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by TomB
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: introduction
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: introduction

Ward, Check for square, the water line and center line need to be at 90* to each other. Adjust the centerline if you have to. I saw that someone ironed the template sheet. I pinned mine down at centerline corners, chine and sheer intersections. I transferred the template drawing twice, once onto a s...
by TomB
Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Tom's Tahoe
Replies: 497
Views: 174742

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Bleeding the steering system is a two person job. It took some time to get on my spouses calendar but we got it done. Anticipating major oil spills was on the mark. The bleeder valves on the cylinder have a bit of a nipple and I used a short length of hose going to a pint container. Getting the air ...
by TomB
Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3363
Views: 784927

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Hey Carl, My fishing boat had a starter battery under a hatch adjacent to the splash well. Add a shelf to get the battery to the top of the compartment and store something under? The boat also had a couple of large deep cycle batteries for the trolling motor. Those were in trays with hold down strap...
by TomB
Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Tom's Tahoe
Replies: 497
Views: 174742

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Thanks Carl.

The instruments are wired, still have a couple of wires to tuck away and the speaker wires need connecting. Steering hydraulics and single handed line bleeding is next. Hope it goes better than I think it will. I'm expecting major oil spills.

Tom
by TomB
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Tom's Tahoe
Replies: 497
Views: 174742

Re: Tom's Tahoe

The snap buttons look good. A lot of work, though. Roberta :D Snap or washer, work is the same. Making buttons is definitely extra and the trick is to get a good straight line squeeze on the button parts. After thinking about it too much, I put the press part of my drill press to work making button...
by TomB
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: introduction
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: introduction

Ward, The bike paths north of Muskegon are fantastic, rails to trails at its best. My build thread, warts and all, is http://www.glen-l.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=30871 I have departed from the design in a number of ways. With wind out of the west or NW, my part of Lake Michigan is often too ro...
by TomB
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Can I use 1/4" (6mm) Plywood on the hull? - Tahoe 23
Replies: 3
Views: 1046

Re: Can I use 1/4" (6mm) Plywood on the hull? - Tahoe 23

The 1/4" would be difficult to be into a fair shape at the bow but would be possible. The question to the question is why? The largest gap spanned by plywood is only 5" x 24" and 3/8" to 1/2" total plywood thickness is plenty strong for that purpose. It seems like doubling thickness would only add w...
by TomB
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: introduction
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: introduction

Welcome Ward,

I'm building a Tahoe 23 in "kind of a utility" arrangement. I'll use it on Lake Michigan when the lake is flat. A Tahoe that looks like a Riva or a Boesch is very doable.

Tom
by TomB
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Painting
Topic: Teak, not boat related
Replies: 2
Views: 829

Re: Teak, not boat related

The teak shower benches I've seen are natural finish. I have a mahogany and santos chair that has been outdoors for ten years. It has three coat of teak oil and has held up very well. I would recommend the teak oil approach and here's why...An encapsulated varnished finish would last forever and be ...
by TomB
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Tom's Tahoe
Replies: 497
Views: 174742

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Thanks Roberta, it looks like the G-8 washer would be a good option. I'm going to finish upholstery buttoning the offending panel and see if I like the result. Tom
by TomB
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Tom's Tahoe
Replies: 497
Views: 174742

Re: Tom's Tahoe

The plan was to use finish washers to hold the upholstered ceilings in place. A couple of the finish washers cut the fabric when I put the first panel :x (A nice crescent on the left side) IMG_0666.jpeg I stopped before buggering up all the panels and thought about a fix and how to avoid starting ov...
by TomB
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Tom's Tahoe
Replies: 497
Views: 174742

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Mick, The foam is 24"+ wide and most of the frame to frame gaps are 23 1/4" so I cut to 23 1/4"+ and wedged the pieces in. Battens run fore and aft for ceiling attachment between frames and the foam is tucked behind the battens and carling. Three 1" layers of foam fill the sides. I had planned to gl...
by TomB
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Tom's Tahoe
Replies: 497
Views: 174742

Re: Tom's Tahoe

I'm definitely on the mend, spent about an hour laying in the boat attaching trim to the underside of the carling, then it was time for a break. Wimp! I went a little "overboard" on the float foam. The polyethylene foam blocks (pool noodle foam) are 24x108x1 and at 1.2 lb density provide about 90lbs...
by TomB
Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Tom's Tahoe
Replies: 497
Views: 174742

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Tom, that doesn't look good. Glad you are alright. Me too, modern safety stuff gets all the credit. I had planned to go to the gathering, then the virus, then slower build than I imagined, then no trailer, then no tow vehicle. Better time ahead for sure. The insurance company says the damage can't ...
by TomB
Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Tom's Tahoe
Replies: 497
Views: 174742

Re: Tom's Tahoe

And a progress photo. IMG_0658.jpeg About 1200# of floatation foam is in. I'll tuck in a little more just before the ceiling panels are set for the last time. The rough wiring is done, LEDs run behind the carling for "mood lighting". I decided to rap the edge of the cowling with foam backed fabric, ...

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