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Old 19-08-2012, 13:07   #481
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

With the batteries located at the lowest point inside the boat a fuel or water leak combined with a bilge pump failure could make life exiting. Murphy's law applies here.
It's very tempting to place the very heavy batteries in the keel but I cant recall ever seeing a boat with that configuration. The subject might generate an interesting thread itself.
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Old 19-08-2012, 15:15   #482
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With the batteries located at the lowest point inside the boat a fuel or water leak combined with a bilge pump failure could make life exiting. Murphy's law applies here.
It's very tempting to place the very heavy batteries in the keel but I cant recall ever seeing a boat with that configuration. The subject might generate an interesting thread itself.
I have seen batts stacked up in the keel of some large sailboats.

Had a chat with a NavArc at work last week and we discussed it. He doesn't seem to think that moving the batts back up into the engine room space will adversely affect stability too much. I'll post a new sketch tomorrow.
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Old 20-08-2012, 03:38   #483
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

I worked on preparing Whitehawk, 105 ft Bruce King ketch, for towing back to US, after a fire on board.
Batteries the size of small fridges in the bilges.
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Old 23-08-2012, 16:43   #484
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

This is the "mimic panel" I designed with Front Panel Express. They give you the software to do the design and submit it to them and they cut it for you. This is the second panel I've had them do for the new boat! Not a big project but still pretty cool!

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Old 26-08-2012, 10:07   #485
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When it's too hot in the kitchen get the hell out! How hot was it in the boat shed today? This hot!



That's about $10 worth of epoxy that kicked off within 6 minutes at about 95 degs F! Grrrrrr!



This stuff gets hot lemme tell ya! I had to rip the glove off and toss the tray outside. It was smokin'!

I started out in the shed this morning about 8:30. It was already about 80 degs F in there but with the fans going full blast it was tolerable. I wanted to get the final layers of tape on the keel.



Working alone doing this type of job sucks. I had to resort to a lil' 3M Super 77 to keep the tape from blowing around and ending up in the dirt. I know it's not ideal but it's what I had to do.



Once I got the tape all laid out it was onto the epoxy. I knew I had to work quickly and resorted to the roller instead of the chip brush. Both are messy but the roller a little bit less so. I made it from the bow back a little farther than the tape in the lower section of the pic above. That's when I ran into problems with the epoxy kicking off too quickly. I had two paint trays in rotation because a little uncured epoxy will hasten the curing process. I'd leave one to drip out while using the other. I think I'll need to pick up a couple more trays! *sigh*

Oh well, get an early start on it again tomorrow and see if I can get the rest of the taping done. Then it's onto some really big fiberglass!

On another side note we took our lil' dinky for her maiden voyage yesterday! Was a lil' worried the Jeep couldn't pull this monstrosity!



Here we are underway. The Admiral scanning for hazards! Look the other way dear!



Minn Kota 55lb thrust trolling motor pushed us along at a blistering 3.85 kts at full power. At half power we were doing 2.2-2.5 kts. Time to renew my fishing license methinks!
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:39   #486
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

This morning I've been thinking..... This is when Lori always says: "Uh oh!"

Well I'm always thinking. I'm the idea guy! Straddling the line between genius and insanity I say!

I'm half thinking about revisiting the infusion process for some of this boat hull project. Gotta put some more thought into that. I'll eliminate a lot of issues but also adds some expense and a great potential for disaster! No risk, no reward, correct?

Anywho, this morning I tried filling the little voids left in the tape with straight epoxy. It immediately ran straight out. I think that was my problem. The epoxy just ran out leaving dry tape behind. The peelply should have helped mitigate this actually. So I decided to mix up a batch of "baby puke" (cause that's exactly what it looks like) which is epoxy thickened with micro baloons. It really does look like the stuff Daniel used to spit up all the time!



This did a better job and will require just a light sanding before the next layers go over top. There are a few larger voids that'll have to be ground out and repaired.

The tape would just not lay down on some sections. I'm suspecting I got a bad roll of tape. Either got wet or contaminated somehow. Anyhow, no biggie, I ordered another roll from Noah's so we're all set now.



The keel seams are all taped now. Just a few small parts on the very back of the keel to add some extra material for piece of mind.



Once this is all setup it's back to the sander to prep the hull for fiberglass! Thank gawd it's been a long haul with a bum knee and the heat. I'm really looking forward to getting the outside done and this thing flipped!

Time to go put my thinkin' cap on and maybe a power nappy!
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Some have asked and I like to have this around to remind me of what this thing will look like when finished (I hope)!

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Is that the stretched one Rick?
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Is that the stretched one Rick?
Yup, photoshop of one built in Turkey a few years ago.
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

I don't remember building in a skylight!



Winds were gusting to 65 km/h this morning and ripped this section of the shrink wrap off the roof!



In hind sight I wish I had used something different to cover the shed. This will definitely be a PITA to fix. Gotta wait till the weather lets up though.
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What does a 90 lb roll of fiberglass look like hovering in the air?

Just like this!



Seams are all sanded. Just need to wipe them down then will likely get glassing sometime this week. Just waiting for my buddy to arrive so we can fix the shed roof. Standby.
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Swallowing the anchor. After 32 yrs in the Coast Guard this is my last day! The second happiest day of a sailor's life, walking down the gangway for the last time. It's been an adventure. Now it's time for the real fun to begin!
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Congratulations, Rick!!!
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Congratulations!
I have just a few more months until I retire from the Navy, has to a great feeling looking ahead to the future.
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