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  1. An other OC20 build !!

    First layer of epoxy primer sprayed !
  2. Marissa # 63

    Welcome and good luck ! Very nice shop and clean work . Marissa has very straightforward plans , yet interesting to built and very pleasant to drive and enjoy even in some rough waters . Looking forward to follow this build as this brings me memories of my marissa build plan #50 , back 3 years ago !
  3. An other OC20 build !!

    Almost forgot to form 2 flatpads for trim tabs !! Was thinking of 18 x 9 " bennett hydraulic trimtabs and maybe will go for the auto tab control
  4. An other OC20 build !!

    Sanding and more sanding Lenm I like the idea of wet sanding . I am using 3ft long boards ( one rigid , one flexible or less rigid ) and with wet sanding these are much more easier to push and pull !! Yesterday morning I rolled and tip a coat of clear epoxy to get the side gloss , but again more points to fill and sand
  5. An other OC20 build !!

    I used the notched trowel method on the bottom and seems to work fine , but lots and lots of sanding !! Decided to go for ' normal ' methods on the sides using a 3ft long aluminium trowel ( ruler) to smooth the fairing compound . One of the mistakes I done on the bottom was building the splash rails before fairing , that made it more difficult for long board sanding
  6. An other OC20 build !!

    Hi guys, what do you think about this fairing method to get a smooth perfect finish ? First apply thickened epoxy (407) with a grooved trawler ( pic 1) , than long board sand until it's almost straight ( ie some of the resin grooves had disappeared ) pic2, than repaste thickened epoxy with a straight edge trawler to fill the remaining grooves . I think this method saves a lot of sanding fatigue and also lots of epoxy material too . Basically you're sanding only the upper point of the grooves on most parts and not the whole area to get it leveled !! Any ideas and comments ??
  7. An other OC20 build !!

    Last weekend was busy fabricating the lifting strakes or splash rails . After getting all the measurements of width height and deadrise angle for every 10" of the strake, I transferred these measurement on to an angled aluminium strip , trimmed out the markings and therefore this aluminium strip became a mold (plug) of the strake itself ! All I had to do than is fill the mold with thickened epoxy , separate the cured epoxy strake from the mold and glue them onto the hull ! This way was much more easier to do than I thought As you can notice if photo 1 the aluminium L strip was covered with plastic tape so that the epoxy will not bond to the strip , in fact when cured it came out very easily ( photo 2 ) Hope that this will information will help someone out there because my impressions where that fabricating the strakes on to a modifies deadried hull is one of the hardest things to do !!
  8. An other OC20 build !!

    Thanks smccormick, The " dingy " is just 4.5 ft . There will be a glass top resting on all 3 seats and is going to be used as a coffee table ! At this time being I have no intention to keep the oc on a mooring , she will be trailered back home . My location is 5 minutes away from the slipway
  9. An other OC20 build !!

    Been working on something slightly different these last couple of weeks !! Guess what ??
  10. An other OC20 build !!

    some more updates ! preparing fiber cloth for glassing
  11. An other OC20 build !!

    Thanks Lenm. Just roll it over on some car tyres and foam with the help of 16 hands ( 8 people )
  12. Aussie Open OB-20 #26

    Great build , very nice , clean and practical !! I like those small details that makes that project stands out !! Think you too should build boats for living
  13. An other OC20 build !!

    Well said PAR !! and Trev if this was my full time job I'll definitely go broke Thanks again !
  14. An other OC20 build !!

    Boat upside down again ! Preparing for glassing , forming the lifting strakes and paint
  15. Ocracoke 256 #3

    Great nice work !! BTW the new Suzuki df200ap is also the same motor as 150 and 175 and almost same weight I personally love the white ones with the new decal for my build