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Old 07-15-2015, 10:18 PM   #21
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Pretty Spiffaly, nice improvement. But where is the shower gonna go?
Yeah , I know this might be a lot more detail than most guys want here but it's in the Krogen catagory. If any of our Manatee guys want to attempt something like this in the future, they can save some money and trouble by not making my mistakes. A shower is assured, right there over the swim platform.
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:49 PM   #22
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Awesome looking project! You will be proud when it's done!
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Old 07-16-2015, 07:36 PM   #23
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A couple more steps.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:32 PM   #24
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Home stretch now. The door ends were done with mat, roving, 1708 and 3610 with polyester resin. Halved and sealed up, they really became much more solid than the original door felt. Here's some other shots of the progress.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:47 PM   #25
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The threshold was solid, but getting underneath it down in the lazarette, it's hard to figure out what kind of structure it used to be. There's what looks like a mahogany or teak beam below inside some shredded mess of a fiberglass box. Anyway there was no moisture left, so I simply drove some dried and resin soaked dowels down into the old hinge screw holes, let them seal overnight and cut them off flush in the morning. More mat, roving and 1708 with poly resin filled the voids. I suppose if you go with epoxy resin here, just thickened epoxy would do the holes just fine, but the holes were more than 2.5" deep. Dripping epoxy might have left some air space, and we were already using polyester resin, so....

Now that the threshold was actually your walkway to the platform, some non-skid surface like the platform itself would be a good idea.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:54 PM   #26
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Clean-up time.

Doors looked, fit, and operated great. I'll be looking for the right springs to add to the hinge bolts so the Admiral can lift the doors easily, and since the doors fit into the original threshold well just like the original, they are really supported against wave hits, but now I need to figure out something to brace the top of the doors at the cap rail. I thought of a huge, like 3/8 thick SS padlock affair that would fit flat on the cap rail of one side and swing over to a brace on the other side. Maybe a huge door bolt. Any ideas?

Now, to add the SS rub-rail topper and the new lettering.
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:13 PM   #27
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Wow! Looks great, HH. You set the gold standard for practical, professional mods.

So tell us.....when exactly did you become 'radicalized'?
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Brilliant Larry! That will make a world of difference.
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Some mighty professional work, sir.
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:36 PM   #30
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Looks like the original factory fit out. In fact, it`s probably better.
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Looks great! The doors and swim platform will be a huge improvement when anchoring out. What's your next project?

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Old 07-18-2015, 09:03 AM   #33
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Looks great! The doors and swim platform will be a huge improvement when anchoring out. What's your next project?

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Thanks everyone. Ted, having the boat so accessible to the water will be a fantastic addition for us. We still need to select or custom build a ladder per your design suggestion. Looks like it will have to be custom.

Next project is upper deck cracks, repairing any core issues, cracks, etc, and coating. Pilothouse windows need to be replaced, helm needs to be finished, and I might sneak a pilothouse extension in the works. Paint, of course. Also, I should add another A/C and wipers for helm.
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....Next project is upper deck cracks, repairing any core issues, cracks, etc, and coating. Pilothouse windows need to be replaced, helm needs to be finished, and I might sneak a pilothouse extension in the works. Paint, of course. Also, I should add another A/C and wipers for helm.
That's all? Heck, you're almost done. Great job on the door!
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Larry, it looks so good, some people are thinking 'Photoshop'. No idea where that would come from!
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So tell us.....when exactly did you become 'radicalized'?
Got my inspiration right here. When you hang out with a bunch of guys that cross oceans, anchor in hurricanes, build one-of-a-kind creations, pick fights over buttock lines and wear pink hats, radical just doesn't seem radical anymore. Joining a tough biker gang called "Wild Manatees" put me over the edge.
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Great job Larry. Now can you come up with a mod for the cockpit side access (doors for lack of a word, the wedge in place hernia kits !!!) Maybe your hinged transom door eliminates the need to use them but it's a big step up to a dock from the side of the swim platform.
Ideas for securing the door closed, check out Perko Hold Down Clamp #PKO-1113DPCHR, Sea Dog Brass Draw Clamp # PHX-36 PB or just go back to the orginal bronze barrel bolt drilled for a cotter pin to secure it closed which is what we have on our Manatee transom door.
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Transom door bronze barrel bolt might work placed on top of cap rail or find a larger size.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:05 PM   #40
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Thanks Bill & Larry for the suggestions. The Perko clamp might do but where did you see the Sea Dog unit....can't find it. The barrel bolt desigh could also work with an extra long bolt. The well under the doors support the bottom in case of a wave strike, but the cap rail needs something broad to keep the doors really rigid against the sides. Any of those designs would work well if they were large enough.
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