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Old 19 August 2010, 16:01   #11
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Not much when you are moving. But if you spend much time fishing, it gives you a place to duck under and wait it out. Mostly for the sun though. The reason they are popular on fishing boats, is they provide the shade of a bimini, but let you walk around the boat while fighting a fish without having to pass your rod around the supports and straps.
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Old 20 August 2010, 10:53   #12
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Man that's nice ;-) ..... how thick is the deck... you write "inch", so 25mm plywood + grp

I asked Avon for the dimensions and layout of the deck (SR 4.7) 10 years ago. they didn't want to tell. I considered to cut a hole and put in a fuel tank, but never did it.

Now many years later i finally kickstarted the project. However i didn't dare to cut the holes in the deck so i mounted the 62 L fuel tank topside.

I grinded of the fibre glass on the deck and milled some slots as well. I made a mounting plate with custom designed brackets for attaching the fuel tank and my new steering console. The mounting plate is clued on to the deck with expoxy and high density filler.

The frontpart of the steering console is reused from the original, the rearpart is made from scratch this spring.

It would have been nice to get the fueltank lowered into the deck, since it would leave some design flexibility for the seating part, i.e. hight/width ect..

However my solution works quite fine, and i spend 100+ hours on it, so i think i'll stick to it the next couple of years...
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Old 20 August 2010, 11:07   #13
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What max speed do you get from the SR4.7 with the DT65?
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Old 20 August 2010, 22:58   #14
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..... how thick is the deck... you write "inch", so 25mm plywood + grp

I asked Avon for the dimensions and layout of the deck (SR 4.7) 10 years ago. they didn't want to tell. I considered to cut a hole and put in a fuel tank, but never did it.

...

I just cut through the deck of my 6m, and it was .5" thick, fully encased in 1708 like fiberglass, which added about 1/16" to top and bottom. Where the deck met up with a stringer, the wood was doubled up. Despite what seemed to be a thorough glass job, still did not prevent the stringers from rotting out in the stern. I'm glad I got into ripping the deck and stringers out, in total, as I would have to come back and do it again later.

The link below is my project website. I've added some recent pictures of the deck project (mostly out), and some example of the rot...

http://gallery.me.com/milton.leimkuehlers#100148
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Old 21 August 2010, 01:57   #15
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Sorry. That was a type-o. The deck is 1/2" ply with about 1/8" grp on bottom and 1/16" on top. I was really hoping to utilize some of the under deck space for storage, but there is just not that much room down there. By the time I was finished glassing in new supports for the deck there wasn't much left at all. You could fit a collapsable bladder type fuel tank or custom fit one along the keel, but not much else.

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Are those before and after pictures? Or is the gray Avon a new boat for comparison purposes? Either way I really like the anchor locker ans samson post.
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Old 22 August 2010, 10:24   #16
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What max speed do you get from the SR4.7 with the DT65?
I have done 36 knots... but with my current prop it's more like 32. I need the power at low speed to get planing (diving, waterskiing ect.)
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Old 22 August 2010, 14:44   #17
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What's on there now? 13" pitch?
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Old 22 August 2010, 15:26   #18
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Avon2010,
Are those before and after pictures? Or is the gray Avon a new boat for comparison purposes? Either way I really like the anchor locker ans samson post. [/QUOTE]

The orange boat are current pictures (ongoing), The gray ones mixed in there are a ribcraft from a Boston company that runs corporate outings to the Boston Harbor Islands. I take a lot of pictures to get ideas for when I'm putting my boat back together.

I have plenty of room below deck for a fuel tank, but I had to take all the stringers out. I completed the "gut" last night, and I was surprised about how rotted the wood was.

I'm replacing the stringers with closed cell foam wrapped with Prisma (check out Jamestown Distributors) cloth. Just need to get rid of all the wood....
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Old 22 August 2010, 23:51   #19
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I finished glassing in the patches. When I tried to paint the deck, I went with the same primer I used to paint the deck last time "Bullseye 123 plus". After 12 hours, it was still wet. I was able to wipe it off with old newspaper. The guys at the paint store recommended a 2 part epoxy paint. Actually, it is a garage floor finish. It looks great, but only comes in grey, and epoxy will yellow and get brittle when exposed to UV. I can either top coat with a clear sealer or come back with a matching orange paint.
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Old 24 August 2010, 21:51   #20
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Jefflee,

I've had good luck with Interlux before, but I had to use the epoxy primer over the polyester resin that was currently on the boat. I think it was called Interlux brightside. I brushed it on, and it was self leveling. Good stuff.
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