Malahini in Ireland

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Richie M
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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby Richie M » Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:47 pm

Thanks for all the help, progress continues at a slow pace!
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I am a little unsure about the plywood on the sides of the hull. Having done a few plywood joints on the hull I'm not happy il be able to achieve a joint good enough to be on show.
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I intend to for the most part clear coat the sides. Now I am thinking that I might go for 4mm plywood sides and then laminate 4mm oak planning on the outside. Is there any reason why that wouldn't work?
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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby DrBryanJ » Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:54 pm

Richie: I have 1/8 ply on the sides of my malahini which I am in the process of covering with 3/16 sapele boards. Don't see why 4mm ply covered by 4mm oak wouldn't work. I will say in my hands spiling the sapele is a long slow process.
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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby Richie M » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:36 pm

it's been a while since I've had an update but the boat is progressing. I fibreglassed the bottom of the boat with a white pigment in the resin. I intend to paint the bottom red so when I get the boat scratched il be able to see it the scratch goes into the full coat.
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fill coat done

On the plans there is a 3/4" plywood motor board inside the transom. I am going to put oak planking on the transom so would it be best to just use 3/4" oak planking?
I have dry fitted 1/4" oak planking but I might save some work if I just use heavier planking.
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Test fit planking
Thanks in advance for the advice!

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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby rbrandenstein » Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:41 am

I would put the 3/4" plywood on the inside for strength and the thinner oak on the outside for looks.
Plywood is more stable and stronger in all directions.
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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby Richie M » Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:02 pm

I havent posted an update in a while because progress has been slower than expected, but thats to be expected...
I have finished planking the sides and transom and I added a stain before I glassed all around. I am hoping to get my first coat of primer on in the next day or 2. I am really looking forward to the flip and starting a new phase in the build.
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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby Richie M » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:21 pm

I got the waterline marked out and the first coat of primer on the hull. I have to say it is a real pleasure working with paint after using epoxy for so long. I plan to do the hull red with a white boot strype.
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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby Richie M » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:22 am

Finished the last coat of paint last week and I'm looking forward to the "flip" I'm gong to build a frame around the hull top allow me to turn it on its side, move it to the middle of the floor and then rotate it all the way. I plan on then removing the build frame before lifting it onto the skid that I have ready.
I'm going to pick up most of the electrics, fuel and battery systems this weekend so I should have loads to do overt the holidays.
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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby Milhouse » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:31 am

You have made really good progress, Looks Great!
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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby Richie M » Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:09 pm

Thanks Jim, having flipped it now the white stripe on the starboard side has a kink in it that I will have to rework.
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I detached the boat from the frame and had just about enough room to fully roll it over in a single movement, I used an inflatable matrice to protect it. I had it flipped in no time with help from my dad.
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I went shopping at the weekend and got a gas tank, battery box, billage pump and hydraulic steering so I have plenty to keep my going over Christmas

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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby PeterG » Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:54 pm

Sweet! Looks great!
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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby JimmY » Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:56 am

Congratulations on the flip! Looking good.
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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby Richie M » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:07 am

Thanks for the words of encouragement!!
I am working on the interior deck while fairing the sheers and as I look at the plans in more detail I realise that I am gling to have to do the final layout of the dash sooner than I had expected. I have bought a hydraulic steering kit so Ihave the helm unit as a starting point for the layout and Iintend to get faria gauges. What should I look for when selecting the gauges? There seems to be a big range of options, is the style of the gauge the only differencating factor or is there more to consider?
I also want to put a stereo into the boat and I am wondering if anyone has experience of using marine spec equipment or can stereo equipment intended for a car be used? Either way I plan to have the speakers under the deck to minimise any water getting on them.
Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby JoeM » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:58 am

Richie M wrote:Thanks for the words of encouragement!!
I am working on the interior deck while fairing the sheers and as I look at the plans in more detail I realise that I am gling to have to do the final layout of the dash sooner than I had expected. I have bought a hydraulic steering kit so Ihave the helm unit as a starting point for the layout and Iintend to get faria gauges. What should I look for when selecting the gauges? There seems to be a big range of options, is the style of the gauge the only differencating factor or is there more to consider?
I also want to put a stereo into the boat and I am wondering if anyone has experience of using marine spec equipment or can stereo equipment intended for a car be used? Either way I plan to have the speakers under the deck to minimise any water getting on them.
Thanks in advance for your help.


I am too new to answer your other questions. But I actually have a little experience with Stereos. What I was told when I was doing research on swapping out a dead stereo in a 24'Skipjack was that depending on use, a car stereo is fine.

Are you in saltwater or fresh the majority of the time?
Is your boat trailered or slipped?
Is it stored indoors or outdoors?
How long is your boat in the water or extremely humid and/or hot environments?

The Skipjack was mainly saltwater. It was trailered but stored at a dry dock at the marina. It was outdoor storage. Due to being at the marina, heat is not an issue but humidity is. It was in the water for a few days at a a time max.

For my purposes, replacing with a marine stereo was the most efficient route. That was proven when my brother, to save money, bought a cheap $20 car stereo and installed it. His reasoning, he could buy 4-5 car stereos for the price of a marine one. A week later we barely made it a few hours with the stereo before it died during the first use. I don't know what happened. Seems to be too soon for it to have corroded, though there was a week where it was exposed to the humid air. We weren't pounding in the chop too much. Only thing I can think of was one of the components didn't react well to the humidity and shorted out. Had we used a marine stereo, I doubt that would have happened since they are sealed from moisture and/or otherwise able to deal with it.

On the flip side, A guy I know has a ski-boat. He runs in freshwater the majority of the time. His boat is trailered, stored in his garage, put in the water for a few days at a time max, and is out of humid and/or hot environments the majority of the time. He has had a car stereo in it for almost 3 years now. Seems to be going strong.

One place I wouldn't skimp, the speakers. Make sure you get waterproof marine speakers. I would also plan on using all heat shrink connections to minimize moisture intrusion.

For me, I would probably go ahead and get a marine stereo and do all the right heat shrink connections.
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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby Bill Edmundson » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:41 am

Richie

For Christmas I got a marine Dual with 2 speakers and mounting gimbal. I think it was just over $100.

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Re: Malahini in Ireland

Postby Jimbob » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:47 am

Richie,

Your boat is looking great! After the flip, the fun really begins. I am really enjoying this part of the build on my boat.
Here's a couple of answers to your questions:

I had a runabout that had a car stereo and It worked just fine. The stereo was in a compartment with a door that would close (sort of like a glove box). They should be available in marine stores.

I got my gauges from classic instruments. On my speedo gauge instead of an odometer, it has an hour meter that looks like an odometer. The speedo gauge also has a gps unit so that you don't have to use the pickup and tube that never seem to work. (debris on the water are always kicking up the sender piece.) If you look on my build pages below, on page #6 you will see my dashboard with the gauages that I got.

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