starting problems af...
by weasel
Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Fiberglass
Topic: Health Issues
Replies: 8
Views: 1680

Health Issues

I read a lot of how to do the epoxy layers, laying the fiberglass, sanding, and the final paint coat and UV sealer. I have a good handle on that. I'm not sure if I will go braindead putting on the fiberglass though hmmm. I have a well ventilated shop 26 x 36, I have a big adjustable fan that can mov...
by weasel
Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Tunnel Mite Sheer Clamps
Replies: 3
Views: 659

Re: Tunnel Mite Sheer Clamps

I figured it might change the angle a bit as it turns around the frames, but wasn't quite sure. So you hit some nails then with the planer then hmmm. I wondered about that too. Did you have to countersink those about 1/2 way through the sheer to get it lower then the plywood angles? Thanks people al...
by weasel
Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Tunnel Mite Sheer Clamps
Replies: 3
Views: 659

Tunnel Mite Sheer Clamps

I am at the point where I'm putting on the sheer clamps on this tunnel mite. There is a lot of fairing, planing, sanding that has to be done to the sheer clamp to make it flat to the frame and transom members so the plywood lays flat, after it is glue and applied. It looks like you have to remove ab...
by weasel
Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Design Modifications
Topic: Seat Applications?
Replies: 0
Views: 8134

Seat Applications?

I am building the tunnel mite. I am not to the point of applying a seat yet. But I want to plan ahead and get the seat. How is it fastened to the tunnel floor, can it be adjustable too? I assume put cross pieces between the battens from side to side to screwed the seat down thru the floorboard or so...
by weasel
Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: System 3 quick fair over nails?
Replies: 4
Views: 610

Re: System 3 quick fair over nails?

Thanks people!
That confirms what I have been thinking about it too.
by weasel
Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: System 3 quick fair over nails?
Replies: 4
Views: 610

System 3 quick fair over nails?

I am doing the nailing (1" ring nails from G-L) here soon. I assume you can just spread quick fair over the nails and then sand, prime it, then paint inside the hull & then fiberglass the outside. I don't want to countersink or pound the nails to hard into 1/8" or 1/4" plywood it ...
by weasel
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Design Modifications
Topic: Side Planking, Tunnel Sides, Decking & Cowl.
Replies: 7
Views: 2745

Re: Side Planking, Tunnel Sides, Decking & Cowl.

I checked out "World Panel" it looks like a good place, but I live in Minnesota hmmm. 1/4" plywood is 6mm opposed to 5mm. The weight issue is only a few pounds for the wood I assume. If you have a 200lb guy driving 1/8 inch plywood, or a 180lb guy driving 1/4" plywood, isn't it t...
by weasel
Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Painting
Topic: Let's demystify some of these boat finishes
Replies: 53
Views: 8264

Re: Let's demystify some of these boat finishes

So automotive paint can be used? If it has the UV protector in it and the hard outside shiny shell finish, then there is no need for any other coating to cover it correct.

I have bought the fiberglass how to book, but haven't quite got to that point yet. Thanks a bunch!
by weasel
Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Painting
Topic: Let's demystify some of these boat finishes
Replies: 53
Views: 8264

Re: Let's demystify some of these boat finishes

I am making the Tunnel Mite wooden boat. I am planning on painting it a metalic red or blue. Providing I can find that type of paint hmmm. I've always liked the ole school metalic colors. I thought sealer was to protect the wood against water damage before a person starts this road of finishing. So ...

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