Aussie Flying Saucer

Outboard designs up to 14'

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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby Andy Garrett » Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:00 am

Looks awesome! I love the line of the carlings--very classic!
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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby mrintense » Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:15 am

Mojo,

That is looking awesome. And in 165 hours!! Wow!
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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby Mojo » Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:29 pm

A bit more work done. Getting to the business end of the project now. About 192 hours down now. There's been about 20 hours since the last post spent sanding. Will be glad to have all the painting done, but still need to put on several coats of clear to bring up the gloss. The deck is currently sanded to 240 grit, so will look a lot better glossy.


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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby Barra » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:42 am

Looks great Mojo!

Was the trailer built off Glen L plans? Any problems with building in Oz? I'm thinking about building one for my zip..
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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby travis24 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:53 am

Mojo

looks like your build is flying together!! Great job I like the open look. Travis
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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby Mojo » Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:28 am

Hi Barra,
The trailer is my own design, nothing fancy, but I think it should do the job. I'm happy to get some measurements for you if you want. I used 50mmx25mmx3mm RHS for the most of it and 50mmx50mm for the draw bar. The running gear I bought online from Spinny Things in Melbourne. I didn't get much change back from $1000 for the total trailer, so I'm not sure all that much is saved from buying a professionally built trailer.

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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby Mojo » Sat May 10, 2014 11:25 pm

Moving along. Haven't added up the hours yet, but it will be over 200.
Few more jobs ticked off. Changed the water pump yesterday and have now got the outboard on. Deck and topsides have been clear coated, but could do with a cut and polish to bring it up nice.
Planking for the floor is done and is ready to be stained and sealed.
The outboard controls and steering are partway through getting hooked up.
Will be getting close to having a useable boat in the next few weeks, although launching will be a little further off.

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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby polarisman14 » Tue May 27, 2014 2:00 pm

You'll have to let me know how that Johnson 35 goes. Same HP rating as my Chrysler but a bit heavier--but much, much easier to find parts for I'm sure! The boat looks excellent and I'm looking forward to seeing the end product of yours. I'm a bit stuck on mine, wish you lived nearby and I could just subcontract to have you help me finish the fairing, hah. Oh well. Keep up the great work.

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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby Andy Garrett » Tue May 27, 2014 3:42 pm

Very cool! Your build style suits my tastes very well. I can't wait to see it done.
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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby Mojo » Sat May 31, 2014 11:10 pm

Getting close to the end, if there is such a thing. The "to do" list is getting shorter. Set up all the electrics this week. Put several more layers of clear coat on the deck and put the floor in. I'm just waiting for some epoxy to dry and then I can connect the steering up. I'll have to add the hours up, but I reckon it will be around the 250 hours mark. The wife is begrudgingly working away on the upholstery. Can't wait to see it with the seats in. I think it will look pretty good.

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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby BarnacleMike » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:09 am

Looks great, Mojo!
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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby polarisman14 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:27 am

Killer. You doing a windshield, or no? I'm torn...I love the look and it's nice to stay a little dry sometimes especially out on bigger lakes with bigger boats, but no windshield looks sleek too and it gives you more of a sensation of speed when you're going 30mph.

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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby Mojo » Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:30 am

Had initially planned to fit a windscreen, but think it looks just as good without one, so will leave it off for now. Might add it down the track.
Still a few more jobs to do, but hope to launch this weekend.

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Small Outboards

Postby Flash » Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:42 am

Good Afternoon,

A couple of nights ago, I was putting the chines on my FS when one started creaking. All of a sudden, it cracked in half at frame #2. So, I have a few questions:

I'm using red grandis - is that more prone to splitting than mahogany? Also, could the screws have weakened it? I made a new chine and installed it with no screws at that frame and it is fine so far. I also draped it with wet towels for several hours.

I see that people talk about steaming for bending but I'm wondering if soaking is OK? I assume the shears will be at least as hard to bend so I'm thinking of soaking them?

When I put a straight edge next to the keel from the transom to frame #4 there is an 1/8" gap at frame #2 - is that ok? The book says it should be a straight line.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions,
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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

Postby polarisman14 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:22 pm

The FS is rated for 25hp but that's also with the length called out in the plans. Not sure if it's insurable or not with more than the recommended power but I am adding outer transom knees and a reinforced motorboard (the whole transom is 2 laminations of 3/4" ply on mine) and I'll be running a 35 on it.


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