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  1. #31
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    Default Re: A snowball effect............

    Quote Originally Posted by sogood View Post
    Thanks for the input but perhaps you might elaborate? I opted for Trilux after researching and asking questions and opinions on forums such as this. One of the reasons I subscribe to these forums is to gain from other people's experiences and to sometimes impart some of my limited experience also. One thing I don't do is to post casual, throw away remarks that might be misconstrued as a simple smart alek attitude
    I'm sure this doesn't apply to you and in that vein, could you please explain your apparent disdain for Trilux? Bearing in mind the fact that we might be in very different geographic environments with very different prevailing conditions. Thanks again for your input.
    Just seen this thread, I had similar issues with trilux but not as bad as Bruce. Back in 2017 I changed to Seajet 034 and that is a good improvement, a lot less brancles.

    Interesting seeing how you progress, keep posting. Any pictures of the boat?

  2. #32
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    Dec 2014
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    Kerry, Ireland
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    Default Re: A snowball effect............

    Quote Originally Posted by Scubadoo View Post
    Just seen this thread, I had similar issues with trilux but not as bad as Bruce. Back in 2017 I changed to Seajet 034 and that is a good improvement, a lot less brancles.

    Interesting seeing how you progress, keep posting. Any pictures of the boat?
    Thanks for the input. If the trilux doesn't do the job I'll bear that in mind. I have a post up on youtube showing mostly before and after type pics of the other work I did on the boat. If you're interested you'll find it by searching "Wellcraft Sportsman Restoration"
    ( or something like that). That's because the boat in question is a Wellcraft 250 Sportsman. 25' long powered by a Mercruiser 5.7 V8 petrol inboard, with an Alpha 1 Gen 1 outdrive. Some pics, as requested.20180701_200056.jpgIMG_6415.JPG One pic on the hard, the day I brought her home, and the other, showing her in a more natural habitat. As for progress, I got the starboard side stringer cut out today, and ground down a ton of gel, as previously mentioned, to facilitate glassing in. No pics, as I want to forget the experience as quickly as possible!

    But it's mostly all done, just a bit more on the engine mount "stringers".

  3. #33
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    Dec 2014
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    Kerry, Ireland
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    Default Re: A snowball effect............

    So, I got the starboard stringer fitted and tabbed in today, thanks to the good weather. Work takes me away tomorrow for the next 9 days, so not a lot happening until I get back home. Some glassing to do on the stringers and I can start working on the engine mounts.
    Happy to have the (worst) of the grinding behind me!

  4. #34
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    Dec 2014
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    Kerry, Ireland
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    Default Re: A snowball effect............

    Just saying "hello" and letting you all know that I'm still around, somewhat. Work has been crazy so far this season with no let up on the horizon, so I haven't gotten near the boat since my last post. I may not even get it back in the water this year, and that being so, I will take my time and look into other jobs that are on the to do list along with the idea of building a hard top that I've been playing with. More about this anon. In the meantime, enjoy yourselves, stay safe and stop sending so many American tourists to Ireland!

  5. #35
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    May 2011
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    Manchester
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    Default Re: A snowball effect............

    Ey up lad. This sounds like your ending up like me and mine lol.

  6. #36
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    Dec 2014
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    Kerry, Ireland
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    Default Re: A snowball effect............

    Tell me about it. But at least I've learned not to rush into getting her wet and neglect things in my hurry to get back on the water. I want to take advantage of the delays as I'll have a few months free time in my off season. The tinkering and fettling is part of the pleasure for me. Having said that, I do like to catch the occasional fish sometimes! Still looking forward to your big day and hope you're on target.

  7. #37
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    May 2011
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    Manchester
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    Default Re: A snowball effect............

    Same here i reckon, i love to faff about, wouldnt surprise me if i sell this one then get a new project next season lol. i am glad in a way Khashoggi ( name of choice now and on paper ) isnt fully complete as its a good excuse to go away for a weekend and tinker then chill on it.

    Could be worth you getting a 16 footer fishing boat for pottering about...but hen you may get to distracted hey.


    Oh yes and on track for launch in a few weeks

  8. #38
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    Dec 2014
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    Kerry, Ireland
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    Default Re: A snowball effect............

    So, it was early in June when I last posted on here, largely because it was early in June when I last worked on the boat! Work has been non stop but this week I had a little breather, which allowed me to revisit it. I started out by taking some measurements and making a template of sorts to help with replacing the engine mounts. I say engine mounts, but what I was dealing with was just a load of mush encapsulated in fibreglass!

    I cut away the top section of glass and dug out the old wood, which revealed a stringer within the cavity that housed the mount. I knew this stringer would be mush too, so I cut the top section of glass away also and cleaned out the old wood/mush. The condition of the wood wasn't helped by a poor design feature, whereby the drain hole at the base of the stringer allowed water to run inside the stringer cavity, so over time it just absorbed everything that was thrown at it. End result, mush!

    I'm going to replace the stringer, but incorporate in into the mount, which is less work and makes everything stronger and stiffer. I'll do this by extending the stringer to the same height as the mount and incorporate it into the 3/4" marine ply sections that the mounts will be formed from. I'm going to make it all up using 5 ply strips, on edge, which gives me the proper width to fill the existing glass channel that I dug the old mounts out of. Pics will explain better as I go along.

  9. #39
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    Dec 2014
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    Default Re: A snowball effect............

    https://postimg.cc/gallery/1aldmsqis/
    Not sure if this works, it's been a while! But if it does, then you should have some pics to see what I'm at.

  10. #40
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    Dec 2014
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    Default Re: A snowball effect............

    So today I got some more work done. After looking at the original set up of the engine mount, I decided to simplify the arrangement by cutting away the glass that housed the "hidden" stringer ad I also cut away the glass that formed one outer side of the fibreglass encapsulation, which by it's construction, didn't add anything except complications to the engine mount set up.

    I got my new mount woodwork fully assembled and covered in glass and after some cleaning on the boat, it will be ready to be fitted in place and glassed in. Interestingly, the original mount and stringer arrangement were made up using 3 soft wood sections, glued together and glassed in. My new set up consists of 4 x 3/4" strips, which I screwed together after they were slathered in glass resin. This was then covered in a covering of chopped mat, so it's all sealed up and ready for fitting. I'll lay a base of peanut butter for it to sit into and it will be glassed in, including tabbing in at each end (transom and middle bulkhead). I also have to cut out a drain hole at the transom end.<a href="https://postimg.cc/872ZvmGb" target="_blank"><img src="https://i.postimg.cc/872ZvmGb/Mount-9-2.jpg" alt="Mount-9-2"/></a>

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