Houston Wadefish Progess

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Post by hairymick » Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:48 am

Holy Smoke MK,

you sure are putting some thought and work into this one! :shock: :D

Well done mate. Your boat is looking great. :D
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Post by jem » Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:35 am

Wow! :shock:

I wouldn't even know where to begin drawing up instructions how to do those recessed areas.

Obvisouly it can be done but that takes some craftsmenship and patience.
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Post by Mullet_Key » Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:01 am

No skill, just a bunch of 90 degree edge-to-edge joints and gap filling epoxy. Patience, yes.
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Post by dangermouse01 » Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:14 pm

Mullet_Key wrote:No skill, just a bunch of 90 degree edge-to-edge joints and gap filling epoxy. Patience, yes.
MK;
Your selling yourself kinda short there. I would say at least a little skill involved with those recesses, along with a helping of imagination and patience.

Looking good.

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Summer Progress

Post by Mullet_Key » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:40 pm

I'd like to see the bay and beach shoreline bottom transitions from a fish finder... which means installing something to contain a battery and mounting a fish finder transducer to "look" outside the wooden hull. I found a good sturdy plastic box with a sealing lid, just big enough for a 12-V deer feeder battery. I need to be able to remove the lid and take the battery out when not in use or transport. So I "nested the battery behind the cockpit held down with a bungee loop accessible from a large hatch at the mid deck. The black hooks are nylon pad eyes cut in half and glued at an angle to secure the bungee and make for easy removal.

Bungee Stations to Hold Down the Box
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Battery Box in Place
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Fish Finder Transducer Installation

Post by Mullet_Key » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:44 pm

I cut hole in the hull to flush mount the transducer. I laid 2 layers of 3.25 oz glass on the underside using opposing weave direction, scuffed the transducer and sank it into some epoxy. I still need to provide some additional vertical support inside the hull. The blue dot on the underside shot is blue masking tape over the thermocouple. The ring around the blue dot is some thickened epoxy I used to make a little dam.
Inside the Hull
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What the fish see
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Anchor Trolly Rigging

Post by Mullet_Key » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:57 pm

It's so windy here on the TX coast that I have to anchor the boat over fishing holes. The safest position tie off the anchor line is from the bow or the stern, so I borrowed some ideas from the locals and fashioned an internal anchor trolley that will allow me to place an anchor line on either side of the boat, and slide the anchor line back and forth like a clothes line. I still need to dress up the sheave boxes on both ends and route out small windows on each side for the trolley. The anchor trolley boxes are sealed to protect the inside from water intrusion.

The S/S sheaves are sailing hardware from West Marine. It'll look cleaned up when finished.

I've installed towing eyes on both ends using brazing rod stock. You can see one on the stern. I did this on my Arctic Tern. My grab loops are removable.

My components are mostly ready for the final installation. I expect most everything glued in before the end of the week. I still need to finish my center console for the fish finder display, rod holder, and GPS.

Bow Anchor Trolley Sheave / Box
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Stern Anchor Trolley Sheave
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Post by dangermouse01 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:29 am

M_K;
Very interesting stuff you are doing with that anchor trolley, cant wait to see some more pictures as it gets farther along.

Looks good.

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Post by Mullet_Key » Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:39 am

Rear deck, tankwell, tankwell side panels, cockpit, console, and foredeck have all been attached. Yes, photo's would help. Before I glue on the cockpit side panels, I'm toying with the idea of installing "built in" grab handles on the sides like one of the new plastic SOT's. Constructing the "boxes" to protect the inner hull from the Gulf of Mexico is a challenge. I don't want to spend much more time on this than I have to. I'd rather be fishing.

I and another guy carried one the other day and it felt like a more solid hook up than the commercial webbing & rubber grab handles screwed to the hull with two screws. One pulled out from my Tarpon 140. Photos by the weekend - MK
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Grab Handles

Post by Mullet_Key » Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:39 am

Rear deck, tankwell, tankwell side panels, cockpit, console, and foredeck have all been attached. Yes, photo's would help. Before I glue on the cockpit side panels, I'm toying with the idea of installing "built in" grab handles on the sides like one of the new plastic SOT's. Constructing the "boxes" to protect the inner hull from the Gulf of Mexico is a challenge. I don't want to spend much more time on this than I have to. I'd rather be fishing.

I and another guy carried one the other day and it felt like a more solid hook up than the commercial webbing & rubber grab handles screwed to the hull with two screws. One pulled out from my Tarpon 140. Photos by the weekend - MK
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