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  1. 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 !!
  2. 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
  3. Been working on something slightly different these last couple of weeks !! Guess what ??
  4. some more updates ! preparing fiber cloth for glassing
  5. Thanks Lenm. Just roll it over on some car tyres and foam with the help of 16 hands ( 8 people )
  6. 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
  7. Well said PAR !! and Trev if this was my full time job I'll definitely go broke Thanks again !
  8. Boat upside down again ! Preparing for glassing , forming the lifting strakes and paint
  9. 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
  10. Cabin out of the boat , preparing to re flip the hull . Also stern bench (3x) arms cut out using waterjet machine from 6x100mm 316 stainless flat bar
  11. ATTENTION TO DETAIL . I love that !!
  12. Thanks anyway Ken Try and try until you succeed ( with lots of pins and cardboard !!!!!!! thanks to PAR )
  13. Almost there 20170413_134350.mp4 20170413_134438.mp4
  14. That's so nice Ken x is about 18" and y 3" . I prefer a seating height of 17-18" if possible
  15. Hi lenm, walkway is 12.5 inches wide AT THAT LEVEL and that level is about 20" higher than the original sole (floor)
  16. Meester I realy appreciate your input . As you sad it must have to be build very strong to support all that weight leverage , that's why I'm not so satisfied with this geometry ! I used the system you mentioned ( or very similar ) on my other boat but I don't like the fact that I have to move 3 parts to open or close the seat ! BTW, at stern there's gonna be 3 x 2' seats instead 1 of 6' , therefore there will be a pair of " hinges " per person ( or so ) I saw (google) a very similar system used in " Whaler boats " that uses pivots instead of sliding mechanism . I think it's easier and stronger to built but the problem is to have the exact measurements of this mechanism !! Tried to figure it out but no success
  17. https://goo.gl/photos/QmqXFxG1MEqniQLr7
  18. Is there anyone good enough in geometry out there ?? I am trying to figure out a stern folding bench that when closed down the upholstery will be facing backwards ( inside its compartment ) . I would like to have a seating height of 18" and 16" flat ( seat ) . The compartment where this closed seat will fit in is just 20" in height by 7.5" in depth . I am close to the seating height and width measurements but not yet satisfied !! The screw at the end point represents the cushion (foam) thickness
  19. The storage seat ! That can be used as a leaning post , with folding chopping board ( or table top ) , 2 drawers and space for cooler
  20. Yes lenm , the cardboards are my CAD !
  21. It's so frustrating when that happens ! The best way I found was to twist them in stages and leave them on tension overnight , then continue twisting the next day . This was done on the 3 of them on my built . I know, this will take alto of days . I left them dry fit for an other week before gluing them together . An other option is to laminate 4 of 5/8 " instead of 3
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