Originally Posted by icedout
Hello i am 16 years old .This summer 08 I began building this boat. Its 7 ft long 3.5 ft wide. I am using a push mower 5hp engine for the motor. When i first made the boat i used a belt drive system. At first the belt was to loose so when i created a belt tightener i ripped the belt all up. So then i went to an inboard outdrive. I origionally made homemade rc boats. Since this is my first time making a boat that i sit in i made the ratio 1:3 BIG MISTAKE! So now im done with the inboard outdrive im makeing a pure outboard now. Also i just began fiberglassing the boat. I put down a thin slab of bondo on the hull then put the fiberglass mat down. I press the mat down with a flat object so the bondo will get inbetween the fiberglass. After that i put a thick slab of bondo ontop.
What do you think?
My main goal is to take the boat all the way around kellys island.
Thank you for showing us the result of your efforts.
Obviously everything is possible.............although I doubt that THIS will stay afloat long enough to take you round any island larger than itself.
I do´nt like to discourage you, I like your initiative, but to get this "boat" stiff and afloat in a proper manner you have to invest a lot of money and hassle.
Maybe the best advice is given by saying: search this Forum for a simple design that is within your budget and skills (apart from boldness it seems you have some), and invest in building a safe boat. http://www.bateau.com/proddetail.php?prod=FL12
If it comes to GRP works have a look here: http://www.westsystem.com/ss/use-guides/
the job is almost the same in Polyester resin.
You may also google "stitch and glue boat" to get a clue how the others do such job.
Anyway, all the best and have success.