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Grtechguy
Grtechguy MegaDork
6/18/22 7:28 a.m.

The last couple of days I went out for a guy's trip across Lake Michigan.    

It's a requirement to swim in the center at least once.

 

Grtechguy
Grtechguy MegaDork
6/18/22 7:29 a.m.

Hard to believe this is a freshwater lake some days

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) MegaDork
6/18/22 3:13 p.m.

In reply to Sonic :

Great work. I'm going to have to do a fair bit of cosmetic repairs on my boat in the near future. I expect it to be awful, and may just pay somebody to do it.

Sonic
Sonic UberDork
6/18/22 7:16 p.m.

Here's a picture from today showing the finished interior and you can clearly see the platform I made from 1" marine ply to make a lounge area in the bow.  Would us Isiteek again. 

 

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) MegaDork
6/18/22 8:18 p.m.

I fixed the bow roller on the winch and mounted a new rod holder. The boat was missing this side when I got it a few years ago and I finally got tired of looking at it.

Ignore the filth. laugh

 

Next up: fix that cracked gunwale.

Sonic
Sonic UberDork
6/18/22 9:09 p.m.

In reply to Grtechguy :

That reminds me of a time doing a sailboat delivery to the USVI, we were becalmed in the Puerto Rican trench, we stopped the motor and went for a swim when we were a few hundred miles from any land and the water under us was five miles deep.  

MattGent
MattGent HalfDork
6/19/22 12:24 a.m.

I've been rebuilding this flivver for fun quick runs...structurally done, needs fairing and paint. Found a motor for it, should be enough. 
 

https://youtu.be/7hSyJ-JqKM0

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) MegaDork
6/19/22 1:02 a.m.

In reply to MattGent :

Fourty horses on that little thing? Well done, ya mad lad, ya.

1SlowVW
1SlowVW HalfDork
6/19/22 7:20 a.m.
MattGent said:

I've been rebuilding this flivver for fun quick runs...structurally done, needs fairing and paint. Found a motor for it, should be enough. 
 

https://youtu.be/7hSyJ-JqKM0

Now this is right up my alley! 
Can I see video of it on the water ? 

MattGent
MattGent HalfDork
6/19/22 8:03 a.m.


 

No good video yet.  It's a total handful!  Launches at about 60deg.   Prop that came with the motor is way too small, but it leaves hard. 

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
6/19/22 8:50 a.m.
Sonic said:

Here's a picture from today showing the finished interior and you can clearly see the platform I made from 1" marine ply to make a lounge area in the bow.  Would us Isiteek again. 

 

I may need to get some of that LSITeak for the cockpit of my sailboat.  That stuff looks good!

1SlowVW
1SlowVW HalfDork
6/19/22 12:44 p.m.
MattGent said:


 

No good video yet.  It's a total handful!  Launches at about 60deg.   Prop that came with the motor is way too small, but it leaves hard. 

I love this forum because no matter what marginally dangerous motorized amusement I get up to there's always someone taking it 2 steps further. 
 

That boat looks hectic, time to find a prop off a thundercraft. 

MattGent
MattGent HalfDork
6/19/22 9:23 p.m.

Thundercat? Yeah. I need an 18" pitch, should run close to 50.  Biggest normal prop I can find in US is a 17. Maybe ok with some cupping, these motors like to run but the cranks come apart if you rev too high. 

And I definitely will end up in the drink at some point. Of all the stupid E36 M3 I've done, this one is the sketchiest. 

Rebuild thread here https://www.microskiff.com/threads/nanoskiff-flivver-rebuild.95077/#post-976437

1SlowVW
1SlowVW HalfDork
6/20/22 7:32 a.m.
MattGent said:

Thundercat? Yeah. I need an 18" pitch, should run close to 50.  Biggest normal prop I can find in US is a 17. Maybe ok with some cupping, these motors like to run but the cranks come apart if you rev too high. 

And I definitely will end up in the drink at some point. Of all the stupid E36 M3 I've done, this one is the sketchiest. 

Rebuild thread here https://www.microskiff.com/threads/nanoskiff-flivver-rebuild.95077/#post-976437

I know the guys running those motors in d stock hydroplane racing have to work and weld the cranks. Look up Dewald props. He's in the USA builds a lot of props for hydroplanes and runabouts. 

ClemSparks
ClemSparks UltimaDork
6/20/22 4:44 p.m.

We went for a float father's day.  I had a little fun by putting headers on the canoe my (adult) children were paddling:


 

frenchyd
frenchyd MegaDork
6/21/22 7:44 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) :

My Wife can no longer climb into the big cruiser.   The pontoon is still something she can step off the dock onto so maybe it's time to let the old reliable family friend find a new home?  
    It's a 1979 Sea Ray  260 Sun Dancer.  Beautiful teak wood throughout and  sleeps 6. Bathroom with 40 gallon stainless steel holding tank. Galley with 3 burner stove (never used) ,  sink, ice box.  105 gallon fuel tank (1/2+ full). 60 gallons of fresh water. Swim platform.  Trim plates. 
  310 hp 350 Chevy with maybe 5000 miles (125 hrs ) on it.Fresh water only.   Tandem axle V bunk trailer. 
   Now the bad news. Carpets could use replacement.  Some upholstery replacement.    Gimble bearing is making noise, some light bulbs don't work.  
  It's far from trashed but it needs time spent updating and refreshing.  
 Is $5000 too much ?  

SaltyDog
SaltyDog Dork
6/21/22 8:04 p.m.

It's been 4 years since we sold our last boat, a 34' Sea Ray Express.

I can't say I miss it.

But, the reason for the post, while visiting my 87yo father this morning, he asked that I bring some of his oldest National Geographic magazines up from the basement.

I picked out half a dozen from 1931 and 1932.

The first page he opened to was an ad for a double cockpit Chris Craft.

Starting at $4995.00

About $100K in today's money, so right in line, I'd say.

frenchyd
frenchyd MegaDork
6/21/22 9:29 p.m.

In reply to SaltyDog :

Thank you.  

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
6/21/22 10:50 p.m.

In reply to Sonic :

I love Boston Whalers. The only ones that I could ever afford were trashed, but I still had fun with them. The last one was a 1962 Nauset 16 footer that had so much water soaked into the foam that it would seep though the hull and drip onto the driveway when the weather was hot. 
I caught my first and only wahoo in that boat, 20 miles off the Florida keys. 

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) MegaDork
6/21/22 10:58 p.m.
frenchyd said:

 Is $5000 too much ?  

It'll be gone in a week at that price, provided it won't sink when it's put on the water. Prices are NUTS right now.

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