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by neel thompson
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2970
Views: 585612

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Lookin good Carl. This is the fun part of the build and the part where the "chair" gets a real workout !! You have to be excited to see the lines of the boat all coming together.
by neel thompson
Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Mist Miss - Desert Build
Replies: 37
Views: 3034

Re: Mist Miss - Desert Build

Andrew I have not had any problems with epoxy curing overnight with the garage 50 or above. I always put stuff together when the temp is at least 60, but if I think the garage will be dropping below 50 overnight, I postpone any gluing. I always use "fast cure" hardener with cooler temps and try to g...
by neel thompson
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Rub rails
Replies: 36
Views: 718

Re: Rub rails

Spray rails were a PITA to install, but they made for a dry ride. I followed Bill Edmundson's and Butch Barto's advice and followed the chine all the way from the transom up to near the bow. The mahogany I used was actually from an 18' bleacher seat. I put it on in two laminations. A "must have" for...
by neel thompson
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Rub rails
Replies: 36
Views: 718

Re: Rub rails

When I installed the rub rails on my Gentry, I made a template of the bow and took that along with two 8' lengths of rub rail to a welder. It was expensive, but he was able to cut the angle, weld, and polish it to perfection. So I ended up with a "V" shaped rub rail with 8' on each side of the angle...
by neel thompson
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Lee's Monaco utility build
Replies: 108
Views: 34559

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Everything looks great Lee.. I think the sheer is the toughest bend you will have to make, so you are home free (as far as severe bending goes). Pretty soon you will be at the "fairing stage" of the frame structure... That is so much fun !!! You will love every minute of it
by neel thompson
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: OKOUME PLYWOOD VS MARINE GRADE PLYWOOD
Replies: 16
Views: 692

Re: OKOUME PLYWOOD VS MARINE GRADE PLYWOOD

My advice is to use Okoume for everything. It is great to work with and has been proven to hold up in the marine environment. I would buy a big load of it to make the delivery expense worthwhile and then figure a way to store the sheets you don't need right away. There must be a way !!
by neel thompson
Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 559
Views: 135783

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

I think most boat builders on the forum use Poxy-Shield and order it through Glen-L. I use West System products only because they are available to me locally and I buy them at a discount through a friend in the boat repair business. So years ago I started with WS and have never changed. I'm sure Pox...
by neel thompson
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 559
Views: 135783

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

Lee, This is the procedure I use for everything.... First, I use West System epoxy and hardeners. I mix up a batch (usually fast hardener this time of year), and coat both surfaces to be glued, usually using a foam roller. Then I thicken the epoxy with West System 404 (High Density Adhesive Filler) ...
by neel thompson
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: BOTTOM FRAME MEMBER NOT WIDE ENOUGH
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Re: BOTTOM FRAME MEMBER NOT WIDE ENOUGH

There were a few times I had to make the frame wood wider on my PB22. I added pieces as necessary using biscuits for joining. Of course I used epoxy to glue and I clamped everything down to keep it flat. Worked great
by neel thompson
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Aussie Belle
Replies: 549
Views: 175791

Re: Aussie Belle

Jamie, You have created a masterpiece. Absolutely beautiful !! One of these days I may just have to make the long trip to Australia to see her first hand. Neel
by neel thompson
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 559
Views: 135783

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

Thanks guys... Back to it today
by neel thompson
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 559
Views: 135783

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

Well I made it with the second layer back to the transom on both sides and have about seven feet on each side to go at the bow. Then I will double up the transom ply and start the final layer on the on the aft 2/3 of the bottom. I am going to use 6mm mahogany planking so the hull will end up being 3...
by neel thompson
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Bob Brown’s Belle
Replies: 43
Views: 5003

Re: Bob Brown’s Belle

This is just a suggestion Bob..... I use West System and have found if you put on very thin coats later in the day as the temperature starts to drop, the results are much better. Not sure but, from your picture, it appears you are putting on very thick coats. Even though it doesn't look like you wan...
by neel thompson
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2970
Views: 585612

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

You might be overthinking this Carl..... Why not simply cut it out (just past the lines) with your bandsaw and then sand it down to the lines with your Rigid bench sander? That's what I would do.... I think !!
by neel thompson
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 559
Views: 135783

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

Daryl,, I am really not an expert on gear box ratios, but many on the forum here are. I think they will be asking for the approximate horsepower, desired top speed, max rpm of the motor, finished weight and length of the boat, etc. I'm sure they will chime in here. Best of luck with your build...Do ...

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