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by Tom Drake
Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:17 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: rould off frames
Replies: 10
Views: 1114

Re: rould off frames

You'll really appreciate the rounded edges when you start the interior work. Not only will it look better, but the edges of the frames are like knife blades when crawling around inside. The blood droplets from the cuts are really hard to clean up if you finish bright. This is a lesson learned throug...
by Tom Drake
Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:25 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: 6 x 6 Hidden Trim Tabs - Any Experience?
Replies: 30
Views: 4330

Re: 6 x 6 Hidden Trim Tabs - Any Experience?

Hi Bruce, In our area, the go fast guys trim out similar to the wedge concept, except they use 3/4 or 1 inch stainless rub rail in short pieces until the desired plane is accomplished. Start with a 12 inch piece slightly ahead of the transom edge , parallel with the transom, and increase or decrease...
by Tom Drake
Sun May 09, 2010 2:24 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Motor for Zip
Replies: 15
Views: 3146

Re: Motor for Zip

I used a long shaft 40HP 2 stroke on my Zip, Irish Rose, primarily because I wanted power trim and tlit, Also, I found a new 2005 long shaft model ( in 207) for a good price. As it turned out, I'm glad I did because a higher transom is appreciated when backing down or going slow in following waves. ...
by Tom Drake
Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Mt Dora/ Tavares antique/ wooden boat show March 26-28
Replies: 34
Views: 6398

Re: Mt Dora/ Tavares antique/ wooden boat show March 26-28

I had the pleasure of meeting Robt and his Dad today at the show. We look forward to a Glen-L social at 3PM tomorrow. By the way, photos don't do Robert's Zip justice. It's magnificent. We'll have pictures next week.
Tom
by Tom Drake
Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:12 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Tnt Small Outboard.
Replies: 24
Views: 5182

Re: Tnt Small Outboard.

Hi Ryan,
Thanks for sharing your TnT build with us. This should be a great project for you and your friend. I was about your age when my dad helped me build a very similar boat for our 10HP mercury. That was many years ago but continues to bring many wonderful thoughts.
Tom
by Tom Drake
Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Greco ZIP Build - "The Finale!"
Replies: 26
Views: 4810

Re: Greco ZIP Build - "The Finale!"

Beautiful build Robert. I must admt though, I never saw a Zip that I didn't think was beautiful. I'll be at Tavares the entire show. Look forward to seeing you . There should be several Glen-L builders there.
Congratulations and what a nice party you had for the sea trial.
Tom Drake
by Tom Drake
Sun Feb 28, 2010 4:25 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Santa Lucia open 17'
Replies: 112
Views: 28614

Re: Santa Lucia open 17'

Hi Maurizio,
Your boat looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing your outstanding craftsmanship with us. It is inspiring. By the way, your friend Mirco gave us a visit in Florida last year. He too, is a great artisan.
Tom Drake
by Tom Drake
Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip problem
Replies: 17
Views: 3179

Re: Zip problem

Timm, The mystery to me is why frame 4 doesn't fair flush into the keel. Frame 4 is notched into the strongback 2" to provide a straight keel line across frame 2 to the transom. This is a self aligning starting point. Going forward, the keel should then bend down across frame 5 1/2 , which is notche...
by Tom Drake
Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip problem
Replies: 17
Views: 3179

Re: Zip problem

Hi Timm, As the "pirate" said, hold off on that chain saw. I'm not clear on how using 1 inch white oak would create the problem. I don't see how setting the chine deeper into frame 4 would alter the shape of the bottom as long as the inside edge of the chine contacted frame 4 in the same plane. A pi...
by Tom Drake
Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Cutwater
Replies: 9
Views: 1503

Re: Cutwater

Hi Todd Looks like you received some good advice on your cutwater delima. My cutwater measures 42 inches along the forward radius. The transom bands are 15 inches each. This would put your cost in the $750 range. My out of pocket expenses were about $500. Much of this was for sanding belts, polishin...
by Tom Drake
Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Too strange for words
Replies: 17
Views: 2516

Re: Too strange for words

I'd call it Photo Shop 101.
by Tom Drake
Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: Gathering 2010
Topic: Potential members considering 2010 please post mileage
Replies: 55
Views: 15976

Re: Potential members considering 2010 please post mileage

Hi Yall, I'm checkin' in for 2010.
Distances and times similar to the Pirate's for all three locations.
Tom Drake
by Tom Drake
Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Flooring materials/finish
Replies: 6
Views: 1176

Re: Flooring materials/finish

Hi Iggy, I was introduced to a non slip flooring product that is used on several of the area's "go Fast" boats. It is called Grizzly Grip. It is for truck beds and marine use. I used this on my Zip in the storage areas under the seats. It comes in a big variety of colors. Put down on a plywood floor...
by Tom Drake
Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:02 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Reverse Transition Joint
Replies: 9
Views: 1650

Re: Reverse Transition Joint

Hi Pilot, The thickened epoxy thing will work, but I would epoxy a strip of wood into the joint., As I see the photo, both edges are crisp and should provide good bearing. Perhaps a 3/8 X 3/8 strip of framing material. This can be held in place with masking tape to assure a fairly tight joint. Then ...
by Tom Drake
Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building Frame
Replies: 16
Views: 3465

Re: Building Frame

Bill suggested liquid nails. That's good, but if you want to level and bond to the concrete floor, just set the members in a blob of automotive BONDO. It will scrap off without damaging the floor later. It sets quickly and doesn't shrink.