Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

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Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby Z_Wood » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:06 pm

Well i finally put her in the water!

Still not 100% complete but soon will be.

Definitely need spray rails and definitely needs guide rails in the bottom. Very wet at the least chop/wind and turns horribly without any sort of guide rails on the bottom. So these r what I'm gonna be working on now.

The other problem is i used 12mm side and bottom planking rather than the 9mm sides that the plans called for and seems like the boats is very heavy! Seems also that its nose heavy and id have to trim the motor pretty high for the boat to lift its nose up. Im thinking maybe a 10" engine spacer would solve this problem. What do u think?

Does anyone know if the flats flyer is a self bailing cockpit?

Cheers
Zane...
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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby darthplywood » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:09 pm

WOW! She looks great!
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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby Z_Wood » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:10 pm

Some more photos..
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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby jprice » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:15 pm

Wow, a 250? That thing must scream! I'm surprised the nose doesn't come up.
Anyway, very nice work as usual Z.

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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby slug » Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:56 am

Very impressive build! You'll have trouble convincing everybody it isn't " plastic".
The deck looks fantastic.

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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby fergal butler » Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:34 am

Image she looks fast even when she's not moving nice photos cracking looking boat.

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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby TUGMYWAY » Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:49 am

Looks very good.

I think I would start with some props first. Try a High 5, maybe a four blade? Look for a bow lifting prop.
Set backs will help but the load on the transom will be higher.Carring the bow is the job of the bottom of the boat. She may need more rocker and that would be hard to add now.

The prop you have not tryed is the best one? :roll:

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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby Mr Hot Rod » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:52 am

Nice work, Zane !! Another worthy addition to your Glen-L Fleet 8)

What do the plans recommend for fuel tank capacity and location, and where did you install them in your boat ?

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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby Z_Wood » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:27 am

Thanx for the kind words fellaz!!

The plans recommend a 40 gallon tank but i put a bigger capacity aluminum tank (about 60 gallons) but i only filled it half way.
Its located in the front exactly where the plans said to put it. but the other thing is put the console about a foot more forward than the plans location.. that could be why :s

Now if i put lets say a 10" engine bracket... won't placing the motor 10" further back help lifting the bow a bit more?

So a four blade prop helps with lift?

Cheers
Zane...

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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby jeffh » Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:12 pm

Wow, she looks great! One would think that engine would make her...or him stand up like a stallion. You could try an offset mount, if your transom can handle it. We call them jackplates here in the US. They are used to set the engine back and they also allow you to raise/lower it either by hydraulics or a manual screw.

These guys make parts for the military and the jackplate business was a side business. But, they are really nice.
http://www.vancemfg.com/

This company is also reputable
http://www.bobsmachine.com/

This company also has a very good reputation
http://www.cook-mfg.com/

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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby Bill Edmundson » Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:32 pm

Maybe you just need more fish in the cooler :!: :wink:

Looks Great :!:

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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby Roberta » Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:31 pm

Or Beer!!! Looks nice!!!

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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby Z_Wood » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:21 pm

Hey Jeffh thats what i was referring to when i said a 10" engine plate.. Jack plate. Im going with one from bobs machine shop... either an 8 or 10 inch not sure yet! Ill find out today! I have a good feeling about this.

Well the beer was definitely there that time but no fish..... Next trip out ill definitely have some fish in the cooler!!!

Again thanx all and glad you like the boat :)


PS. Jeffh..... (The riviera and tahoe are awaiting engine installation... engines r here but things r on a pause right now after finding out the hole i drilled on the tahoe does not align with the motor!!!)

Cheers
Zane...

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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby Andy Garrett » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:32 pm

Stunning! She looks so fast.

That watere looks awesome too! I love the waters of the desert coast. Been there long?
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Re: Z Flats Flyer hits the water!

Postby florida_flats » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:01 pm

Very nice looking boat, I justed ordered my plans Yesterday. I gotta wonder if I made the correct decision, however after reading the way you built the boat and went over the power recommendations I can't help to wonder if that contributes to the issues you are having. I am not as experienced as you I am sure. I am just hoping I made the right decision, it was either this one or the one from Bateau the Phantom 18. :?:


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