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Old 26 May 2010, 17:02   #1
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My Ribnet inspired 4.6m Avon

Hi Guys,
Thought I would post some pictures of my new boat now it is pretty much done (Borrowed the title from Ruvas).
It is a 4.6m Avon Sport. When I bought it it was on a trailer with a 25hp Suzuki tiller controlled outboard.
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Old 26 May 2010, 17:06   #2
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Most of the early work was on the trailer. It made a grumbling on towing it home, and as I don’t know much about this kind of thing, and didn’t know the history or rating of it I decided to rebuild around the frame.
It got new 550 kg suspension, hubs, bearings and bearing savers, and 10” wheels. It also got mud guards, as upto now it had none.
On the front end I took the old snubber of and replaced with a winch post and winch, a spare wheel carrier and a pneumatic jockey wheel.
I had to lift the bunks up to get the mudguards the necessary clearance, and I finished it of with a new light board as the old one didn’t have reflectors and the cable was joined partway along its length.
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Old 26 May 2010, 17:08   #3
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Next job was to patch up in places. On checking for leaks the only ones I could find were on the valves, so I decided to replace the inards on all five.
The keel had a leak at the seam on the keel. On stripping it I found it had been wrapped round with some kind of big rubber innertube. I stripped this off and patched it with hypalon.
There were several wear areas on the bottom of my boat, and some patches peeling off, so I stripped them off and replace. I noticed all the wear seemed to be where the floor panels joined together.
Interestingly (at least to me!), the hardest patches by far to remove were inner tube repair patches. Might be of interest to anyone needing a repair on holidays, etc.
I sikaflexed the edges of the patches on the bottom of the boat, to stop the water peeling the patches off.
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Old 26 May 2010, 17:10   #4
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By now I had hoped to be nearly finished , but on taking the floor out of my boat for the first time to patch it, I found damage to the floor.
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Old 26 May 2010, 17:12   #5
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So after much advise on here, I decided to replace it with a one piece floor made from 18mm marine ply (pic shows me with the biggest spelk I have ever had .)
I coated it in several coats of epoxy resin, followed by several coats of “Brightside” paint.
I did away with the aluminium side channels by doubling the thickness of the ply at the edges and cutting it to a 45 degree angle.
I cut a round hole (a little bigger than needed with hindsight) at the rear so I could either drop a 12 volt bilge pump in, or the tube from my Whale Gusher.
I also drilled holes along the sides so I could add rope loops later, to help lifting the floor and to give me some anchor points when underway.
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Old 26 May 2010, 17:15   #6
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In the mean time I had decided to convert my Mariner engine to remote steering. I sourced all the bits to convert it (thanks again to loads of help off here) and just needed something to mount it all on.
None of the fibre glass ones I looked at seemed to suit what I wanted and I hate working with wood, and worring about waterproofing it all the time, so wondered about the alternatives.
I work as a gas catering engineer, and the company I work for use someone to make all their stainless steel stuff, so I asked someone to build someting I drew up. Hopefully this will resist rust quite well.
It has a main “box” that all the controls and my compass go on. This stays on the boat, and also has a cut out so my leisure battery could sit in the shelter.
It has a removable section thats sits on four M8 threaded studs which are welded to the top of the box. The removable section is then fastened down with stainless wing nuts. Inside the removable section goes all my electronics (fixed VHF, GPS charter plotter, 3D fishfinder and a 2D fishfinder), and I can take this bit back to my house when the boat isn’t being used.
It is connected to the battery by a disconectable lawn mower type conection.
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Old 26 May 2010, 17:19   #7
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On the transom I filled all the previously drilled holes with epoxy and dowel. I removed the old engine pad which had been cut along with the transom to accomadate a short shaft engine.
I sanded and painted the transom. I also cut away the home made elephants trunks on the drains as they were homemade and never stayed open to drain the boat.
I mounted a new external plastic engine mount pad, and internally an alloy pad (courtesy of PeterM, many thanks). I also put an auxiallary engine bracket on, with a stainless sheet on the inside for extra reinforcement. I made replacement transom/floor braces out of stainless steel and I added my Whale Gusher pump.
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Old 26 May 2010, 17:19   #8
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pic shows me with the biggest spelk I have ever had .)
I coated it in several coats of epoxy resin, followed by several coats of “Brightside” paint.
Couldn't you just pull the spell out?
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Old 26 May 2010, 17:22   #9
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Next I put the boat floor in , complete with rope loops. I also mounted some 25mm stainless box section to the floor, so I could fasten the console to that later.
I got some interlocking rubber mat from B and Q to protect the floor and make it a little slip proof.
There was a moment where I thought I had made the floor too big...
Once the floor was in I mounted the console to it and connected up the engine
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Old 26 May 2010, 17:35   #10
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Maiden voyage

Can't attach more photo's at the minute, will post the rest tomorrow.
Cheers,
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