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    retired charterboat captain turned boatbuilder
    Beaufort NC
    Fishing, skiing (both kinds), flying
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  • Join Date: 08-31-2011
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  1. 04-01-2019 01:29 PM
    I am preparing to have my 25 Blackfin topside sprayed with Alexseal primer and topcoat. I'm in the process of ordering and am a little confused on the accelerator. We are in Central Florida with an expected spray time temp of 78F increasing rapidly to 85F. Should I use/do I need the accelerator for either product?
  2. 08-15-2018 07:51 AM
    Thanks bill! There is a link in my original message and that is a 28 I currently have with outboards. I appreciate your feedback. I am going to stretch a 28 hull that I already have.

    You boats are are so Nice! The craftsmanship is impressive to say the least. Thanks again for the insight
  3. 08-14-2018 04:45 PM
    [left]Hi bill, thanks for answering the chine question on your seacraft thread. Wondered if you could give me your opinion on how a 33 bertram might run with outboards in a walk around configuration. I did this to a 28 bertram and it runs great. Was planning on stretching a 28 mostly because the Deadrise is greater on the 28 which leads me to think it would handle the ocean better at cruise. The Deadrise on the 33 is 17degrees and the 28 is 23. I know there are tons of variables but thought I would get your insight if you are willing to give it. Thanks a lot! Jim
  4. 07-28-2016 11:57 AM
    Well, I actually got a chance to go fishing two days last year and so far this year a whopping none. That 231 is one of the old "good ones" that are in the maybe worth it category for a full rebuild like you're talking about, if it was a lesser desired hull I would try and talk you out of it. Gutting and rebuilding like we do with all composites usually ends up costing about what a new hull of comparable size would run by the time the inevitable add-ons like transom, hull refair/repaint, built-in boxes, custom console, leaning posts, new engines, electronics, etc. are added. If you've got any pics of her now I can chime in with my opinions on what it would take to bring her back into shape. My direct email is;
    I'm lining up the winters project schedule now, a couple big boat refits are on the list already but a small one like yours I can usually work in without too much trouble.
  5. 07-28-2016 11:06 AM
    Working 14 hour days, 7 days a week, when do you get a chance to take the boats beautiful boats out that you build/restore. Well when/if ever you slow down some and want to take on another project, I have a 1988 mako 231 that could use some of your love, it's not in that bad of shape I just want to get new stringers, foam, and some minor mods. I just want to get everything thing done so I can keep her around until she sinks of natural causes.
  6. 07-28-2016 06:40 AM
    Hey Bill, I was asking around about boat restoration for my Classic Mako and I was told to look you up. Do you happen to do boat work on the side or just through your business?
  7. 08-31-2015 05:20 PM
    Thanks Bill, this is why I asked, I am a novice in this area. I am picking up the Hobie on Wednesday, I'll enjoy for the rest of the year and then start the messing around with the Mini Pilot house over the winter.

  8. 08-31-2015 06:42 AM
    I guess it could be but honeycomb wouldn't be my first choice of materials. Foam core would IMHO, be much more suitable for several reasons but mainly the fact there are numerous edges that would need to be finished off. Honeycomb doesn't lend itself to edge finishing without using another core material and with so many open edges, you're better off using foam and not worrying with it.
  9. 08-30-2015 06:09 PM
    Bill I have a quick question for you, could the mini pilot house be built out of Nadi Core for a Hobie Power Skiff?

    Like this one..

  10. 05-22-2015 12:31 PM
    To be honest I've never used the Starlight but it looks interesting. 1/2" would be a little light for a seat base, unless it had more than just edge support. Another option is PVC foam board, it's cheaper (cost 216 for sheet of 3/4", 120 for 1/2"), machines easier, lighter weight and is paintable when lightly sanded. Starboard also tends to mildew but painted PVC doesn't.

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