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  1. An other OC20 build !!

    Any idea of how to clamp an anchor roller where right trough bolts cannot be used ? I was thinking of drilling a hole , put a stainless steel stud in and fill the surrounding with epoxy . Is that enough ? I can put 5 studs in the anchor roller I'm using.
  2. An other OC20 build !!

    Yes you'r right . I am dropping the idea of a pulpit . Think a short extension will do it all. The extension also insures that the anchor will not hit the boat when retrieved. The sheer frame is almost done and gave the boat a different look
  3. An other OC20 build !!

    Thanks guys for your help . It really makes a difference ! I kept lifting the cabin inch by inch up to 6 inches . It looked best at 4 " . As par sad the point on witch you look at it from makes a huge difference . But before I glue in the cabin I have to decide about an other thing because this may change again the look of the cabin ! I was thinking of putting an anchor pulpit . This will be plywood constructed that bland in to the deck , probably adding some sort of frame around the inside of the sheet ( may be 3/4 height by 2" width and edges rounded on both sides. ) This frame is marked in black marker in one of the photos. Any positive or negative ideas about this setup ??
  4. An other OC20 build !!

    Gona have to do some alterations ! Now that the windshield, railing and side windows are cut and fitter , I am not so happy with how the cabin looks in place . Looks like the cabin is sitting too low inside the hull . I am thinking of raising the whole cabin up by 3 inches . Than also there must be some kind of a platform between the helm and the helm seat ( even under the seat ) to keep the same eye level to the windshield . These photos shows the cabin in its original place and raised by 3" (spacers) Any thoughts are more than welcome !
  5. An other OC20 build !!

    Thanks capriosca ! And the flip is over , with the help of 20 hands and 3 layers of foam and carpets Lets start allover again with sanding filling sending filling eccccc
  6. An other OC20 build !!

    Still up side down but think this should be her name ELUSIVE ( meaning :- difficult to find, catch, or achieve ) Hope to flip next week
  7. An other OC20 build !!

    Yes par the 1/4 is the best choice . And its done
  8. An other OC20 build !!

    Thanks for your help Par this time its perfect .Now I'm 100 % happy I used a new 1/4 sheet ,clamped it to the mold and heated just the round corners , trimmed the extra material from the bottom side and it sits perfectly in her place . All left to do is just trim the upper side .
  9. An other OC20 build !!

    Thanks for your help par ! I am asking because I'm not 100% happy with this windshield, there are still minor wrinkles . I will either heat it ones more or start allover again with a new sheet. Par what sheet thickness do you prefer for this size of shield ? ( when flat it measured 6.5' x 2.5' )
  10. An other OC20 build !!

    Par, when you heat the acrylic sheet ( with heat gun or heat torch ) do yo heat one side only or both sides before you put the sheet on the mold ?
  11. An other OC20 build !!

    The first mold was curved both ways ( like a bubble ) so perspex could not lay flat when heated
  12. An other OC20 build !!

    Finally got it right !!!!!!! All it needed is a perfect mold and a propane torch !! BTW that wind shield is the same one that was all wrinkled
  13. An other OC20 build !!

    Lenm polycarbonate seems much better than acrylic but unfortunately unavailable the thickness and tint in my country !. Much more unfortunately is that it was a total disaster trying to form this wind shield !! It came out all warped , even more when it cooled down . I tried to re heat it again on the mold itself but with no luck It will look fine wile heating but will warp again when it cools down. I think the first mistake was the mold . I made the mold in a 'convex' shape ( to look nicer , like a car windscreen ) therefore the heated acrylic could not lay flat compleatly . I assumed that when the sheet will be heated it will take any shape ( sort of melting on the mold ). The second mistake was that the sheet was too thick 5/16" (8mm) to be heated with a electric hot air gun . I even tried to heat it up with a diesel heater blower . I noticed that while heating one side it was still 'cold' on the other side , then while heating the other side the first side will begin to louse temperature immediately. I have to do an other mold and start allover again using 3/16" (5mm) or 1/4" (6mm) instead of 5/16" acrylic sheet. BTW the sheet to be formed is about 7ft x 2 ft in size !!
  14. An other OC20 build !!

    Hi Capriosca, Yes those flat section are intended for trim tabs , but was going to use the standard 9x18"(flap) Bennett trim tabs not that type you mentioned. Personally dont like that type much and think the flap ones are much more effective . Maybe I will incorporate an automatic trim controller ( bennett ) so that it will balance the boat automatically . BTW yours is a great nice boat !! Well done !
  15. An other OC20 build !!

    Thanks for the advice PAR. Will a cotton sheet do the same job as felt ? I thought felt is made out of nylon and it may melt with the heat used !