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by sawford11
Tue May 28, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip setup
Replies: 11
Views: 2799

Re: Zip setup

I had the boat in the water again this past weekend. I took out the 60lb+ deep cell and replaced it with a 10-15lb battery instead. I kept the battery just behind the rear seat where it was positioned before. I also filled the tank (12 gallons) and moved the anchor (15 lbs?) to a storage area under ...
by sawford11
Sun May 26, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 62008

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

2nd time getting wet. This time with the family. Lots of fun.
by sawford11
Thu May 23, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip setup
Replies: 11
Views: 2799

Re: Zip setup

Thanks for all the great advice everyone! I knew I'd get some good feedback. Since the easiest thing for me to start with is to try a different pin setting, I think I will do that.....along with some more fuel since I'm a bit low ;-) If that doesn't do it, I'll try to reposition the battery tho not ...
by sawford11
Wed May 22, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip setup
Replies: 11
Views: 2799

Zip setup

So I launched my Zip for the first time over the weekend. Overall, I was pretty happy with the result. One thing that I wanted to ask about was that right around 25mph (and over), the boat started to porpoise. If I backed off the throttle just a bit, it was fine. I have a a couple of things to try, ...
by sawford11
Tue May 21, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 62008

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Thanks Roberta and Mike! Chris - yah, the motor isn't too loud. It sure sounds a lot better in the water (with the exhaust submerged) than it does in the driveway. In the driveway, it sounds like a chainsaw! The trailer worked great. Towing it with my F-150, you can't even feel the boat and trailer ...
by sawford11
Sun May 19, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 62008

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

The boats been done for a couple of months now, but it took me until today to get it in the water. Combination of crazy schedule and weather not cooperating. Finished registration and titles for boat and trailer and picked up insurance as well. Here is a link to a video posting....the video is a bit...
by sawford11
Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 62008

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Wow, thanks everyone! Here is a few more photos...the closeup of where I brought my controls and fuel line out (just laying there loose - didn't organize them yet), the cutwater, and the interior. You will see lot's of dust in the floor of the interior. Need to clean up yet! I installed the transom ...
by sawford11
Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 62008

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Thanks for the cutwater compliments guys. I've been away from the build for the last month or so. About the only thing I did was sand, buff and polish the cast aluminum windshield brackets. They came out ok. Not like chrome, but ok in my book. I also installed some of the deck hardware. Oh yah, I al...
by sawford11
Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: First cuts
Replies: 6
Views: 1933

Re: First cuts

Rick, If it were me, I would probably consider making my battens 7/8" instead of 3/4". If you are starting with rough cut lumber, you may be able to simply plane it down to 7/8". I would probably avoid using shims. Anytime the soul of your boat (floor) is out you will see the junction between the fr...
by sawford11
Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:45 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 62008

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Thanks Chris, I just like trying new things. I finished the cutwater and installed it today. It turned out better than I thought it would, even though it is far from perfect! I never welded before, or really worked with metal for that matter. I now have some "lessons learned" in welding, and if I ev...
by sawford11
Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 62008

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Thanks folks. Not much time lately...just tinkering here and there. I did start the cutwater and tacked it together. I still need to run a weld along the length and polish later.....
by sawford11
Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 62008

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

1 month since last post. Where has the time gone??? I've moved past the clear coat and onto things that I am actually good at. Cleaned up the electrical, mechanical and fired the motor up for the first time. I never did this before, but here is my first ever youtube post.... http://www.youtube.com/w...
by sawford11
Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Fasteners
Topic: epoxy instead of nails
Replies: 7
Views: 8299

Re: epoxy instead of nails

Pete - I agree with the above post...there are certain areas where the epoxy will hold sufficiently. For instance, I wanted a screwless top deck. I used weights and clamps to epoxy the mahogany coverboards to the underlayment. The coverboards had to be slightly bent to the shape of the deck, but wit...
by sawford11
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: ZIP- just received my plans!
Replies: 14
Views: 3136

Re: ZIP- just received my plans!

beav, I too am buiding a zip....started just over a year ago. I personally would avoid the joint in the keel. It is the main structural member of the boat, and joining it wouldn't feel right to me. I used white oak for the keel which may be easier for you to acquire. It's a little heavier than mahog...
by sawford11
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Sawford's Zip Build
Replies: 301
Views: 62008

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Finished sanding...1000, 1500, 2000 and then buffing, and finally polishing. The finish is just "ok." The finish is smooth, but not glossy enough for my liking. It doesn't look as good as cured epoxy, or any of the types of finishes I've used when making furniture. That being said, it did leave a ve...