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Old 09 April 2003, 17:21   #251
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Yo, CH.

Just thought I'd make contact and wind you up a bit.

Engine bearers glassed in. Made them from solid oak. Home grown in the garden. How's that for DIYing? Cool or what?

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Old 09 April 2003, 17:34   #252
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Hay JW missed ya,I often drive down the road thinking ,what ya up to and we havent heard from you for some time.

J F has his own forum site and Diggi is a changed man, its at www.boatmadforum.co.uk and its Crazy.So see you here and there for a bit of fun.

I am running both on my screen and its a little confusing at times.

That is Cool, And yes you are a serious DIYer
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Old 09 April 2003, 17:40   #253
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Thanks for the link CH. I'll go and have a look.

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Old 15 April 2003, 19:08   #254
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Hi JW howes it going with the Boat,looking forward to a meet up next yr,off sky for a glass of malt.


Yep CH, that would be good. I see you visited the southerners the other day. Met JF and Fi P in the flesh, so to speak.

With the boat, as usual Iím under estimating the length of time it takes to do things when you work alone. However, as I mentioned before, the engine bearers are in place and the transom plate and engine have had a trial fit. They now need to go back in for a while while I work out the layout of the ancillary equipment, batteries etc. Been working on the final build of the trailer today. Nearly done. The new boat has been on the trailer belonging to the old boat for a while. The old boat is motoring through the lawn! So I need to complete the new trailer and reunite the other two. I can then put the old boat on the market. Having said that, Iíll miss it. Itís an old friend and weíve been lots of places together. Once all that is taken care of, the next step is to make the fuel tanks and get them fitted under the deck. Then itíll become more enjoyable. I have a seat mould and these will need to be made. Iím pretty sure weíre going for a consol we can sleep in. The designs are roughed out but nothing is finalised yet. Iím a bit stuck as to what to do in terms of an ĎAí frame to support the radar etc. Got lots of ideas but I need to do some research and a bit more brain strain is necessary. So, there you have it. Thatís the state of play at the moment. I'm having withdrawal symptoms though. All this lovely weather and I'm not out on the sea.

Cheers for now, JW.
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Old 15 April 2003, 19:26   #255
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Hi JW

Yep met up with the JF and the Fi crew,Had a brill day all boats and engines,lucky the other half was at home.

I take it you going to use the room aprox amidships for a 2 berth cabin?

I looked at this and I think its a great idea,We are sticking 2 Transome legs on ours either side of the outdrive, so she can wind them down and take the ground.

Yes were haveing brill weather and I look forward to the Launching party,Mine may be here by then,Hopefully keep us posted as its a serious and very interesting jobee.Can you make Rib Net conference?

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Old 15 April 2003, 19:58   #256
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CH. I've just realised we didn't fill in the blank about the moving the engine forward a bit. Ah, well. The engine is at the stern. There was going to be a major problem and/or strengthening when fitting the Volvo. I fitted the transom plate first and also removed about 100mm of the deck at the transom. Partly to allow space for the transom plate but also to see inside the hull. Initially, everything looked spot on for the Volvo. The stringers are placed with about 25m clearance on each side of the engine mountings so that looked promising. However, the Volvo has an air feed pipe/silencer from the air filter to the superchanger and this stands proud of the engine side and wont allow the engine to fit between the stringers. There were a couple of other brackets that protruded too but a hacksaw sorted them. Well, a bit of engineering work actually, but it involved the hacksaw! I swithered about this for quite a while but arranging to move the air pipe would have meant serious modifications to the engine. The type which would probably invalidate the warranty, er, no, certainly invalidate the warranty.
The stingers are at there lowest vertical height at the stern and, therefore, the least amount of material needs to be removed at this position. If I had gone ahead with the move forward, it would have necessitated removing about half of the height of the stringer on one side then lifting part of the deck, to the outside of the stringer, to strenghthen that area. This was all getting a bit silly so the idea was dropped.

Meanwhile, as I mentioned, a plan was developing to include a permanent sleeping space and the weight of this will help to balance the boat, so it's still looking good.

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Old 16 April 2003, 05:52   #257
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JW, wow someone else doing big changes. Any chance of some pics ? sure the forum would like to see it as you progress. Don't worry about the quality, its the contents we want to see, loose wires and grp being laid etc.

Wish you luck, and I agree under estimating how long every part takes is a common problem that I have too,

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Old 16 April 2003, 13:18   #258
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You dont get much more serious stuff on a boat than what you lads are doing,exept maybe making a hull,So any pics will be of great interest.

I looked at what your doing as the price of a Cabin rib is so high and it was an alternative as I believe the benefits of a cabin rib can not be matched by any other form of cruising boat.

As they make the ultimate cruising machine,So pete 7 and JW any picks will be great and info.

JW it may be worth considering getting the Cabin done in Alli ?

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Hi guys. Pics a bit difficult, I don't have a digital camera. I still use film. I like vinyl rather than CD's too! I'll see what I can do though. Trailer's finished and the boat is on it. I'll adjust the rails and rollers tomorrow and also get the old boat off the lawn and back onto its trailer. I'll be able to go boating again. I've forgotten how to do it. November was the last time. (Boating, that is.)
Alloy cabin CH. Sorry, not for me. Aluminium is an excellent conductor of heat = cold and condensation. I don't want a cabin, just sleeping quarters/storage. Much of the enjoyment, for me, is being in the open air. A few years ago I fitted a roof to the boat. Occasionally, it was useful in the rain but it was always cold. It's surprising just how much heat the sun provides, even on a dull or overcast day.

You dont get much more serious stuff on a boat than what you lads are doing,exept maybe making a hull

Funny you should say that CH. It was the original plan for when I retired, but personal circumstances changed necessitating things being brought forward a couple of years.

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Old 16 April 2003, 17:13   #260
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It will be an interesting rib for sure,Looking forward to your move into the digital age JW

Are you putting an 8 track sterio onboard or just a Mono valve radio or are you growing your own crystals on a bit of wire ?
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