Building a drift boat

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Chuck289, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    We are using epoxy resin. You know I occasionally see people wearing respirators, like when doing a lot of sanding work, but usually it's dust masks and the ventillation system is turned on.
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  2. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Ok, not as familiar with epoxy, I've heard its not as harsh. I did my fg work with polyester, and could barely stand it, no way you'd be able to work with it in an enclosed garage. Glad to hear about dust masks, one fg project and I'll never work with the crap again. Boat looks good!
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  3. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    The gunnels have been bolted on and patched up with filler.
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    Next was 2 layers of fiberglass, then a layer of carbon fiber followed by a layer of veil. It will be sanded and polished to look smooth and shiney like the picture in the previous post :wink:
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  4. GP640

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    Cool boat!

    Good thing Klay isn't looking (gunnels).:lol3
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  5. Hardware02

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    Gunwales.
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  6. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    Oh snap, Uhm...Its the official "engineering" spelling :patch



    He doesn't leave the basement much, right?
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  7. Corytrade

    Corytrade n00b

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  8. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    We're heading into finals week, then spring break. So we'll pick this up in April.
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  9. Chuck289

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    We are finally back at it. A lot will be happening in the next few weeks.
    We've started putting in wooden strips that the side trays and front deck will be mounted on.

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    And also a performance exhaust :lol3
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  10. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    Things are moving along. I've got plenty of pictures to post for you.
    We fiberglassed the wooden "shelves" in. We got the side trays put in, and the outside of the boat is now painted

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    Cut some aluminum sheet to match the curve.
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    Aluminum pipe was slotted to fit the sheet.
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    Flanges welded on to the ends of the pipe where we would fiberglass over.
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  11. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    Vertical posts were welded on for additional support.
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    Getting ready to glass in the trays
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    After the fiberglass layup. Just letting it cure now.
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    After it had all cured, the boat was much more rigid.
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    And now its blue! :eek1
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    Now we are working on these front decks.
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    This weekend the boat will be getting a protective urethane layer sprayed on the bottom of the hull.
    http://armacoatings.com/marine/

    That's all for now, More to come soon!
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  12. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    Very cool project !
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  13. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    We got the boat coated with Arma Coating. This week we're planning on spraying the inside with Zolatone. We are also working on the anchor system and oar lock blocks. We hope to get it finished (or mostly finished) this week so we can present it at some Senior project symposium thingy...

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  14. Fe Man

    Fe Man I am Iron Moran!

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    Not worried about the glass over the aluminum braces cracking as the boat flexes?
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  15. MountainsandRivers

    MountainsandRivers loves dirty things!

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    Sweet project! Are you going to test on the upper Klamath or be gentle and just go for the lower Klamath? Rowing drift boats are fun, just don't let some rookie trash the boat the first day out!
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  16. Chuck289

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    No clue! Hopefully we can get this thing in the water soon and find out. You talk like we know what we are doing :lol3
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  17. Chuck289

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    I think upper. Our advisor is the experienced boater. We'll let him drive, its his money anyway.
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    Dysco Puppy wrangler

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    Jeebus, we get it. :rolleyes
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  19. Fe Man

    Fe Man I am Iron Moran!

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    Sorry about the double tap; no explanation as to how it happened.
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  20. Dysco

    Dysco Puppy wrangler

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    I figured it was out of character... I saw 3 when I posted, separated by other posts. I had a Santa flashback. :lol3
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