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by sproggy
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Painting
Topic: Garage floor paint recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 1350

Re: Garage floor paint recommendations

There's nothing that you are just going to be able to slap on with only minimal prep that's really going to last. Prep is the key to any coating system. I thought that too. But two years ago I painted my rough, oil-stained garage floor with this stuff after nothing more than a good vacuum: https://...
by sproggy
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 107
Views: 48758

Re: UK Zip Build

My first thought when I read that was "I don't have the patience"! But using a belt sander with a fairly aggressive grit could do the job in an acceptable amount of time, I guess. And the advantage of sanding ply is that it's quite easy to see how far through you're going. It would be feasible. But ...
by sproggy
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 107
Views: 48758

Re: UK Zip Build

It's an interesting idea. And would be more viable if I had a thicknesser! I've got one on my shopping list but for later in the project - I could bring it forward. I would have to test to see whether stripping the outer ply (or two) off caused any cracking issues when bending but it's supposed to b...
by sproggy
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 107
Views: 48758

Re: UK Zip Build

This sounds a lot like a confession but it's my first post in 8 months and I've made pretty much zero progress. Lots of reasons (life gets in the way) but I'm trying to get moving again. I was prompted by the offer to get some 3mm (1/8") ply for a third of the regular price due to 'edge damage' caus...
by sproggy
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Decisions, Decisions
Replies: 9
Views: 4396

Re: Decisions, Decisions

Welcome. Regarding your idea to open up the bow to provide seating you should be aware that the hull was not designed to have people sitting there - it won't have much buoyancy forward and putting people there may make it difficult or impossible to get the boat to plane well depending upon where you...
by sproggy
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: news members from FRANCE
Replies: 7
Views: 2642

Re: news members from FRANCE

Welcome, Christophe! I am building a Zip in the UK and realised rather late on that it will not be suited to use on the sea except in very calm conditions. I have increased the freeboard on mine by 75mm but the fairly flat bottom is not suited to rough water. You might want to consider something wit...
by sproggy
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Tranferring plans to wood
Replies: 8
Views: 6807

Re: Tranferring plans to wood

I tried ironing my plans - it made little difference. I held the plans down with weights which avoids the risk of the plans tearing away from pins while still allowing some tension to keep them flat. And I used a tracing wheel (like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0028LAX2O/ref=pe_385721_51767431...
by sproggy
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Plywood
Replies: 5
Views: 2934

Re: Plywood

It's FSC certified. (whatever that means) Forestry Stewardship Council. They certify timber products (including charcoal, as I discovered last week) as having been sustainably and ethically sourced. Basically it means you can sleep easy that you're not killing the planet if you use Joubert ply! Exc...
by sproggy
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Painting
Topic: TEST BOAT
Replies: 12
Views: 4550

Re: TEST BOAT

The subject of 'when do I recoat' my car just doesn't come up in conversation. And for a good reason......... think about it, many cars sit in the open driveway on daily basis. driven in the rain, and at 80mph. But cars have automotive paint underneath their clearcoat. Our boats have epoxy undernea...
by sproggy
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Metal
Topic: 25' Skiff Build
Replies: 119
Views: 28291

Re: 25' Skiff Build

Interesting to see that - thanks for sharing.
by sproggy
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Painting
Topic: Line-X
Replies: 3
Views: 2503

Re: Line-X

You can paint a boat with any coating that can be brushed, rolled or sprayed. But should you? That's an entirely different question. I expect you will find Line-X to be heavy as it probably goes on thick. It will add a waterproof/abrasion-resistant coating but it won't add any stiffness or strength ...
by sproggy
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Happy New Year
Replies: 3
Views: 1883

Re: Happy New Year

Bill Edmundson wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:33 am
We want to see those boats in September. :D
That's fine, Bill. As long as you don't specify which September.

Happy New Year.
by sproggy
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: Woodworking bench
Replies: 6
Views: 3380

Re: Woodworking bench

I think the most critical requirement is that the largest frame of the boat you are building will fit on the table comfortably. No need to think about the next boat because, as Bill said, by then you'll probably have cut it up and will need to build a new table. Mine ended up being 4' x 7' because t...
by sproggy
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Floor
Replies: 22
Views: 5230

Re: Zip Floor

In my defense.... whatever. I know frame 4 is the dash frame on a regular Zip. So the base member of the frame is under the front seat passengers' knees or perhaps slightly further forward. If you sloped the floors up to it you would either raise the seats higher than would be ideal or you'd have le...
by sproggy
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Floor
Replies: 22
Views: 5230

Re: Zip Floor

Yes, I realised that after I'd replied. But level is the way to go to my mind - who wants a sloping floor? Frame 4 will likely be under the front seats or bridge deck depending upon the layout you choose (I can't remember off-hand) so having it higher than the floor won't be a big deal.