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by sproggy
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Decisions, Decisions
Replies: 9
Views: 3161

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: 1834

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: 5422

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: 1820

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: 3191

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: 19717

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: 1650

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: 1269

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: 2782

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: 4496

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: 4496

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.
by sproggy
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 102
Views: 37931

Re: UK Zip Build

If I recall correctly, your modified transom design was inspired by your admiration of the Riva Aquarama & Ariston boats. The way the tumblehome rolls seamlessly from the sides to the deck... it just screams for a bright finish. I’ll bet that’s what caught your eye to begin with. The Barrelback mor...
by sproggy
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Floor
Replies: 22
Views: 4496

Re: Zip Floor

I will fit my floor with the top surface flush with the top of frames 2 and 4. Frame 5 1/2 is higher than that, as you observe. I will keep the floor flat to 5 1/2 and let the frame protrude above it. The design is to do with structural considerations, not drainage.
by sproggy
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 102
Views: 37931

Re: UK Zip Build

I've made almost no progress the past few weeks - family, work, Christmas preparations have all got in the way. Just a few half-hearted attempts at fairing. It's not much fun. I have, however, spent far longer than is healthy thinking about hull finish. When I started I intended to cover the topside...
by sproggy
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2713
Views: 492485

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...