Michigan Squirt Build

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

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That upholstery work looks amazing, Jim! Very inspirational. Very!

I'm going to have to check out those videos. Now that Joshua's Zip is finished, I need something to watch.
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

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Hi Jimmy,

I'm in Edwardsburg, MI and have always been very interested in the Squirt design. I was wondering if I can come visit your shop and see the boat? I'm particularly interested in how you go about stretching a design... I have fairly broad availability if you'd be willing to let me check things out.

If you'd like to email me, I can be reached at rtowner8820@yahoo.com.

Thanks!
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

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Looks fantastic. Inspiring to see the progression of a build like this.

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

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Thanks guys.

Ryan, I emailed you and you're welcome to come over and chat about boats and perhaps take a ride.
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

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Great Job Jim looks like your having a fun summer now.

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

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I got a some more time on the lake over the holiday weekend. Sadly we started pulling the dock out, but not completely. I did get a couple of photos of the Squirt in it's natural state...
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I plan on hauling it out next weekend to display it at the Port Huron boat show on the 15th along with the AOMCI guys.

Hopefully there is a little more boating weather in Michigan.

Enjoy!

P.S. I hope you all have a good Gathering! Maybe I'll be able to make it next year.
-Jim
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

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Hi All,

I got tired of my hatch falling down, so I added a gas strut to one side. I found these on Amazon for about $15 and there were a bunch of different brackets for mounting them. The strut is spec'd at 10lbs of force and is perfect for the small hatch.
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Previously I just had a cable, and every time I bumped the cable or a wave came it, I was getting knocked in the head.
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

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Nice work on the gas strut Jimmy. I have to get a bunch of supports (probably simple mechanical rather than gas strut) for my windows. I've been putting it off because I haven't felt like installing the window frames yet so I can measure the lengths needed. I know, it's not a big deal, just so many other things to do.

Anyway, good idea on the hatch support. It's the small things like this that really make a difference to the experience.
Carl

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