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Old 11-02-2012, 03:51   #1
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Ply Houseboat 26 '

Any info on ...how much epoxy /glass on the hull ..... Any ideas on final finish ..... Steering systems for outboard motor ...thanks linley
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Hi Linley.... Welcome to CF...
Think you'll have to give us a bit more info...
Build from new, rebuild, repair, 1 hull or two...
Pictures/diagram... anything would be good...
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What will be the weight of the total, should be actually the first question. That answered, you may decide on what to use in way of hull or hulls, if you want to use the catamaran idea. Than you have a basis for some sort of a displacement for the hull(s).
Add to that the weight of the interior, since it is a houseboat.
A steering system can be either by a cable and/or morsesystem.

In way of floats (acting as hull and foundation same time) you may use Aluminium tubing. There are suitable samples to find on the internet.
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Re: Ply house boat 26 '

polystyrene and ferro cement work great as a platform for houseboats,cheap and fast construction.
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Re: Ply house boat 26 '

I see you leave it in the open without any cover. Waterstains all over. (a bit exaggerated)
Can you give some dimensions? It looks to me pretty smallish. 26 x?

Based on what concept did you make the hull - i.e. what displacement?

Realise that a houseboat with headroom of at least 6' + needs to have beam to have some initial stability. Have you calculated some CoG?
In a houseboat everything is high up/above the waterline.
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I'd be coating that in Dynel cloth & epoxy resin, overlap over the chines & centerline & put an extra strip say 150mm wide down the centerline too. After that fair up with some epoxy mixed with a lightweight extender like Qcels or phenolic micro balloons or even West microlight Marine Epoxy - WEST SYSTEM Epoxy - WEST SYSTEM by ATL Composites then paint with your choice of finish, maybe some International "Primocon" & antifouling paint for sub waterline, they also have a choice of "systems for every where else too, also sell epoxy resin & Dynel. All tha best in your endeavours from Jeff.
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Has been covered all the time but some ebay tarps leaked . Been very wet summer on east coast of oz......thinking of putting layer of woven cloth over the hull..looking for ideas how heavy to go..made from plans ,,, haven delux 26 from ....build a boat plans catalogue ,,,...linley
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Re: Ply Houseboat 26 '

Hi, and welcome to the Forum.

You must mean the Clark Craft Haven 26

Most of the detail that you seek should be in the plans. If you don't have the originals or your copy has bits missing then it would be well worth while to spend the $135 and get a full copy from the designer. Then you can ask the person who should know.

As far as steering bits go I'd have a browse though a BIAS or Whitworths catalogue and have a talk with your intended outboard dealer.

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I'd be coating that in Dynel cloth & epoxy resin, overlap over the chines & centerline & put an extra strip say 150mm wide down the centerline too. After that fair up with some epoxy mixed with a lightweight extender like Qcels or phenolic micro balloons or even West microlight Marine Epoxy - WEST SYSTEM Epoxy - WEST SYSTEM by ATL Composites then paint with your choice of finish, maybe some International "Primocon" & antifouling paint for sub waterline, they also have a choice of "systems for every where else too, also sell epoxy resin & Dynel. All tha best in your endeavours from Jeff.
dont forget you will also need to treat all the interior ply and frames with resin as well,otherwise it will rot from the inside.
also along the bilge area provision must be made for limber holes so that any water will find its lowest point and not get trapped behind frames,allowing it to be pumped out.
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you might want to look at this thread,on how to do it properly!

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Many times I have thought about the practicality of houseboats. I came to the conclusion that on our busy, rough and not wind-sheltered open waters, they are no use. Unless designed for those unruly waters. Our lakes, yes. Big lakes with reasonable flat waters, yes, definitely. The trawler type as per link above, such a design is ideal for our waters and within limits can be adapted to use on open sea. Design and the understanding of designs is the basic principle to start with.
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