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1979 speedcraft flatdecking and restoration

Old 05-16-2019, 05:00 AM
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I found Jim through Harvesttimes rebuild another great rebuild.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:59 AM
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Thats so cool I just drove to Jims house and got some gutters from him. Jim is a killer dude.
Yeah he’s been a big help to me on my Mako build. He did a similar Mako build and met him through the classic Mako site. Great site for info on building even if your doing a non Mako hull.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:36 PM
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Well got some work done today my buddy came over any gave me a hand lifting a few things out of the boat and pulling out half the deck. Thanks George!!!!



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Old 05-16-2019, 05:48 PM
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Few things I will say about "My Preticular Hull". This boat is a 1979 that has been tampered with so it is hard to tell what is factory and what isn't. First what is factory is all the underside of the core in this boat was covered with a single layer of chop strand leaving Alot of exposed wood. Many parts the wood is not covered at all. The fiberglass work is lousy at best.. But in 1979 that may have been the norm. Hull side are very thin. Old makos have in some cases in the 251 3/4 to an inch thick glass. I've found spots on this boat where there are thin as 1/8 or 1/4. I am very glad to have this boat and will be adding to the hull thickness and grinding lots of glass that were never rolled out. All of the weep holes in the stringers were never sealed and the wood is the consistency of mud now. When I was cut through the glass I found parts that never kicked and the mat and resin was soft/goofy in the center.
I am simply stating all of this to tell the readers my honest findings and move on.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:05 AM
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Got quite a few more bags out trash out today building a solid idea of how much mmaterial I will be needing.


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Old 05-18-2019, 07:00 PM
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Man you’re chugging along!

everything looks awesome. Super pumped to see the finished product
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:43 PM
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Thanks for the kind words I really appriate it. You guys help keep me motivated. This have been really fun so far. The end of the month I will be picking up a rather large load of fiberglass, core, and mat. Once I have the material I can hopefully start cruising.
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:22 AM
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My hull, a 1966 , the sides are about 1/8in maybe more thick. But my hull bottom is an inch thick. The sides dont need to be thick, they only hold water out. As long as you've got a couple supports down the sides (many different ways to accomplish this) your fine. Anything else is just extra weight, unless you have a habit of dock smashing (not judging).
if you read the literature on the lamination schedule used by Albury they layup the bottom thick and taper to thin up by the gunnels because like I said it only keeps water out, plus you want to keep the weight down low and be light above the waterline.
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Thanks for the words Harvest time. I have viewed your build many times and becuase of you I found Jim and his Hatches so thank you. I do understand hullside only keep water out and with such high deadrise I want to keep the weight low. I believe a layer of 1708 would really help the hull and my mind for those hard pounding days on the ocean. Any more insight on your build I am all esrs you did a great job.
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Today is a good day friends!!!

Second gas tank is out!!

Feels so good!
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Old 05-23-2019, 10:00 AM
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It such a good feeling to remove all this dirt, foam, and trash I feel like I am getting somewhere.

Foam cleaned out

Bags of old soggy foam

Cleaned up.. Since the start of thus rebuild i have worn nothing but these sandles and i plan to build rhis whole boat only in sandles.. Well just because haha
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:37 AM
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Removed cleat mount and scupper block area. Scupper wood was soaked

Wet

Transom was nice and dry except the bottom

Only wet square on starboard side of transom
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Was the transom assembled that way, out of 4 x 4 in. blocks? The grains don’t line up so it appears so. Was this common back then?
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Originally Posted by Jeopardy954 View Post
Was the transom assembled that way, out of 4 x 4 in. blocks? The grains don’t line up so it appears so. Was this common back then?
Yep factory.. The floor and cap have the exact same thing except smaller blocks. My aquasport 200 Osprey has the same construction in the deck as well its a mid 80s boat I believe. The speedcraft is a 1979.
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Old 05-25-2019, 07:53 AM
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Hammered and chiseled all the core from the cap. Now grinding away fractured glass and remander of wood. I have a slamming headache from all the pounding and vibratations.

Once i fininsh up i can bring the cap without worry about unwanted guests in all the old wood coring


It snowed in florida lol.. I did a pretty good job of keeping the dust contained. After i hammer and chiseled i used a 60 grit flapper wheel. Having the right tools is making thos process fly.
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You are a beast and an inspiration, great and fast progress!
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You are a beast and an inspiration, great and fast progress!
Thank you very much I find post to this thread helps keep me motivated. Its also really nice to be able to ask wuestions to various people who have been there and done that.
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It never stops snowing at my house it seems, tyvek and a good mask are your best friend!
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Wow keep up the good work. Looking forward to this one!!!!
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:02 PM
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Not a whole lot to post. Been grinding and sanding on transom and hullsides.

Removing blisters from transom where outdrive was fixed.. Some minor bubbles and delamination. I think this is a case of gelcoat over epoxy maybe?

99% of core out of cap now. Fitting up anchor locker door soon.

Large void in hullside

Void different angle

I believe the hull bottom had an old epoxy coat of some kind. It was very cracked and yellowed. Almost all sanded off now.


Void for size
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