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Old 04-01-2015, 11:59 PM
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All the side panels are just being held in place with stainless screws at the moment, no glue. I'm going to run some wiring behind the panels for the lights and a horn up front as well as put 1.5" thick insulation foam for flotation behind the side panels. Home Depot sells the sheets in 4x8 size and its pretty cheap. It also seems to have zero water absorption.
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Old 05-08-2015, 01:36 PM
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Been using a nice polyester fairing compound/filler on the hull. Here are the steps I took to give me a nice finish to paint on. Not car show quality, but nice enough to turn heads
1. Glass the boat with 2 layers of 6oz woven cloth
2. Make sure to squeegee out any excess resin
3. After resin cures use a roller to put on a filler coat to fill in all the porosity from shrinkage
4. sand with 60 grit belt and orbital sander
5. put on nice thin coat of fairing compound over entire hull using plastic spreader
6. sand with orbital sander 60 grit, nice and even
7. mix up resin with red polydust and spread on super thin over entire boat to fill any tiny holes
8. Sand hull with 60 grit, then 120
9. Next step is to apply primer, then paint. Will post pics when I get to that step.
I have refined the technique and find that you only need to follow steps 1,2,4,5,8,9 to get a good finish. The other steps are just overkill and a waste of time.
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:19 PM
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Picked up a used galvanized trailer on Craiglist over the weekend for $300. It came with a small aluminum boat and a Minn Kota motor. I ended up selling the small boat and motor for $220 so the trailer ended up costing me only $80

Now I'm working on the finishing touches for the boat. Adding cup holders, cleats, , drain holes, rod holders, oar locks and other hardware as well as sanding the interior for a final paint coat.

Also purchased a great hatch cover for about $40 at West Marine for the bow hatch.


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Old 09-13-2015, 12:09 AM
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Going to put the boat in the water tomorrow and see how she floats. Today repainted the sanded areas and put all the hardware on. Going to launch at Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA, row out to a couple of good fishing spots and spend a few hours fishing.
I'm really curious to see what the water line ends up being on the panga. Next week I'm off to the DMV to register the boat so that i can run it with the electric motor.
I'm very tempted to throw a Sabot mast/sail combo on it with a nice rudder and daggerboard box and make it a motor sailor.

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Old 05-09-2016, 02:30 PM
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I'm building this same boat and would love to see the photos in the thread but they are unavailable. Are they posted anywhere else?
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:50 PM
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