Tom's Tahoe

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Hi Tom,

They will be the same as the ones I have.
Classic Boat supplies in Sydney sources then upon my request and then started supplying those type.

You will be very happy with them.
Did you go large vents or the smaller?

I have 4 large (two forward facing and two facing backwards) then I have the two smaller ones at the back which are connected to the bilge blowers to blow air out over the transom.

Jamie

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Hey Jamie,

The vents completed their round-the-world journey. You're right, I like them. Two large vents on the stern. Now to figure out exactly where.
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Topside finishing continues. I am applying Interlux Perfection Plus using the roll and tip method. I sanded to get rid of the brush marks and dust nibs after three coats. I now have five coats and the finish looks good from five feet away. Up close, it has some minor brush strokes and more dust. :( :( Without the discussions on this forum I probably would grumble, be disappointed, and contacted one of the guys that sprays varnish for a living.
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Instead, I sanded the front half with 400 grit to get rid of the bumps and ridges.
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Beautiful Tom!
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Do I enjoy sanding or what! Wet sanding with 600, 800, 1000 with cleanup after each pass and it looks like this.
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Wet sanding with 1200, 1500, 1800, and 2000 and it looks like this.
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Then a pass with 3M rubbing compound.
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The brush marks and lint are long gone. The shine is almost where I want it but is still a little hazy in spots. I will go over it with 3M machine polish next week. With luck, that will be "good enough".

Tom
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Getting there Tom! I went through the same process. You can get a good shine with a bit of work.
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Jim, I'm just following along after you and BayouBengal. Tom
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Good grief Tom, that's beautiful!! :D :D
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That's fantastic work, Tom!!! :D

And yes, I still have transom envy :(

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Tom-
Nice work on the construction and finish!
Yes that is the process with the Perfection if you want that elusive glass like finish. Definitely want at least 3 coats of finish on there when all done buffing. Surely is beautiful!
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Thanks Guys,

I hate sanding...so now I'm using buffing and polishing paper! Much better. :lol:

The glass like finish still eludes me so I am saying "good enough". The fore deck is done and the front third of the hull is almost there. The nav light and lifting eye are ready to mount.
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I ran out of polishing paper and patience so shifted to mounting the cutwater and first section of rub rail. The cutwater looks better than it photographs. The splotches are floor reflections. Following in Neel Thompson's footsteps, the rub rail is welded at the stem.
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The dash is done too and the gauges and switches are mounted. Not sure, maybe this means I've finally started the electrical.
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...Don't think it eluded you! Looks beautiful and your cutwater and rub rail blend together nicely at the bow.
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Looks really beautiful. I used "3m perfect it" system for my final buffing/polishing. Don't know if it would be compatible with your finish, but worked well on my automotive finish! Again really nice work on your boat.

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Thanks Billy, the finish is done for now. The light in the shop is bright and florescent so not especially flattering. When I get the boat out in the daylight, I'll decide on whether varnish will be a winter project.

Biss, I'm using Perfect It rubbing and polishing compound, works fine with Interlux Perfection Plus.

Tom
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Back in May, Eddie (NY) asked some questions about his comparison of the Tahoe and a Boesch. Jon from Macatawa Bay Boat Works came by to look at my build. He volunteered that it looks like a Boesch.

Tom
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