Zip Gentlemans Racer

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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby cusoak » Mon May 18, 2015 4:13 am

Is the wood Mahogany. And did you have it resawed to get booked matched pieces.
Also looks very wide, How wide.
How do you plan on attaching it to the plywood.
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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby Borbetti » Mon May 18, 2015 6:23 am

Cusoak - The wood is resawn Sapele (African Mahoghany). It is 15" wide by 15'2" long. I went with wider boards because I did not want to have multiple seems to contend with. With the 15" wide board you can get away with one seem provided the board is longer then 15'6". I plan on attaching it with counter sunk bronze screws and epoxy followed by mahoghany bungs.

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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby cusoak » Tue May 19, 2015 4:04 am

I also used that wood on my Zip. Fyi a diffrent way of attaching.
If your wood is less than 7/16" thick then this will work.
What I did was to apply epoxy to the plywood and bottom of the Mahogany.
Then with a 23 gauge pin nailer I attached the mahogany. Any where it would not lay flat to the plywood I inatalled a screw and a piece of wood to hole it down until the epoxy dried.
I did this for all mahogany that went on the top of my Zip.
I have no bungs at all.
No Problems with any seams, after 2 years of use.
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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby Borbetti » Sat May 23, 2015 2:51 pm

Cusoak- Thanks for the information. My coverboards are 3/8" thIck and I am going g to need the clamping power of mechanical fastness while the epoxy dries.

I started my coverboards today. It took me about 6 hours to get to this point. I used a trim router with a roller pattern bit to make the outside cuts. I used a jig saw to make the inside cuts on the coverboards. It went very well. I took my time and did not rush this part of the build. I have not drilled all of my countersunk holes, I will finish those at a later time along with rounding over the outside edge of the coverboards. I still need to get some more wood to complete the rear portion of the coverboards and the kingplank.

Here are some pictures of today's progress.
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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby Borbetti » Sat May 23, 2015 2:52 pm

A few more.
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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby Borbetti » Sat May 23, 2015 2:54 pm

And more
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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby Bill Edmundson » Sat May 23, 2015 3:30 pm

Really nice work!

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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby jeff k » Wed May 27, 2015 4:17 pm

Beautiful boat man..
This boat project is destroying my wallet, But it is enriching my soul.

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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby Borbetti » Thu May 28, 2015 3:06 pm

Thank you Bill and Jeff for the compliments.

I have been working on trying to finish the cover board mockup. Here are some pictures from todays efforts. They are not glued down and I have not rounded over the exterior edge.
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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby BarnacleMike » Sat May 30, 2015 7:12 am

What a truly stunning boat! I am anxious to see how it turns out.... particularly with the jump seat in the front. I'd have to echo what Andy said.... you've taken the already beautiful lines of the Zip and turned it up to 11. Great job!
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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby Andy Garrett » Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:37 am

I think I was secretly hoping that you would forego a center cover board and go with nothing but field boards all the the way across and all the way back to the leading edge of the cockpit--really emphasizing the length aspect. However, that is a fantastic piece of lumber you've installed as a center cover board! Stunning!

Keep sharing those pictures! :D
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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby Borbetti » Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:51 am

Sorry I haven't posted in quite some time. I have been in the process of moving to a new house and have not had time to work on the Zip. I cannot wait to get back at it. It is inspiring to see so many beautiful boats being built by the wonderful Glen-L builders. Here are a couple of pictures I snapped of my Zip on a trailer just after being removed from my old garage. The trailer is a loaner from a 20ft boat and is not the one I'll be using permanently.
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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby Roberta » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:35 am

Look's really nice!!! Shows you just how versatile the Zip is and what a builder can do to make it their very own.

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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby gdcarpenter » Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:40 pm

First off, gleaming sides, kudus to you!

Can I say "Cloud White"? Classic old Merc driveshaft housing with beefy swivel bracket and shocks, perchance a Mark58?

On my ZIP my '59 Mark35A runs 30 MPH @ 5,600 RPM with a 10" dia. - 10" pitch - 3 blade brass prop. My Mark58 hit 33 MPH @ 5,800 RPM on its' maiden trials, just before #3 dropped to 30 PSI compression, working on replacement power head now.

Beautiful work.
This is my first, last and only boat build.

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Re: Zip Gentlemans Racer

Postby Andy Garrett » Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:23 am

Those sides.... WOW! Stunning work on that paint!

I get the feeling that this is gonna be my favorite Zip to date...

However..., you may have overestimated your trailer requirements. :lol:
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