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Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:26 am
by BarnacleMike
It's looking great!

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:58 pm
by Andy Garrett
Very clean work!

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:25 am
by bjfrater
Hi everyone, again a bit of time has passed since my last update. Now that we are in lockdown with this virus I have time to update you all.
I also managed to make a baby since last update and this has really cut into my available boat building time :)

Here are some updates.

I got the sub deck completed the dashboard and all the electrics..

Subdeck done.
Dashboard in and all electrics wired up including internal lights, nav lights, stereo, guages and bilge pump. I will only need to run the sender wires for the tach etc once I have a motor sorted.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:36 am
by bjfrater
It took me ages to get my deck timber sorted. I spent hours at the timber merchant looking at different cuts trying to find the best quarter sawn ones. I also spent a long time trying to decide between yellow and red ceder. I ended up with yellow even tho I prefer the look of the red because it was a bit denser so will be harder to damage, the red ceder was so soft you could ding it with your fingernail.

I eventually ended up with mahogany and yellow ceder rough sawn that I took to a machinist to cut to 7mm planks also rough sawn.

I have glued on the mahogany and trimmed it up and cut the ceder strips.

Wide! mahogany prior to cutting and scarfing
Attaching the coverboard, The weights were enough to get the board tight to the subdeck thankfully, No clamping at the front possible as I had trimmed off the subdeck ply earlier without thinking.
Coverboards on but not trimmed
More pics in my album if your interested.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:41 am
by bjfrater
Right now i am in the middle of finshing the strips and gluing those on.

Its still all rough sawn at the moment except where I needed to clean it up for fitting. I plan to do loads of sanding to fair it and finish it once its all on. I figure I have plenty of material at 7mm to work with.

Laying out the ceder strips as I cut them..
Coverboards trimmed

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:03 am
by bjfrater
Im really enjoying this part of the build. I like working with real wood, Plywood is just not as fun and you dont get the nice smell. The last part i enjoyed this much was when I was fairing the hull prior to planking.

It was only chance that I managed to get all the materials for the deck organized prior to covid appearing on the scene. It has been a nice distraction to be able to head out and work on the boat and have something meaningful to keep me busy during this time.

Im still struggling to source windshield brackets that are reasonably priced if anyone has some lying around let me know. ;)

Test fit the center board
Should be enough weight!

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:25 am
by vupilot
Sweet! Nice work

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:35 am
by Gayle Brantuk
Super nice, Brendon! Glad your weights are getting a workout. I've found that kettlebells make good doorstops, fyi.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:33 pm
by hoodman
Looks great! Congratulations on the baby!

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 11:08 am
by mrintense
Deckwork is coming along nicely Brendon. I know what you mean about having the boat to get through this stay at home stuff. It's actually not been too much of a burden on me.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 2:32 am
by bjfrater
The deck is coming along nicely, I am now getting a good workout sanding with the longboard.

Deck boards all glued in
Bow prior to rough cutting the ends off the boards.
- Note my bow deck has more curve than is standard from the Zip plans. I decided I wanted to accentuate the curve more and actually added a small strip to the frames prior to fairing and attaching the subdeck plywood.
The ends of the boards are still only rough cut, I was thinking about trimming them up with a router later possibly once I add thickened epoxy to the seams. Im still debating whether to use thickened epoxy for a perfectly flat finish or to use caulking, really tough decision tbh.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 2:42 am
by bjfrater
Half the boat sanded, probably a good 6 hours of sanding at least to this point. So far using 40 grit getting things nice and even and taking off all the saw marks from the unfinished face of the wood.

I did pull out the plane at one point for a really high bit and then spent a while sanding out the marks. I tried using my belt sander to remove some material quickly but found that it was really easy to create more problems. No permanent issues created but Im going to stick with my RO sander and longboard from here on in.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 3:13 am
by bjfrater

This is not in sequence with the last posts as it occurred during the gluing. I just haven't been able to face it yet.

A chip broke out of one of the boards on the bow when I was removing a washer after gluing the board down. It must have been a flaw in the board as there was hardly any pressure applied. However I should have used some wax paper under the washer and have been kicking myself for it.

I will get a photo after sanding, im trying to decide if I should replace the whole board. Unfortunately everything was book matched and a new board wont be. But given how little grain pattern is in this cedar its unlikely to be noticeable.

My current plan is to finish the 40grit sanding and then see how obvious it is when looking at the whole deck.

What would you guys do? Could you live with it?

!#$%#! Chip!
Glued back in

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 9:12 am
by DrBryanJ
Brendon: I think that is one of those things that only you will notice. I'd do a simple repair and move on.

Re: Brendons Zip Build

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 9:21 am
by TomB

I would glue the chip too. Sand it flat and it will disappear under the finish.