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Old 04-15-2019, 03:12 PM
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Looks like this thread is going backwards now. Motor off....








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Going to catch this thread up to where I am today........





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Old 04-20-2019, 02:57 PM
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Quite a surprise when I popped that piece of foam out. Several gallons of water were trapped past the outside stringer. The foam had blocked the cutout in the stringer so the water couldn't drain to the bilge.





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Got the stringers cut back. The outside stringers were a tad wet but had no rot. The inside stringers looked like new.



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Wood was very wet but was not rotten. Like I suspected, the inner layer of glass had delaminated from the wood core causing the transom to flex.





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Old 04-20-2019, 03:19 PM
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This is where I'm at currently. I've got about half the wood out of the transom and hope to have it all out by tuesday. Then I'll start building a template for the gunnels.



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Got my order from Gemlux the other day. Forged stainless thru-hulls, stainless ball valves, a stainless garboard drain that you can operate from inside or outside the boat, and a couple 30 and 15 degree rod holders with backing plates. Will use these in building template for gunnels then I'll order a few more......


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Old 04-24-2019, 09:28 AM
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All wood is out of the transom. Taking a break from it and started on the template for the gunnels. Made the first set and didn't really like the narrow look in the front. You maximize deck space that way but I wasn't overly excited about the look. The second set is money. I will sacrifice a few inches of deck space because this is the look I was going for..... Obviously they both need a little shaping. but you get the idea.




Here's the first set. Plenty of space but not what I was going for.






This is what I was after....





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I have been following this thread for a while. Love what you are doing with this boat. It actually gave me the idea to pick up a kenner project a few years down the road.

Just a thought though, could you make the transom completely closed in, add a jackplate and forgo the splash well?
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Originally Posted by joshd472 View Post
I have been following this thread for a while. Love what you are doing with this boat. It actually gave me the idea to pick up a kenner project a few years down the road.

Just a thought though, could you make the transom completely closed in, add a jackplate and forgo the splash well?
Nope, not with a 12" JP. I have decided to close it in though and I will have to go with a 17" porta bracket instead. Blazer has been doing this with their 2400's. If you look at charlsetonfishfinder's "windsor anne" thread he is running a 12" JP and still had to do splash well because you can't trim the Yam of the water without hitting transom.

Here's a closed transom on a Blazer 2400 with a 300 yam on a PB




I'm going to do something similar to this layout but I've changed a few things up....




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Nope, not with a 12" JP. I have decided to close it in though and I will have to go with a 17" porta bracket instead. Blazer has been doing this with their 2400's. If you look at charlsetonfishfinder's "windsor anne" thread he is running a 12" JP and still had to do splash well because you can't trim the Yam of the water without hitting transom.

Here's a closed transom on a Blazer 2400 with a 300 yam on a PB




I'm going to do something similar to this layout but I've changed a few things up....




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Ha! I was actually looking at that boat yesterday and that is what prompted me to ask the question. I like the plan. Keep us updated.
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Got a little distracted today but made some more progress with the gunnel templates.





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Picked up some plywood today. These are straight off the jigsaw. Will probaby hit them with the belt sander tomorrow. Still a few bumps to smooth out but it's starting to look like something.....







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Gunnels are on the backburner. Got to finish transom and get a motor back on this rig. Saw an idea on youtube for using melamine as a backer board for filling in the cutout. I had already cut this sheet in half for a different project or I would have used a 4x8 sheet turned horizontally. Waxed it 4 times with collinite mold release wax.




Measured the edge of the transom at the cutout and it was .20" thick, but as I suspected the outside of the transom was beveled in a hair so glass was a little over 1/4" thick. Ended up beveling inside of shell 3" back for a 12:1 ratio.




Cut 4 pieces of 1708 to fill the cutout.




Screwed the melamine to the transom from the inside first to draw the seams tight, then screwed from the outside, cut off the extra length of screw, and removed the inner screws.





I laid the 1708 in largest to smallest. Once in I could tell I needed another piece to add a little more thickness so I cut one out quick and got it glassed in before the resin kicked. Rolled each layer with a fin roller to remove the trapped air.




Covered with peel ply and let cure.




Unscrewed the melamine board and it popped right off. Left a smooth finish on the outside. I will grind the seam where the original glass meets the new and add 1 layer of glass to it then sand smooth. This will prevent hairline cracks in the future.










Removed the peel ply and all I can say is wow. Left a smooth surface with a very fine texture that is ready for the next layer of anything to be added without having to wash or sand. Removes any amine blush also.








I had some epoxy that didn't get covered in the peel ply (you can see I'm previous pic, shiny) so I washed everything then sanded the overlapping layers of glass smooth.








Well for my first real fiberglass project I think it turned out pretty good. Next step is to add several layers of 1700 across the width of the boat then install the core. Core is two 1" pieces of kay cell composite laminated together with thickened epoxy. Hoping to have all that done early next week.....



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