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Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:12 pm
by soedesh
Today I finally started working on the bumpers for the side of the boat.

I made some shelves to hold the planks in place to mark them, then hand planed them to shape.

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Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:06 pm
by mrintense
Cool idea for the bumper assembly work. I can't wait to see this boat when finished.

Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:59 pm
by Bob Maskel
soedesh wrote:The rough bronze bracket castings are from Classic Boat Connection.
Thanks for the info, they look great. The place is about 45 min from me so I may take a drive... :D

Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:27 am
by soedesh
Bob,
The center windshield bracket could be cast better. The two sides of the casting are offset a bit where the slots hold the glass. When I asked them about it they were very nice but conceded all the center castings were that way because the master was that way. They offered to swap for a different set but I decided I'd live with it because I love the style. If you go over there take a look, and if they fixed the center bracket please let me know!

I also bought their windshield seal material too, although I'd like to find a better option for the seal between the glass and the deck.

Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:37 pm
by Iggy
As others have said, that's a rocking good looking windshield assembly. I've been having issues with mine, brackets might be too small and I've already got a crack in one of my halves (possibly a rock during transport). If you haven't already, consider using lock-tight on any bracket fasteners, the screws can loosen pretty quick with the vibrations during operation.

You are definitely getting close to being able to splash that lovely boat... no doubt seeing the light of the very long tunnel.

Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:34 am
by soedesh
Iggy, thanks for the idea about the brackets. I used nyloc nuts on all the windshield bolts, I wonder if this will hold up or if I should reassemble with lock-tight...

Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:42 pm
by soedesh
Progress update. I started welding up the cutwater today. Here is a pic. Note that I created a concrete duplicate of the bow of the boat onto which I could clamp the stainless pieces. So far, so good.

Note that the mandrel was made by first making a fiberglass splash of the bow, then reinforcing that with some spray foam, then casting the concrete tool.

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Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:37 pm
by soedesh
And after many hours of welding, sanding and polishing, my cutwater is ready for mounting. Not perfect by a long shot, but not awful either.

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Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:36 am
by Cabron
The Cutwater looks Fantastic! You did a fine job

I would love to have one on my Zip, but unfortunately
its not in the Budget.

One of these days I`ll learn to weld.

Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:32 pm
by mrintense
Very nice job on the cutwater. Having worked with stainless steel in the past, I know how much work it takes to get it to look like yours. Well done!

Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:15 pm
by Iggy
You're really doing some fantastic work. It's amazing what craftsmen like you can do when you put your passion into a boat like the Malahini.

I might have to change my windshield brackets a bit myself, my glass vibrates too much in my setup and my fasteners are stripping and loose. I think it has more to do with my dry gaskets than the brackets, so I am going to try some sealant at the brackets to see if it stiffens up the assembly.

I hope you are taking tons of photos'... these teaser pictures are killing me!

Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:39 pm
by BayouBengal
Nice work, soedesh

Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:19 am
by soedesh
This past weekend I made my transom bands. The contour will match the spray rail.

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Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:12 pm
by soedesh
Finally, the boat emerged from the garage today. Wow, the natural light really shows the dirt! Anyway, I was able to transfer it from the dolly to the trailer by myself and it went smoothly. Now a few more details (tie down straps etc.) and it will be off to storage for the winter :(.

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Re: Malahini Progress on Long Island, NY

Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:16 pm
by Roberta
Look's Really Nice!!!

Roberta :D :D :D :D