Postby Bear75 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:49 am

kano wrote:
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


not a great picture but when I got my tower cutom made all they did was made up a tow point on a lathe out of plastic with a big stainless bolt through the middle , I have had it for years & it has held up to 100kg people & people going double up no problem.
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Postby guilty338 » Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:12 pm

Another quick update,
It's been school holdiays for the last two weeks, so time off and a busted knee means lots of time building.

Now the floor is glassed in we have been busy on the interior. It is obviously a small boat, so maximising the interior space is super important. We have put a hatch in the floor for storage and started building the passenger seat in a 'L' shape (like a mini lounge). The plan is that the base of passenger seat will hinge inwards (revealing storage in the base) and the seat backs will hinge upwards (revealing storage in the side pocket and the subwoofer install). As we are definatley NOT professional trimmers we decided to have a crack at building the seat backs and bases then send it off to the trimmer to add the foam and vinyl.

I have also sorted out the steering wheel (it is a cable setup), the hand throttle and reverse, and the gauge position.
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Postby westy350 » Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:29 pm

Hey Graham boats looking good mate!! hey where did you get those tower lights from might have to get me some of those!
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Postby guilty338 » Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:37 pm

They are 'ignite' driving lights made by saas apparently. I got them off ebay for fiftysomething dollars a pair, super cheap. Quality wise they actually look pretty decent for the price- definatley not Hella lights though.
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Postby nufdafez » Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:43 am

Hey Guilty.
Nice work on the rebuild.
Just a question about the windscreen being attached to the tower. I would imagine that there will still be a bit of flex in the tower when you are boarding. How will the windscreen cope with that?
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Postby guilty338 » Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:43 pm

I'm building the tower to minimise flex, however - some flex is probably unavoidable. I'm going to try using mounting the windscreen using oversize holes where it is bolted on, combined with a plastic windshield it 'might' work.
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Postby guilty338 » Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:26 pm

Got the jet and engine mounted today, thank god it fits!! Next step is glassing the hood scoop to the engine cover and glassing up the boarding platform.

A few more pics.
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Postby nevergrew » Sat Oct 11, 2008 6:10 am

Mate Ive gotta tell ya. This boat is looking unreal. She's gunna be a pearler when she's done.

BTW, I used a stainless tow ball for my hitch point. Works a treat.
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Postby guilty338 » Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:09 pm

G'day again,
Another quick update.

The woodwork on the interior seating is just about finished, we are going to have a crack at trimming it ourselves........ could be interesting.......

I have made the recess in the lower half of the tower for the plastic windshield. Once again no idea how it will turn out, but it should look pretty trick.

Captain fibreglass (my old man) has had a crack at modifying a 'hornet scoop' to raise it about 60 mm in order to clear the air cleaner, sticks out like a sore thumb, but should look nice once the sun deck (engine cover) is trimmed

Getting there............
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Postby javelin » Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:42 pm

should have got a rear mount sump of a bronco all the oil will be falling away from the front mounted pick up when on plane and out of the hole.
she's starting to come together now
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Postby guilty338 » Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:32 pm

Another update,

Spent the weekend on a few small bits;
- finished grinding the tower and sprayed it with etch primer to stop rust untill it is powder coated.
- Installed hinges and hatch locks on the rear sundeck and under floor storage hatch.

and I even picked up a couple of bargains for the stereo setup.
JVC 12" sub
Kenwood 2 channel amplifier
Both for less than $90! brand new
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Postby Chris » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:00 pm

hey I got the same sub for my boat. cost $75 bucks so you got ripped hahaha
hows the knee coming along mate?
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Postby guilty338 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:43 pm

no chris, the sub was $39- less than $90 all up (including amp)!

Knee is no good unfortunatley, but I have decided I will take up wakeskating for a while untill after the op. Much less painfull.
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Postby Chris » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:51 pm

whoa thats cheap as
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Postby westy350 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:53 pm

Where from bud?
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Postby guilty338 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:11 pm

End of model/ old stock clearence from superceap.
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Postby guilty338 » Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:24 pm

G'day- quick update:

Got stuck into the boarding platform/jet cover, fibreglassing it into a one peice setup.

I also dug up a bit of info off the boats rego, the boat was initially named 'Ski-rider', painted yellow and black and registered as a Ramsay.

Here are a few pics of the platform.
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Postby guilty338 » Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:09 am

Right. Another Update:
I have flipped the boat backover for final prep and paint on the hull. The giant fibreglass patch on the bottom of the hull is going to take a fair bit of filling and sanding to get right.

I bought a few bits and peices to finish off the stereo, i'm super happy with the price of the gear- I think this boat may have uncovered the 'bargain shopper' in me.

Here is a quick breakdown.

3 Pairs of Audio Pipe 6.5" splits with crossovers $350
3 Kenwood 250Watt 2 channel amplifiers $147
2 Pairs of Bullet speaker tower pods $300
1 12" JVC subwoofer $39
1 SCA Marine headunit with transom remote $199

So the whole setup for just over $1000 All brand new

'Bargain Shopping' or what????
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Postby guilty338 » Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:22 am

A couple of pics.
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Postby willo » Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:05 am

You certainly got yourself some bargains there mate. Did you get a free set of 6inch marine speakers with the head unit?
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