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Old 14 September 2019, 04:53   #1
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I'm Gabi Nicolae, 49, into competition cars, custom bikes and cars and everything in between - Taifun). Since one week ago I'm the very proud owner of a FC470 Zodiac (I was dreaming at it since many years ago). As I own a specialized shop for building automotive and custom stuff, I said to give a try and build a custom FC470.
So far I re-glued some d-rings and prepared the transdom and the other wood parts for polyurethane painting - I think that the good thing in gluing is that I used our vacuum pump in order to have a good bond.
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- fabricating a jockey seat and console using ktm 1190 adv saddle, with place underneath for the fuel tank and battery
- fabricating a cargo container on the bow, that can transform in a sunbathing place
- a 65 hp engine. Here, pls, any advice would be great, as I don't have the experience in this field. I'm looking for the lightest and most reliable 65 hp engine

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Old 15 September 2019, 16:48   #2
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Nice boat mate, I have vac bagged composites and lams but not boat fabric.
I use a small wood or metal roller and a ton of arm pressure on these bits.



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Old 16 September 2019, 01:24   #3
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Nice boat mate, I have vac bagged composites and lams but not boat fabric.
I use a small wood or metal roller and a ton of arm pressure on these bits.



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Yes, me too I'm using the vacuum pump for composites, here is where I got the idea. The pressure made by the vacuum is really really high, I would say it's much higher than the one applied by a weight. Considering the fact that the pressure applied with a weight is actually absorbed by the tube itself. Anyway, so far so good
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One more question guys, regarding the steering box. In cars, it's fundamental to have feedback from the wheels, tires, surface, grip, etc.
I know that for boats you can install a "zero feedback" steering box or a normal steering box - with which you can "feel" the waves, changes of direction, etc.

Based on your experience, which steering box is better for a SIB? Any particular producer /brand? With or without feedback?

Thank you very much,
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Old 16 September 2019, 03:13   #5
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how are you going to fix the seat on the slatted floor?
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I'm impressed that you have used the world's second least comfortable motorcycle seat.

It looks an interesting project though.
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One more question guys, regarding the steering box. In cars, it's fundamental to have feedback from the wheels, tires, surface, grip, etc.
I know that for boats you can install a "zero feedback" steering box or a normal steering box - with which you can "feel" the waves, changes of direction, etc.

Based on your experience, which steering box is better for a SIB? Any particular producer /brand? With or without feedback?

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NFB (No Feed Back) is the way to go. Youíll feel the waves/changes of direction through the whole boat, no need to add fighting the engine into the equation.
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NFB (No Feed Back) is the way to go. Youíll feel the waves/changes of direction through the whole boat, no need to add fighting the engine into the equation.
Ok, thank you very much for the advice!
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how are you going to fix the seat on the slatted floor?
I'm not mounting it to the existing floor. I'm fabricating a honey comb composite floor with aluminum structure.
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I'm impressed that you have used the world's second least comfortable motorcycle seat.

It looks an interesting project though.
It's debatable ref the second least comfortable bike seat I did with my bike 108.000 km in less than 4 years. It's true that I replaced the seat from the very beginning with Power Parts seat, on the other hand, but the shape its the same. Considering that I'll not spend so many hours on the boat seat, and the seat is "weather proof", I think it will do the job. We will see
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I'm not mounting it to the existing floor. I'm fabricating a honey comb composite floor with aluminum structure.



That's awesome mate, great way to have it light and stiff. I went old school with 3/4s epoxie coated marine ply on my floor to mount my custom console. Hey.. just a suggestion, you may want to start a separate thread on your build in the SIB section so it can be researched from the search box.
Looking forward to watching your progress sir.


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Old 18 September 2019, 01:03   #12
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That's awesome mate, great way to have it light and stiff. I went old school with 3/4s epoxie coated marine ply on my floor to mount my custom console. Hey.. just a suggestion, you may want to start a separate thread on your build in the SIB section so it can be researched from the search box.
Looking forward to watching your progress sir.


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Hi and thanks! Ok, I'll start a new thread. Or just move this one? I suppose it's possible.
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As per your request, I started a new topic under SIB forum. Thks,

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