Aussie Belle

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie »

Hi Tom,

Shed roof never even squeaked or groaned and had full confidence with the added strap. (Have done a lot of rigging over the years and also worked for an engineering company in structural).

Will have to measure the cutwater tonight, I do remember that the screws are spaced at 4” or 100mm if you are in metric.

Thanks Neel,

More than welcome to come down under! I will be in a position to organise a gathering for next year and will make sure it becomes an annual event. So might be something to thing about.

Jamie

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Thanks Jamie.

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Re: Aussie Belle

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Lauren and I really enjoyed being down there for the first Gathering in 2013. These are great people! And, you will be welcome!

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Re: Aussie Belle

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2013, Wow time has flown by quickly.

It was great to hang out with like minded folk at the gathering and can’t wait to hold out next one.

Was great to meet Bill and Lauren and would be most welcome to join us again. Invite goes out to anyone visiting Australia, send a message and let us know you are coming over.

Tom,

Cutwater is nearly 5” at the top and then Varys to taper off to about 3 1/2” at the water line and then to a point.

Last night I dry fitted the windshield, very happy with how it looks. Will fit it up properly tonight.

Boat needs a good wash.

Still have the seats to go and the flag pole.

Jamie
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Re: Aussie Belle

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Jamie,

That is really looking good. Is there a slight tint in the windshield?

Lee

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Re: Aussie Belle

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Really looking nice. Your build has been such an inspiration!

Quick question: On your deck beams (visible in the last photo) - are those just the encapsulated (looks like) pine? Looks too light for mahogany. Those will be covered up by the seat backs, correct? I'm on the frame construction stage currently, so a long way to go.

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Re: Aussie Belle

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Yes Lee,

Slight tint,
Is two pieces of glass laminated with a smoked central laminate

Andrew,

Yes they will be covered by the seat backs, not one piece of mahogany on this build. Deck beams are actually 1” plywood

Jamie

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Really nice windscreens Jamie. I love the tint.
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Re: Aussie Belle

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Today I finished the front seat base and back.
Not perfect but reasonably happy with how it turned out.

I have all the other covers 90% complete and only have to sew on the side strips ( the most painful and time consuming bits)

Fitted the windshield and silicone

Also fitted the builders plate.

I am planning to take her out on Thursday after work for her second run.
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Re: Aussie Belle

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Jamie that looks so damn good. The upholstered side boards really give it a finished and professional look. Did you plan to do them from the beginning?

I can sometimes get caught up in too many what-if scenarios and worry about the consequences in decisions early on that can have down stream effects. For example, looking at your throttle and switch panel, did you plan that they would be inlaid in the upholstery when you originally placed them? Do you have any tips to manage all the complexity and order of operations? I have found that sometimes I just need to jump in (lock in a few variables) and get started and then tackle the next step when I get there. I am wondering how you do it.

I may be copying your cockpit trim.Thank you for posting some good pics of it in progress I found them here I was surprised that you could just cold mold it, I was thinking I would need to cut to to shape.
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Re: Aussie Belle

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Thanks Milhouse,

Everything about my boat has been as per my vision from the start.

Had always wanted that bit of an upmarket feel to the interior, also why I went with the painted sides.

Everything that I have on the boat I have tried to keep flush mounted, ski tow, pop up cleats, low profile deck vents and hatch lifts so that it has that clean look.

The building of the interior was over a lot of beers and trial of bits and pieces to see what would work.

All the interior pieces inter lock into each other to help support each other.

The only change from my original vision was the paint colours.

Counting down the days to next water test.

Hoping to get some good videos and drone footage.

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Re: Aussie Belle

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Your choices of white and wood are exquisite. The cockpit looks very clean and elegant.
Such a beautiful boat.

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Re: Aussie Belle

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Jamie,
Damn, that is one beautiful boat! Reminds me of some of the high line Rivas that I have seen at boat shows.
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Re: Aussie Belle

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Very nice Jamie.

I concur with Jim. I too have a general idea of what I want but agonize of pulling the trigger at many points in the build in fear of doing something that will be hard to recover form or will not be what I want. One thing that does help me considerably is taking a long walk and focusing entirely on what I want to do next in the build. I try to think through all the steps and get some idea of how to do the task. Have to be careful because sometimes I am not paying enough attention to traffic!! :shock: :shock:
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Re: Aussie Belle

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Thanks,

Have finished the second row of seats last night.

1 to go!

Jamie
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