Malahini from MD

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Biss
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Re: Malahini from MD

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Looks great! Love the trim on the deck. Really cool. Sides look fine to me too.

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Re: Malahini from MD

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So you’ve probably read my horror stories with engines. There are good old school engines out there, I’m sure, but the newer are quieter, more efficient, and more reliable. Good news for me is the old and new school engines all bolt up with the same bolt pattern.
I bought the standard thrust Merc 60. Not overwhelmed with the performance. I had to put a 10” 14p 4 blade prop to get on plane with 4 adults in the boat with a top end of 30mph.
I would love to ride in Biss’ boat to see the difference. It can only be good.
Dollar for dollar, I would recommend the 60 CT.
My 69 65hp Merc has the same gear ratio as the new 60CT (2.3:1) where the standard thrust is only 1.85:1, which Translates to taller gears, smaller prop. I wish I had realized ahead of time.

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Re: Malahini from MD

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by the way, great job on the boat. All your trim looks perfect from here.

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Re: Malahini from MD

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Hey footer - thanks!

Yes, it was your story that got me thinking - you persuaded me to forget about an older engine (they are so beautiful though...) - and made me realize that there's a difference between the regular Merc and the Command Thrust. While my wife and I are pretty light, the friends and beer we'll take with us are not...so I'm thinking more is better and it sounds like the CT or the Yamaha 70 might be the sweet spot.

Thanks again for the recommendation.

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Re: Malahini from MD

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Installing an outboard is no big deal if you have an engine hoist or a gantry.
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Re: Malahini from MD

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Just a small amount of progress since the last post. I laid down two coats of CPES on the deck and two coats of epoxy - now I am starting to put down some of the white lines, using epoxy with microbeads. A couple of things I'll have to work on - I had some pretty pronounced fish-eyes on the epoxy. I think this was because I sanded the CPES with too fine a paper (300), and because I used a tack cloth that may have left some residue. The other issue is that the white lines are sitting fairly low, so I will likely have to fill each line twice.

My plan is to finish the lines, give it all a fairly easy sanding, then lay down at least another 2x of epoxy to try and smooth things out a little. Fingers crossed that at that point I'll be in good enough shape to move forward with Perfection Plus.
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Re: Malahini from MD

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Looking great! Good luck with the deck, hope you got the fisheye issue cover out.
Murphy's Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
Griffin's Law: Murphy was an optimist.

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Re: Malahini from MD

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Looks like your moving along quite well. Interesting about the fisheyes. I had the same problem with my dash. I refinished it three times. Finally, I sanded it with 240 grit and then 400. The instructions on the Interlux say to clean the surface with their solvent (got it on Amazon). I used it and then went over it with a T-shirt (no fuzzies) and lots of clean water. Then hand buffed it dry. It turned out perfect.
Be sure to get to the bottom of the fish eye, because that's where whatever contaminant is that caused your problem. The solvent should take care of that and the clean water will remove any solvent residue that is left.
When you do your top decking on the motor well, be sure to make it wide enough to clear the steering arm swing. I made my too narrow and had to cut a 1" slot on the left side to clear the steering arm.
Good luck.
Keep Smiling :)
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Re: Malahini from MD

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Looking really good! I also had to fill the seams a few times before getting them all flush.

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Re: Malahini from MD

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Looking great. By my count there are four or five new Malahinis that could make it to the Gathering next year if everyone gets to work.
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Re: Malahini from MD

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So it doesn't look like much has happened since I last posted - but I feel like I've done a fair amount. Mainly working on the deck - finished off the lines, epoxy, then 5 coats of perfection plus. It is not perfect - but I have definitely reached the good enough is good enough stage (if it looks good from 8 feet away, you're golden. The other milestone of sorts - it is now thankfully on the trailer. I did a terrible job of building a stand/cradle - and had nightmares about it failing. I also spent a lot of time figuring out how to get the boat off the cradle and on to the trailer - in the end it was fairly simple, jack it up on to blocks inch by inch, then back the trailer in. I have the bow eye temporarily installed - so I then had a friend winch the boat onto the trailer while I picked up the back of the boat and walked it forward. Worked perfectly.

Probably the most challenging part of the whole trailer thing is that I only have 1" of clearance on either side between the trailer wheels and the sides of my garage door. I put a front hitch on my truck this weekend - and that makes maneuvering in tight spaces a lot easier, still it is pretty tight.

The other things I've been working on are the rear upholstery and the windshield. Still a ways to go on both of those.

Anyway...some photos.
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Re: Malahini from MD

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Looks beautiful! Such a classic beauty--congratulations!

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Re: Malahini from MD

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She’s looking sweet to me. The little piddly things that take time, but don’t show obvious progress, are those necessary evils you can’t build a boat without. So, what kind of a windshield did you end up going with?

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Re: Malahini from MD

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Good question footer. I’ve been trying something out - not sure if it will take. I have made up a windshield frame using laminations of Douglas fir steam bent. Some pictures below - I did the streaming in a plastic bag using a wallpaper steamer. That part worked really well.

Still a ways to go.
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Re: Malahini from MD

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That looks challenging. Good work, I haven’t tried that method yet.

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