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Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:27 pm
by mrintense
Sweet looking deck Tom!

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:46 pm
by TomB
Thanks Carl. The deck is sanded ready for varnish.

I happened to look under the boat. Gasp!!!!...the boat cradles needs some attention.
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The furniture dollies have deflected about 3/8".

Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:00 pm
by mrintense
It's surprising how heavy these boats get. I had to move mine out of the garage about two years ago, way before adding the flooring and cabin sides and it was so heavy that even with my daughter's help, we couldn't get it back up the driveway which angled down to the street..

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:07 pm
by TomB
The design hull weight is 1000#, engine adds 1000#. I figured that four 1000# furniture dollies gave me an adequate safety factor. Turns out the 3/4" mystery wood spreaders weren't up to the task. Adding some lumber to spread the load solved the problem.
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I was having trouble pushing the boat around...now that the knock-knee'd casters are fixed it pushes better. If this boat went down the driveway and blocked the street, I'd have to wait for several neighbors to be inconvenienced. :D :D

Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:20 pm
by TomB
Making a little progress on seats. Still needs sanding, varnish, seat foam, upholstery, and maybe a grab bar along the top. Other that that, they're done. :D.
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The bases are just tacked together so I can see how they look.

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:22 pm
by Bluesman
That looks really good Tom! Where did you get the hinges?

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:01 pm
by TomB
Thanks, Tecla Boat Fold Up Brackets MF3118 from Great Lakes Skipper. I don't think they carry them now. Tecla sells direct too. Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:29 pm
by JimmY
Nice work on the seat sides, I really like how they pivot.

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:48 am
by Hercdrvr
This is such a 1st class build. Very nice!
Matt B

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:36 am
by TomB
Thanks Jim & Matt.

This is what I have in mind for the seat foam.
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Steering wheel clearance...moving the seat base back a couple of inches to where I'm most comfortable anyway.
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The 1/2" plywood edge won't give enough support for the bolster in the up position. I'll have to add material to the bottom side of the seat frame.
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Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:49 pm
by Tony Hain
Great work Tom. So I assume the driver's seat folding up is to allow you to stand/sit and steer at slow speed. For example, while docking.

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:07 pm
by TomB
Tony Hain wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:49 pm
I assume the driver's seat folding up is to allow you to stand/sit and steer at slow speed. For example, while docking.
Yes and to make it easier to access the storage area in the seat base. Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:05 pm
by acflynn
Looking really good, Tom! Now we know what you've been working the past month! Is this seat option only for the pilot, or for both front occupants?

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:27 am
by TomB
acflynn wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:05 pm
for the pilot, or for both front occupants?
Both front seats. Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:43 pm
by TomB
And the rear seat.
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With all the other curves in the boat I was afraid that going straight across the rear deck might not satisfy me so I used the deck camber to curve the deck opening, seat back, and seat. It is subtle but I like it so no need for the chain saw. :D

The sole will be carpet or vinyl. The ceiling and carling will be upholstered. The top of the seat back cushion will roll over the deck edge. The face below the seat?? carpet or upholstery?

The armrests need work...The vertical faces will be upholster and a bright armrest cap with cupholder will be on top. The stack up of clearances (3/8" to 1/2") for the fabric will come out the armrests so they need to be narrowed a bit. The height feels good but there is barely room to get a beverage can into the spot for the cupholder. Everybody knows that would be a problem so I'll take a little off the top.

Tom