Bullet by Mark & Luke Finnila

April 17, 2008

Our chine log landed nearly vertical at the stem. Achieving a better angle was possible, but at the expense of landing even closer to the sheer. I have a complete steamer for my woodworking, but it was broken in two during our last move. (I should have fixed it!)

Wood is very accomodating. I laminated a half inch of Douglas fir to the front portion of the chine. This allowed me to correct the angle of the chine (using a Bosch power planer for the rough work) so that the side panel could lay flat between the chine and the sheer.

The chine is fixed and fairing is complete. Notice that the sheer has a flat spot in it near the floor side. I should have faired it farther as this created a gap between the side panel and the deck that had to be filled with thickened epoxy.

Both side panels and one bottom panel installed. I used a black crayon on the edge of the installed side panel near the bow to mark the underside of the bottom panel during fitting. I cut too much off the very tip of the bottom panel during rough fitting, but filled the small gap with epoxy.

Wise folding seats at a 10 degree recline. I installed the first rear deck beam at a matching 10 degrees so the seat backs rest solidly against it. That will relieve stress from the seat hinges. We filleted the battens and chines.

Simple fuel tank and battery tray. This is a 13-pound PWC battery that meets the manufacturer’s requirements for our engine.

Three coats of System Three Silvertip resin provided a good build up. We plan to paint the whole boat leaving no wood exposed.

This is as far as we got prior to dropping the boat off for motor installation on 8 Apr 08. We bought a 2007 Yamaha 25 hp, two-stroke, long-shaft, with electric start and remote motor. Motor installation should be finished by early May. We are hoping for an early June launch.

19 January 2009 Update

Cockpit: PWC mirrors greatly improved view for monitoring skier. Switch box on port side controls bilge pump, navigation/anchor lights, and bilge blower. Dash includes an inexpensive stereo system, tachometer, depth finder, and horn. Horizontally mounted horn on starboard bow collected water, but I drilled a small hole that allowed it to drain without sacrificing too much sound! Notice the ski buoys stored under the deck.

Stern: The Wise seats are very comfortable and their folding feature allows us to store items under the stern deck. The bilge blower vent is located on the port deck. The bilge pump drains to the motor well.

Transom: The standard transom height is about 1 ½” too low for a Yamaha long-shaft motor. We could raise it, but the current height probably allows sharper turns before prop cavitation. (I’ll take the sharper turn over the increased speed!) Interlux Micron Extra bottom paint did a great job of eliminating slime as we kept the boat moored most of the summer at a warm lake in North Carolina. Smart tabs were an easy install and greatly improved planing, cornering, tracking, and eliminated a porposing/chine walk issue. The 11” pitch, stainless steel, Turbo Hot Shot prop is a good for all-around use. A 13” pitch prop would increase speed, but sacrifice towing ability.

Father and Son Build Complete: The American flag graphic is a vinyl decal from Raceline Digital graphics in Canada. It was pricey, but definitely completed the look. This is a photo of two very satisfied customers/builders!

On the Water: This is what it’s all about…a boat on the water.

NOTE: See Mark's story in WebLetter 126