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Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:46 am
by bjfrater
Hi everyone,
Im building a zip in Auckland New Zealand.
Its time that I started my build thread and shared my own build experience.
Hopefully this will be as useful to others as all of your posts have been to me. I realized that iv been taking a few pictures and before it gets too much effort I should start sharing.

I have completed building my frames and am about to set them up on the building form. I should note that I had a fair amount to do before I even got to starting on the boat converting my car port into a boat shed.

I think that so far the most difficult part of the build has been sourcing timber. I wanted to use local timbers if possible, or at least try to save some money rather than buying expensive imported timber. The next difficult thing I found was converting from the imperial numbers and finding equivalent timber sizes in metric. Luckily I found some really helpful people at the local timber yard who knew a few things about marine timbers.

Brendon.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:49 am
by bjfrater
More pics

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:55 am
by bjfrater
I really liked the look of Cabrons frames with the rounded blocking

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:58 am
by bjfrater
Stem and other bits

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:00 am
by bjfrater
The stem and transom

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:05 am
by bjfrater
Quick coat of epoxy prior to setting up on the build form. Im using meranti plywood for any of the frame members and the actual frames are Fijian Kauri.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:09 am
by bjfrater
The transom 20" for a long shaft motor. I figure Ill still be able to cut it down if I end up getting a short shaft motor later.
I decided to run with 3 battens each side for a bit of extra strength.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:42 am
by gdcarpenter
Great looking build, soon the frames will be lined up on the building form and it will start to really look like a boat. I also went with the 3 battens per side plan option, and then added 5/8" thick by, on average, 1 1/4" tall vertical stiffeners or strong backs on top of my battens. Personally I think the stiffer floor stays flatter and may have helped me get the speeds I am getting, good luck and keep up the good work.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:32 am
by Roberta
Look's Great! The Zip is a very fun build that can be decorated in many ways to suite any builder's tastes. Have fun!!!

Roberta :D

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:20 am
by Cabron
Looks great Brendon. It took me a couple of months to actually get started on my build.
The first thing I had to do was set up a suitable work shop. You have done a fine job setting up shop.
Good lighting is critical and keeping the shop at a minimal 60 degrees is crucial. Epoxies don`t work
well in cold environments. The building in plywood book was my Bible for a long time. I read it many, many times. Get yourself the fiberglassing DVD too, if you don`t have it.

I will be watching your build thread with enthusiasm.

Have at it and enjoy your journey.

Good call on 3 battens per side.

Josh

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:45 pm
by bjfrater
Thanks guys, iv been really having a blast working this build so far.
All of your threads have been inspiring to follow and its nice to be underway myself.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 12:04 am
by bjfrater
I have completed mounting the frames on the building form and have done a dry run attaching the keel. It took longer than I thought it would because the frames didnt line up right. After some time staring at it and measuring things over and over I figured out that the whole form was skewed around about a quarter of an inch. Once I realized what was wrong I was able to unscrew the cross members on the building form and pull it into alignment. It all lines up perfectly now!

Here are a few pictures

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 12:10 am
by bjfrater
Some more of the keel

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 5:28 am
by Roberta
Looks Great, Brendon!!!

Roberta :D :D :D :D

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:24 am
by cusoak
Great job. The Zip is a great build to get you feet wet. Lots of work to get the bottom and sides on and faired.
But the real fun I think is when you can turn her over and see that you have actually built a boat.
From there on let you imagination help design the seating and decking configuration.
And idea on size of motor.
Keep pictures coming.