20ft Texas Barrel

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I’m getting the floor installed. Instead of the plywood laying on top of the motor stringers, I inlayed them because I like seeing the wood beams, and it lowered the floor 3/4” so my knees are lower.
It was important to have enough room to stand up without standing on the seat. I have just enough room.

I made the windshield glass templates out of plywood and sent them off to be cut. It’s 1/4” tempered glass with a very slight green tint.
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The beams look great from the recessed floor. I like the idea of carpet on the floor too, the plywood sheet boats like Zips and Malahini's are pretty loud over rough water from the flooring, that would deaden that sound quite a bit I think. The cold molds always seemed so quiet by comparison anyway. Will feel good on the feet regardless.
I shoulda bought a bunch of sets of those windshield brackets back when you could. I'll want some again when I build another boat.

Who has time to build a barrelback AND paint their air conditioned barn office?!

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Nice work! I might upgrade to carpet one day. Your office looks cozy!
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Looks nice Matt. Can you really feel a difference with the 3/4" you gained?
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DrBryanJ wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:54 pm
Looks nice Matt. Can you really feel a difference with the 3/4" you gained?
Probably not but every inch counts in a Barrelback cockpit, and I really didn’t want to cover up those beautiful motor stringers. I considered mounting the floor even lower but it would have made a tripping hazard over the motor stringers. In my eye It makes the floor more interesting. It’s the little details that set one boat apart from another.
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hoodman wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:37 pm
Nice work! I might upgrade to carpet one day. Your office looks cozy!
You should see the giant recliner in there!! Heather won’t allow recliners in our house.
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That must be my problem. Get rid of my recliner so I'm not so lazy.
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I set my floor/sole 3" below the top of stringers between them on the Tahoe. that makes a lot more legroom.

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Spraying varnish is way easier than the roll and tip technique. It’s much easier to get the coverage using less varnish so no runs. I’m not a coat counter so I can’t tell how many coats this is.
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Matt, I love the color combination.

What are you using for varnish?

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Ibrew2be wrote:
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Matt, I love the color combination.

What are you using for varnish?

Barry
Pettit varnish

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Beeeeeeeeeeeeeautilful Matt! Nice choices for the colors and the varnish really makes it pop. It sounds like you're making good use of the new space now.
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Ahhhhhh, I can almost smell it!

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I’ve tried all kinds of varnish, some $50 a quart and I really can’t tell the difference. I use the Rustoleum product with good results. Found it today for $5 a quart !
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I’m getting down to last few coats of varnish. I’ve been using a Harbor Freight $15 HVLP gun, it’s OK but to finish the job I stepped up to a better gun. It delivers more volume at a lower pressure so I’m not wasting material coating the barn floor at 40 psi. The fan control is better too, the cheap gun has a ragged edge of spray where the quality gun sprays a clean line of material.
Next phase is wet sanding from 1000 up through 2000 grit then polishing the finish. For the first time, I’m enjoying the varnishing process. No single coat makes or breaks the finish, it’s all 15 coats together that makes the finish. I will have between 2 and 3 gallons of varnish on this boat.
Eventually I’ll have to call it complete and put the thing in the water.
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