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by GC River Guide
Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: sweet carolina dory build?
Replies: 15
Views: 5794

Re: sweet carolina dory build?

I have just finished a rebuild on a Sweet Caroline 20. It is a simple design with enough size to feel safe under pretty much any condition. While the style does offer great stability and simplicity of construction the interior space is not as great as some other designs. I too am planning on using i...
by GC River Guide
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rebuild Sweet Caroline 20 after using incorrect finish.
Replies: 4
Views: 1721

Re: Rebuild Sweet Caroline 20 after using incorrect finish.

As a handyman and ex-property manager with 250,000 ft plus of painting under my belt I am impressed with the Kirby finish. I thinned about 10% with penetrol as directed from the manufacturer. Really rolling on a thin coat as directed seems to work but takes a bit of doing. Sets up fast, it is temper...
by GC River Guide
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rebuild Sweet Caroline 20 after using incorrect finish.
Replies: 4
Views: 1721

Re: Rebuild Sweet Caroline 20 after using incorrect finish.

The boat was built in 1978, paint over wood. Boat was refinished twice, each time with less care to wood condition. I dug pigment out of the second layer of the plywood from the last refit. Original floor was 3 layers fiberglass cloth. It had cracked and allowed leakage luckily no bad damage to the ...
by GC River Guide
Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rebuild Sweet Caroline 20 after using incorrect finish.
Replies: 4
Views: 1721

Rebuild Sweet Caroline 20 after using incorrect finish.

So after 100's of hours of work I finished rebuilding a Sweet Caroline 20 that had made it's way from Tampa Florida to Phoenix, AZ. With only a couple days before the end of season company party at Lake Powell I chose to use one part epoxy as a temporary finish for a few days. Bad move. The wood beg...
by GC River Guide
Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: console skiff build/question
Replies: 4
Views: 1826

Re: console skiff build/question

Your first question. Yes cover anything that must be put together. All sides. I also give the contact points a coat when assembling / screwing it together. The only reason my boat was restorable was because the builder coated everything in in epoxy prior to assembly. There was some rot but not bad f...
by GC River Guide
Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: console skiff build/question
Replies: 4
Views: 1826

Re: console skiff build/question

I have recently refinished a Sweet Caroline 20, well built in 1978 and refinished once before. It was originally a remote control whaler style fishing rig. It needed extensive refit so I converted the boat to a tiller motor / whitewater oars. Widened the internal transom and replaced the old fibergl...
by GC River Guide
Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Splash Test Sweet Caroline 20'
Replies: 14
Views: 2785

Re: Splash Test Sweet Caroline 20'

2014 gives us lots of time to get folks on line. I am fine with that. Since I live in Phoenix I'll work around other folks.
by GC River Guide
Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Splash Test Sweet Caroline 20'
Replies: 14
Views: 2785

Re: Splash Test Sweet Caroline 20'

Our Grand Canyon Whitewater company and sister company held a company bash there this year. Because we were in October we got a special rate. Apparently some of our booking office folks worked for a company owned by the Wahweep senior management. If we can get enough people interested I will contact...
by GC River Guide
Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Splash Test Sweet Caroline 20'
Replies: 14
Views: 2785

Re: Splash Test Sweet Caroline 20'

It would be nice to do a Glen-L meet at Lake Powell. It is a bit remote but sublimely beautiful.
And really big! There are areas where the entire group could camp with plenty of room to spare.
It is a boater's paradise with literally over a thousand miles of slot canyons and warm clear water.
by GC River Guide
Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Splash Test Sweet Caroline 20'
Replies: 14
Views: 2785

Splash Test Sweet Caroline 20'

After several hundred hours of work and 10 billion hours of thought it was time to splash test the refurbished Sweet Caroline 20' I purchased just before Christmas last year. The boat was built in 1978 and was equipped with a center consul and Johnson 35. It had been built by a shop teacher and was ...
by GC River Guide
Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Is a four stroke motor too heavy for my Sweet Caroline 20' ?
Replies: 2
Views: 2007

Re: Is a four stroke motor too heavy for my Sweet Caroline 2

Graham
Thank you for the response. Nice and concise and very informative.

At work the primary concern is dropping the engine in the water too quickly and damaging the cantilever system we use to get it out in the shallows. Never gave much thought to the forward pressure.

Very cool.

Elkanah
by GC River Guide
Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Is a four stroke motor too heavy for my Sweet Caroline 20' ?
Replies: 2
Views: 2007

Is a four stroke motor too heavy for my Sweet Caroline 20' ?

Hey Everyone I have completed the interior of my Sweet Caroline 20' Dory / Skiff. Thinking about an engine for it. The original plan calls for a 15-40 Horse motor. It had a older Johnson 35 2-stroke with remote controls which weighs about 120lbs. The boat was used regularly in the ocean for 16 years...
by GC River Guide
Thu May 24, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: help with vinylester or epoxy which is more cost effective
Replies: 1
Views: 899

Re: help with vinylester or epoxy which is more cost effecti

I purchased a 5 gal of vinyl ester to refurbish my Sweet Caroline 20'. The price was marginally better than fiberglass resin and it is a little easier to use. All said and done very similar product but the vinyl has a little more working time and takes a little longer to set up. IE it is a bit more ...
by GC River Guide
Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:34 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Power VS fuel consumption on a Sweet Caroline 20
Replies: 14
Views: 5074

Re: Power VS fuel consumption on a Sweet Caroline 20

I am debating between a 2 and 4 stroke 30 horse. The 4 strokes weigh a lot more. Does anyone know how much weight you can put on the transom and punish the boat in rough water without tearing it up? I integrated the transom with the rear flotation chambers to help beef it up and have overbuilt every...
by GC River Guide
Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Power VS fuel consumption on a Sweet Caroline 20
Replies: 14
Views: 5074

Re: Power VS fuel consumption on a Sweet Caroline 20

So much for my powers of observation. You are running an Evinrude. Perhaps I should stop writing these entries at night after long days at work. We are currently using the new E-Tecs in Grand Canyon. I was leery of them at first but so far they have performed very well and the acceleration is unmatc...

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