Aussie Belle

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:26 am

Today I have fitted the prop shaft, shaft log and seal.

Pieced together the raw water system, main valve, flushing point, strainer and oil cooler.

Rerouted the steering cable to a better location.

Had some little helpers today, vacuum the boat and help fit out parts.

Jamie
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Tony Hain » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:08 am

Jamie
Good to see. Training them early. My dad use to say "Why have a dog and bark yourself!" :lol:
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:22 am

Tony,

Have had to teach the next generation, the older kids moved out last year, so the younger ones are now helping out.

7 year old daughter helped install the fin this morning and done a better job than most adults that I know.

Explained it all once and away she went, she put the washers on, nylon nuts and done them up with the ratchet while I was underneath the boat.

Also permanently installed the drain bungs, also installed the cables to the gear box and carby, a little more work in regards to the brackets and they will be sorted.

Also picked up a carbon canister to put on the vent line for the fuel tank, $10 at the local wreckers.

Big week ahead this week to get all the mechanical sorted

Jamie
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:25 am

Pic of the carbon canister, cables connected at the controller and a random shot form under the front of boat,
Bit of a weird and cool shot.
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Tony Hain » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:16 am

Jamie
Loved that shot of the cutwater and bow. At first glance it is a bit hard to take in what's what.
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:39 pm

That’s why I put that one up Tony!
It’s a bit like what am I looking at, it’s hard to pick out the lines

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:45 pm

Hi all,

I have sanded the top of deck and coated with 3 coats of epoxy in the last couple of days (arms are killing me)!

Will now let cure and sand top of deck and sides and spray
The final coats of poly clear overt everything.

Then I can start final fit out.

Took her outside to give a bath after first coat as I got some blush.

Jamie
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by billy c » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:43 pm

Jamie
That looks GREAT! Love the color in the sunlight. ...Nice to see all the epoxy work done and on to the finish coats
Was inspired by your progress and added some spray rails today. Hope like you to get launched in the near future.
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by cepjr » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:54 pm

Nice job! I wish I was that far along!

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:16 pm

Thanks Billy,

The launch is on the 1st of June!

I have a busy month ahead of me but believe I can achieve it.

Trailer is on the way in 2 weeks, only thing I am waiting on is the windshield brackets

Jamie

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:32 am

Hi,

Had a little bit of a set back, after I sanded I realised that the epoxy filled strips were a touch low on most and showed up when I wet down the hull, looked like shit!

So I masked all the lines and coated them twice to build them up.
But I left the tape on for the day and the wife and I had a hell of a time removing the tape (and now very sore fingers.

So back onto sanding again, I discovered the lines didn’t like being sanded and I was removing too much epoxy from either side of the line and it wouldn’t cut flat.

So I got out the Stanley knife blade and got to scrapping, it worked a treat.

I am going to recoat another two times, sand and then spray the final polyurethane clear coat.

Jamie
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by jenko » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:14 pm

Jamie I had the same issue with the lines but I did more coats of epoxy and sanded flat I think it took me seven more coats till I was happy would have been quicker to take your approach :)

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by denbrlr » Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:16 pm

Your boat is looking great :) I am going back a few posts but when you installed the fin, did you set it in 3M 5200?

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Mon May 06, 2019 3:12 am

Hi all,

Have done another two coats and still preparing the surface.
It is now getting to a stage wheee I am happy with the surface prep.

I have shaved the final coats of epoxy with a blade the. 500 grit sand. Photo is surface it’s water run over the top.

Still a bit of prep to go before I spray.

Denbrir

Sealant is not 3M 5200
I can’t remember but is one of the sika brands

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by mrintense » Mon May 06, 2019 3:36 am

Jamie, I like this approach to getting the smooth finish. I remember when I did my transom how disappointed I was after epoxy coating. I eventually sanded it smooth and it was far better. I too coated mine with polyurethane and will be doing another coat when I finally get to final finishing.

Your boat is looking awesome. Something to be real proud of.
Carl
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