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by neel thompson
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3162
Views: 660496

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

How about two fuel tanks.... One under the stb seat and one under the port. Make the helm console and seat slightly narrower, the port base slightly wider. Put a matching seat on each side. That may give you room to pass through to the cabin. I'm sticking to my original suggestion: Seating for two u...
by neel thompson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Neeley's Barrelback - Sacramento
Replies: 317
Views: 126851

Re: Neeley's Barrelback - Sacramento

Jim..... I don't have a picture of my Gentry aft trailer tie downs, but what I did was take two pieces of 3/8" rope with a loop in one end. I attached each of the looped ends to my center aft lifting ring on the aft deck. Then I got two pieces of foam pipe insulation (looks like a swimming noodle) a...
by neel thompson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Lee's Monaco utility build
Replies: 196
Views: 70579

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Lee,,,, Raptor sells the Omer stapler and brad nailer. there is a guy there named Richard (talk to him). Their phone # is 512-846-4027. Please keep us posted...Neel
by neel thompson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3162
Views: 660496

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Carl.... I also like the layout, but I would seriously reconsider the copilot seat. I think I would lower the height of the cabinet and then mount a seat on top with a much shorter vertical support than on the starboard side. That would also mean you would have to consider legroom on the forward end...
by neel thompson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Lee's Monaco utility build
Replies: 196
Views: 70579

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Lee, I am one who had the same problem with my stapler. A friend of mine gave it to me after he had completed his build. He had the same problem with it and sent it to some company in New England where they rebuilt it. I had been using the brad nailer for everything until I got the stapler. It worke...
by neel thompson
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Gathering 2020
Topic: G-14 Dates and Location
Replies: 56
Views: 18067

Re: G-14 Dates and Location

FINALLY.... I talked to Hannah at Hales Bar this morning and they have decided to give our group a 10% discount on the nightly rates for Floating and Land cabins. So our nightly rates for the floaters are as follows: 1 br floater Sun - Thursday 111.60, Fr and Sat 134.10, cleaning fee 29; 2 br floate...
by neel thompson
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 581
Views: 165384

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

Thanks for the kind words everyone... I will be choosing a smaller boat design to build in the future.
by neel thompson
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3162
Views: 660496

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Carl... I like the prototype design, but I was thinking maybe it would look good if you put a radius on the back two corners of the floor box (where the helm chair sits). Not sure if this would work, but could you somehow have the top of the instrument panel follow the crown in your cabin roof? I lo...
by neel thompson
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 581
Views: 165384

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

Thanks Gayle and Carl... I will be staying with the hobby, for sure. Something smaller than the PB22 is on the horizon.
by neel thompson
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello and boat selection
Replies: 11
Views: 795

Re: Hello and boat selection

John... I would choose the Barrelback 19 over the Gentry. I built a Gentry (Scooter) and stretched it from 17' 4" (plan length) to 18 '7". I added a rumble seat in front of the engine that would seat two adults comfortably or probably three kids. I had a bench seat aft that would seat two adults and...
by neel thompson
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 581
Views: 165384

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

Some time ago I reluctantly posted this: This is not easy, but I must stop my PB22 build. Recently my wife and I bought a home In Punta Gorda, FL. We (mainly she) have decided to downsize our house here in PA. I simply won't have room to finish the build. We will most likely be buying a townhouse or...
by neel thompson
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Gathering 2020
Topic: G-14 Dates and Location
Replies: 56
Views: 18067

Re: G-14 Dates and Location

I finally got in touch with Karen at HB for an update. Yes, the floating party patio has been moved to the restaurant where it will remain. The restaurant has been leased again and should be open when we arrive. She said we will still be able to use the floating patio if we want, but it will be at t...
by neel thompson
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Gathering 2020
Topic: G-14 Dates and Location
Replies: 56
Views: 18067

Re: G-14 Dates and Location

I am, and have been trying to contact HB to get an update on improvements so far. I have left a second msg and hope to hear back from them today. I will check to see what the plan is for the "Party Deck" and restaurant. I also want to find out their current procedures for reserving cabins and the ca...
by neel thompson
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Annapolis barrelback 19
Replies: 9
Views: 1921

Re: Annapolis barrelback 19

Ben… I would consider going with wider planks, say 10" wide by as long as possible. That will allow you to end up with planking at least 5" wide on the hull. More waste, but will look more like the original Mahogany planked speed boats. I had mine milled to 1/8" thick for my Gentry and I bought it a...
by neel thompson
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 581
Views: 165384

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

We just got back home to PA after two months of perfect weather in Punta Gorda, FL. So I will clear the cob webs off the PB and get back to work. Not much more to do on the second (final layer) of Okoume cold molding on the sides and transom. Then a third layer of 6mm will go on the bottom from the ...

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