building new amas/floats from recycled beachcat hulls

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by trip the light fandango, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. trip the light fandango
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    trip the light fandango Senior Member

    No I didn't know that, thanks.
     
  2. redreuben
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    redreuben redreuben

    Yes, the paper last longer because the water washes the "dust" away, it cuts better because of the lube, like drilling steel.
    Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to the water.
    With wet and dry 120 is quite coarse, you can then go through a few grades till 1200 after which you can buff with cutting compound. Say 120,320,600,1200 buff.
    Wipe or spray on India ink in acetone as guide coat. :)
    If you have large areas to rough down use an air powered sander.
    Obviously because electric and water aren't a good combination.
     
  3. trip the light fandango
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    I didn't think of air powered, I've used wet and dry years ago with an electric orbital on flat surfaces successfully, useful information thanks redreuben.
    My epoxy has dried so I can go ahead, the bloody weight issue is annoying me though, to stop now and start a better longer lighter more expensive version is going to take many months to get to where I am now, I would dunce the daggerboard idea though . I'm surprised how many obligations I have that I didn't think took up much time, it has become apparent they do,..ha.. err. Throwing away what I have built without testing /using them would be pretty depressing. but save time and money.I just don't know whether the weight will sink their usefulness .
     
  4. BlueBell
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    BlueBell Ahhhhh...

    Don't quit Trip.
    Finish what you started.
    Try and reduce or minimise weight.
    Get her in the water.
    If it is the disaster you're anticipating, then remove all the hardware and scrap it.
    You'll have learned a sh*t load and be that much wiser for the next build.
     
  5. trip the light fandango
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    trip the light fandango Senior Member

    I've cleared the decks and reclad the side of the house , as to wife's wishes, should be able to get the boat home and start working on it in the next couple of weeks.
     
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  6. redreuben
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    redreuben redreuben

    Ah yes the key to domestic happiness;
    “Do half of everything she can do and everything she can’t “
     

  7. trip the light fandango
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    trip the light fandango Senior Member

    This will be the 3rd time I've gone to Vic roads and bought a 1 month trailer permit , I've got the mast and beams home.
    I've been going to bed planning new birdlike beams with enough float to keep the boat mostly out of the water upside down with a wishbone prodder that can both lower /raise the mast and be 2 arms of a tripod to lift a bag of water overturned. Also lightweight.... lengthening the bows of all 3 to make up for the extra weight already gained,.. a slippery slope.
     
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