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by gdcarpenter
Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: Trailers and trailering
Topic: Trailer for Zip?
Replies: 3
Views: 1472

Trailer for Zip?

Building the Zip, have opportunity to purchase trailer in photos, as ideas if it's suitable Mfg. is "HIGHLANDER" She's about 14'-6" from the tip of the ball socket to the back of the rounded frame About another foot worth of 'bunks' extending behind the rearmost part of the frame She's about 4'-8" w...
by gdcarpenter
Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: ZIP - More Photos-Progress-Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 1227

ZIP - More Photos-Progress-Questions

Hi again, Managed to put some time in on the Zip project this weekend. Previously used the full scale drawings to make full scale templates of the 'half' frames. This weekend used the full scale 'half' frame templates to make individual templates for the top, bottom and side rails. A lot of extra wo...
by gdcarpenter
Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:20 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: ZIP - Transom Musings
Replies: 21
Views: 6840

Re: ZIP - Transom Musings

Thanks for the feedback. Seems the old Mercs sure are popular motors for the Zip. I have fully restored a 1959 Mark 35A that's ready to go once the boat is built. Sounds like I might expect around 25 mph? I have been intending to use a genuine Mercury 6 gallon 'cruiser' tank below the front deck and...
by gdcarpenter
Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: ZIP - Transom Musings
Replies: 21
Views: 6840

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: 6840

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: 6840

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: 6840

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: 6840

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: 1663

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: 1118

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: 1118

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: 1663

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: 2526

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: 2526

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: 2526

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...