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Knot Reel

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  1. I'll certainly agree foam has ruined a many a boat but in every case I've dealt with it could be attributed to the type of foam itself and or the installation. I've dug that green flower arrangement foam out of hulls that was installed at the factory. The foam as kids we used to push our finger into. I'm 100% certain that there isn't a boat manufacturer on the globe I would want foaming a hull. I'm that down on manufacturers. One has to realize that VERY few manufacturers seal a sole. You got water intrusion in numerous places. Building a boat is much different. You have the best quality contol in the world on the job. I will argue that a sealed compartment is a sealed compartment. Whether it's holding air or holding foam, moisture or water shouldn't be a concern until you've breached the hull. One must consider how alot of people buy and store boats. You can ride up and down the highways all day long and see boats sitting in backyards out in the weather. I've come to the conclusion that even the air in these hulls will rot with such care. I've had to restore enough of these boats. Seen alot of crap in hulls that quite frankly people should be shot over. Factories and owners. I had a Ranger bass boat once that I bought used. It was 14 years old. It had always been garage kept and when trailered , trailered with a high quality fitted cover. Don't matter where you took that boat it drew a crowd. People were under the impression it was a newly released model. People with new ones were gawking at this one. Had it spent just a year out in the backyard it would have been just another boat in the parking lot and the foam in it would probally be holding 250 pounds of water. I build to a high quality when I build. Even so it's only going to last as well as it's cared for. I'm not a "traditionalist" when it comes to building boats. I build boats to serve a purpose. A function. I'll foam a hull in a heartbeat knowing how I care for a boat and having been in some of the situations I have been in. Build the garage before the boat. I wouldn't leave my tractors sitting out in the weather. Sure aint going to leave a boat out in the weather.
  2. Graham or anybody else in the know, I bought the CD of pictures for the Ocracoke. One thing I can't see in any photo is a drain hole for the hull or either scuppers. Is it that camoflaged or am I missing something? Is it a self draining cockpit? Another question I had was , was that boat foamed? I figured it probally was and that there was just a gap in the picture taking.
  3. I deal with Farm Bureau exclusively for insurance. All I've ever been required to do is supply a value. Add materials with the value of a good portion of my time. As long as it's a reasonable figure they don't question it. Obviously I can't build a Marissa and insure it for 40k without an argument. Generally I want to cover the cost of materials and my time in building the hull. Of course the engine, rigging, and trailer. I don't add in my real picky fairing hours. I give them a fair asessment. Other then that my agent either comes out or I pull the boat to the office for a photo op. Never been required to supply a survey or have the hull inspected by the Coastguard. BUT what I do is put together a sort of portfolio for the vessel. Build photos, material lists, and an overall spec sheet on the vessel. Something we all should do as builders anyway as a sense of pride and as something to go with the vessel as you part ways. They don't ask for it but I figure it saves the 1000 questions routine. When they see the build photos they aren't going to argue. Farm Bureau operates on different levels. You have county and state. It may be different state by state and even by county. I've never questioned that aspect of it. I just know that insuring a home built or refurb with my agent is a breeze.
  4. Unfortunately there is a price to be paid for playing the game and getting the business. You haven't addressed a real problem, you have compounded it. It's like a bad tooth. You can go get it over with today with a filling or you can pay 10 times more later for a root canal.
  5. Ever checked into some of those storage places? I've seen people rent the larger units and put small cabinet shops in them and run other businesses out of them. You could build a good sized boat in some of those units and many of them are 24/7 access.
  6. I have a few obstacles myself. I love my shop but it's not complete. It's a cabana style right now. I took an old WW2 ration tobacco barn made from terracotta tile and turned it into a tool room. Build nice heavy duty shelters on two sides in the shape of an L. I haven't closed the shelters in so I have no climate control. I really like the openess of the shelters and have been reluctant to close it all in. So this makes winter building not very productive. However the tool room is large enough to prepare to build. Cut frames, build a keel, etc. All of my tools from saws to welder are on casters. Roll em out and roll em in. My latest endeavor while finishing up a couple of hybrid canoe/yaks was to build a large rolling tool crib. Just small enough to wheel through a standard 3 foot door. She is 4 feet wide with double doors 5-1/2" thick. The doors themselves have casters on them. Roll it under the shelter swing open the doors and I can go to war. All of my hand tools and portable power tools are in it. All of my pneumatic nail gins, staplers, finish guns etc. Drawers for sockets, wrenches, router attachments etc. The inside of the doors themselves are storage for tools. Levels, T-squares, etc. The bottom of the cabinet houses my pancake compressor, hose reels, bypass valve for shop air or pancake air. Cord reel and light reel. Sony receiver/ amp that is remote. CD player and 2 kicker speakers in the top of the doors. Covered the whole thing in laminated flooring. Roll it out, plug it in and have the option of plugging shop air into it. I got tired of hunting my tools. :x So I have to complete that project. Fine tune it. Second, my wife passed away in May. The estate is keeping me busy enough. I would love to be able to cut some frames , get a strongback built and work on the keel over the winter and get prepared to go to town on it by spring. I love my shop though. I live on a large working farm. Family farm. I didn't want a backyard shop. Too many distractions. So I utilized an existing barn that is across the road and down in the bottom of a field tucked into the edge of the woods. Ran phone lines, built a 200 amp service, poured some concrete slick as a babies butt, and installed an alarm system. Took an old double door fridge freezer and bored two holes in the door. One generic beer tap and one Guiness tap. One keg of Shiner Bock and one keg of Guiness. Put a Holland grill down there and wallah, it's a boat building barn. Once in a while we'll cook a hog down there just to chop up , split up,and freeze. Kind of the hang out for a few good friends. Hidden from view. Not advertised. Only a few people know it's even there. If we don't do anything else we eat and drink good.
  7. Fortunately I have no problem in this department. I'm a licensed electrical contractor. Shop is on its own 200 amp service with provisions to upgrade to 400 amps. Yea, the condo is going over the tool room. My dog house.
  8. Hello fellow boat builders, sawdust makers, epoxy addicts, and drinkers of the barley. Brandy new to the site. I build boats. It's an addiction. I've fallen hopelessly in love with the Ocracoke. It's going to be my next build. I need to finish up a current project (wet sanding and painting) and clean the shop back up. Need to finish up a massive shop crash cart I've been working on here and there. Need to see about a bill of material so I can plan a budget for the build. Just another one of them tarheel boat builders with beer on tap in the shop. Four Oaks, NC.
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