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by gdcarpenter
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Trailers and trailering
Topic: Which Side Backing?
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: Which Side Backing?

I always have the left/port side on the inside of the turn when backing up if at all possible. A habit that comes from having done a year of long haul trucking, backing up 53' trailers into narrow loading bays and truck stop parking areas between two adjacent 53' trailers. That is the only way, bein...
by gdcarpenter
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Help Needed - Cavitation, Turbulence, Transom Height?
Replies: 17
Views: 916

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

What a beautiful piece of eye candy, congratulations! Your skeg looks like it should be fine. Mine terminates very close to the transom but is only 3/4" wide and 3/4" tall with a very gradual taper that goes from full profile to nothing nothing over 12"-14" of length on either en...
by gdcarpenter
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Member in Cary, NC
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: New Member in Cary, NC

Hi and Welcome,

I built the Squirt's bigger brother, the ZIP. I live ITB (Inside The Beltline) in Raleigh. Be happy to talk your ears off about boats and give you a tour of my build.
Nine one nine - five three nine -1371
gdcarpenter@yahoo.com

Garfield
by gdcarpenter
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Trailers and trailering
Topic: Transom saver with manual tilt outboard
Replies: 8
Views: 481

Re: Transom saver with manual tilt outboard

I leave the tilt latch off and use the transom saver to support the engine.
by gdcarpenter
Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Epoxy bonding issues with white oak.
Replies: 10
Views: 657

Re: Epoxy bonding issues with white oak.

I will stick my nose into this question. There is a lot of hearsay regarding this issue and opinions will vary. I built a ZIP with white oak for all framing, transom, and deck cover boards. I used Titebond III to glue my half lap frame joints and the two horizontal slabs of 8:4 white oak that make u...
by gdcarpenter
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Alternate Inboard Power?
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Alternate Inboard Power?

As a project manager for a General Contractor I was supervising the installation of a 22 KW home generator. Being a boat builder and gear head seeing the innards of a generator set up for the first time got me wondering! It is a totally enclosed compact Vee engine set up in a small insulated compart...
by gdcarpenter
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Trailers and trailering
Topic: Pulling a light boat trailer behind a travel trailer.
Replies: 6
Views: 436

Re: Pulling a light boat trailer behind a travel trailer.

I wonder if the total length would be an issue? Ram truck-18', trailer-18', and airstream 32' (including allowance for hitches) Total length of about 68'. Tractor trailers run about 70' total length with an average sleeper cab, so you might be okay. Just hope you never have to back up! There is a ZI...
by gdcarpenter
Tue May 16, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Trailers and trailering
Topic: increasing trailer length
Replies: 7
Views: 861

Re: increasing trailer length

Looks like a Jet Ski Trailer. By time you lengthen it and put your boat on it you will likely have to push down like heck to get the tongue down o to the hitch cause she's going to be VERY back end heavy, negative tongue load, not a good towing situation.
by gdcarpenter
Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2118
Views: 237190

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Here are links for 2 U-bolts I sourced for my Zip and Trailer. http://www.bosunsupplies.com/S0353-11150.html 7/16" 'rod' and 6" long. Actually used these to relocate the winch on my trailer. http://www.greenboatstuff.com/wiststwau.html These I used for my transom and they come in up to 5 1...
by gdcarpenter
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: What does your boat weigh?
Replies: 12
Views: 1101

Re: What does your boat weigh?

Given my ZIP weighs 800 lb., minus 375 lb. (completed hull weight estimated by GlenL), that means the 'build out' after hull completion, with engine, electrical, and accessories, added 425 lb. My deck boards are only1/8" thick (a third thinner/lighter than most) and my sole boards are 5/16"...
by gdcarpenter
Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: What does your boat weigh?
Replies: 12
Views: 1101

Re: What does your boat weigh?

My ZIP, slightly smaller than the Malahini, fully loaded for a days outing, weighs in a little under 800 pounds. I suspect my ZIP is lighter than most ZIPs. That's with White Oak framing, big battery, 6 gallons of fuel plus an extra emergency one gallon back up, anchor, and all safety equipment. My ...
by gdcarpenter
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:55 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Malahini electrical
Replies: 4
Views: 619

Re: Malahini electrical

I think you are okay with 10 gauge for the starter. On my ZIP the battery is forward where keel meets breast hook feeding a Mark35A which I guesstimated to draw about 35 Amps. I also tested the long cable cranking an in line 6 Merc and all was well. I can't imagine you will ever draw anywhere near y...
by gdcarpenter
Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Butt joint on side planking
Replies: 5
Views: 802

Re: Butt joint on side planking

"Form Follows Function"

I kinda like the seam on my ZIP sides, but that's the carpenter in me.

I managed to do a scarf joint, but the difference visually (on the outside) between a scarf and clean butt joint is negligible. I didn't ' want a butt blocker on the inside.
by gdcarpenter
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Question about ZIP keel
Replies: 17
Views: 1910

Re: Question about ZIP keel

On my ZIP I added approximately 5/8" thick by about 1 1/4" tall stiffeners onto my battens, I used 3 battens per side.
Then again I ran my sole or floor boards side to side and that kept the floor about 3 1/2" below the top of the bottom frames so zi could sit lower in the boat.
by gdcarpenter
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member from Durham, NC
Replies: 10
Views: 1110

Re: New member from Durham, NC

Hi Neighbour, Garfield here in Raleigh, NC. I built a ZIP a few years back so if you want to drop by my home for a look see you are most welcome. If you can build a teardrop trailer you can build a boat since you are used to working with things that are neither plumb nor square. (919) - five three n...

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