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Narfi's Life after EU: Chapter Four - FS17 a 17ft V-Hull Powerboat

Discussion in 'Life, the Universe and Everything' started by narfi, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. narfi

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    Sorry for lack of updates, I will try to get them copied over.
    Bought the motor in may and that big expenditure put the pressure on me from both myself and my family to get the project done so we can enjoy the fruits of the cost (and my labor) That pressure combined with the busy summer schedule and only being able to work an hour or two on it per night has taken the joy out of the project..... I am trying to keep positive and enjoying it (I do enjoy the work, just not the pressure) and will hopefully have it in the water this summer or fall. (I had hoped to have it in the water last summer, then this spring, then by 1st of July.......)
     
  2. narfi

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    Here are a couple pictures of how it looks now till I have time to copy over the updates.

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    And of course the 'old' canoe is getting some good use,
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  3. narfi

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    What kind? You should post some pictures :)
     
  4. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    I can understand the problem. Same here: running a great project with a lot of enthusium and at one point it turns into stress or becomes boring.
    But I love the pictures so much of the kids still enjoying the result of your former project. Same as you do, I assume. Thumbs up for your work! Finally it'll pay! Probably spring or summer next year ...
     
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  5. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Ah I understand. I started a project with a friend hmm probably before easter... it's really been dragging lately due to him suddenly getting busy with work and then not being able to get round to printing bits and then get together to test assemble.

    Still, good news at my end is we managed to meet the other week and assemble some of the latest test prints. I was super chuffed with how well some parts I designed from scratch fitted perfectly together and it feels like the whole thing is finally starting to take shape. I've got some mistake to find and fix but tonight I was just too tired after a 9 hour day so been "relaxing" by catching up on some tutorial vids.

    Anyhow, hear's to motivation. Hope your project doesn't get too stressful. My friend (same one) is building a boat. Hes realised how much hull there is to make....
     
  6. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Intex K1 Challenger. It's the popular well reviewed one on amazon.
     
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  7. narfi

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    Well I have been working away at the project, its getting close. Very close :)
    Haven't had the time or energy to update here though but you can read all the details on my build thread on the designers website,

    https://forums.bateau2.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=62609&start=1210

    Spent this weekend painting the boat, now I just need to Install the motor, do all the wiring, install all the hardware and....
    Finish building the consoles(and paint them), bend the windshields and mount them, finish the hatch covers and paint them, bolt and screw on all the consoles, windshields and hatch covers with hinges and latches. If I work like a crazy man, Maybe one week left and everything goes perfectly, probably 2 weeks realisticly.


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  8. Puck

    Puck Puck

    She's a real beaut, Narfi. Love those clean lines, and pleasant choice of color really accentuates them. Thanks for including us on this journey. It's been a pleasure.
     
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  9. I thought about building a small boat for years, but didn't want to take over the garage to do it and eventually just bought a boat. I bought a bowrider which is more of a pleasure boat than a fishing boat, so I may build a boat I can fish with someday. I enjoyed seeing your process and timeline for getting it done... Maybe someday I'll find the space and time to build one...
     
  10. narfi

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    I would highly recommend building for the hobby of it, it has been a lot of fun.
    I would however NOT recommend building for the economics of it if you value your time (or overtime) as money :)
    I would do it again in a heartbeat, and already dreaming about my next build and the build after it o.0
     
  11. narfi

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    Sanded down the consoles, used the router to round over all the square corners and hand sanded the odd angled ones to closely match. There were still a few gaps ans places needed filled so I got the last of my wood flour mixed and applied before dinner. Was hoping that at 100+ in the tent it would cure quick enough i could sand it down and tape the corners tonight but by 8.30 it was still slightly rubbery so I chose to wait. Maybe come home at 10am for an hour and do it.
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    Mounted the seats and swivels. The seat mounting points were about a 1/2 bolt radius too narrow for the swivels so I just slotted the swivel plate and used large area washers.

    Set all the bling in place to see how it looks but didn't attach any yet.


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  12. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Wow wow wow! That thing is absolutely fantastic! You really did so well to keep going at it and all that work and learning you had to do to make it. Superb effort really!

    Totally with you on making stuff. I've been enjoying making a much smaller thing myself (afraid I'm going to keep it to myself though). Been finding sanding stuff rather calming and nice to have some "away from screen" time.
     
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  13. narfi

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    Haven't built the windshields yet, still need to clean up the wire tangles, but it was close enough to lauch.

    Brand new Mercury so didnt take it over 3500rpm but at 3500 we were going 24mph by the GPS, 17mph at 2800rpm. Thats with 3 of us on board and 19 gallons of fuel.

    We filled it up with fuel which took a while, the fill hose has too many bends in it so couldn't open the nozzle wide open without it back feeding. Not sure if I will change anything or live with it. Then we hooked a hose up to it and tested it would start and run ok. (It did)

    Then we dropped it in the water and Landon and I took it around the bay a couple times. Everything was smooth so we picked up momma and went out on the Lake. Put a total of 50 minutes on it but wind was picking up and we were starting to slam Landon in the front pretty good so we called it a success and headed back in.

    The side drains are well above the water line but I didnt take measurements. Will have to play around with that a bit next time we are in the water. I did have Landon and Alison both stand against the motorwell bulkhead and with the full 19gal tank they were still above water(without me in the boat)
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  14. GeorgeSkywalker

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    Congratulations on successfully completing the project.
     
  15. narfi

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    well..... not completed, just a major milestone :)
    I still need to build windshields, and do lots of little things like cleaning up the wire bundles, and replacing the crappy cupholders. (most of the LEDs dont work in these cheap ones :/ )
     
  16. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf


    haha yeh something like that can always have all these extra bits a bobs to do. Seriously still mega mega impressed. So glad it all went well for you on the test run. That must have been a tremendous relief!
     

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