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by gdcarpenter
Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: ZIP - Transom Musings
Replies: 21
Views: 6708

Re: ZIP - Transom Musings

Thanks for that, and have read some threads here with similar problems on the ZIP. Plan to have fuel tank and battery forward to shift as much 'fixed' weight forward as possible.
by gdcarpenter
Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: ZIP - Transom Musings
Replies: 21
Views: 6708

Re: ZIP - Transom Musings

My bad, I typed in red oak when in fact it's all white oak, my brain and fingers don't always work together that well.
by gdcarpenter
Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: ZIP - Transom Musings
Replies: 21
Views: 6708

Re: ZIP - Transom Musings

Thanks to all for responding. One reason I was thinking of using the solid red oak was to leave it exposed, as a long time carpenter I have a love for wood (and my painting skills are not the best) I just had an idea as an inexperienced boat builder and came here for discussion and advise, and I app...
by gdcarpenter
Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: ZIP - Transom Musings
Replies: 21
Views: 6708

Re: ZIP - Transom Musings

I come here looking for reasoned responses to questions as a vary experienced carpenter/woodworker and a novice boatbulder. My question was whether or not there were any flaws or drawbacks to my ideas on the transom that I had not already outlined. Does it add excessive weight? The density of plywoo...
by gdcarpenter
Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: ZIP - Transom Musings
Replies: 21
Views: 6708

ZIP - Transom Musings

Hi All, Started posting in 'Power Boats' til I realized most of the 'ZIP' stuff is here. Getting started on my frames, but out of town for the weekend and on the way back got to 'musing' about the transom. Seems some 'cover' the transom to keel bolts by overlaying the transom with thin veneer. This ...
by gdcarpenter
Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip = Progress Photos and Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 1612

Re: Zip = Progress Photos and Questions

Dave, Thanks for the reply and the photos, beautiful boat. I'm kinda leaning to building a central dashboard 'console' that would 'drop' down from the middle of the dash down to the floor. I'm imagining face front panels that would flip up or down to conceal all the switches, leaving only the gauges...
by gdcarpenter
Mon May 31, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip - More Photos and More Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1096

Re: Zip - More Photos and More Question

Thanks all, Will stick with 12 degree transom as that's what motors original manual calls for. Will likely locate battery and fuel tank forward as years with boats shows more weight up front easier to 'get her up' on plane. Can't see how adding one extra batten could hurt. As long as they are snuggl...
by gdcarpenter
Sun May 30, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip - More Photos and More Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1096

Zip - More Photos and More Question

Used today to cut out templates for frames 4 and 5 1/2 then laid out template and flipped to give traced outline of full frame to use as an outline jig for final assembly. Top rail on frame 4 tentative design for dash, still don't know if top rail of frame 4 need be the ultimated dash. When making t...
by gdcarpenter
Sat May 29, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip = Progress Photos and Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 1612

Zip = Progress Photos and Questions

Hi Again, Few quick questions if I may, before I forget what they are. It appears that the top horizontal member in the frame at location '4', by default, becomes the 'dashboard'. If this is the case I may want to consider a 'prettier' material and not have to 'double up' and add weight with a 'seco...
by gdcarpenter
Tue May 25, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip project finally started
Replies: 11
Views: 2419

Re: Zip project finally started

Thanks for the response. Seriously thought of a 'speedboat' for the old merc, but decided I'm a little to old for that now.
by gdcarpenter
Mon May 24, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip project finally started
Replies: 11
Views: 2419

Re: Zip project finally started

Thanks so much for all the helpful and encourage replies. Hopefully I have foreshortened the honey do list to give me more time on the boat. From the reading I've done here I'm hoping that by spring of next year I'll be at the stage for 'glassing' or epoxing the hull. Here in Raleigh that would seem...
by gdcarpenter
Sun May 23, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip project finally started
Replies: 11
Views: 2419

Zip project finally started

Finally started the Zip project I've been getting ready for, if you call buying some wood for the frame parts and preparing a platform upon which to build the boat starting. Will try and post a couple of phots of the platform if I can remember how. The main part of the platform was a 4x4 'ladder' th...
by gdcarpenter
Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:42 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Keel
Replies: 6
Views: 1483

Re: Zip Keel

Thank you gentlemen. Life experiences like yours are more valuable than text books. Have to go out of town with the missus this weekend, and hopefully knock enough items off the 'honey do' list the following weekend to, finally, then get started on my own 'ZIP". Already designing the dash/center con...
by gdcarpenter
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Keel
Replies: 6
Views: 1483

Re: Zip Keel

Thanks for the reply, I have admired your ZIP.Wondered if there would be any potential drawbacks to running the skeg as long as the keel is straight, and or any drawbacks to running the skeg full length as a 'bumper guard'. Also thought that by capturing the lower panel in the slot in the keel/skeg ...
by gdcarpenter
Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Keel
Replies: 6
Views: 1483

Zip Keel

My name is Garfield and I found this site years ago and have been 'popping in' a lot. I will soon be starting to build a Zip. The last two years had a big geographical move and I just finished restoring a 1959 Mercury Mark 35A. I actually have a question before I start, about the keel, since it seem...