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by gdcarpenter
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Biscuit joining frames
Replies: 12
Views: 3031

Re: Biscuit joining frames

Having been in carpentry/construction for that last quarter of a century, and having built a ZIP, I will add my 2 cents. If you butt joint frames and they are 3/4" thick material, and the joint is 4" long, that gives you 3 square inches of surface area to bond together. Add biscuits and you help ali...
by gdcarpenter
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Newbie from Central New York (Syracuse, NY Area)
Replies: 4
Views: 1065

Re: Newbie from Central New York (Syracuse, NY Area)

I too was a finish carpenter when I built my ZIP, and felt like I had to forget most everything I learned as a carpenter, as nothing is plumb, level, or square in a boat. The 283 should be a sweet engine. All the best.
by gdcarpenter
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2864
Views: 554538

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Sorry for the set back. When I ran my shop I was ripping dense hardwood on my table saw and my employee start trying to get my attention. I was busy and essentially ignored him until I saw the smoke. There was no thermal breaker and the motor's windings were burning and smoking while still running. ...
by gdcarpenter
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Malahini from MD
Replies: 189
Views: 60115

Re: Malahini from MD

Looks a lot like an old 'Gator' trailer I had for my ZIP. Is that 55lb anvil for tongue weight?
by gdcarpenter
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2864
Views: 554538

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Don't know the actual dimensions of the windows in question, but would 2 hinges be strong enough? Also wondering if you might run into nterference with the exterior trim at the top of the window possibly hitting the wall unless the hinges 'pop' the window out before tilting, and there is nothing to ...
by gdcarpenter
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: modified malahini
Replies: 380
Views: 112438

Re: modified malahini

I bleached the deck planking on my Century Palomino Wine Bar. It gives you much more uniformity in the final stain, I went with an OEM Blonde stain. It took several applications of the acid to get a uniformly bleached deck.
by gdcarpenter
Thu May 23, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What? Hagerty doesn't insure plywood boats?
Replies: 14
Views: 3136

Re: What? Hagerty doesn't insure plywood boats?

Sold my ZIP last year but had it insured with Hagerty's fro 5 years with no issue.
by gdcarpenter
Sun May 19, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: ZIP & Mercury Mark 35A - Steering
Replies: 12
Views: 5238

Re: ZIP & Mercury Mark 35A - Steering

Hi, I bought a SS tilt tube of the right diameter and thread and drilled and reamed larger diameter holes in my Mark 35A and a Mark55. I fabricated my own bracket to connect the link to the engine, other options are available.
by gdcarpenter
Mon May 06, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Tachometer for Mercury Mark 55
Replies: 1
Views: 1617

Re: Tachometer for Mercury Mark 55

The $64,000.00 dollar question is do you have a charging system on your Mark55. If you do no problem. Since these are magneto ignition engines if you have a charging system you can get a marine tach that 'reads' the impulses from the charging system stator. The tach signal feed needs to be connected...
by gdcarpenter
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: looking to re-power the runabout
Replies: 19
Views: 7794

Re: looking to re-power the runabout

Ferguson-Poole Marine in Atlanta.
by gdcarpenter
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Boat Bow Wine Bar Anyone
Replies: 3
Views: 2693

Boat Bow Wine Bar Anyone

Not sure which topic to put this in but since this project started life as a smallish wooden outboard boat here goes. Moderator welcome to move it if it's more appropriate in another topic. Almost a decade ago I purchased a 15' Century Palomino and sold the ZIP I had built. Plan was to resurrect the...
by gdcarpenter
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Stuck throttle on my Zip!
Replies: 27
Views: 6424

Re: Stuck throttle on my Zip!

Hi Andy, I understand that the older 4 banger Mercs like yours only weigh about 135 lb. or so, what my Mark35A was spec'd at. On my ZIP I, at one time, I had my fuel tank below the bow and had no issues with fuel supply, and that was running the fuel through a very fine fuel filter/water separator. ...
by gdcarpenter
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 293
Views: 95938

Re: Michael's ZIP

Hi Michael, Never got around to it on my ZIP, but always wanted to add a hatch over the rear seat. It was to be hinged and removable. Back when we still owned the lake access only camp figured a covered rear seat would keep stuff dry if the water was rough. Planned for it to match the existing decki...
by gdcarpenter
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Muskoka Mystery Boat/New member
Replies: 13
Views: 4423

Re: Muskoka Mystery Boat/New member

Hi, displaced Cannuk originally from outside Sudbury, now in Raleigh, NC. I agree that the pitting shown is not of any significance. The driveshaft goes down immediately into the water pump, and the water pump cover plate holds a seal. You should, at the very least, remove the water pump cover and i...
by gdcarpenter
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: attaching ply subdeck
Replies: 20
Views: 6279

Re: attaching ply subdeck

For what it's worth:

For a good 90% of the hull ply on my ZIP I used NO screws, nails, or fasteners of any kind. Only epoxy. Worked for me.