Steve B.'s ZZZIP Build

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Steve B.
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Onto the motorwell. I decided to make it 33” wide to accommodate the steering link arm without needing to poke a hole through the port side panel. I will deck over the opening about 4” each side to narrow the look of the top. (Adding blocking for the overhanging deck.)
Dry fit of plain Meranti bottom and sides (sans veneer).
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Looks really nice. Looks like it will be a good solution for the steering.
-Jim
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Steve B.
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Here’s the motor mounted. The steering arm clears the port well bulkhead but the support block needed to be trimmed.

Almost ready for decking!!
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Progress...
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Beautiful! You'll be ready for the water soon. I'm looking forward to flipping mine over the next few days and getting to work on the fun stuff!

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Planking!! I’m using African Mahogany for the coverboards. QSawn Sapele 3-1/2” wide for the decking, and laminating in strips of 1/4” Aspen. Pics of the material and dry fit joints below.
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xoo000oox
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That's going to look amazing! I like the use of the Aspen strips as the spacers. What do you plan to use to clear it?

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I’m going to fiberglass the deck with 6 oz cloth and then varnish thereafter.
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Looking good.

I would recommend going with a lighter glass cloth. 6 oz. will take a lot of epoxy to wet out and get it clear. I used 6 oz. on my bright sides and you can see the weave in certain light and certain areas. 4 oz. or lighter would be better. Most people do not glass their decks and don't have any issues with keeping them shinny.
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Thanks Jim, I am rethinking the fiberglass approach. I originally planned to use a whitened epoxy filler with 1/4” voids between the planks, so I thought the glass cover would provide reinforcement. Since I’m now using laminated planks, I’m not concerned about and epoxy fill cracking.
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Planking!
Khaya coverboards and king plank
Khaya coverboards and king plank
Ribbon striped sapele planks and aspen stringing
Ribbon striped sapele planks and aspen stringing
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xoo000oox
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Impressive!

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What are the strips of what looks like plastic stapled on the planking for?

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xoo000oox wrote:
Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:27 pm
What are the strips of what looks like plastic stapled on the planking for?
I staple the planks where I can't clamp them (along one edge). The plastic is HDPE strips I cut thin (3/32"ish). When I have the plank drawn down tight I fire a staple through the plastic into the deck. When cured, I wiggle the plastic strip and pop the piece off. Yes it leaves staple marks but I orient the staples so the thin leg goes with the grain, so the hole is minimal. Once sanded they disappear. Easy peasy!
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Today’s progress..
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