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Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:40 am
by vupilot
VERY Nice. You have many talents!

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:45 pm
by sawford11
Thanks Chris, I just like trying new things.
I finished the cutwater and installed it today. It turned out better than I thought it would, even though it is far from perfect! I never welded before, or really worked with metal for that matter. I now have some "lessons learned" in welding, and if I ever decide to make another cutwater, it will turn out better than this one....I went back and forth about attempting to make my own, or sending a template to someone else to make. I figured I could probably make one, but I wasn't confident what the end product would look like. So I'm proud of the way it turned out, even though it doesn't look like it was bought off the shelf. It probably took about 8 hours to make, which included creating a cardboard template, cutting out the two stainless steel halves, making a few tacks, welding along the inside and outside of the seam, grinding the weld, sanding it from 120 grit through 1000 grit, then two different polishes.

The boat is also named, the "Saranna L". Low quality camera phone pictures below.

I applied for a hull ID number from the state, which I received. I am also trying to register it through the state. My first attempt was sent back to me. Turns out, I needed to send in all of the sales receipts from all of the material to show that I paid taxes on the materials. Unfortunately, I did not keep my receipts. I went through 15 months of credit card statements to identify all of the items. I hope that works. I'm guessing I will hear something this week form the state.

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:50 pm
by Buckeyesmith
Wow! I'm blown away, that sure doesn't look like a first time. Looks every bit as good as the one Cutwater Mike made for my boat. Really nice job.

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:01 pm
by vupilot
Yes indeed.

For the receipts my state only wanted the ones for "major components" so I only turned in a couple big lumber bills, epoxy bill, fiberglass, and some misc stuff. I wouldnt worry about having every single one.

Looks like you are ready for spring!

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:04 pm
by sawford11
Thanks for the cutwater compliments guys. I've been away from the build for the last month or so. About the only thing I did was sand, buff and polish the cast aluminum windshield brackets. They came out ok. Not like chrome, but ok in my book. I also installed some of the deck hardware.

Oh yah, I also got the registration from the state, and received the registration numbers. I think technically, I could put the boat in the water. Before I do that, I am going to install the transom saver and I need to get some dock lines, anchor, fenders and I'm sure some other miscellaneous hardware.

Should be just about ready to launch!

We had a nice day here in Pittsburgh so I pulled the boat into the driveway to blow off some dust. Supposed to be in the mid- 60's tomorrow. Won't be long now!

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:09 pm
by Paul Kinneberg
Looks awesome!!

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:28 am
by neel thompson
Very nice job.... She looks great !!!

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:01 am
by mrintense
What a beauty! I can just imagine the excitement that must be building up in you as the weather warms up and knowing that you will soon get to take her out on the water.

Good luck with the launching and I hope we can see some videos soon.

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:24 am
by vupilot
You did a great job!

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:20 am
by Roberta
LOOK'S GREAT!!!! You have to be proud!!!

Roberta :D :D :D :D

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:52 pm
by Retroman
VERY IMPRESSIVE.

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:15 pm
by Trackhappy
I take my hat off to you... I can only hope my Gentry comes out as nice as that!

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:39 am
by cusoak
Looks great. Nice job. Interesting way of running the control /fuel line out the top. Would like to see a close up picture of that set up.
I hope you share some launch pictures.
Fellow Zip builder
Jeff

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:14 pm
by sawford11
Wow, thanks everyone!

Here is a few more photos...the closeup of where I brought my controls and fuel line out (just laying there loose - didn't organize them yet), the cutwater, and the interior. You will see lot's of dust in the floor of the interior. Need to clean up yet!

I installed the transom saver last weekend, which is why I have the motor tilted up....

Re: Sawford's Zip Build

Posted: Sun May 19, 2013 3:37 pm
by sawford11
The boats been done for a couple of months now, but it took me until today to get it in the water. Combination of crazy schedule and weather not cooperating. Finished registration and titles for boat and trailer and picked up insurance as well.

Here is a link to a video posting....the video is a bit shaky but we were 'zipping' around pretty quickly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW9gPc8G ... e=youtu.be