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Copying a 31 Bertram in Quepos Costa Rica

Old 10-11-2018, 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by 2TDave View Post
No kidding! I’ve been filling and fairing the inside of a center console build for 3 weeks.
It's going to take at least a month to do the fairing of this thing too, when the season hits I'm going to hire the whole town and buy a bunch of sanders to speed the process up, but doing the rough contruction is always the easiest part, filling and sanding is a time bandit.
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:40 PM
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Sure mate. Of course the brands here in Oz might differ to what’s readily available for you.
I run these in both the boxes (access lids on top) on my boat and either box is capable of freezing the contents if you wish, and of course if there’s ice in the boxes it lasts so much longer than it otherwise would.

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https://www.dometic.com/en-au/au/pro...-cu-96-_-79717

Plate used in large rear box. I actually run two units and plates in this to allow it to keep temps wherever I want them with ease Despite the insulation thickness being a bit less than ideal. The plate can be manipulated into shapes to suit;
https://www.dometic.com/en-au/au/products/food-and-beverage/refrigeration/cooling-units/dometic-coldmachine-vd-21-_-79727

A cooling unit is used in the front “food” box.

https://www.dometic.com/en-au/au/pro...vd-14n-_-79723

Ok, I knew I would have questions. So I'm thinking about getting the cooling unit, the separate one. Do you have a picture of your boxes I can look at. And you have two of these things?

And how does the thermostat work? Is there a thermostat in the box, or do you just adjust something on the cooling unit? Does the plate have a thermostat? I was thinking about putting two small cooling plates, one in each box in the back, to help with Ice like you said, but I don't know. And then you said you had one up front too. So do you have three cooling units? Sorry for the million questions, I have no idea and the dealers here worry me....
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Old 10-15-2018, 02:37 AM
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I’ll grab some pics for you once the weather calms down, it’s terrible at the moment.
Yes, I run two units for the back fridge/freezer, and a single for the front box.
Each box has a digital display that simply plugs into the units to control and display temps.
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by The Woo View Post
I’ll grab some pics for you once the weather calms down, it’s terrible at the moment.
Yes, I run two units for the back fridge/freezer, and a single for the front box.
Each box has a digital display that simply plugs into the units to control and display temps.
Wow, so three units? I need to do what you do for a living Yes please, pictures would make it so much easier, I'm a picture person... No hurry,. I won't get this done for another month of so, but I am thinking about building the outside of the boxes today.
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Originally Posted by SailFishQuepos View Post
Wow, so three units? I need to do what you do for a living Yes please, pictures would make it so much easier, I'm a picture person... No hurry,. I won't get this done for another month of so, but I am thinking about building the outside of the boxes today.


ditto - i am interested to know what this 3 unit setup looks like
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:01 PM
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Fairly productive day. Alot of the stuff we are doing now doesn't really show up in pictures. We patched all the bad wood in the cabin roof with corecell, cut the foam to fit and glued it in with cabosil/resin. Tomorrow we'll get the final 1708 layer over it and the roof will be done. We took out the AC out of the top of the cabin so we could build the back windows. Got both windows cut, and then got the door cut too. We are going to do double doors, a single would be just too big and would be terrible to open and close. We made the top outside corner of the windows curved, I probably could have done a longer radius on the curve, but it's done and I like it so it's going to stay.

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And then Harold thought he would be able to get the foam out of the two layers of glass with a router. I didn't think it would work, but he pulled it off. We took out an inch of foam core around where the door goes and replaced it with cedar so we can screw in door hinges. And then we took a half inch out around the top and bottom of the door and around the windows, where we will replace that with cabosil/resin/glass strands putty that we made. We got the wood in but it was after dark, and we started with the rest but didn't get done. There was light rain all day, so I didn't get to glass all the foam for the console. We can work in the rain, but it slows us down as I have alot of tables that aren't under the roof. And we worked on the back wall a long time. The boat isn't level, so we had to do it with all measurements. We'll get the boat level soon though, that'll make everything easier.

Here's Harold taking out the foam core with the router and not hitting the sides! Too much time using power tools...

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The curves on the windows look great. Harold has mad skills. Thanks for taking the time to post all the updates. Your build (rebuild) threads are my favorites on THT.
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Looks great, what a difference cutting the holes for the Windows makes. Rag’s
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The window shapes and door size are superb. Good eye gents!
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Radius on the windows is perfect. When deciding such things one needs to take into consideration the overall design of the boat, which you obviously have done. A bigger radius might look great on another boat, but this Hatt is pretty angular in design. A few curves like these and the ones you have planned for the side windows can soften things up and give it a more refined appearance, but too many or too large of curves will just end up fighting with the original design and you end up with a Frankenboat. Excellent work so far. Carry on.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:28 AM
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Yeah, we used a bucket to make the curve It was the biggest radius thing around us when we were drawing. At first it was kind of a joke, but after we drew it, we liked it. And I asked a couple of other guys in the shop and after all the positive response we just went ahead and cut it out.
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Originally Posted by modernimage View Post
Frankenboat
Ha, that's funny. I said Frankenboat in the shop the other day. I am in danger of doing that for real, I'm hoping that changing up the side windows doesn't end up doing that, but that is always in the back of my mind. I'm trying to get rid of the angular look, but it might not be possible without screwing it up. We drew the back windows about 20 times....
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Originally Posted by SailFishQuepos View Post
Ha, that's funny. I said Frankenboat in the shop the other day. I am in danger of doing that for real, I'm hoping that changing up the side windows doesn't end up doing that, but that is always in the back of my mind. I'm trying to get rid of the angular look, but it might not be possible without screwing it up. We drew the back windows about 20 times....
Putting small radii in all of the window corners is also a lot stronger.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:42 AM
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Having trouble getting in the groove, but we got a little more done. It's kind of like a shotgun approach right now, we keep starting things and then starting other things, I need to get more focused and start finishing stuff. We had Coast Guard inspections last week across the fleet, so that seriously slowed us down, and then we had a pair of motors blow up, and a transmission go out, and a boat hit a log. So it's been a fun week. Hopefully this week I can post some finished projects.

Here's a drone shot of where we are working. Reminds me of the happy ending in Shawshank redemption:

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Here's the console upstairs for the electronics. This was from about a week ago, we've already got two layers of fairing done now.

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And we replaced alot of the roof of the cabin with foam core and that is all done. The original had some sewed vinyl as a headliner. I can't do that, so we did a grid of 1 by 2's and we are going to do a thing glass sheet on the table for a headliner. We are going to angle the upper corners to put in lights and speakers. That'll make more sense when I shoot a picture. Here's the grid we did on the roof:

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And I decided against my ice storage upstairs. We are going to instead just make benchs, and under the benches we are going to have our inflatable rafts and life jackets.

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That is a picture from 5 minutes ago. That will all be glassed in before the end of the day though.

Harol is borrowing my crew right now working on a roof, but that should be done this week. Hopefully we can find a groove and get this boat in the water and fishing. I'm aiming for February 1st, and I have already sold a few trips, so I really hope I don't miss. When we start finishing more stuff, I'll post more pictures.
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Originally Posted by SailFishQuepos View Post

Thank God somebody answered that one because in Texas donks are a male appendage! Yep, 671 detroits. I have to leave them in there for a season, lots of people are telling me they raise more fish, we'll try them out and if it's true they might stay. Cummins 450 6CTAs would be lighter, more fuel effecient and faster though. So that is to be determined, we'll have to see how it runs.
Funny. This is what people call a donk in the NE.

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Funny. This is what people call a donk in the NE.

Cool car. So a done is a classic car? i have a 1970 Nova, and I'm building a 1972 C10... I have two donks
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A donk is not a classic. A donk is a big body car with big wheels.
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Originally Posted by doradohunter View Post
A donk is not a classic. A donk is a big body car with big wheels.
Ahhh. I don't think the nova qualifies, it's only got 15s on it. The truck is going to have 17s, but it's not a dank either i guess...
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I dont think you'd want to make them into Donks. They look ridiculous and not classy at all.
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