Discussion in 'Downeast Projects and Boat Building' started by Frontier, Jun 14, 2017.
really nice work
Thankyou for the feed back. the experience is a good one for sure.. Good luck with the rest of the build we are all cheering for you here!
I didnt do much over the winter, and was glad for the break. Just picked up a few parts. Heres where its at. I need to start wet sanding and buffing the bulkhead before permanently installing parts. Motor box is 5" to high and 5" to wide, but you get the idea
Those cleats are all kinds of fancy. What material are they bolted too? Are you going to just glue that to the hull with plexus?
Its FRP sheet material from McMaster Carr. Comes in all sorts of thicknesses.
Ill gelcoat the tops, sand the backside, reassemble and glass to the hull with 1708. I hope that will be a strong enough bond
are these for hidden quarter cleats or for the top of the washrail?
Not so sure I would rely on bonding a cleat, although it would look very nice. Through bolting is the only sure way to secure a cleat. There are just too many load cycles on a cleat to worry about fatigue failure of a bonded joint, and if it fails it will be just like a zipper. Just my opinion. Your project looks great by the way!
These will be quarter cleats. I have 6" flip up cleats for midship
I hear ya about shear concerns, ive thought about it. Through bolting would be best but..
Ive seen other builds on here that did something similar using mounting pads. The mounts are 10x5, a decent amount of surface area for glass.
In case of catastrophic failure, the cleat and mount wont fit through the hawse pipe. And its a relatively easy repair.
This is one pc im willing to give it "try".
Id get some thickened epoxy or plexus and glue them on as well. From what I've read once plexus sets correctly it'll pull the glass apart before the bond fails.
I agree, great application for epoxy. That’s why I was asking. That’s a smart way of doing it if you don’t want to mess with the outside finish.
I watched a few videos on Plexus and then just ordered some. Crazy stuff.
I have some other blocks ill be attaching, ex. fuel tank mounts to deck and transom, backing plates for davit, etc
Thanks for the recommendation
I got these little Taco Nav lights that will go in the upper forward corners of the house
I trimmed 5" off the height, not so bulky looking now and still room for sound deadening. I may have to add a few inches to the length and take a few out of the width. Took out the wood bracing, old sound deadening and sanded down the glue remnants
Tried some wetsanding for the first time, 220 to 600 and it came out pretty decent. There were alot of fisheyes along with the orange peel. Next ill Aquabuff 1k and 2k
Also found a used Kobelt control for good price that came today
Where did you buy those taco navigation lights from? I'm looking for a set
I got them from Great Lakes Skipper, best price i found
I've bought a few things from them, they have a great assortment of random stuff!
They do, good pricing too.
Btw, the Plexus came in and tested it on bonding 2 fiberglass poles im using as a roof support. This is incredibly strong stuff, not even sure i need to wrap it in glass
I got some used 8" exhaust tube to use as air vents and hose chases, cleaned it up and ripped them for gelcoat.
I bought an 11 loop handrail from Hamiltons clearance. I needed two 4 loops for the roof but didnt want to spend the $300. They were nice enough to cut it in half for shipping, I trimmed then shaped it on the belt sander, lastly a minute on the buffing wheel. Factory 3 loop pc is on the right that i used for a template. Total cost of $70 for both 4 loops
Also painted the v berth, will get some pics up tmrw, looks sharp