Utility build

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Re: Utility build

Post by JasonG » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:56 am

If you don't want to go with a Bimini top, perhaps a small boarding ladder so you can jump in and cool off!

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Re: Utility build

Post by vupilot » Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:30 am

Mark Coleman has a bimini on his Utility and it looks pretty good.

I too underestimated the sun and sitting on a boat with no shade. A boat with shade be it a bimini or a built-up structure definitely makes boating in the middle of summer more enjoyable.

While it doesnt work while underway or if its really windy, using a beach umbrella can work pretty well while you are stopped. A simple 1" hole in the middle seat and a block of wood with a hole through it as a receptacle against the floor can keep it in place and be barely noticeable when not used.

Swimming off a Utility can be a little difficult to get back in since there is not a lot of room to step on the motor leg and lift yourself in. I've stopped at a strangers dock before just to jump in to cool off then hop back in the boat and continue on.

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Re: Utility build

Post by mrintense » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:07 pm

Another option is put a 300 HP outboard on the back and do some submersible stunts like they do with Jet Skis :lol: :lol: :lol:

Seriously though, with the sun as brutal as it is out here, I won't even consider going out until I have some sort of bimini top rigged up.
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Re: Utility build

Post by BarnacleMike » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:46 am

I'm seriously reconsidering my position on drain tubes.

It's been raining a lot here lately. Even with the nice boat cover I bought, there was still this much standing water in the boat when I took it to the lake last weekend. Not sure how long the water was there... at least 2-3 days.
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Re: Utility build

Post by hoodman » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:16 am

Mike, I bought a drain tube flaring "tool." I'm done with it now if you want to use it. I also have an extra drain tube because I decided to only do one on the port side of the keel. I'll bring it to G12 or can mail it to you.
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Re: Utility build

Post by Bill Edmundson » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:49 am

Matt

Flaring tool? All you need is a bolt and three washers. Cut the tube 1/8 to 1/4 long. put a bolt that is smaller than the hole through with 2 heavy washers on the pre-flared side and one lighter ones on the new side. Bend the new side a little. As you tighten the bolt, the single washer will start to dish and flare the tube. It will pull the tube tight in the hole at the same time.

I know, too little too late.

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Re: Utility build

Post by hoodman » Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:55 pm

I've seen that suggestion before, Bill. But I bought the flaring tool anyway. I'll pass it on to Mike and when he's done he can send it to the next guy. It's funny, when I was talking to the mechanic that installed my motor he said that he would have let me use his. Oh well, I've wasted more money on stupider s%$t.
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Re: Utility build

Post by Bill Edmundson » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:01 pm

:lol: Advice is free. Experience sometimes cost money. :wink: God knows I've had a lot of experience. :roll:

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Re: Utility build

Post by hoodman » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:15 pm

We can compare drain tube flares at G12.
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Re: Utility build

Post by vupilot » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:23 pm

Mike, if i stored the boat like you are now I would have drains. For garage storage I stiil havent needed/wanted them.

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Re: Utility build

Post by BarnacleMike » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:13 pm

Yes... I knew that keeping the boat outside would come with some challenges like this. But.. I needed room in the garage to build the Zip.

At some point, I may move the boat into a storage facility. We'll see. Even now that the boat is built, and I'm using it... the little Utility is still teaching me a lot.
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Re: Utility build

Post by BarnacleMike » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:30 pm

Sometimes it astounds me, just HOW badly something can go wrong.
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I thought drilling the holes for the drain tubes was going to be fairly simple. Sure, there was a little hiccup on the first one, but it was workable.

I made my measurement for where to drill the second hole... gave myself a little extra room for clearance, or so I thought, and ran the hole saw right into the transom knee. "No problem," I thought. I'd just widen the hole a little, then fill / repair the gap later. THAT did not go so well.
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Re: Utility build

Post by BarnacleMike » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:44 pm

Bill's tagline, "There can be no miracle recoveries without first screwing up" kept going through my head.

I knew I needed to patch this mess up as best as possible. After that, I can re-visit this second hole.

So, I went back to the hardware store and bought a slightly larger hole saw (1-1/4"). With that, I cut a "dowel" out of some 2" thick mahogany scrap. I packed the pilot hole with thickened epoxy, coated the outside of the dowel, and the inside of my transom mess... and tapped it into place with a hammer.

Once all that has cured, I'll see about relocating the hole a little higher to match the first one. Maybe 4th time's a charm.

For now, I'm calling it a day. Think I'll open a beer and put on some Gordon Lightfoot...
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Built Utility "Perseverance" — completed Aug 2016
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Re: Utility build

Post by hoodman » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:49 pm

Mike, it's gonna be okay! That's a solid fix.
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Re: Utility build

Post by Hercdrvr » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:19 pm

I know everyone has seen this picture before but it will make you laugh at your little “oops”
Boat was a week old when I had to make this repair. If you don’t have to fish her off the bottom, it’s an easy fix.
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