Utility build

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Re: Utility build

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Looks awesome, Michael! You do nice work.
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Re: Utility build

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Thank you, Steve!

I'm slowly making progress on the varnish and other remaining tasks. Here's a photo showing the 4th coat of varnish on the deck. From some angles, the fiberglass tape I used on the center seam is completely visible. From others, it all but disappears. In retrospect, I wish I had sanded the fiberglass down a lot more. At the time, I was concerned about accidentally sanding through the top veneer of the plywood.

I had really hoped that the fiberglass tape would not be noticeable. I probably should've stuck with my original plan, which was to coat the entire deck at once with 4oz cloth as part of butt-joining the plywood panels on the center line. However, I was concerned that the fiberglass & epoxy, all the way across, would prevent me from being able to bend the deck panels to match the crown of the framing.
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Re: Utility build

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Great Job!

There are many a flaw on my ZIP, but it seems that as long as I don't point them out nobody seems to notice, except perhaps the cigarette ash stain :)
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Re: Utility build

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There is only one person that has commented on the flaws in the Tahoe. He doesn't come around anymore :twisted: :roll: :wink: There's your hint :!:

I'm proud of it. That's all that matters. I didn't know I could do it. But, I did it anyway!

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Re: Utility build

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I agree, some flaws are good, it reminds you it wasnt easy and is an accomplishment, makes you proud of how good it DOES look.

The fiberglass tape looks barely noticeable in the pic Michael but if its bothering you maybe a teal stripe is in order? Here is an idea on Doug's Zip deck... http://boatbuilders.glen-l.com/zip-desi ... oug-hodder

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Re: Utility build

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Some Japanese woodworkers believe that only God can make something perfect. Therefore, if they build something that turns out perfect, they intentionally put a dent in the wood, make a scratch somewhere, etc., just so that it's not perfect. As a woodworker, I've never made anything perfect and remind myself of this Japanese thought. So if anyone criticizes your work, just remind them of them and enjoy the fruits of your labor and love.

And beautiful job!
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Re: Utility build

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Looks great. Can't wait to see you and the boat at G10.
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Impressive! :D

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Re: Utility build

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We're always our own worst critics. Looks good from here. This is going to be a gorgeous boat.

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Re: Utility build

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Michael - Sweet! It looks great and nice combination of colors, trim and hardware. Mine is getting there and I have lots of little flaws. But, I have learned a lot and gotten more skilled. Finishing seems to be my Achilles Heel.
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Re: Utility build

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Mike, looking good. don't worry about the flaws. I think Bill Edmundson said it best. It's something he accomplished and he's proud of it. You can be proud as well. When you think of what you actually accomplished and how few people actually tackle something like this, well I think that speaks for itself.

And now you can apply what you've learned as you begin to move forward on the Zip.
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Re: Utility build

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Thank you for the kind comments, everyone. Bill, yes I agree with Carl... I think you hit the nail on the head.

For the time being, my varnish work has been put on hold as I work to install a bilge pump, battery, and switch. I'm building a battery mount that will straddle the stem, just forward of frame #2. I'm planning to mount the switch underneath the rear starboard quarter knee, and mount the pump itself on a removable plywood panel.

All that isn't stopping me from enjoying the boat, however. My son and I had it out on the river at Hales Bar again yesterday. Water conditions were considerably more calm than last time, so we were able to go farther up river, as well as underneath the I-24 overpass. We had a great time. The little 8hp struggles a bit with both of us on board. When we got home, I adjusted the trim on the motor up one notch. We'll see if that helps next time I take the boat out.

Here are a few progress photos....
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Re: Utility build

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Nice Michael! Great too see it in the water, looking complete! I run both my Zip and I ran that Utility in the second tilt position. That outta help.

Looking forward to some video. wink, wink. :wink:

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Re: Utility build

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So cool! Looks fantastic from here.
I cut twice and it's still too short :mrgreen:

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