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by Andy Garrett
Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:45 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip - Hull Plywood Installation
Replies: 26
Views: 3568

Re: Zip - Hull Plywood Installation

As for the screws... what is the structural reason for removal? They are bronze, are they not? I mean..., I'm not doing bright work on the hull. Can't I save a ton of time by leaving them alone and just glassing right over them? ...or do I need to re-read that chapter in the 'bible' (Boatbuilding wi...
by Andy Garrett
Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip - Hull Plywood Installation
Replies: 26
Views: 3568

Re: Zip - Hull Plywood Installation

It does seem that the smaller boats around this community, particularly the Zip as it is so popular, have 'waterlines' which follow the chines. Personally, I think that on a boat that small, the lines which make up its shape play a larger part in the overall 'look' of the craft. For me, it was this ...
by Andy Garrett
Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:41 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Merc 500
Replies: 17
Views: 5398

Re: Merc 500

I don't even know what mine engine wieghs.

What about yours Roberta? It oughta be about the same.
by Andy Garrett
Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:11 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Merc 500
Replies: 17
Views: 5398

Re: Merc 500

Thanks Roberta. I found the service manual on ebay for $11. Maybe I can get lucky with the owner's and parts books too. Now I have the rest of the morning to ponder why I put an 'e' on the end of transom... twice! :? . But first, I think I'll go find a trailer forum. I have a question about converti...
by Andy Garrett
Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Merc 500
Replies: 17
Views: 5398

Re: Merc 500

Oyster, Pirate, I need to aquire an engine stand (or build one) so I can measure as needed. The transome on the donor looks to be angled pretty close to what the Zip calls for, but I'll triple check that first. I'm not too concerned with wringing every once of speed I can out of this project, but I ...
by Andy Garrett
Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Merc 500
Replies: 17
Views: 5398

Re: Merc 500

That Panther stuff looks like it might be just what I'm looking for! Thanks!

Calling them in the morning...

Thanks for all the tips gang!
by Andy Garrett
Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:21 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Merc 500
Replies: 17
Views: 5398

Merc 500

I just bought a donor boat for my Zip project. It came with a 1977 long-shaft Merc 500. Three questions: Is this a 20" shaft exactly or is it one of those thats a little off. I want to cut my transome correctly. Is there a conversion kit to install power tilt/trim for this motor? I'd really like thi...
by Andy Garrett
Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:08 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip idea
Replies: 8
Views: 1259

Re: Zip idea

Thanks guys! That visual really helps lock it down in my brain.

I was leaning toward the dive style ladder to keep the works as narrow as possible, but that fold up rig looks workable too.
by Andy Garrett
Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:55 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Roberta's ZIP
Replies: 1010
Views: 147107

Re: Roberta's ZIP

Well Roberta, looking at your motor helped me settle on one. I shook hands on a deal today for a '77 Merc 500. The best part is that it's hanging on the back of a pretty good donor boat--a BeeCraft. I spent a lot of time on Craigslist looking for the elusive 500 in my area--a good one anyway. I get ...
by Andy Garrett
Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip idea
Replies: 8
Views: 1259

Re: Zip idea

I just didn't know if the hull would support wieght that way.
by Andy Garrett
Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:47 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip idea
Replies: 8
Views: 1259

Zip idea

http://ts4.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=398871234183&id=cd8db054ab7b055665545adef5e8f9ca Any reason why this wouldn't work on the back of a Zip? Of course, it would be stowable. I was thinking of a quick-detach bracket with a cotter pin or something similar. I'd like to be able to swim of my...
by Andy Garrett
Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:42 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Roberta's ZIP
Replies: 1010
Views: 147107

Re: Roberta's ZIP

Great point about the Wax and Grease remover paul. I wasn't thinking in that direction for boats, but it makes perfect sense between coats. I always use the stuff from Kustom Shop which, like most, require you to wipe it dry as soon as you apply it--can't let it dry on the surface. Since I always wi...
by Andy Garrett
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:14 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Roberta's ZIP
Replies: 1010
Views: 147107

Re: Roberta's ZIP

Roberta, I have some experience painting in automotive applications, and I agree with your assessment. All you needed was time. That being said, I'll make two observations rooetd in experience. First: 320 grit is only 320 grit for a few minutes of sanding. It gets progressively finer the longer you ...
by Andy Garrett
Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:25 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Roberta's ZIP
Replies: 1010
Views: 147107

Re: Roberta's ZIP

Roberta,

You are doing an inspiring job! My Zip is still a set of plans and a long shopping list.

Looking at your pics, it's hard to tell what size your Merc is--50 or 60?
by Andy Garrett
Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:29 am
Forum: Gathering 2010
Topic: First Photo and more photos
Replies: 44
Views: 12756

Re: First Photo and more photos

Looks awesome! What a nice day, ehh?

Very jealous!