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Browsing Archive: April, 2012

Fuel Tank mock ups

Posted by Bryan on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, In : Fuel tanks 
Taking a page from "The Incredible Hull" website, I built some cardboard mock ups of the new fuel tanks for measuring.

Based on my calculations, the 2 tanks should be about 35 and 30 gallons.  65 total from the old 80 gallon space.
But it will also have a nice bilge pump location.  Now to send away the measurements and get a quote.
If anybody wants my measurements, let me know

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Sea Cocks

Posted by Bryan on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, In : Seacocks 
I have been replacing the old wooden sea cock backing plates with fiberglass backing plates.  My kids and I made a mold and lathered up 20 layers + of fiberglass.  Cut that with a table saw and made new backing plates.  We put the good side facing up, creating a very smooth and flat surface to put the seacocks back on.  The old wooden plates, although nice teak plywood, were showing signs of decay.  A few were completely covered with caulk, a good sign that they leaked.  It was impossible to ...
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What were they thinking????

Posted by Bryan on Sunday, April 15, 2012, In : Rant 
Anybody who thinks "These screws will never be exposed to water"
"They don't need to be stainless"

Well take a look at these.  These are the screws that I could get out.  I have been taking out ALL the non stainless screws that I can find everywhere on the boat.  Most are rusted, some are just powdered remains.  A few come out, but most are useless.  If I can't get the screws out, I just yank the wood and it usually comes out, snapping the screws or just ripping them out.  I can't tell if these...
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Bilge Area redone

Posted by Bryan on Sunday, April 15, 2012, In : Fuel tanks 
I finished getting the bilge built up under the center fuel tank.  Thanks to the advise of Gerry and some other contacts, it came out as I had hoped.  Now to build mock up fuel tanks out of cardboard to be built. (more on that later).

I ended up using 2 gallons of 105 epoxy with 2 cans of the extra slow hardener.  Then about 8 lbs of sand.  It mixed up to about 6 gallons.(in 2 separate batches.)  I used 8 feet of deck board as well as filler in the epoxy.  

1.   Put a thin, 1" layer of epoxy/Sa...
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My Naked Whitby 42

Posted by Bryan on Saturday, April 14, 2012, In : Empty Boat 

I have finally turned a corner.  My boat is officially naked.  Nothing on it left to take off.  Officially a major over-haul.

I have pressure washed the inside, getting out 30 years of grime, grease, and more than afew scary hairballs.
1.  Not a single wire on the boat.
2.  No hose/pipe (only some temp drain hoses) (exhaust hose is still there, too much trouble to take it out).
3.  No electronics.
4.  Most wood is unscrewed and removed.
5.  No deck hardware of any kind.  Holes have all been epoxie...
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Center Fuel Tank Redesign

Posted by Bryan on Thursday, April 12, 2012, In : Fuel tanks 
I have scraped, washed, ground, washed, and spent way too much time in my stinky bilge.  But it is now ready for the next step.

 I have now had 30 different ideas on how to rebuild the keel fuel tank.  I have been changing my mind daily on the best approach.  

First thing that must be done is fix the curve at the bottom.  I like what "The Incredible Hull" has done.  But he has a cheaper source of epoxy than I do and I priced out epoxy to do my job and it came to over $1,000.  Which seemed a was...
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Bryan Haas

Please feel free to contact me! I grew up on the waters of the Chesapeake sailing and fishing. I was paid to work, sail, race, and sometimes live on a 51' Hinkley (they didn't really need to pay me but they offered!). I am a high school science teacher who likes to learn by doing. Used to teach at "The Sound School" in New Haven Ct. Check it out, the most amazing on- the- water school there is. I have rebuilt smaller boats from scratch, but nothing on this scale. This is an adventure. All help is greatly appreciated.

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