Building The Vera Cruise

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Sounds worse than me.
COVID19 test
Fly to Turkey
Quarantine 2 days in Istanbul
Transport two hours west to take another Covid test, then in a Client’s camp for 3 days in solitary confinement. They actually delivered the food to our rooms!
Transport back east 10 hours by car to Covid test again
3 days then Covid test again today 3 times. < one was inconclusive, so I had to retest.

This virus sux!!

Stuck in Carl’s garage boat building would defo be better.

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Okay, finally warm enough to try out the flotation foam. I made the trays from 1/8" wall paneling which was epoxy coated after making them. The trays are getting rope handles to make it easier to lift them out of the bilge compartments when I need to get down there.

I am still trying to get a handle on how much foam to mix. Using the instructions, I've calculated the amounts but I am going over a bit. The first effort was a bit too much. The second effort (shown here with the small tray) was about right. When I tried to do a large tray, well, let's just say I mixed a bit too much!! :lol: :lol:
Rope handles, ends knotted and melted
Rope handles, ends knotted and melted
Taped in place
Taped in place
Handles taped out of the way
Handles taped out of the way
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And more photos

After pouring the foam. This will be trimmed flush and epoxy coated when completely cured.
After pouring the foam. This will be trimmed flush and epoxy coated when completely cured.
Shows how handles will work.
Shows how handles will work.
Still need to better gauge mix amounts!!
Still need to better gauge mix amounts!!
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That's cool.
you're experimenting and doing what I was afraid to do.
Oak..........the juice ain't worth the squeeze :D :shock: :o :)

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Thanks Ken.

The idea is a combination of ideas I got from this forum.

These are not real pretty but then they don't need to be. Flotation tray with trimmed foam and space to hold the handles. I'll epoxy coat them next and perhaps paint the exterior (although not really necessary)

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I thought about the removeable floatation for a long time, and never jumped in to do it.
I wondered if the floorboards would be fastened strong enough to hold the containers under the floor if you needed,
I thought about the box-thing and just put a permanent lid on it, just a box of air, no foam
Oak..........the juice ain't worth the squeeze :D :shock: :o :)

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I had those concerns as well. However my floorboards will be held down with 1/4-20 screws and washers. Also, I am really more after sound deadening than flotation. Also, considering that the boat itself is wood and will provide most of the flotation, hopefully the pressure on the floor boards will not be too great.

As for air compartments, I believe that can be a good approach as well as long as they are subdivided. I couldn't do that with mine easily because of the way my floor structure is built. It essentially duplicates house flooring structure like you might see in a house with a crawlspace. I was more concerned with mold build up and wanted to leave all of that area open for ventilation as well as inspection.

Chances are though that before that becomes an issue I will be long gone!! :D :D
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Biggest hassle with these is that it will take a bit of time to do all the pieces. Slows down the build. But I felt I needed to do this before closing up the floors and installing all the cabin components.
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That's a pretty cool idea Carl!
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Okay after a few delays because of work and house chores, I have the center bilge flotation trays completed. The foam has been epoxied to hopefully keep it from crumbling. If necessary, I can glass over this later. The foam fill is a little shy on a few of these, but not enough to worry about.

I made various length posts either flat or angled on the bottom to match the bilge. These support the trays at the right height below the floorboards but high enough to allow water in the bilge to flow to the back. There were encapsulated as well.

The rope handles will fit in the recesses in the foam.
The rope handles will fit in the recesses in the foam.
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That looks really nice. Great job
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Thanks Steve. With so many compartments it gets a bit tedious making all of these, but I have a system now so they are getting done.
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Just a quick update. No pictures as its more of the same. Still working on making flotation trays for the aft cabin. Had to make 30 all told. On the last 5 now. Sitting in the bilge with the floorboards down, ther is a noticeable difference in the sound when walking on the floorboards. Sounds more solid.
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Carl,
You have done what no one else has ever done, make flotation foam nice and neat. It’s beautiful! How many gallons did you use?

Your boat is awesome, please don’t ever get in a hurry to finish.
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that is cool, nice job
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