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by neel thompson
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3196
Views: 691845

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: 594
Views: 180221

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: 2230

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: 594
Views: 180221

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: 63
Views: 29316

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: 63
Views: 29316

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: 11
Views: 3994

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: 594
Views: 180221

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 ...
by neel thompson
Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3196
Views: 691845

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Nice job Carl.... Everything looks great. I like the jig you made for routing the cross beams. I am looking forward to seeing how you match everything up at the forward end of the cabin top/forward window.
by neel thompson
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Mist Miss - Desert Build
Replies: 103
Views: 40214

Re: Mist Miss - Desert Build

We have all had the same problem with the silicone bronze screw heads stripping out. I have sort of learned how to deal with the problem somewhat, but I am going to order and try a Frearson driver bit that Glen-L sells. It is supposed to be the bit of choice for these screws. Maybe others who have u...
by neel thompson
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:46 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Lee's Monaco utility build
Replies: 208
Views: 88706

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Lee,,, I have the trigger guard on my Raptor staple gun and it does the job and easy to get used to. That thing holds a bunch of staples, so the standard magazine has worked fine for me.
by neel thompson
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Cold mold lamination
Replies: 3
Views: 1932

Re: Cold mold lamination

I used two layers of 1/4" Okoume when I built my Gentry and am also using it on the PB22. The only problem with it is that the width of the panels will be narrower than 1/8" in areas of twists and turns, especially near the bow. In real tight areas, you can always double up 1/8" to even things out. ...
by neel thompson
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3196
Views: 691845

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Carl..... Your workmanship and joinery skills amaze me. Very nice for sure
by neel thompson
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:35 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Somerset, KY Gentry
Replies: 63
Views: 27459

Re: Somerset, KY Gentry

Carl.... I used a 1" shaft on my Gentry and it was coupled to a small block 350 cu.in. motor. Of course, the shaft hole will need to be drilled somewhat larger than 1". Most drill the hole large enough to put a fiberglass tube in it and allowing for some clearance around the shaft inside the tube. H...
by neel thompson
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Mist Miss - Desert Build
Replies: 103
Views: 40214

Re: Mist Miss - Desert Build

Andrew... I used SB nails on all frame gussets. I did countersink about 1/16" with a forstner bit slightly larger than the nail head. I also predrilled with a small bit. After the nails were in and the epoxy cured, I filled over the nail heads with thickened epoxy. I know they won't be seen, but for...

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