Infusion Plan

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by jorgepease, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. SamSam
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    SamSam Senior Member

    I have a safety suggestion for you. It looks like it will be very easy to be thrown or fall off the boat, so you need to use the kill switch feature on the motor and keep the lanyard securely connected to you whenever the motor is running and in gear. It's one sort of terror to fall off and watch the boat disappear in the distance and another sort of terror to fall off and have the boat circle round and round trying to run you over until it runs out of gas. In that situation there's a very high danger of being blunt object beat by the hull and/or chopped up by the propeller.

    You also might want to purposely jump off and see how hard it is to get back on while in deep water. If there is nothing to grab onto to help pull yourself aboard, it can sometimes be very hard to re-board, and the more you try, the tireder (is that a word?) you get until you're exhausted. We had a largish friend go overboard and had to finally just tow him to shore so he could get back in. There was no real provision for him to get back in, such as a ladder or something and he didn't have the strength to hoist himself back in. (a higher sided boat than yours) Even with plenty of big strong people on board, it wasn't possible, as he was like a gigantic greased watermelon and you couldn't get a firm grip on him anywhere.

    Otherwise, the boat looks very good and thanks for documenting the build so well!

    So, what's your next project?
     
  2. jorgepease
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    jorgepease Senior Member

    Hey SamSam,

    The boat is so stable I don't fear falling off but your absolutely right about using the lanyard ... with hydraulic steering my boat would just power off into the sunset and the thought of that embarrassment along with getting eaten by sharks has gotten me in the habit of using it. ))

    As to getting back on, it's pretty easy, I would compare it to getting out of a swimming pool without a ladder. It's only about 4 inches out of the water in back, that said, a ladder of some sort is in future plans.

    My next project is to finish this one lol, Iv been too lazy enjoying her to even get a rubrail on her. I just got finished with prop modifications and am adding some grab rails and re-running the rigging this summer so I can get rid of those orange tubes, they ruin the seating areas and make it hard to cross from side to side when you have a fish on back there.
     

  3. jorgepease
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    jorgepease Senior Member

    What a change a little bright work makes

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