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ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 3:29 pm
by gdcarpenter
Hi Ya'll - so happy to be able to share this with you all - for those that gave me good advise (whether or not I used it is another matter) - and to those still travelling the long and weary road of boat building. It's a load off one's shoulders, a day to remember and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Stop me before I blather any longer.

The traditional lousy quality you tube video can be found at the following URL http://youtu.be/VcGLHbkTWhY

Tongue weight came in at 175 lb. - tad heavy perhaps but better a bit heavy than light in my books

Top speed on the famously innacurate pitot speedometer came to a rousing 27 mph, and I'm thrilled with that, what with running a 53 year old Merc Mark 35A - 35 HP/4CYL. The engine could use a tad tweak up on the idle now that I've had it under load but she ran like a champion.

Other than getting lost on the lake, thinking my engine was starting to die when it was only that I had been remiss in opening the vent on the cruiser tank the trip was flawless, and a beautiful day.

The second hole up from the bottom did indeed prove to be the majic spot. She has just a slilght slide in a wide open turn but anything short of theat she turns sharply.

Thanks all, celebratory friends here now.

Ps: Waater Line came out right on the money with fuel tank in rear.

Re: ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 3:39 pm
by upspirate
Looks great!!!
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Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 3:57 pm
by Oyster
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcGLHbkT ... e=youtu.be

Nice job, I posted a working link for the sea trial.

Re: ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 5:06 pm
by BruceDow
Congratulations

It looks great!

Thanks for sharing

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Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 6:42 pm
by Wood Nut
Congrats. The boat looks great. Even better on the water.

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Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 7:22 pm
by vupilot
Looks like it rides great, it has the familiar sound of the water lapping against the plywood. The motor sounds as good as it looks too. Gotta love it when the waterline comes out just the way you pictured it! I bet your speedo is pretty darn close.

Nice to see it complete and in the water. Enjoy! :D Now go back out and stare at the boat in amazement of what you accomplished!

Re: ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 8:10 pm
by gdcarpenter
Thank you all, and thanks for the good link.

I've restored an outboard engine and two cars - but this is larger and better. The mechanical things I did a great on, but all the pieces were there -I just took them apart and put them together again - perhaps in some ways better than they were originally.

This was starting out with a pile of rough cut lumber, some sheets of plywood off a tall stack - and making a boat out of it. I can understand how this could be addictive. None the less, this is my first, last and only boat.

I still need a replacement stator to fix the charging system and the tach input, and the throttle cable came disconnected towards the end of the run, leaving me with just enough throttle for a leisurely return to the dock from whence we started.

I still need to sand and refinish the satin varnish on the frames that got damaged from the taping to varnish the exterior and this boat is far from faultless, but is a boat I buit and I take pride in it, warts and all, because the imperfections represent what I have learned.

It's been a pleasure getting to know you all through this forum and it has been a very rewarding experience. I will continue to participate in this forum and share what little I have learned from this process.

I have built a boat but I am not a boat builder.

Thanks to all.

Re: ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 8:30 pm
by jeffh
That waterline is just too perfect...I hate it :wink: No, it really does look great! Now, go ahead and get that first scratch...it's like ripping off a bandage.

Re: ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 9:42 pm
by Grand Chillin
GD,

Great job!!! :D Thanks for the video.

P.S. You know this won't be your only boat build. :shock: :roll: :wink: :lol:

Re: ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 9:52 pm
by Andy Garrett
I'm as happy as I can be for you as I try to imagine that feeling myself (hopefully before the Gathering).

You are a fine craftsman and you did things your own way. I admire that. She's a beautiful boat my friend! Enjoy her!

Re: ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:47 pm
by fergal butler
I love it when a plan comes together. Well done.Image

Re: ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 2:58 am
by DanaOverall
Congrats!! Now us airplane builders have say though, let's see those pearlies, show us a big Glen-L Grin!! Just kidding, great job!!

Re: ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 4:10 am
by DaveLott
Congratulations.

Ok, I have a question to ask. Where did you get your corner pieces for your windshield? I could not find anything to finish the corners so I flattened and polished a pc of aluminum tubing as a wrapping. It works but I would like to have it more finished.

Re: ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 4:36 am
by Roberta
Beautiful, GD!! Nice Job!!

Roberta :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Re: ZIP - IT LIVES

Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 4:57 am
by Bill Edmundson
Thumbs UP :!: :D

Bill