Utility build

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Re: Utility build

Post by hoodman » Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:24 pm

When I painted my floor I put sand in the first coat. Then several more coats of straight paint on top of that. Using Whidbey white just like your utility.
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Re: Utility build

Post by BarnacleMike » Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:39 am

This may be proportionately a little more sand than Bill's formula... but I believe it'll work.
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Re: Utility build

Post by mrintense » Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:29 am

One of the nice things about these boats is the ability to tweak them as we go forward. You've been making some nice changes to your utility Mike. This seems like a sensible one. On my boat I hate walking over the floor planking and can't wait to get the floor panels in. This will be good for your utility and will provide a measure of safety as well.
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Re: Utility build

Post by watkibe » Sat May 04, 2019 10:50 pm

BarnacleMike wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:09 pm
I was originally planning to make a U-shaped aft seating arrangement, but if possible I'd like to simply eliminate the side aft seats. I'd prefer to simply have two amidships bench seats, but I'm not sure if those side seats are important structurally (as in transom support).
I don't know if you eliminated the side seats or not, but if you use a tiller steered outboard, where ya gonna sit while driving it ? On my Mr. Jon, the side seat was the helm position. I tried a tiller extension so I could side amidships, but it was awkward to use.
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Re: Utility build

Post by BarnacleMike » Mon May 06, 2019 12:38 pm

Yes, I did eliminate the side seats. Instead, I simply used two thwarts (as some other Utility builders have done.)

Driving it from the aft thwart with the tiller steering is no big deal. It's about like driving a typical aluminum jon boat in the same manner.

I can't say that I've ever regretted eliminating the side seats. If anything, I wish I'd positioned the aft thwart a little farther forward, so that it partially straddled Frame #1. I find that I'm typically leaning forward, trying to shift my weight, when I'm using the outboard.
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Re: Utility build

Post by BarnacleMike » Mon May 06, 2019 12:52 pm

After a few seasons of use, I've been doing some miscellaneous repairs and upgrades to the Utility.

Some of this has involved sanding away messy old epoxy runs, and then repainting the sanded areas. I'm a little confused, though, because much of the newly applied paint seems to crack VERY easily.

I'm using the same WR-LPU Whidbey White that was left over from the build. I've been applying it in thin coats, and sanding in-between coats. I've noticed that the newly-applied paint tends to have a matte finish, while the OLD paint still has a nice semi-gloss finish (It's the SAME can of paint.) It seems that when the paint gets a little wet and/or cold, it starts cracking & peeling. The cracks tend to run along the same line as the brush strokes.

The OLD paint can withstand more standing water, for longer periods, and it's doing just fine.

Does anyone have a best guess as to what's causing the cracking? (Insufficient cure times before it gets wet? The paint is too old? I'm not sanding it well enough between coats?)

Also: Any ideas on how to prevent this from happening? Should I look for some kind of outer coat or clear coat?

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Re: Utility build

Post by vupilot » Wed May 08, 2019 2:44 pm

If you are sure you are prepping the area well before applying I would be tempted to try a new can of paint as the next step. I know when using Interlux and old can doesnt go only nearly as well as a fresh can but in its case they both hold up fine, the old stuff just doesnt lay as smooth.

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