Solar powered Amp Eater

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CaptDave
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Postby CaptDave » Thu May 31, 2018 2:14 pm

CaptDave wrote:
rleete wrote:
CaptDave wrote:(the fat guy with the wide brimmed hat is Capt Dave)


Looks like you need to build another boat. I hear sanding is great exercise...


Sounds like a plan to me...
Capt. Dave
Builder of the Amp Eater Aquatron

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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Postby Hogwild » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:11 pm

I just read your story on building amp eater and loved it, I agree it was a happy day when I wrestled the carlings in place.

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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Postby Hogwild » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:18 pm

The surrey top is made of sunbrella fabric' The framework is made of 3/4 inch pvc. The posts have dowels inside for strength. The posts set in stainless steel stanchion bases that extend below deck. The posts are not glued to the top. They merely fit snug. Everything is held togather by the straps that go from the fabric to the deck. The framework for the top is glued together. The pvc was bent. Hot sand was put inside the pipe and it was bent around a form until cool. Orginally the pvc was to be a prototype with the real framework made of stainless steel or aluminum. Since the boat goes slow the pvc was ok. For storage short pieces of pvc can be put into stanchion bases and the top covers the cockpit,

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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Postby CaptDave » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:03 am

Stephen,
Thanks for the detail on building your top. I hope to tackle that later this summer.
Did you paint the PVC blue or did you get it that way? Your Deck really turned out nice.
It appears you have removable hatch covers. Do you have some kind of latch to hold them down?
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Postby Hogwild » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:28 pm

The hatch covers are held down with stainlesss steel draw latches. Got them on amazon. THE PVC was painted with spray can that was made for plastic. Deck has 4 coats of epoxy and 6 coats of exterior urethane sanded between coats.


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