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by Denon Osterman
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3421
Views: 815464

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Carl, I know the pain. When I set about building a "bigger" boat I figured the rampage, stretched to 20 feet, would suit my needs. I knew it was very low profile so I raised it 4" to still look sleek but not make it seem like I'm driving a clown car. When the flip came around and I decided to space ...
by Denon Osterman
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!
Replies: 42
Views: 20711

Re: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!

Hey everyone, OK, another productive weekend come and gone (and thanks for the kind words Evan)! See below on the todo list...I decided to leave two items (velcro seats to benches, and mount in engine accessories) until after the launch when I mount the engine. That being said, I did get some more w...
by Denon Osterman
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3421
Views: 815464

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Hey Carl, Makes sense on the trim if the windows are flush on the outside. I think it will end up looking amazing either way so nailing function is probably key at this stage. Man, that sucks when you have to go back and fix stuff later on in a build. On the bright side now you know it's done right ...
by Denon Osterman
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!
Replies: 42
Views: 20711

Re: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!

Thanks for the kind words as always everyone :D Carl, the whirlwind is just getting started. The next 3 weeks are going to be intense but I'm really looking forward to it! I'm definitely happy with how everything is coming along as well. The upholstery took some getting used to for sure but it was o...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!
Replies: 42
Views: 20711

Re: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!

Last but not least, I had to completely clear out frame 1 for the oil pan. This worried the living $#@! out of me. "Let's hang a 700lb engine here, but then remove the one cross member holding everything together"...sounds like a great plan. But, I realized that the only thing the frame is doing bet...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!
Replies: 42
Views: 20711

Re: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!

Next up, the engine. This is the only time in the entire construction phase that I've used every single measurement tool so often. The angle finder, square, level, laser level, and tape measure all came out at least 10 times...but the engine is now perfectly centered and level side to side, and the ...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!
Replies: 42
Views: 20711

Re: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!

This one's pretty quick...but I got the seats mocked in! I still need to fasten them down to the wooden backing, but at least you can get a sense of how they look. The front bench is too thick / tall, but otherwise I'm extremely happy with how they turned out! IMG_20190610_170834.jpg Importantly, th...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!
Replies: 42
Views: 20711

Re: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!

Anyways, last weekend I conquered a fear I've had since late last summer - re epoxying the deck. While a heatgun makes stripping epoxy easier, having to fully strip a "finished" deck, sand through all of the stain down to the bare veneer, and start all over again...is not fun. The knowledge that you...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!
Replies: 42
Views: 20711

Re: Rampage update 2019 - Final year?!

Hi all, and apologies for the delay. Been utter hell at work over the past month or so...I've barely gotten anything done and I've had zero time for anything else, sadly. Got quite a bit done last weekend and this weekend though. Raptors mania can't keep me from my boat, especially after finding out...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3421
Views: 815464

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Hi Carl, Boy, have I missed a lot. I don't envy the window decision - lots of great ideas but it seems like a compromise has to be made somewhere no matter what, which is never fun. Poly carb windows, even bigger ones like yours, are a LOT lighter than glass as I'm sure you know. I liked the idea of...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Boat Selection Advice Please
Replies: 2
Views: 2836

Re: Boat Selection Advice Please

Hey Kk, Welcome to the forum! Hopefully I can give some guidance without turning into a long, rambling rant... First and foremost, the Squirt and TNT are both "plywood on frame" construction, and I believe the dynomite is stitch and glue. The TNT was my first boat and an amazing boat to cut my teeth...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: At a loss.... fairing
Replies: 21
Views: 10956

Re: At a loss.... fairing

Chiming in a bit late, but some really great advice so far. I used the trick Kens suggested, but with my power planner and then belt sander, which I used almost exclusively for this...starting with the planner until I was close as it's *much* faster at removing material, then using the belt sander t...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: modified malahini
Replies: 453
Views: 193461

Re: modified malahini

I'm likely chiming in a bit late on the whole "to stain or not to stain" dilema, but I'd say go for it. The worst that can possibly happen is that you mess up literally everything on the way to the final finish, and decide to strip it right down to the bare veneer and start all over again, delaying ...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: 16' Ski Boat Restoration
Replies: 379
Views: 195872

Re: 16' Ski Boat Restoration

Hey Jim, Sorry it took me about a month to respond. Been hell at work for me unfortunately. I think you're being a bit hard on the paint job - it looks awesome in the pictures and in my experience things usually look a lot worse in photos! I'm glad to hear spraying was better than rolling / tipping....
by Denon Osterman
Mon May 27, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3421
Views: 815464

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Hey Carl, Apologies I've been MIA for a bit, but I've been admiring from the shadows. I had no idea you were doing all of this in a garage with such small clearance...that sure does make it tougher, but, much more worth it in the end...especially when you do it all yourself. Do you have any thoughts...

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