yeah, the glass work is sloppy......just want it strong and watertight.....it's going to be painted and grassed, pretty doesn't matter ;)
next up will be reinforcing the transom with plywood and glassing it in......need to stuff the nose with foam and build a bulkhead and glass that in.....add some ribs to the interior floor....build a splashguard all around the cockpit.....add a few handles and cleats.....build a motor mount...paint
i've got a 2.5hp coming my way, too
still thinking i can get it done for first week of duck season
Yukon-had me fooled =when I first saw the pile of rubble-I thought what the hell is he going to make out of that ??--Then I saw all the hard work going on and you moved your Toilet closer to the project-from the outhouse by the pool, I thought this guys either a Genius or He has that dreaded Duckincurelitus !!--going to be deadly-next time try the combing material of plastic under glass.--Yukon stated -She may be ugly but she hunts--Lost a great hunter to Duckincureiltus--and Dammed Ugly- She Won every Blue Ribbon at Fryeburg --just walking by the Live Stock areas !! --miss her SOW !!
Looks like a fun project Hopefully it holds up ok, looks like you lost a lot of the integrity of the hull by cutting the big hole in the top. The bulkheads and ribs you added should help alot, but it looks like a weak spot to me on the front at the edge of the coaming. JMHO. Can't wait to see some finished pics.
that bulkhead added to the front makes a huge difference......i can't flex the deck (at all) or hull (hardly at all) with the maple & cedar coaming, the ribs and the front bulkead glassed in......the whole front is stuffed with foam and spray foam......2x4's all around, bulkhead screwed/epoxied in and glassed over
i really didn't make the hole any bigger in the front than i had to, but to cut the molded cockpit out, that's pretty much where i had to go....
i was going to add knees or posts to support the deck on the edges and in the front.....but they really aren't needed....all the wood really stiffened it up
i bought cabelas woven grass mats....one will be cut to cover the nose and rear decks
two others are 4'x4', and should lay right over the front 2/3 of the cockpit nice......they will roll up small and light and are easy to get out of the way.....i am really leaning towards rigging up a couple of pieces of PVC or rope across the cockpit at 3' intervals, and just laying the mats over the top
plan is for one or two guys to sit with their backs against the rear bulkhead......the mats would cover probably right up to their knees or more......i might use the wire idea to rig a hood if it seems necessary.....
Nice job Yukon! That us one sweet rig. Thanks for posting all the pics as it progressed too. I'm curious to see how she rides in the water. I want to build a boat so bad just have been way to busy. Someday I will though. I love stalking posts and gleaning ideas! get some duck blood on her and she'll look even better!
my glass MM Boat-took those wire secure half rings -electric dept. big box store--black plastic-secured by short wood screws--these are used to run wiring--( big ones for conduit) --get the black ones--buy bungee cords by the yard thread through the fastened --wire holders--then you can stretch the sh-- out of the shock/bungee cord tie it off --then zip-tie grass , I get real and the colored fast grass in bags at Cabelas--lasted for 3 years-just dressed it up..If I could put pics on here ---
sub - not sure - those sail boats tend to be pretty stable, and are built for two people with the mast & centerboard.....with all that removed, i think i'm pretty equal on the added weight.....pretty much all the foam that was removed was added back into the boat
i am thinking, based on what i've seen other guys do with these boats, i am thinking 2 guys and gear will be just fine
decoy - i've got a box of 4x4 woven grass mats from cabelas - one will get cut to cover the front/rear decks some.....the other two will get hung over the cockpit
once i see how that looks, i'll add a few bungees here and there for some vertical grass....so i'll check the wire rings