Utility build

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Re: Utility build

Postby BarnacleMike » Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:37 pm

I finally got around to installing the 6" pitch prop. I actually ordered it a couple of weeks ago, but I put it on tonight. Hopefully we'll get to test it this weekend at G11.
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Re: Utility build

Postby BarnacleMike » Tue May 15, 2018 7:12 am

The time finally came to move the Utility out of the garage in order to make room for the Zip build.

Of course, I hate to put the boat outside. But, it's my most realistic option at the moment. I bought an Evelle cover from National Boat Covers, and added a cover post support from Bass Pro Shops. The cover still had the potential to sag, so I made a partial plywood cover to go over the back of the boat. Overall, the arrangement seems to do a decent job. Unfortunately, there's still some room for water to get in the boat around the motor.

I'll keep trying to improve this set-up, but here's what I've got at the moment:
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Re: Utility build

Postby BarnacleMike » Tue May 15, 2018 7:13 am

I added this little cutout, to help hold the pole support in place...
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Re: Utility build

Postby BarnacleMike » Tue May 15, 2018 7:17 am

a couple more photos...
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I taped the motor cover to the boat cover, hoping this will help keep some water from flowing down the cover & right into the boat. Who knows how effective this will actually be.
-Michael

Built Utility "Perseverance" — completed Aug 2016
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Re: Utility build

Postby Jimbob » Tue May 15, 2018 10:26 am

The plywood cover is a great idea!
The pole with the tennis ball to hold the cover up never seemed to work very well for me.
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Re: Utility build

Postby hoodman » Tue May 15, 2018 1:15 pm

Maybe if you tilt the engine down you can tuck the cover over the mounts a little?

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Re: Utility build

Postby billy c » Tue May 15, 2018 3:19 pm

Do you have access to a sewing machine? A few tucks and you would have a great fit.
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Re: Utility build

Postby BarnacleMike » Tue May 15, 2018 5:30 pm

Matt,

That would really do the trick. In fact, that's how I had it installed originally. A little water got in, but it all evaporated by the time I got to the lake.
The problem is the grade of my yard where I'm keeping the boat. There are exposed roots and a sharp upward curve where the back of the boat is. It's enough that I had a pretty close call last weekend & almost damaged the motor and transom also. I figured I'd play it safe and leave the motor up.

Billy,

I do have access to a sewing machine. In fact, both my parents are pretty talented with them, but I'm not. I'd be interested in hearing more detail about your thoughts on this. I've never worked with fabric, so I guess I'm having a little trouble visualizing what I'd need to do.
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Re: Utility build

Postby billy c » Tue May 15, 2018 5:55 pm

Mike- the top looks good to the sheer as far as no wrinkles with the pole installed, so that part stays as is. I would rub a piece of chalk around the sheer, marking the cover shape to that point. If the bottom finished edge that falls over the topsides is elastic bound, it is easier to temporarily remove it first. Then start at the middle and eliminate some of the "extra" fabric by taking darts, a triangular shaped piece of fabric away by stapling or clamping (we all have spring clamps right) the point of the triangle ends at the chalk line. Divide the area up and take a few more darts until you see less excess material. Since you have some talent available, they should be able to take your stapled clamped fitted cover, eliminate any extra material and restitch your pocket for the elastic. Sailrite.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC1muFgrSFUhas some good video of making one from scratch. It would help you visualize the dart process somewhat.
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Re: Utility build

Postby vupilot » Tue May 15, 2018 7:44 pm

Looks great! Keep it in a shady spot. I worry about the plywood rubbing your teal paint on top of the sheer. Maybe adhere the soft side of some sticky back velcro to the bottom of the plywood so the felt touches the paint and not the plywood touching the paint.

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Re: Utility build

Postby hoodman » Wed May 16, 2018 5:51 am

What I meant was just tilt the motor down while you have it parked. Then raise it back up whenever you move it. A side effect will be that all the water will for sure drain out of the motor.

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Re: Utility build

Postby mrintense » Sat May 19, 2018 10:19 am

Rough decision to have to move her outside. I very much want to keep mine stored out of the sun here in Texas, as it is brutal. But the extra expense this might entail as I eventually go into retirement has me worried. Sailrite can give you many tips in their tutorial videos on YouTube in regards to the cover.
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Re: Utility build

Postby BarnacleMike » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:46 am

Installed cupholders in the thwarts. Okay... NOW she's officially a "Glen-L" boat!

The plywood half-cover works great for preventing the boat cover from sagging & pooling into the hull. However, Chris was right about it scratching the paint on the sheers. I had a bunch of industrial velcro laying around, so I stuck the "loop" part onto the edges of the plywood to reduce the scratching. We'll see how that works.

Also added a couple of 3' wood strips to the plywood to give it more rigidity.
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Re: Utility build

Postby mrintense » Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:25 pm

BarnacleMike wrote:Installed cupholders in the thwarts. Okay... NOW she's officially a "Glen-L" boat!


That's right, a cooler , a folding chair and a couple of cup holders and you're all set for the summer. Oh perhaps a Bimini top might be nice. 8) 8)
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Re: Utility build

Postby BarnacleMike » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:52 pm

I have actually thought about a bimini top. Not sure I'll do it, though. Not on this boat, anyway.

We didn't have boats when I was growing up, so I had no experience with them. My mental image was of "cooling off" out there on the water. The thing is, you're on the water, not in it.... and shade is very hard to find. Man, it gets hot out there!
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