efficient 10m displacement powercat (build thread)

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by groper, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. groper
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    Ok, so i got the front windscreen fitted up, including my little opening window on gas struts... it worked out pretty well except i think ill have to take back the struts and swap them for longer units so i can get a bit more travel and have the window stay open a bit wider...

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    A bit more bogging and what not happening inside, sneaking up on painting the interior port side...

    Transoms are painted and im thinking i could dig some holes under there so i could fit up the outboard motors aswell...? Its either that or wait until i lift the boat up higher - which im gonna do in order to finish the underwing / tunnel area as it kills my back to work under there hunched over...
    Heres a new angle of the boat which i havnt photographed before - its what i see out of my bedroom window :)

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  2. jorgepease
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    looks pretty cool!! what's the orange hose for?
     
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    QUOTE=groper;749200
    Ok, so i got the front windscreen fitted up, including my little opening window on gas struts... it worked out pretty well except i think ill have to take back the struts and swap them f have the window stay open a bit wor longer units so i can get a bit more travel andider...
    bit more bogging and what not happening inside, sneaking up on painting the interior port side...

    Transoms are painted and im thinking i could dig some holes under there so i could fit up the outboard motors aswell...? Its either that or wait until i lift the boat up higher - which im gonna do in order to finish the underwing / tunnel area as it kills my back to work under there hunched over...

    Looking great Groper,
    Plenty air gunna come thru that window at 15 Knots or at anchor, gas struts are a little tricky;)
    might as well jack it up & sit on a few stray pallets & carpet, you're back is worth all that & plenty more than a boat, on one cat we built an "underwing bed" so could "repose" but sand etc with some greater ergonomics....

    All the best from Jeff.
     
  4. groper
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    It's just an extraction fan hose Jorge :) gets a bit hot in there until I can get all the hatches and portholes cut out. I'm spray painting the interior with 2 pack so I don't wanna choke to death in there either :)
     
  5. jorgepease
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    ahhh ok, of course ... don't know what I was thinking, lol thought maybe a new trick in infusion!!
     
  6. waikikin
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    Makes it easier to see where & what you're doing. We used to send the trunk into a row of milk crates cable tied together & wrapped in some synthetic quilt media/blanket, trapped a lot of the particles. Some cheap fans cut into a square of ply shift a lot of air for over hatch cutouts.
    Jeff.
     
  7. SaltOntheBrain
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    X2 on the cheap porthole fans. $10 can make a world of difference. Even cheaper if you get 'em at garage sales.
     
  8. groper
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    heres what been happening down inside the hulls...

    The view looking into the soon to be painted bathroom which shows what things look like before the undercoat goes on...
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    And the next 2 are from standing in the bathroom looking forward into the forward cabin area...

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  9. whitepointer23

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    Its a credit to you groper. Looking terrific.
     
  10. jorgepease
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    I can't help but think of all the work, especially the fairing you had to do! It looks great!!!!!!
     
  11. gregkuiper
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    Great job. There is a cat very similar to yours being finished up in Costa Mesa, California. I have been watching its progress for a while and your's looks great :)
     
  12. groper
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    More bogging and sanding, it seems to never end!!!

    This is what i have to deal with... sometimes i feel a bit overwhelmed and think, stuff it, just paint over all the imperfections and hurry up and get it on the water. But i cant bring myself to do it, and so it continues...

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    Ive also decided to redo the stairs down into the hulls. I wasnt happy with how they were and so they have been modified to give a more aesthetically pleasing demeanor. Ill get some pics after ive glassed them in...
     
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    That's 'sandinsanity' I have it too! I hope there's a good 12 step program to ween us off the sanding dust when the boat hits the water! ;)

    Boat is coming along nicely groper! You're doing a masterful job. Keep up the good work.

    Cheers
     
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    Layout looks nice! I feel for you Groper, IMO fairing is worse than giving birth, especially what you got going on there!!! :(
     

  15. groper
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    Its not the standard panel areas or even the curved areas which are the problem, but all the coves and especially the corners where 2 or 3 coves meet which are the real pain in the bum. There is so many linear meters of coves and edges (havnt counted them but it must be hundreds of meters), and each one needs to be carefully sanded along the edge of the adjacent panel, then the cove itself, and then repeat the whole process a second time when you do the second fill!

    Eliminating this part of the build process is something ill definately think about for the next project. You can see others like rob denny have clearly already discovered this when you look at how they approach their design and build methods. See what i mean -

    http://harryproa.com/?portfolio=harryproa-cruiser-60
     
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