New Member from Georgia

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Jim B.
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New Member from Georgia

Postby Jim B. » Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:21 am

Hello everyone, new member from Georgia checking in. I just want to say how impressed I am with the craftsmanship on this forum. I don't have immediate plans to build, I've been told that boat building goes on the list right after the roof, workshop, kitchen, and backyard landscaping. But a man can dream!

My day job is electrical engineering, and I've been toying with woodworking some in my spare time. Though I'm not good at yet it and only have a carport to practice in. But I like the challenge.

I am most interested in the Tahoe plans, I love the lines of that boat. And I was floored by the Yon'e 22 custom that I saw on youtube. I wish I could get ahold of some sketches from that build.

I am curious though about the Zip. It seems to be the most popular build by far. Is there any reason for that? Low material bill, simple construction, etc?

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Roberta
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Re: New Member from Georgia

Postby Roberta » Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:25 am

Welcome aboard!!! The Zip is very popular. It is a great first build for anyone looking for a great 2 plus 2 boat that is both economical and easy to build. It is a great canvas for those looking to give it a classic woody boat look.

Roberta :D
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Re: New Member from Georgia

Postby Dave Grason » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:56 am

And it has spritely performance. I call it the little British sports car of the lake. (I once joked around about painting my Zip British Racing Green with a yellow stripe up the middle so that it would look like a Lotus. LOL)

The plans call for a 40hp motor and these are not all that expensive. In fact, I found my used Evinrude 40 Big Twin for my Zip for $200 on ebay a few years back.

Another advantage to the Zip design is that it gives the builder all the experience he/she will need to step up to a larger design. This is because of the plank/plywood on frame construction. By the time the builder has finished his/her Zip, all the needed skills will have been aquired for future builds that are more complicated.

All in all, the Zip is the perfect compromise between being a simple first time project, speed and performance and having a boat that folks will really use when completed.
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Re: New Member from Georgia

Postby Brad Tucker » Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:12 pm

Jim!!! Howdy from a fellow Georgian (east of Athens)! Whereabouts are you from? I have a Tahoe 23 I'm working on. Beware: it's an addiction!

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Re: New Member from Georgia

Postby Jim B. » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:08 am

Brad,
I'm in Atlanta on the North side. I've seen your build log and that is a beautiful boat. I get nervous when I see pictures of framing and planking, my confidence in my woodworking skills is not very high!

If you don't mind me asking, how big of a shop does it take to house a Tahoe 23 build? I'm current;y drawing up plans for a new shop and I don't want to build it to small!

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Re: New Member from Georgia

Postby Roberta » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:35 am

I would build a shop that provides about 4 feet in all directions for work plus room for bench space, tools, and storage. Put in reinforcement for chain falls for lifting and flipping. Ventilation for dust and painting.

Roberta :)
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Re: New Member from Georgia

Postby Bill Edmundson » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:47 am

If you're going to store the boat in there or put it on the trailer at the flip then finish it, You'll need to consider the trailer tongue length.

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Re: New Member from Georgia

Postby Jim B. » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:36 am

I hadn't even thought about the added tongue length, Bill. Having to bungee the door shut around a trailer would absolutely sounds like something I'd do...

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Re: New Member from Georgia

Postby Bill Edmundson » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:53 am

Jim

I just measured the tongue on the Tahoe trailer. It is 6 feet from the bow to the ball. Your engine will end up pretty much over the wheels in order to get a 10% tongue weight.

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Re: New Member from Georgia

Postby Brad Tucker » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:33 pm

My shop is 30'x 30'. The Tahoe23 pretty much takes up half of it, and I only have about 2' of space between the swim deck and the back wall. I had to drill a hole in the back wall to get the prop shaft in. I have a work bench at the bow end, with just enough room to walk between the bow and bench. It's not on a trailer yet, and I'm sure the tongue would stick through the front wall. I'd recommend a 40' long shop. As a side note, all of my mahogany came from Suwanee Lumber Company in Suwanee.


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