Postby guilty338 » Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:03 pm

G'day again,
no updates on the clinker rebuild today, it's been a quiet week as I have been a bit crook.

My brother did spring a suprise on me this week, he has gone and bought himself an old ski boat (yes, I know it's not as old as mine!). It seems the desire to own/build a boat is contageous, it's a flightcraft integra powered by a 351/dog box combo. It's not going to be a re-build project but he is planning on adding a tower and a few other bits and peices.


some may have noticed this boat belonged to fellow forum user Trav (xr8edute) whom just happens to be my cousin.
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Postby xr8edute » Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:54 am

Actually it's a Flightcraft Liberator.....

and wasn't there some colourful language on the end of the phone when you found out he had bought it without you knowing.

Ha ha.
No boat + skippers ticket = driver for hire.

Will work for beer.
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Postby guilty338 » Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:18 pm

My bad , Flightcraft Liberator. And yes lots of very colourful language
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Postby mikus » Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:38 pm

Jeez guilty, your old man won't have any time to himself with two boats on the go! :lol: :lol:
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Postby guilty338 » Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:00 pm

nah, this one is not a 'project'. It's reliable already so my brother is just planning on buying a tower and having the seats re-upolstered at this stage....... which is good beause he is probably the least skilled man with a spanner I have ever seen.
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Postby xr8edute » Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:54 pm

amen to that.
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Postby guilty338 » Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:43 pm

G'day again,
A quick update on what's happening with the clinker at the moment. We have started on the engine housing/sun bed setup, and it's turning out to be a bit tricky....... First off I had to trim 20 od centimeters off each side's interior 'pocket', unfortunatley it was not 'exactly' 20 centimeters because the boat somehow gains two inches on one side (it's not perfectly square). After this I cut out approx 30 mm off the 'lip' on the top of the deck to make room for the farming that the giant sundeck 'lid' will finally rest on. The old man ..... aka captain fibreglass then siezed the moment to lay in some glass and strengthen the area before the framing is glassed in place.

So there is this weekends job- designing and installing a sunbed on a boat that was designed a long long time before sunbeds were common place on ski boats!

Pics to follow this weekend.
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Postby guilty338 » Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:06 pm

Righto- another update.
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Postby mikus » Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:21 am

Nice simple idea with the swim platform, i like. Any chance you could let me know were you got the racks from? I've got a mate who's looking for something like that.

Hope the knee's getting better mate
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Postby guilty338 » Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:26 pm

Ebay. The bloke sells them to fit a 2"or 2.5" round tower.
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Postby guilty338 » Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:49 pm

G'day all,
Another quick update with a few pics, the engine hatch/storage/sun lounge is fibreglassed in and strong as buggery, next comes fitting the floor. We have decided to add a storage hatch in the center of the floor section to give us some valuable storage, and therefore need to add a couple of cross members to the stringers.

Also a couple of quick pics of the drivers seat and throttle lever which have just arrived. The drivers seat is reversible which might come in handy for.......................fishing????
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Postby guilty338 » Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:50 am

Another update.
We have been working hard over the past few weeks (well harder than usual!).

The floor is just about to be fibreglassed in, we decided to make a storage locker in the floor with a trap door so the old man (aka 'captain fibreglass') glassed in a few bearers between the stringers to help mount the hinges and latches.

The sundeck/engine compartment/storage is finished, captain fibreglass has ensured it is super strong and glassing the whole thing together took all of the flex out of the hull so it should be rock solid.

I spent all day today with a giant magnetic based drill and rota broach cutting bit cutting holes through my tower................. Not I havent flipped out and gone insane, in a search for additional strength and reducing flex I have decided to drill the tower and weld in sections of 50mm tube. The welding and grinding will no doubt be a nightmare but it should look pretty trick.

Oh, and the tower will be powder coated, not galvanised as originally planned.
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Postby nevergrew » Sun Sep 28, 2008 6:50 am

Coming along very nice indeed mate. Some nice work there.
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Postby guilty338 » Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:46 pm

Another update.
Today I made the the hinge setup for the tower, it folds down well, but keeping everything straight is tough, tomorrow the job of welding 48.5mm pipe into the 72 holes in the tower begins.......fun.

The old man got the floor glassed in today and it looks super solid, it is 17mm exterior ply which is glued and screwed to the stringers/bearers and then fibreglassed to te hull.
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Postby Chris » Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:51 am

that tower looks tops mate
any reason why you've got bar crossing the boat on it?
extra support or is there a windscreen going on it?
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Postby guilty338 » Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:23 am

well spotted chris!
That's where the windscreen is going, the bottom 'triangles' will also be filled with some sort of tinted plastic (lexan).

It looks super old school but I like that, and the original windscreen was about 6" high and completley useless.
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Postby mof » Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:05 am

That tower looks great. Enjoy welding....
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Postby guilty338 » Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:22 pm

The updates keep coming- some new parts showed up today....
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Postby guilty338 » Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:14 pm

G'day again,
Another quick update: I AM DEFINATLEY OVER WELDING AND GRINDING!

To fit all of the tubes to the tower required 142 holes, 142 welds and a lot of grinding. I have all the tubes in and not too much grinding to go....... Also I modified the racks and fitted them today, I'm pretty happy with them.

What is everyone using for a tow point (on home made towers/poles)? I'm thinking of getting a stainless steel towball and turning it down into something decent on a lathe.... any other ideas??
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Postby kano » Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:51 pm

guilty338 wrote: What is everyone using for a tow point (on home made towers/poles)? I'm thinking of getting a stainless steel towball and turning it down into something decent on a lathe.... any other ideas??


Hi mate,
Looking good. A towball might be a bit small to start with if you are going to mill it down. Not sure what else you can use though, any chunk of alloy or stainless should be ok
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