The Boat-Build: Shiny!
A coat of paint can be like a really fierce dress: armor, a statement, camouflage, identity.
For the nameless challenge-boat, the wardrobe is going on in stages.
Last week, white polyurethane went onto the sides and edges; in a week or so, more white paint will be mixed with non-skid (sand, basically) and applied to the topsides after some hardware and what-not are in place.
The final bit involves a wiggle and some help: the boat will be flipped upside-down and then the boys will apply epoxy paint (in a color!) on the bottom of the boat.
The boat will have twin rudders that are designed to kick up for beach landing (and in the very likely event of shallow water). Here's the first of them, looking a touch off-kilter to an eye accustomed to a single rudder at the centerline, but I am assured that they are meant to look like that:
The nameless adventure boat will be spending a few days at Spa JTR for some metal fabrication and modification. The racks, for instance, need to be tweaked to fit, and the tillers currently have a tilt that's a bit, erm, "turgid." All easy enough for Derek to fix in his cool shop.
Here the boat is, ready for highway miles:
Why is she facing that way? Expedience.
Nameless and without a trailer to call her own, she's perched on a power-boat trailer that happened to be empty. Kinda like Audrey Hepburn hopping onto a Vespa...
11/10/2015 12:35:55 pm
Wow! Looking good, racy even.
11/11/2015 09:26:48 am
Thank you, Greg!
11/10/2015 11:31:44 pm
So there is the name of the boat.......Vespa!
11/11/2015 09:27:54 am
Oooh, I like!
11/11/2015 08:05:57 am
I like it!!!
11/11/2015 09:28:19 am
11/11/2015 11:12:21 am
Hmmm, tillers will always stick up because of the angle of the rudders vs the flat deck. The "inside" tiller on a turn will lower as its turned, hitting the deck unless it's high to begin with. The "outside" tiller will raise even further.
11/11/2015 01:34:04 pm
Thanks, Rapper --
11/12/2015 02:35:49 pm
I love it.... I want one....
11/12/2015 05:02:44 pm
Hey Zane! Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at Jeff's new ride -- I think if the boat performs anywhere nearly as well as they hope... you too could build/order one!
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