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Discussion in 'Projects & Proposals' started by garrybull, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. garrybull
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    wheelhouse roof is almost ready to be wet flatted and polished up.

    i have in the meantime made the dash plug and moulded it and a small throttle control plug and moulded that as well.

    the control mould allows it to sit at an angle towards the helmsman instead of it being square to the dash.

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    hopefully the roof mould will be made sometime this week.

    after that i can make a start on the outboard pod and platform plug and a seat box plug for the helm seat.
     
  2. boat fan
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    Amazing work...........

    Amazing work Garry.

    Fascinating to see the whole process from mold making to finished parts.

    Your work suggests you have many years of experience with this material.

    Not suitable for a beginner :) !
     
  3. garrybull
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    thanks mate.

    ive been working with grp properly now for around 8 years or so but have been using it for probably well over 20 years.

    got a lot more work to do to the new moulds before i can make the first boat.

    i need to wet flat them down and polish them up.

    i hate sanding down the duratec paint.

    its not hard , its just very dusty work.

    hence why i need to wet flat the moulds.

    i don't mind the wet flatting as i find that quite easy.

    a beginner could do what im doing but i would say just take your time to make sure you get it all right.

    you wouldn't want to lay up a mould and then it won't release from the plug.

    make sure all angles allow it to release and use plenty of release wax and pva to make sure it all comes off ok.
     
  4. jorgepease
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    Thanks for documenting this, nice work!
     
  5. garrybull
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    thanks mate.

    not much done lately as ive had to take on some extra grp work to boost up the funds due to work being really slow.

    ive almost finished on the roof mould so once thats been popped off the plug i'll get some more pics posted.
     
  6. Westfield 11
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    Garry, I have been lurking and watching for a while, but I had to break my silence to say that this is one of the most interesting threads I have followed in years. Your skill, ambition and craftsmanship is truly an inspiration. Thanks!
     
  7. garrybull
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    thanks mate.

    i do hope this thread has helped people to have a go at fibreglassing as it can be a bit daunting if you have never done it before.

    im pretty much self taught so if i can do it any one can.

    can't wait to get started on the outboard pod plug now.

    hopefully will be starting that next week whilst doing other jobs for other people so a bit of juggling involved.
     
  8. garrybull
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    roof mould is now off the plug.

    needs trimming up and the pva washing out and then it can be wet flatted and polished up.

    there is a couple little bits of damage to be repaired. nothing major so will be easy to do.

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    next up is the outboard pod plug which will be made as one big plug to take both outboards.

    looking forward to making that.
     
  9. JSL
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    JSL Senior Member

    I've seen the hull, now the deck & cabin. Were any drawings done to give us an idea of what the finished boat would look like? If I recall, the boat (tunnel hull) is around 20' (6m)???
     
  10. garrybull
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    the hull is 19ft 6" with a 9ft beam.

    when the outboard pod is fitted that will take the length to 22ft.

    i did some rough drawings on my computer to scale and it all looked fine.

    most of what i have done up to now is all from my head.

    i can see how i want it to look so build it as i see it and so far its all gone to plan.

    it won't be long till i actually start to build a boat from the new moulds.

    just got a lot wet flatting and polishing to do first.

    just the pod plug and mould to make and then i can start thinking about getting everything polished up ready.
     
  11. mandesign
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    looks great
     
  12. garrybull
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    thanks mate.

    im now in the middle of sanding and flatting the pod plug ready for some duratec surface primer.

    hoping to start that tomorrow or monday.
     
  13. garrybull
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    not been on for a while due to being busy with other grp work on other peoples boats.

    i have now made the pod mould and am just making a flange for the mould which i'll have finished tomorrow.

    once thats done i can then start the process of wet flatting and polishing up the moulds.

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  14. jorgepease
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    Looks very nice!!
     

  15. garrybull
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    thanks mate.

    will be starting the wet flatting and polishing this week.

    hopefully that don't take too many weeks to complete :D
     
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