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by sproggy
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2528
Views: 404649

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

For example, I do not even know how I am going to do the sliding windows on the sides! :? :? Early Land Rovers built up to the mid-1980s had sliding front windows. The hardware is very simple but also effective. The channels are available (in the UK at least) in long lengths that can be cut down to...
by sproggy
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: The Fletchers Malahini
Replies: 22
Views: 1932

Re: The Fletchers Malahini

I had a propane heater but sold it partly because the fumes mean you have to keep a window/door open (kind of defeats the object of heating the space in the first place) and partly because they create HUGE amounts of condensation and my garage gets damp enough in winter without any help. Mine was a ...
by sproggy
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 98
Views: 21946

Re: UK Zip Build

Now I've faired the chines into the stem properly I realise that I actually set the chines around 1/4" back from where they should have been which of course made the situation worse. That despite using the accepted notched straight edge as a guide. Even if I'd set them right, though, I still think t...
by sproggy
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 223
Views: 50687

Re: Michael's ZIP

Either your chine is way bigger than the plans call for or mine is way too thin..... I did mine in a single piece - 1" nominal by 2", right?
by sproggy
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 98
Views: 21946

Re: UK Zip Build

hoodman wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:07 am
Looks great. It's pretty common to have to laminate that area of the chine.
That's what I keep telling myself - it's not a bodge, it's an accepted adjustment :-)
by sproggy
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 98
Views: 21946

Re: UK Zip Build

I decided to stop worrying about things and flipped the boat again. Well, actually I just rolled it over - I figured if my work up to this point was done properly it would be plenty strong enough to cope with that and the fastenings of boat to build form were strong enough to keep the two rigidly at...
by sproggy
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hi from Maryland - building the Malahini
Replies: 60
Views: 5578

Re: Hi from Maryland - building the Malahini

Thanks Sproggy. I'd say I'm only about 3% considering this. But it's interesting to discuss. I'd wondered, given that the weight of the engine would be aft of the transom, whether this would have less effect on trim than hanging a heavy outboard off the back. Much less stress on the transom for sur...
by sproggy
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hi from Maryland - building the Malahini
Replies: 60
Views: 5578

Re: Hi from Maryland - building the Malahini

A Mercury Vazer weighs 573lbs which, even without all the 'extras' like an exhaust system, is about 50% heavier than, for example, an E-TEC 90 at 390lbs. It's not an installation I'd consider. A low centre of gravity is no benefit if the top of your transom is under water...... If you really want a ...
by sproggy
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: 20ft Texas Barrel
Replies: 369
Views: 48717

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Better it should fall from that angle than when it was further over and would have landed on the hull itself. No damage, hopefully?
by sproggy
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 98
Views: 21946

Re: UK Zip Build

Slow progress recently, or at least that's how it seems. But both outer sheers are now done. And I've finished the stringers on both sides too: https://boatbuilders.glen-l.com/wp-content/gallery/inboard-zip-by-ian-spring-welwyn-garden-city-uk/stringers1.JPG?i=110945469 https://boatbuilders.glen-l.co...
by sproggy
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2528
Views: 404649

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

All I need is an inverter for the computer, a laptop for work, and my cell phone as a wifi hotspot and I am in business. Seems like overkill to install an inverter if it's only a laptop you want to power - a cheap, small DC to DC power supply would be sufficient to run that. And draw less current i...
by sproggy
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Batten spacing on the Zip
Replies: 5
Views: 941

Re: Batten spacing on the Zip

Even if the battens are parallel to the keel in the horizontal plane they won't be in the vertical plane because the amount of 'V' increases as you move forward. This means that even if you keep a batten a fixed horizontal distance away from the keel, due to the change of height the distance measure...
by sproggy
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 98
Views: 21946

Re: UK Zip Build

Port outer sheer now fitted. But only after buying a load more clamps. I used a total of 36 clamps for this job but the good news is I think I now have enough for the rest of the build! Aft of frame 4 the sheer twists through about 60 degrees before it meets the transom and that twist meant I needed...
by sproggy
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: CNC Conversion
Replies: 10
Views: 813

Re: CNC Conversion

I know this isn't what you want to hear but these boats really don't need precision manufacturing. I started modelling one of the Glen-L designs (modified Overniter) in a ship design application but the measurements didn't come over well or fair correctly. So I gave up and did my modifications the o...
by sproggy
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Glen l 15 sail area question.
Replies: 2
Views: 819

Re: Glen l 15 sail area question.

I agree with Bill. Just because you have that sail area doesn't mean you need to use it all, all of the time. Like having a 100hp motor doesn't mean you're going to use 100hp all the time.

It sounds like a good opportunity.