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by mrintense
Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Can I do This?
Replies: 6
Views: 1380

Re: Can I do This?

Ron, Although I too am a rank amateur, one thing I can say for sure. You have already proven that you can do this at least from a ability standpoint, and I would daresay motivational as well. The fact that you built flintlocks from scratch shows that you know about projects and how to get through th...
by mrintense
Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building a 21 foot boat in a 21 foot garage
Replies: 25
Views: 7242

Re: Building a 21 foot boat in a 21 foot garage

Well, I took the plunge today and ordered my plans for the Vera Cruise. Expect to see them in about a week. It will be a little while before I can start but I plan to use that time studying the plans and preparing. Pretty excited. I've been dreaming about this for over two years. Building this boat ...
by mrintense
Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Newbie Engine Questions
Replies: 16
Views: 8049

Re: Newbie Engine Questions

Thanks to all who replied. Good answers here. I don't know why I didn't think to check with Mercury for installation docs. I went there straight away and found what I need. However, a question I neglected to ask in the previous post was whether the 95 SHP is adequate for this design. Having no previ...
by mrintense
Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Newbie Engine Questions
Replies: 16
Views: 8049

Newbie Engine Questions

I've been researching engine options for my forthcoming Vera Cruise build and trying to find answers has been a challenge. So I am hoping that perhaps some of those answers can be found here. In the meantime, I will keep looking. Please bear with me. The Vera Cruise is designed for an outboard but h...
by mrintense
Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: The Princess Project
Replies: 122
Views: 28455

Re: The Princess Project

I just love that natural wood look. I am definitely going to try and incorporate some of that in my build. Probably not the whole boat because she's a different style, but at least as an accent. Great job!!
by mrintense
Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Vera Cruise - Playing Around With The Boat's Shape
Replies: 2
Views: 1146

Re: Vera Cruise - Playing Around With The Boat's Shape

After I showed the two pictures to my wife, she said that the new design takes away from the retro look. Huh?? so I looked at the two pics for awhile, and said No Way! Then I looked some more, and then some , and then some more, and you know what, she's right! So back to the drawing board. This desi...
by mrintense
Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Gentry build continued
Replies: 465
Views: 133132

Re: Gentry build continued

Simply gorgeous!
by mrintense
Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building a 21 foot boat in a 21 foot garage
Replies: 25
Views: 7242

Re: Building a 21 foot boat in a 21 foot garage

Personally, I would consider building with the stem outward of the garage. Actually, after I posted my last message, I went and started looking at the various build photos for other Vera Cruise builders. They also showed the bow closest to the garage door. And after thinking it over I have to agree...
by mrintense
Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Vera Cruise - Playing Around With The Boat's Shape
Replies: 2
Views: 1146

Vera Cruise - Playing Around With The Boat's Shape

So this afternoon, I thought I would play around with the design of the Vera Cruise. I like the overall appearance of the boat but there are a few areas I thought could use some changes. So I scanned the side profile from my study plans into my computer and then spent several hours cleaning up the i...
by mrintense
Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building a 21 foot boat in a 21 foot garage
Replies: 25
Views: 7242

Re: Building a 21 foot boat in a 21 foot garage

So I have been thinking about my building form. The ideas presented here in this thread have gotten me part of the way there, however I have another issue to deal with. For some reason, the builder of our subdivision built the garage floors so that the back two feet of the floor is 3" higher than th...
by mrintense
Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Cold Molding Instead of Plywood Sheeting
Replies: 12
Views: 2743

Re: Cold Molding Instead of Plywood Sheeting

Whoa, wasn't expecting that many responses so soon. But Reading them over and considering what was said, I think that maybe I should go with the plywood hull and count my blessings that the work will be a bit less. :D I guess my experience with vac bagging in the airlines made me partial to the CM a...
by mrintense
Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:02 am
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Barrelback update
Replies: 4
Views: 2657

Re: Barrelback update

Progress is being made. Finished the second layer on the sides. Now for a couple of layers on the bottom Transom is finished. The vacuum bagging technique results in a very good finished product. I cant believe how tight it makes everything once you get the technique down. I'll soon be doing finish...
by mrintense
Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:55 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Cold Molding Instead of Plywood Sheeting
Replies: 12
Views: 2743

Re: Cold Molding Instead of Plywood Sheeting

Carl - I reckon you could change the boat from stressed plywood to cold molding. You will need to add more battens. You will then add 3-4 layers of wood to the battens. The boat will weigh more and may influence its performance. If you like the look of a mahogany side, you might consider veneering ...
by mrintense
Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Cold Molding Instead of Plywood Sheeting
Replies: 12
Views: 2743

Cold Molding Instead of Plywood Sheeting

Perhaps this has been answered in the past. The Vera Cruise is defined as using plywood sheeting for the hull. Looking at the photos by various builders shows this as the method used in those boats. However, I like the idea of cold molded more than the idea of using plywood sheeting. It just seems t...
by mrintense
Wed May 23, 2012 4:00 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building a 21 foot boat in a 21 foot garage
Replies: 25
Views: 7242

Re: Building a 21 foot boat in a 21 foot garage

If using a moving platform to build on, any uneven places in the floor can cause the platform to distort. Be sure to level and brace the platform before fastening/epoxying any pieces. I leveled and screwed temporary legs to my platform so the boat would stay straight. Once the epoxy cured, unscrewe...

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