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by Andy Garrett
Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:42 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Roberta's ZIP
Replies: 1010
Views: 137520

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: 137520

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: 137520

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: 11765

Re: First Photo and more photos

Looks awesome! What a nice day, ehh?

Very jealous!
by Andy Garrett
Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: frame gusset option
Replies: 10
Views: 1996

Re: frame gusset option

And thanks for visiting my site. You can imagine how big a hit that hobby will take when I start building a boat. lol
by Andy Garrett
Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:12 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: frame gusset option
Replies: 10
Views: 1996

Re: frame gusset option

Buckeye, Thanks for the great details! I'm going to print this page for referrence as the project progresses. The dropped floor sounds awesome! That solves a number of issues right there. I even considered pushing the front seat-back aft an inch or two. Not sure on that one--don't want to crowd our ...
by Andy Garrett
Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:09 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: frame gusset option
Replies: 10
Views: 1996

Re: frame gusset option

Buckeye, I've been studying your build photos for two hours now. Thanks for keeping such a fantastic visual record! That effort is gold to those of us who are still planning. I know that you know this 'cause I see the pics you had posted on the wall of Tom Drake's build among others. I do have a few...
by Andy Garrett
Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:10 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: frame gusset option
Replies: 10
Views: 1996

Re: frame gusset option

Thanks to all for the input. I really appreciate this forum and all its participants.

Jerry, I haven't been 200 since my days with the mighty 101st Airborne. Drank a few beers and ate a few burgers since then. :wink:
by Andy Garrett
Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:09 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: frame gusset option
Replies: 10
Views: 1996

frame gusset option

So, I read the boatbuilding with plywood book, the plans for the Zip, a few web-letters linked on the site regarding other Zip builds, and a discussion or two on these forums in regard to frame joint options--pretty much everything there is to read and look at concerning this design. I have decided ...
by Andy Garrett
Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:56 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Roberta's ZIP
Replies: 1010
Views: 137520

Re: Roberta's ZIP

Seeing others' progress REALLY makes me want to start!


Must be patient...
by Andy Garrett
Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:57 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: donor boat
Replies: 6
Views: 1166

Re: donor boat

I haven't cut a thing. I want a motor before I start this build so I know where I'm going from the very start.

Thanks for the tip about electric shift. I'll be extra critical if this is indeed the case.
by Andy Garrett
Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:53 am
Forum: Launching Ramp
Topic: Our "First Born" leaves the womb.
Replies: 48
Views: 9785

Re: Our "First Born" leaves the womb.

Chris,

This type of post is exactly what those of us still in the planning stage need to read! Thanks for the inspiration, and congrats on a fine piece of craftsmanship there!

I'll be buggin' the heck out of you and others over the next year or so. lol.

Enjoy G4!
by Andy Garrett
Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: donor boat
Replies: 6
Views: 1166

donor boat

I have an opportunity to pick up a donor boat. It's a 1971 16ft Strahm tri-hull with a 65HP Johnson (also early 70s) and a single axle trailer. The whole thing is $600 and guy is very proud of how "perfect" the motor runs. I have yet to see it, but I'm thinking it may be worth the 1 hour drive. It h...
by Andy Garrett
Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:55 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: steering systems and guages
Replies: 8
Views: 1529

steering systems and guages

As this will be my first boat and having no experience with outboards, I have many questions. Sorry. I'm wondering which steering systems are most successful on the Zip. It seems that rotary and rack & pinion lead the league as hydraulic is cost prohibitive for me. Opinions? Also, what guages will s...
by Andy Garrett
Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: swim ladder?
Replies: 0
Views: 765

swim ladder?

Has anyone done any kind of a swim ladder on the Zip with any success?

I was considering a removable dive ladder type with a single vertical upright and steps off either side. I just don't know if the hull is of a design that will allow that.

Suggestions?