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Copying a 31 Bertram in Quepos Costa Rica

Old 02-10-2019, 12:08 PM
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Amazing. I think you broke the record for most work done, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of pics hahah.

cant wait to see it floating
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I love these threads. I love to see the way that SQF handles the left turns and U turns that the situations of boatbuilding and life throw in his way. It's really an inspiration. I also admire his ability to get at the essence of any issue and build to the function in the most elegant and direct way possible without rubbing too much money in it. It's the Tao of Boatbuilding.
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Originally Posted by OIReelKeeper View Post
Amazing. I think you broke the record for most work done, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of pics hahah.

cant wait to see it floating
I gave him a 250K deposit and all I got was an Orange boat on a broken down trailer. Didn't even get a pic drawn on a napkin.

Talk about get her done!
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:35 PM
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That would scare the chit out of me.
Yep, gets my heart rate up too. No major accidents so far, but I know it's one of the times I gotta pay attention.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by bills106 View Post
Nah that trailer looks like an over the road legal one compared to some of the ones I've seen here. Two surplus military axles connected together by 4" welded steel pipe. Some of the old builders tell tales of using mules, blocks and rollers to get boats across the island not all that long ago.

She'll be just fine SFQ, even if she slips and goes for a wild run down the ramp, she's just telling you she's ready to go fishing and hurry up! Good luck and don't forget the bubbly and camera!
Man I hope there are no wild rides! I have got too much money in this one, and I really don't have the energy to fix anything right now. I'm looking forward to some days not covered in the itchy dust, and my lungs are ready for some fresh clean air! I don't remember ever coming out of a build this worn out.

I'll try to get a drone out there when we run it the first time. And then I need a picture at night with all the lights on from the air. It's funny how much some silly LED's have really got me entertained... Probably, my favorite part of the build.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
Didn't even get a pic drawn on a napkin.
We have moved on from Napkins. Now we use sharpies and cardboard!


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No updates... Probably splashed her yesterday and busy enjoying the boat! jaja

Awesome thread and re-build of a classic Hatt!
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Waiting for pics of it looking good on the water!
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:36 PM
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So today was the day! Talk about taking the hard way. The tides here are usually 9-10 feet, so there is a bunch of water in the estuary. Thursday ends up being the LOWEST high tide of the year, and we only had around 6 foot and change of water in the estuary. But the ramp was built for the big tides, so we couldn't launch it in the morning. We had to wait for low tide, and then launch have a backhoe bring it down into the middle of the dry estuary, and then wait for the tide. Definitely the hard way. So it gave us another day to fix the bugs. It kind of stunk because the AC guy was here in the morning but with the boat out of the water, he couldn't do much. He connected up all the copper tubes, but tomorrow we have to run the 240V. So tomorrow we should finally get the AC going, and that's the last hurdle. Got a fighting chair all cleaned up and we'll put that in tomorrow. And then we gotta put the outriggers on. And wash it. Probably twice

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But we got it in the marina. Only took from 7Am to 10:30PM, but we made it!

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I am so going to bed now....
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Congrats. You are a beast
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Well done!!
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:02 AM
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Wow! Unbelievable the amount of work you did in such a short time. Congrats!
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:20 AM
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Fantastic. Great looking boat.
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:28 AM
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Man that orange has grown on me I like it. The hard top looks great all around a beautiful rebuild.
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:43 AM
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Soon as I saw that trailer sinking into the mud I had an Oh Chit moment.

Boat looks fantastic in the water. How long did you play with those lights last night.

Wish you the best of luck with that rig. May have to come see it myself.

I don't think many understand the hurdles you have to jump to complete such a project in your location. I have a buddy of mine that ran Crocodile Bay from the start.
Todd Staley from Clearwater Florida.
I listened to the stories he told trying to get even minor projects complete. It made me want to pull my hair out.
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:57 AM
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Congrats great job, I can’t believe how much work you did in that short amount of time.

Yes now that the boat is in the water the top looks a little tall.
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Hell of a job, right there
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Congrats great job, I can’t believe how much work you did in that short amount of time.

Yes now that the boat is in the water the top looks a little tall.
Small potatoes for these guys! They can fix this in their sleep!

I wish he had made a time lapsed video of the tide coming in and floating her off! LOL
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Old 02-13-2019, 06:23 AM
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Yeah, the top came in at 7 foot, next time we pull the boat out we'll make it 6 foot 6 inches. But when you are on the boat, it feels nice where it is, just a cosmetic thing. I wish I had the time lapse, but I was ridiculously busy. Yesterday was an all day and some of the night type of work day. Headed out there now with mission AC. Hopefully we can get the AC in and the bathroom installed today...
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