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by sproggy
Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: "I Wish I Had..."
Topic: Donor Boat
Replies: 3
Views: 769

Re: Donor Boat

I've been facing the same decision as I plan to buy at least an outboard this autumn (fall) when prices are lower. I can probably get a boat, motor and trailer for not much more than the cost of the motor alone (and there's the potential of testing the motor properly on the boat before purchase). An...
by sproggy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Just saw that the Tahoe “Jade” is for sale in UK
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: Just saw that the Tahoe “Jade” is for sale in UK

There's a Glen-L Riviera on eBay over here at half the price of the Tahoe above. But then it's also listed as a Riva and includes a load of pointless information about Chris Crafts - there's very little info on the boat itself. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Classic-Riviera-mahogany-speed-boat/132637562...
by sproggy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Just saw that the Tahoe “Jade” is for sale in UK
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: Just saw that the Tahoe “Jade” is for sale in UK

That boat is advertised all over the place in the UK at the moment. £75k seems fantastically expensive considering what it would cost for a home build, particularly when it's 20 years old. I know it's professionally built (which can mean any number of things.....) but doesn't it strike anyone else a...
by sproggy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member from oregon
Replies: 678
Views: 109622

Re: New member from oregon

If the boat doesn't live in the water and you don't use it in salt water do you actually need an anode on the motor?
by sproggy
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 72
Views: 6313

Re: UK Zip Build

I figure the breasthook, stem and frame 5 1/2 (which are what I’ve done so far) will never see direct sunlight so the epoxy finish I leave them with will be how they look forever. The finish as it stands is good enough that when I’m head first under the foredeck I won’t wish I’d taken more care.
by sproggy
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 72
Views: 6313

Re: UK Zip Build

Using a heat gun is a good idea - it should also make the epoxy flow better and potentially give a better finish.
by sproggy
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 72
Views: 6313

Re: UK Zip Build

I feel as if I'm climbing a very steep learning curve. I started to encapsulate my frames on Saturday morning, forgetting the critical advice not to do so when the temperature is rising. I made the problem several times worse by using slow hardener - that just gave the air bubbles more time to form ...
by sproggy
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Considering Some Skipjack Modifications
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: Considering Some Skipjack Modifications

I can't comment on all your suggestions as I'm not very familiar with the design but I'd be cautious about a windsurfer mast - they are designed to bend quite easily from tension in the sail and this is likely to be undesirable on a Skipjack - the forestay/jib tension would tend to bend the mast for...
by sproggy
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Team
Replies: 14
Views: 663

Re: Team

Hi Gary. Yes, the £158 was Robbins Elite. The few voids aside, it's lightweight and cuts well. The £26 sheet of exterior ply was from Builder Depot. I also bought a sheet of 12mm 'Far Eastern' marine ply from Builder Depot (for the frames of a SoF canoe) and that cost £44. The same from Robbins woul...
by sproggy
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Epoxy availability in Egypt
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: Epoxy availability in Egypt

I'm using 105/206 for everything - I prefer to have more working time which the 206 hardener allows compared to 205. In winter (UK) I have had to bring things into the house to cure fully but in summer my garage is often over 30 degrees (celcius) so the slow hardener is essential - same as it would ...
by sproggy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 72
Views: 6313

Re: UK Zip Build

Thanks, Mike. I've often wondered what denatured alcohol, referred to many posts on here, is - we don't have it in the UK. A quick Google search reveals it's what we call 'meths' (methylated spirit). Purple stuff, right? I'll try it when I'm home but I'd imagine it'll raise the grain of the wood som...
by sproggy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: UK Zip Build
Replies: 72
Views: 6313

Re: UK Zip Build

My progress on the boat has been frustratingly.......I was going to say slow, but non-existent would be closer. Good news is I've finished building the cycle store so the bicycles are out of the garage and out of my way. I've also completed the transverse bracing on the build form so that's solid as...
by sproggy
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Barrel Zip Indefinitely on the shelf!
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Barrel Zip Indefinitely on the shelf!

Gary, when I started reading your post I thought immediately of the Selway Fisher Orwell (24' commuter launch that I think is very attractive) but that's not stitch'n'glue and it's too wide. Go on - you're going to have to own up eventually - what are you building?
by sproggy
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Team
Replies: 14
Views: 663

Re: Team

I have even found a few voids in my very expensive 3/4" marine ply. Same here - at £158 (around US$211) per sheet I wasn't very impressed to find voids, even if they were few and far between. Ironically, the £26 sheet of 3/4" WBP B/BB exterior ply I bought for my shed roof didn't appear t...
by sproggy
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Team
Replies: 14
Views: 663

Re: Team

Or, thinking about it, laminate the stem from 4 layers of 9mm ply. Or 6 layers of 6mm ply. If you can't get 6mm you'll have problems skinning the hull.....

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