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by Andy Garrett
Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Andy's Zip build
Replies: 667
Views: 112634

Re: Andy's Zip build

Since the ride in the back seat is so much smoother than the ride up front, I'm thinking of doing the Flying Saucer thing and going to a rear helm when I get around to re-decking my ship (after the move to Idaho). I figure I'll get some longer cables and put the battery up front. Anyone running this...
by Andy Garrett
Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Suggested Outboard Power
Replies: 17
Views: 3962

Re: Suggested Outboard Power

Bear in mind, these are just recommendations. No one is going to give you a ticket for having too much motor on your boat. The Coast Guard is suggesting a starting point based on assumptions. The idea is to ensure that your boat can maneuver safely. It has almost nothing to do with speed (a Zip and ...
by Andy Garrett
Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member from oregon
Replies: 714
Views: 153262

Re: New member from oregon

Door panels... :lol:
by Andy Garrett
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Need advice on this trailer. Good deal?
Replies: 13
Views: 2470

Re: Need advice on this trailer. Good deal?

That is the most bizarre trailer I've ever seen--not in a good way. I'm not sure I'd use it for free. The best way to buy a trailer is with an old boat on it. I got my trailer with a 77 BeeCraft and my Merc 500 for $1000. After a full rebuild, I wasn't much deeper than that guy's price (and I still ...
by Andy Garrett
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Howdy from a new member from Texas
Replies: 1
Views: 792

Re: Howdy from a new member from Texas

Welcome!
I think you'll enjoy it here!
by Andy Garrett
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Member from St Peters, MO
Replies: 38
Views: 13621

Re: New Member from St Peters, MO

Even with my tank, anchors, and a bunch of gear stowed up front, I find that my boat needs more weight there. My battery is in the back, but that's it. I have the motor fully trimmed to keep the nose down on launch and I've entertained some sort of auto-deploying trim tabs for years. But as you say,...
by Andy Garrett
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member from oregon
Replies: 714
Views: 153262

Re: New member from oregon

It's looking good brother!

That stitch pattern looks familiar! :wink:
by Andy Garrett
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Question about ZIP keel
Replies: 17
Views: 4389

Re: Question about ZIP keel

I don't think that sounds right. I seem to remember a bend from frame 4 to 5 1/2 to fasten the keel to the stem via bolts. You say that yours is dead flat... hmm... I'm at work so I don't have the plans in front of me, but I'm sure that one of my fellow Zippers will chime in to confirm or debunk my ...
by Andy Garrett
Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Question about ZIP keel
Replies: 17
Views: 4389

Re: Question about ZIP keel

I followed Mark's build pictures very closely and drew a great deal of inspiration from them. I too used vertical stiffeners on my battens and two on my keel. This made affixing seats and motorwell supports very easy. I chose two for the keel because it was easy to lay the stiffeners to either side ...
by Andy Garrett
Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Member from St Peters, MO
Replies: 38
Views: 13621

Re: New Member from St Peters, MO

You will love building the Zip! I have the 13 gallon tank up under the bow. I never have it more than half full and I boat all day with my 40 year old Merc 500. I have had issues with the fuel pump drawing fuel through a line that long, so every once in a while, I reach under the dash and give the b...
by Andy Garrett
Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Question about ZIP keel
Replies: 17
Views: 4389

Re: Question about ZIP keel

Stock measurements on the Zip are nominal, so 3/4 is fine. Laminating the top (inward) side with 1/4 ply might be considered best practice.
I did not do this.
by Andy Garrett
Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 239
Views: 62214

Re: Michael's ZIP

One of the hardest things to do while building these boats is to resist the urge to 'over-engineer' or 'improve' the design. The Zip has been around since 1954, and It's been built with several kinds of wood over those many decades. If there was a need for a third batten, it would have revealed itse...
by Andy Garrett
Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Battens - 3/4" or 7/8" ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1798

Re: Battens - 3/4" or 7/8" ?

Or..., you could apply a little stitch and glue philosophy to the problem like I did on the Zip. Notch for some contact and fill any gaps/voids with thickened epoxy. Admittedly..., it is an inelegant solution, but with a painted interior, it looks like flawless fit and finish and is structurally exc...
by Andy Garrett
Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Design Modifications
Topic: Runabout Fuel Tank Options
Replies: 17
Views: 5227

Re: Runabout Fuel Tank Options

I have a 13 gallon tank under the bow of my Zip. I just does not need that much fuel. I put 4-5 gallons in it and run all weekend. It is also a long way to the motor. The fuel pump isn't quite strong enough on my 40 year old Mercury, so I reach down and give the bulb a squeeze every few minutes unde...
by Andy Garrett
Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member creating YouTube Channel
Replies: 7
Views: 1856

Re: New member creating YouTube Channel

Very interesting.
I had issues setting the correct bend in my chine as it turned into the stem.