Bob Brown’s Belle

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Wow, didn’t realize it had been so long since I posted an update.

In May, the engine was dropped in, with the help of my son.
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Today, I finished building the captain’s seat. Trying to copy the design of Bob Perkins, and really appreciating all the photos he posted.
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That's familiar looking! Nice work :D
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Thanks, but yours is a very tough act to follow!
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Bob-
Great to see the update. Love how the engine snuggles in that compartment! Bob Perkins has a very comfortable seating design, so good one to follow if you want to split the cockpits.
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Here are a few updated photos of my Belle Isle build ....

This is my 5th pass at the dashboard layout, the 2nd one in plywood after 3 in cardboard. Subject to testing it on the water, this should be good, with a couple of minor adjustments to the spacing of the smaller gauges. (From this angle, the gauges don't look like they'd be visible, but they are from the driver's seat.) Also, the location of the throttle / shifter and switches seem good now.
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Loaded her onto a loaner from the trailer manufacturer, Ryan Trailers, for the trip to their place to be custom fitted to her future ride. Here she is hanging from the straps / gantries used when she was flipped last fall. She is a LOT heavier with the engine in there.
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Here she is just about onto the trailer. Because we're lifting from one side, she's not level as she rises. We tried to move her in the straps, but she's too heavy for that. Solution was to lift her higher and use the trailer to level her out. Sitting on the trailer with the straps still holding some weight, she was pretty easy to move.
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One more photo of hauling the Belle Isle off to be custom fit to her new trailer. This one shows her on the trailer behind my 4Runner at a rest area along I-5.

She is L - O - N - G!
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Now this is a view I've been dreaming of for at least 6 years maybe even the full 8 I've been working on mine. Looks beautiful behind the SUV! :D :D
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mrintense wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:12 am
Now this is a view I've been dreaming of for at least 6 years maybe even the full 8 I've been working on mine. Looks beautiful behind the SUV! :D :D
Thanks, Carl! If you’re on my schedule, you have 2 years to go to get this view of yours. The 10th anniversary of the start of my project is this coming October. I’m working to get her wet before that!!
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Trying to get the title and registration so I can legally get the Belle in the water for a test even though it’s not ‘done.’ Just learned that a Hull Identifcation Number is required to be permanently affixed to the boat.

Anybody have experience/ suggestions on how to do that?

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In Texas the boat gets inspected by the department of parks and recreation. I have to show documentation to prove I built it. I unfold the plans and give them a pile of receipts. They slap a HIN number sticker on it and I get a title in the mail in a few weeks. When the title comes I get insurance through Hagerty. Stay away from the word “plywood” boat with Hagerty, just say wood boat.
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I had a local trophy shop engrave the HIN on an aluminum plate that I attached to the transom with screws and 3m 4200
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I did what Hoodman did. You should do two HIN plates. One on the starboard side of the transom upper corner and one hidden somewhere on a structural part of the hull. Coast Guard regulations will instruct the placement.

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hoodman wrote:
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I had a local trophy shop engrave the HIN on an aluminum plate that I attached to the transom with screws and 3m 4200
Thanks, Matt. That’s very helpful, especially the part about the 4200. I wondered how the ‘permanent’ mounting part would be done. Awesome!

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Roberta wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:53 pm
I did what Hoodman did. You should do two HIN plates. One on the starboard side of the transom upper corner and one hidden somewhere on a structural part of the hull. Coast Guard regulations will instruct the placement.

Roberta
Thanks, Roberta. That’s very helpful. I need to read the USCG regs more closely.

Where did you put your hidden one, on an engine stringer?

Thanks again,

Bob
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