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by Mark-NJ
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Scooter Build - Planking
Replies: 9
Views: 100

Re: Scooter Build - Planking

That tool is a "must have", IMO.

On my build, there were quite a few "how will I accomplish THAT?" moments, and that tool [with it's various size & shape bits] saved my bacon.

Mines battery powered, but still: must have!
by Mark-NJ
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Securing Gas Tank
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: Securing Gas Tank

You might try making a picture-frame type of rack, sized for the fuel tank and permanently attached to the battens. That's what I did... Dado cut a 2x6 to make lap joints... https://s20.postimg.org/g71hz5yrx/boat-tank-surround_-_1.jpg ...then glued up the frame. https://s20.postimg.org/r5crhcnd9/bo...
by Mark-NJ
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Interior Waterproofing
Replies: 8
Views: 184

Re: Interior Waterproofing

I spent a lot of time thinking about how to "waterproof" the inside of my hull, all the while knowing (believing?) that there's no such thing as "waterproof" at all. Water is insidious and will go where it wants to go. It's my job to not let it sit & pool...a dry bilge is a s...
by Mark-NJ
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 41
Views: 809

Re: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?

I drilled some 1" holes in scrap Sapele and made some test fits. Practice makes perfect, right? I measured, verified & marked "the spot" on the transom. Then I measured again. I put a sharp 1" forstner bit in my drill. I sat behind the boat on the ground, got good & comfy...
by Mark-NJ
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 41
Views: 809

Re: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?

Yes....pre-flaired on one end. That said, they're only about 6" below the waterline, so the water pressure is only about 0.22 psi over ambient....which I would suspect does very little to keep it in place. https://greatlakesskipper.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8...
by Mark-NJ
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 41
Views: 809

Re: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?

Do you even have to flare the tube or can you just cut it to be flush? Now THAT'S a thought worth pondering! If the tube is "in there & not going anywhere" [i.e. glued in with epoxy or 5200, etc.), then why flare at all? If anything, the space under the flare is just a place to trap m...
by Mark-NJ
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 41
Views: 809

Re: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?

I like the idea of a dishing washer forming the flair! Thanks.

One question: how long should I cut the tube so the flaring is sufficient? 1/4" longer than the transom thickness? More? Less?
by Mark-NJ
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 41
Views: 809

Re: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?

If I opt to put in the drains, I intend to drill the holes, then seal the exposed wood in the hole with epoxy.

But for the actual installation of the brass tube, would you guys use thickened epoxy or would you use 5200? I'm thinking 5200 might be better.....
by Mark-NJ
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: I'm a Boat Builder! G-L Ski Tow under construction!
Replies: 346
Views: 36869

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

I have acetone & ATF on the shelf. I'll mix some up & see what happens. So far, I'm nowhere. That includes heating it with a torch.

At this point, I'll try anything!
by Mark-NJ
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: I'm a Boat Builder! G-L Ski Tow under construction!
Replies: 346
Views: 36869

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

Close: Engineering Project Manager, but....Yeah!

KInda like my business motto: "We're not happy until YOU'RE not happy!" :D :D :D :D :D
by Mark-NJ
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: I'm a Boat Builder! G-L Ski Tow under construction!
Replies: 346
Views: 36869

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

Unless / until I can get this shaft out of this powerhead, this engine is a lost cause. And even if I can, the splines may be too far gone to be usable.

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by Mark-NJ
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: I'm a Boat Builder! G-L Ski Tow under construction!
Replies: 346
Views: 36869

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

Congrats, Mark. I'm guessing you'll be happy with the 40. Well, perhaps not THIS 40...! Turns out this "great deal" I got is becoming a loser. Dropped the lower, only to discover that the shaft is frozen / rusted into the crank. I've rebuilt plenty of outboards before, and this is usually...
by Mark-NJ
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 41
Views: 809

Re: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?

two "Nays".... interesting. To clarify, I have a "mooring cover", so it stay dry when it rains. I don't have a "trailering cover", and don't intend to buy one. But driving in the rain with the boat uncovered concerns me, as water (weight) accumulating in the back of the...
by Mark-NJ
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 41
Views: 809

Trasom Drains: Yea or Nay?

After a delightful time in Maine, we trailered the boat back to NJ, allthewhile under the constant threat of thunderstorms. Thankfully, they never happened. Still, it had me concerned: I didn't install transom drains, and while boating I didn't seem to need them. The boat stayed dry....a little ligh...
by Mark-NJ
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Non exterior grade lumber for sailboat decking
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Non exterior grade lumber for sailboat decking

I'm confused: what is "non-exterior grade lumber"? If the "interior" product is some sort of laminate, then it's made with glues that won't stand up to the elements. Thus, it's interior. But wood is wood. If your hardwood veneer is solid wood (albeit thin), then it isn't really &...

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