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Old 12-29-2018, 06:28 PM
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Tampa 🔥 Dept Memco, when are you gonna be on Ship Shape TV with John Greviskis, that would be some funny shit!
Old 12-29-2018, 06:31 PM
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Tampa �� Dept Memco, when are you gonna be on Ship Shape TV with John Greviskis, that would be some funny shit!
Now that’s pretty cool. Ship Shape TV is my favorite boating show. I would really enjoy being on that show. I might just shoot John Greviskis a email
(Pictures/Story) of my project and see if he will be interested in airing my project in a small segment within one of his Ship Shape TV shows.
Not many things in life gets me excited but being on Ship Shape TV would definitely be something I’ll get excited about. Thanks for sharing that. Did you take that picture from your boat?

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I’m about to start working/inspecting my monel fuel tanks. Hopefully tomorrow or the next day I can pressure test them. I would like to clean the inside of the tanks but there’s no inspection hatch/port. I saw/read of those cleaning fuel tanks with vinegar or muriatic acid. Have anyone ever tried this?

Today I met the owner of a local business that weld monel nuclear parts. Any welding that’s needed to the fuel tanks will be done by his company. You can tell he was very knowledgeable about the material monel being that he deals with it on a daily basis.

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Here's a picture of the inside of one of my monel fuel tanks.
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Not for structural purposes but for protection against the weather/sun can you use polyester resin instead of epoxy on a wooden boat when laying glass?
forum member Otseg, Beautiful Plywood Boats.

Oreely and Coastalfiberglass are among members who could answer that question.

Just from reading threads here I have the impression that polyester can absorb water when left in contact with it (blisters). Vinylester and epoxy not so much.

I stress this info comes from READIng here only. I have a spec of dust's worth of glass experience.
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I plugged a hole within the transom. Water use to drain out of this hole from a ice box that set along the aft deck up against the transom. For me to get a peanut butter consistency out of my epoxy I add a thinking agent to it. I was told that adding a thinking agent to epoxy causes the epoxy to be not as strong. I wanted the full strength out of my epoxy so I mixed in more mil fiber instead of a thinking agent. Now I know it’s not the norm to use mil fiber as a thickening agent because you have to use a lot of it in order for your epoxy to thicken. But I wanted to maximize the full strength of my epoxy on this repair and that’s why I decided to only use mil fiber. Tomorrow I’ll fiberglass the inside/outside of the plug.

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I have started to install the windows around the wheelhouse. I’m preparing to paint the fly-bridge but before I can do that I need to wash the boat. If I wash
the boat now it will make a mess inside the wheelhouse because the windows around the boat isn’t installed.

If you noticed in the picture I had to clamp the upper left corner of the window. That corner kelp popping out of the window seal and wouldn’t allow the
3M caulk to form a water/air tight gasket. The clamp has only enough pressure applied on the window to force it to remain bedded until the caulking dries.
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I have started to install the windows around the wheelhouse. I’m preparing to paint the fly-bridge but before I can do that I need to wash the boat. If I wash
the boat now it will make a mess inside the wheelhouse because the windows around the boat isn’t installed.

If you noticed in the picture I had to clamp the upper left corner of the window. That corner kelp popping out of the window seal and wouldn’t allow the
3M caulk to form a water/air tight gasket. The clamp has only enough pressure applied on the window to force it to remain bedded until the caulking dries.
Did you put glazier's tabs around the edges to hold the window in?

Ideally the caulk is a sealant, not a structural component.
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Did you put glazier's tabs around the edges to hold the window in?

Ideally the caulk is a sealant, not a structural component.
Once I remove the tape and get a nice straight caulk line I'll install the metal frame that goes around the window and holds everything in place. The metal window frame has been powder coated snow white. There will be caulk behind the window frame also. Once the window frame has been installed no caulk will be visible.
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As a word of caution, I might recommend finding something that is not silicon based. Any silicone residue anywhere can wreak havoc with trying to apply a finish (paint, varnish). Finishing shops will typically not even allow silicone in the building.
I don't have it anywhere on my boat.

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Originally Posted by 28memco View Post
Once I remove the tape and get a nice straight caulk line I'll install the metal frame that goes around the window and holds everything in place. The metal window frame has been powder coated snow white. There will be caulk behind the window frame also. Once the window frame has been installed no caulk will be visible.
Are you tinting the windows? just curious because you said once the frame is installed "no caulk would be visible" HAHAHAHA
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Are you tinting the windows? just curious because you said once the frame is installed "no caulk would be visible" HAHAHAHA


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I enjoy going into West Marine but I cry when I come out of the store do to there high prices. Sometimes there prices are even twice as much as what you can get it from somewhere else. A lot of brick and mortar stores today are feeling the impact of lower revenue do to those shopping online for the quest of the lowest price. But, you no longer have to cry when you leave West Marine stores. They do not advertise this but now West Marine will price match any store (Even online stores). The only thing they will not price match are websites where you bid on items (Example EBay). All you have to do is pull out your phone, google your item(s) you want to purchase, and find the lowest price. Then show your phone to the cashier and thank him/her for adjusting your price.

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Originally Posted by NedLloyd View Post
As a word of caution, I might recommend finding something that is not silicon based. Any silicone residue anywhere can wreak havoc with trying to apply a finish (paint, varnish). Finishing shops will typically not even allow silicone in the building.
I don't have it anywhere on my boat.
What do you use for your boat?
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What do you use for your boat?
4200 or Sikaflex
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Originally Posted by 28memco View Post

What do you use for your boat?
I use Boatlife and Sikaflex products.
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For your tie bar you could probably use a piece of fine threaded stainless all-thread and screw the ball joints on the end. Thats what I use for a tie bar on my boat.
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Originally Posted by BostonWhalerSeaHunt View Post
For your tie bar you could probably use a piece of fine threaded stainless all-thread and screw the ball joints on the end. Thats what I use for a tie bar on my boat.
Do you have a picture of your tie bar rudder system that’s on your boat?
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She's coming along nicely, Memco. I've been following the thread since the start. I know at one point, you'd had a 4th of July goal one year. That's obviously changed as things have moved forward, but do you currently have any sort of splash goal?
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For your tie bar you could probably use a piece of fine threaded stainless all-thread and screw the ball joints on the end. Thats what I use for a tie bar on my boat.
Traditional (because it is inexpensive and will last more than a lifetime) is just galvanized waterpipe with the clevises screwed on the ends.

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