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Old 10-18-2015, 12:18 PM   #481
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We had white sh*t falling from the sky yesterday. High temp was 27 F! Brrrrrrr!

Hard to think that 'season 5' is now over and still working on the hull.



Back to work in 2 weeks to refill the project kitty. Hopefully there'll much more progress next year.

Stand down.

You're dong well, Rick. It's like in our business when we are developing the land on the mountains installing infrastructure through a depth of 18' of solid rock, many say that we are just screwing around. Then when the project gets to the framing stage, the same people will say that it went up over night. There are always slow parts to the work, and then parts that make a showing. Our philosophy as yours is to build on a strong foundation. If that's not right the product will never be right.

I am impressed with your work. Looking forward to next season.
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:13 AM   #482
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Old 04-01-2016, 09:28 PM   #483
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Hey Rick!

You out of hibernation yet?

If so,how are things in the big blue boat shed?
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:54 AM   #484
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Hey Rick!

You out of hibernation yet?
Nope not yet.

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If so,how are things in the big blue boat shed?
Ground is still soaked. Can't level the boat till it dries up a bit. Up till now I've just tinkered a bit and got all the pieces coming together to have my rudder built. Got the material for the skeg, changed my mind from aluminum to stainless. Gotta find someone to waterjet cut the parts for me.

Back to work in a week for a 7 week contract. That'll give me more $$$ fo the project but I'll loose a month of premium boat building time, 'cept for weekends.

Back at it soon. Standby..
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:27 AM   #485
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Good to hear you're making some progress.

Standing by.
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Old 06-11-2016, 11:46 AM   #486
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Fully out of hibernation now Ben.

Finished up my contract with the gubment at the end of May. Had a few family related things get in the way but I'm back to work on the boat now.

Leveled it up this morning and set to work locating the main bulkhead. Needed to do this to get my stringers in place and start on those.



More details & pics on today's blog update: M/V She:Kon: I admit, I've been slackin'!
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Old 06-11-2016, 01:01 PM   #487
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Rick, it's great to see you back at it
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Old 06-11-2016, 02:29 PM   #488
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It is good to see you back at it Rick, it's easy to get sidetracked as I have on my organic garden recently. Spent the morning getting it back into shape and feel better for doing so. Good luck going forward man, don't always comment but love tagging along on your build.
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:33 AM   #490
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Thanks fellas. It was too long a break.

This morning, cold & rain. I glued up a few more pieces for the stringers. They'll be ready to go in tomorrow. Not much else I can do till then.

Anywho, that large deep keel is telling me I need to do something with it. I was thinking of a 200 l Plastimo flexible water tank. In all likelihood I'll need ballast down there so $170 for 200 KG of weight seems cheap compared to lead and I'll have that much extra fresh water if needed.

There will be approx. 4" gap between oil pan and stainless drip tray. The flexible tank will go under that with about a 1" air gap between the tray and tank. I don't think heat will be a problem. We had bladders on our old boat for f/w & b/w. They weren't the best but on a small boat it was what it was.

Any thoughts?
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Not a huge fan of liquid ballast but understand the quandary. Where I looking to ballast a home build it'd likely be steel punchings in epoxy. Lead is ideal but as you've noticed it's pricy, besides air and moisture cannot wreak havoc with the steel if it cannot reach it.
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I think you want to keep the spaces under the tank dry. Don't know how you will do that with a flexible tank. for temporary ballasting water is fine but steel is much denser. Concrete has also ben used but steel in still much denser.
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I've got 460 lbs of lead. These boats always appear to be very light in the bow when built so the lead will likely go in the bow. My NavArc buddy thinks I'll need approx. another 800-1000 lbs to get her down on her lines.

I've looked for steel punchings but haven't found any. A buddy has them in the keel of his steel sailboat encapsulated in epoxy and they've been fine for over 30 yrs. Problem is just with supply.
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:23 AM   #494
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Ask a local steel supplier to either sell them to you(can take a couple of weeks)or if one of their customers has a punch press. Trust me those of us who work with steel are always willing to make a buck off our waste. Selling to the scrap man isn't so much lucrative as it is convenient. In most cases it's neither. Case of beer and a good attitude can go a long ways in bringing these deals together.
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Welcome back, Rick! Happy building.
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Glad to see things rolling again.
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Contact a heavy equipment outfit who works specifically on track undercarriages. You can buy discarded pins for scrap value.

Good to see you back at it Rick.

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Easing myself into this. Web log updated: Web log updated: M/V She:Kon: Easing myself into this

Thanks for the tips folks. :-)
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I vote you sit back a have a few cocktails to contemplate the next move. No sense in rushing into these things.

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Greetings,
Mr. SK. Another possible source of "weight" may be a high volume tire shop. I have no idea what they do with their old wheel weights but you may be able to swing a deal with their discards.
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