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Old 12-02-2012, 11:27 PM   #22
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This reminds me of when Michelangelo said he could see a sculpture within a block of marble, and all he had to do was carve away the excess rock.

You, my lad, must have a very strong vision of the finished boat in your mind! If you pull this off, somebody will give you a hero badge!!
Lol thanks Muz. It's not a case of "if I pull this off" rather "when I pull this off" :-) if I have learnt anything at all it is you must have vision and be able to believe in yourself. Anyone can do what i am doing, it's just a case of believing in yourself and laughing off the nay sayers.

When I was little a old man once said to me, how do you eat an elephant. I dunno I said in which he replied, a little bit at a time. I didn't know what he meant at the time because elephants had nothing to do with what i was doing (or complaining about doing) but now I've grown up I understand what he meant. If I look at the job as a whole it will beat me. If I look at the job in a step by step breakdown then it's easier.

What's the worse that can happen? I fail. I'd rather try and fail than sit there wondering what if :-)

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:29 PM   #23
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Lol my dad use to call me Gunga Din when I was little lol. Haven't heard that in years! Lol

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Those elephant bones might come in handy as ribs. Good luck.
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Those elephant bones might come in handy as ribs. Good luck.
Yeah to whack the naysayers over head with

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:49 PM   #26
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Lol my dad use to call me Gunga Din when I was little lol. Haven't heard that in years! Lol

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By watching what you are accomplishing/doing and the way you are approaching/attacking your project...I felt (i.e sort of knew) that, Gunga Din!
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Ok well it was day 10. The remaining original port side was removed and the ribs construction continued down to the bow. I ran out of 100x50 hardwood Jarrah so that stopped the rib building for the day.

I received 20 sheets of 2400x1200x18 - 9 ply today so they went into the garage to be epoxy coated with two coats prior to going on the boat. That'll get the hull wrapped. All up ill need 40 sheets.

I also got an email to say my heat exchangers and oil coolers have almost finished getting rebuilt and are currently getting painted.

So yeah that were we're at atm

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Comin' along nicely Hendo...I can almost visualise it now..I think..?
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Comin' along nicely Hendo...I can almost visualise it now..I think..?
Hey Pete! how are ya mate?
I'm glad you can cause I can't hahaha. Ah just kidding. I have a picture in my head and just gotta transfer it into a boat lol

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Old 12-12-2012, 12:28 PM   #32
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Yo, Matt

It's her currently naked bow stem that has me concerned... wrap that baby up fore she catches cold! lol Keep doen the good work!

Hey - There are plenty of fine-design classic wood boats in the U.S. (maybe in Australia too??) being inches from chain-saw-demo that would love to meet you. Some of em could become quite $$$$ valuable once brought back to life at reasonable cost. And, I sure don't mean they all need to be torn down nearly as fully as you are currently undertaking. If you haven’t already, I recommend seeing/reading the whole thread (picts tell a thousand words) of "Scary" (i.e. Steve) refurbishing/repairing a grand old Chris Craft at Ladds’ yard in SF Delta. Steve’s just about entering the last leg of repairs. http://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/s32/im-about-start-project-older-chriscraft-6833.html

There are Huckins, Stephens, Matthews, Elco, Richardson, Trumpy... and many other brand classic boats yearning for repair. Some wealthy people love to purchase a real classic “yacht” that is in good condition, and some are willing to pay a tall price to have a piece of boat-art they can show off to family, friends, and business associates. The Chris Craft that Scary/Steve is refinishing had/has restoration problems that probably exceed her true-market $$$ value, but the owner loves her and appears ready to complete the project... With that said: There are classic woodies I’ve seen that have been neglected yet I believe are not soooo much in need of full-on structural repairs as the Chris. Would be an interesting market to tap into if the buyers could be pre arranged – anywhere in the world. Similar to the buyers who spend hundred$ of thousand$ (up to million$) on rare classic autos!

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Hey Art. How's things mate? Thanks for the info as the link! She has a big old naked nose atm. The thing is its been raining here a bit over the last week and a half So i need it to stop raining and dry out as the epoxy I am using is 100% solids with no evaporative thinners so the timber won't be able to breathe once I coat it so she has to stay naked at this stage.

How's your girl going?

Thanks again for your reply and links etc

Very much appreciated mate!

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Hey Art. How's things mate? Thanks for the info as the link! She has a big old naked nose atm. The thing is its been raining here a bit over the last week and a half So i need it to stop raining and dry out as the epoxy I am using is 100% solids with no evaporative thinners so the timber won't be able to breathe once I coat it so she has to stay naked at this stage.

How's your girl going?

Thanks again for your reply and links etc

Very much appreciated mate!

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Hendo - Which girl o' mine you talken bout? I've got a wife, daughter, daughter in law, three grand daughters, a cool-chick 89 yr mom in law who's a kick... and currently three classic FG boats as well as a 1967 Buick Wildcat muscle car that I call "her" or "she" too... LOL And, I always got my eyes open for another... boat or car that is!

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So what is a Cray boat? IIRC there is a lobstery sort of creature down there called a cray, so is that what these boats were designed to fish for?
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Hendo - Which girl o' mine you talken bout? I've got a wife, daughter, daughter in law, three grand daughters, a cool-chick 89 yr mom in law who's a kick... and currently three classic FG boats as well as a 1967 Buick Wildcat muscle car that I call "her" or "she" too... LOL And, I always got my eyes open for another... boat or car that is!

Can hardly wait to see your next progress picts
Lol I was referring to the aqua variety of girl namely your boat :-)

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So what is a Cray boat? IIRC there is a lobstery sort of creature down there called a cray, so is that what these boats were designed to fish for?
Ya ha. Indeed you recall correct ;-)

This boat was built circa 1958 as a commercial crayfish/lobster boat. At this stage I am not sure of how long she ran the waters here in WA until retiring but I have an application in under the FOI act and that being a Govt. dept. should take as long to get the info as it will take me to rebuild the boat lol.

At this stage all we know is she was part of a fleet and up until 7 years ago was in the water. My mate bought her from some old salt 7 years ago and put her in a hard stand with the intention to do what i am doing now but got scared off and that's where she stood till I saved her.

Her name is ACE HIGH but I will be renaming her BACK IN BLACK. couple of reasons. 1st is she will have a black bow and sides, 2nd is she will be "back" in the water, 3rd it's a fookin awesome song from an Australian band with the lead singer from WA. (ACDC) so yeah seems to tie in nicely IMHO.

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Hendo,
A lot of the old cray boat builders are still kicking around down in thet South West corner and some good boat builders who would be most willing to give you some verbal advice and probably sketches of what you should be achieving.
What fasteners are you using on the frames , stainless (316) or copper.
I know with my own boat most of my major frame bolts are copper that I made using 1/2" solid rod and just threaded the amount I required on one end, on the otherenough thread for the nut then peaned over the rod end to form a bolt.
Some of my bolts were 16 to 20 inches in length.
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A lot of the old cray boat builders are still kicking around down in thet South West corner and some good boat builders who would be most willing to give you some verbal advice and probably sketches of what you should be achieving.
What fasteners are you using on the frames , stainless (316) or copper.
I know with my own boat most of my major frame bolts are copper that I made using 1/2" solid rod and just threaded the amount I required on one end, on the otherenough thread for the nut then peaned over the rod end to form a bolt.
Some of my bolts were 16 to 20 inches in length.
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Hey Beno.
Cheers for the comments and advice mate! I've been looking around a fair bit for help and advice but can't find anyone so im flying solo. i know im doing it all wrong but its the only way I know how to do it so if you know of anyone or somewhere I can look please do let me know.

In relation to frame bolts. I'm using epoxy coated M12 Galv cupheads. I am also using M12 epoxy coated Galv coach bolts and for through keel bolting I am using epoxy coated M12 Galv threaded rod. At the moment I have used single nuts to fasten the bolts but after I rack the frame and once I'm happy with it all, I will be putting a second nut on as a locking nut and tack weld it with my MIG welder so any movement and vibration won't back the nuts off. I could use lock tight liquid but I'm not keen on that stuff.

When I sheet her over Christmas, ill be using structural epoxy glue and mechanically fixing with 8 gauge counter sunk stainless steel screws that will be buried in the ply and epoxy sealed.

Busy times ahead :-)

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Today's update. Getting the motor pulled out tomorrow and having it rebuilt. Pretty excited :-D

Started putting the first coats of my 100% solids Bote-Cote on the ply sheets.

Taking the ski boat out today and will spend the day cruising up the river, stopping into wineries and will have a picnic lunch

Here's a couple of pics of my ply ready for coating, my other boat (that floats) and one we took when your local lads paid us a visit on ANZAC day

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