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by JimmY
Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Project JetSquirt!
Replies: 28
Views: 9060

Re: Project JetSquirt!

How bowed out.
by JimmY
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Project JetSquirt!
Replies: 28
Views: 9060

Re: Project JetSquirt!

Looking nice, Ben.

Are you going to screw each laminations or just one through all the layers? Also, did you measure the sheer and chine between frame 2 and the breasthook? I've read in a few places that you can get some variation in this area which will really screw up your deck.
by JimmY
Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Jet Ski Power
Topic: Starting my first build with a jet TNT
Replies: 77
Views: 47352

Re: Starting my first build with a jet TNT

Hi Dave,

Nice meeting you and your son yesterday. I hope to see some progress on your TNT soon, it will be a real beast with that jetski powertrain in it.

Anytime you need some help or need to talk over something, give me a call.

Cheers,
by JimmY
Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Battens - 3/4" or 7/8" ?
Replies: 6
Views: 2483

Re: Battens - 3/4" or 7/8" ?

Hi Stromz, Just to chime in here too, I saw the same thing on my Squirt build with the keel and batten notches. I milled all of my battens, keel, chine, and sheer stock and then cut the notches to fit. Also note that the plans are duplicated with a copy machine and they may "stretch" slightly in the...
by JimmY
Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:24 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 152838

Peel-ply part 2

I was traveling for my day job last week and got back on Friday afternoon. I ripped off the peel-ply and it worked great. It left a nice smooth, matt surface. On the transom I only used peel-ply on the framing members and not on the plywood between the frames. Using 80 grit on my sander, I leveled o...
by JimmY
Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 152838

Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Hi Guys, I've seen the site you mentioned, Bill, and already talked to the owner(but thanks for posting about it. It is a great site). I'm trying to figure out if I can handle the Squirt build AND restoring my outboard. The big problem with the outboard is that the timing is a bit critical once you ...
by JimmY
Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 152838

Peel-ply

Hi Ben, Yes, one shifts F-N-R and the other is the throttle. It is a 1950's era control, so it should go nicely with my 1957 Johnson. One more photo of my frame with the peel-ply on it. Once the epoxy is cured, I'll peel it off. The other nice thing about the peel-ply is that it shows you dry spots ...
by JimmY
Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 152838

Encapsulation

I received my order of System 3 Silver Tip epoxy (with pumps) and fiberglass from Glen L. I decided on the System 3 for several reasons. First, due to its "no blush" claims and the positive opinions of many here on the forum. Second, the fact that you can recoat within a day or two without sanding. ...
by JimmY
Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 152838

More frame assembly

With the building form completed, I set about assembling the transom knee and breasthook before encapsulating the frames. 20161013_215727.jpg 20161013_215736.jpg I used 1/4"x4" double, hot-dipped galvanized carriage bolt on the transom and counter sunk them into the transom and knee. I cut a small s...
by JimmY
Tue Oct 11, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 152838

Re: Michigan Squirt Build

I took a closer look at the plans, and you're right. The knee at the back of the form is at the inside surface of the transom, I thought it was at the outside of the transom and cut it too short. It will be a simple fix. Moving the seat up 3.5", with the hull stretch the dash is already moved forwar...
by JimmY
Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 152838

Squirt Length?

Question to Squirt builders out there... when setting up the building form the stock distances between the frames are 32", 36", and 48" (to bow). If you add these up you get 116", and the 12 degree angle of the transom adds another ~3.1" (if my trigonometry is correct) for a total of 119" (9' 9") fr...
by JimmY
Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 152838

Looks like a boat building form

Well it's been a while since my last post. I've been cleaning up the shop and final sanding the frames (got a new ROS!). My small workshop was setup with "U" shaped workbenches made from 2x4's and MDF. I needed to remove one portion of it to make room for the building form. Rather than finding a pla...
by JimmY
Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 152838

Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Hi GD, Your ears must have been burning, thanks for chiming in so fast. This is what I had hoped to learn, and I hope it is the smarter not harder way to do this. I'm planning on using System 3 for encapsulation so if I also use it to glue the plywood on, as long as I do this within a day of the las...
by JimmY
Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:04 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 152838

Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Hi Guys, Thanks for the responses on my questions. Lots to think about and I'll try to ping GDC.. for his opinion. Sounds like one coat is possible, and I like the idea of marking off the frame, chine, etc... locations. I could tape them off, roll the epoxy out, and pull the tape while it is still w...
by JimmY
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 152838

Re: Michigan Squirt Build

I'm trying not to be too anal with everything. I think a lot of boat building is carve, sand, plane, adjust anything that doesn't look like a boat! Thanks Dave, you'll get there. My build will slow down here a bit as I reconfigure my shop for the building form. I've got to order my fiberglass and ep...

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