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by rbrandenstein
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Sunnyland Boat Show
Replies: 60
Views: 13132

Re: Sunnyland Boat Show

Very nice. A bit different than cruising the lakes in Wisconsin.
How many people/boats are taking the cruise?
Also, is that normal for the whole flotilla to cruise at 45mph? I wouldn't be able to keep up.
by rbrandenstein
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Windshield material
Replies: 47
Views: 11644

Re: Windshield material

I would agree that tempered glass is probably the best material. However, you can't do it yourself (maybe Butch can). Plexiglass is probably the cheapest, but it is flexible (don't grab it to stand up) and developed some crazing over time (It's been 5 years now). This is not really a problem as I am...
by rbrandenstein
Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Malahini paint job
Replies: 30
Views: 7534

Re: Malahini paint job

Love the paint job! Very nice and shiny. It will be a nice contrast to your mahogany wood decking.
Did you spray it yourself or have it done? (I assume that is a spray paint job)
by rbrandenstein
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Side planking questions
Replies: 13
Views: 4163

Re: Side planking questions

Matt: that looks like 3/8", definitely harder to bend. The Malahini calls for 1/4" on the sides. Although, even with 1/4", I did get a small crack on one side when I attached it dry. I had to inject epoxy and jury rig a shaped mandrel on the outside and push clamps on the inside.
by rbrandenstein
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Side planking questions
Replies: 13
Views: 4163

Re: Side planking questions

I bought 10' Meranti from Homestead and used a scarf joint. Mainly because I wanted to try scarfing plywood. The joint should be between frames 2 and 3 as there is the least side curvature. I would agree with Matt that a butt joint is probably no more noticeable than a scarf... at least mine. Staini...
by rbrandenstein
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Belle Isle in Chicago build thread (with a few pics)
Replies: 196
Views: 50358

Re: Belle Isle in Chicago build thread (with a few pics)

Great progress! Looking so good. I hope you have a reservation at the upholsterer or know the guy can do it in your timeframe. I talked to a guy in the fall and even took my boat over to review the project. When I was ready for the upholstery the next spring I called and he was booked through the su...
by rbrandenstein
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Outboard motor insurance in Florida
Replies: 4
Views: 1765

Re: Outboard motor insurance in Florida

Interesting. State Farm would not insure my Malahini. I never asked, but they might do the trailer and motor.
Anyway, I used Hagerty for the boat, motor and trailer.
by rbrandenstein
Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Monroe Malahini
Replies: 82
Views: 29490

Re: Monroe Malahini

The other issue you may have, which of a lot of Malahini builders run into, is at the front where the plane of the chine falls inside the sheer. This prevents you from being able to fair the chine and sheer to accept the plywood. You will need to add some material to bottom half of the chine. I and ...
by rbrandenstein
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Windshield brackets for Geronimo
Replies: 16
Views: 3558

Re: Windshield brackets for Geronimo

I think polishing was about $70. The side bracket grooves are closed at the top, but it could easily be opened up if you want taller glass. However, there would be nothing to hold that end down. If you wanted taller windshields, I would leave it closed and leave a tab on the end to hold it in place....
by rbrandenstein
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3072
Views: 626395

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

You need to leave room for the chandelier. :lol:
I would worry about kicking or hitting the light fixtures. Something smaller, less prominent might also be considered.
However, it is your boat.
by rbrandenstein
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Windshield brackets for Geronimo
Replies: 16
Views: 3558

Re: Windshield brackets for Geronimo

You can get rough cast aluminum brackets from Lake Erie casting. http://www.aluminum-castings.biz/ I think they now are about $125. You need to call or email to get pricing and order. They need to be polished and plated if desired. A plating shop will do the polishing. My shop recommended to polish ...
by rbrandenstein
Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 148499

Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Jimmy,
Yes, plus a little for slop.
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by rbrandenstein
Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 148499

Re: Michigan Squirt Build

RE. drain holes. I used a 1" hole saw and just went perpendicular to the transom. I did spend a lot of time measuring for location to ensure the drain was close to the surface to drain. However, I just eyeballed the drilling procedure as I drilled two holes around the keel and two to drain my motor ...
by rbrandenstein
Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Member from St Peters, MO
Replies: 39
Views: 20186

Re: New Member from St Peters, MO

I didn't name it Tossin' and Turnin' for nothing. :lol: We definitely avoid the main channel on busy weekends. Yes, Sapele would be nicer to work with, for sure. After the fact, I also compared pricing if I had used mahogany instead of oak, and the difference is very small in the whole scheme of thi...
by rbrandenstein
Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Member from St Peters, MO
Replies: 39
Views: 20186

Re: New Member from St Peters, MO

Mark, I am sorry I missed your earlier posts. I live in O' Fallon, MO and built a Malahini in my two car garage. You can build it in one half and your wife can use the other. Just be prepared to dust and clean your wife's car, especially when you get to sanding. I keep my boat at the Lake of the Oza...

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