Postby rickjames » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:04 am

Boat looks great.

Where did you get those mounts that fit the front of the bimini to the tower?

I need to modify the width of my bimini to fit within my tower and can't use the mounts on the side of the boat.
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Postby MACH6 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:05 pm

rickjames wrote:Boat looks great.

Where did you get those mounts that fit the front of the bimini to the tower?

I need to modify the width of my bimini to fit within my tower and can't use the mounts on the side of the boat.


It's called a interlocking pipe clamp. We had a couple left over from a previous job but if you have a search around you can pick them up from industrial pipe suppliers. I packed it out with some Nitrile rubber sheet to give it some decent grip on the tower, you can also do them up FT without them bending giving it a bloody good grip.

Here is some place I found on google, it's looking like $8 a piece for the 50mm one.

http://www.geordi.com.au/Products18d.htm
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Postby Pane » Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:25 am

G'day

Where did you get the water strainers from?

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Postby MACH6 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:04 pm

Pane wrote:G'day

Where did you get the water strainers from?

Cheers


Got them from Marine Parts Source in the US for $50 bucks a piece and $48 postage. I was looking at $100 a pop from OZ + postage for the 1 1/2 in ones. If you send them an email detailing what you want, they get back to you with a quote and you can then order online. I should have bought some more gear at the same time as there was heaps of room left in the medium flat rate box (it was about 30cm3) as it would have cost the same for postage.
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Postby MACH6 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:06 pm

Thought I would post up some of the latest additions to the boat.

We have laid down some more Hydro-Turf around the bow and transom, turned out great and looks great. Takes a bloody long time to measure, cut, trim & glue down though. Still have a bit more to lay along the top of the gunnels and in the bow area.

We had a couple of issues with the heat exchanger weeping from a spot where a hose clamp had worn through the brazing so I cleaned it up with the media blaster, had it repaired & gave it a new coat of paint.

We also thought that the engine was overheating as the temp gauge was going over 110 deg C at times, so we fitted a direct reading gauge to the top of the water pump to give better indications. It turns out that we had the wrong type of temp sender fitted for the gauge, easy fix. But we can now see that the engine is running quite cool, it is operating at about 60-75 deg under normal load and never exceeds 85 deg. I think it is a 83 deg thermostat fitted. Anyone think that that is too cool?

We have found that the exhaust fumes are getting a bit annoying when wake surfing. So I slapped together a underwater exhaust system with a integrated propeller pocket extension. Turned out ok I reckon, testing will be on the weekend at Lake Barambah. Hope it works.

And I finally finished off the interior carpet. I sewed on a bordering strip around the perimeter & fitted a bunch of SS buttons to fix the sucker down. Took me about 2 days to accomplish but I was getting pissed off with the carpet moving around all the time.

Next on the list is a pair of removable & foldable back seats to allow the extra space when it is needed. I am also looking a fitting a vertically oriented trim tab protruding out the side of the stern, hopefully dialling in the wake surf a bit better.
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Postby MACH6 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:08 pm

A couple more pics.
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Postby fluffy » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:06 am

Looking good! That exhaust looks neat, will be interested to hear if it affects the wake.

And how did you manage to park it in front of your house like that? :?
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Postby MACH6 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:30 am

4 Big tent pegs, a couple of metres of rope, a hand operated 4wd recovery winch and a half decent workout.

I'm hoping it makes it that little bit harder for people to steal :wink:
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Postby ash-on-mtb » Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:28 pm

been a while since I piped up, but thats just getting better and better every time I see it. Gives me motivation to get out and do some more work, although your fab skills and creativity far exceed even my imagination. Awesome work again,
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Postby MACH6 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:37 pm

Cheers ash.


We tested the underwater exhaust on the weekend and the first test showed that the steering was up creek. We couldn't steer to the left while off the plane and when on the plane it was skittish as hell. So after 10 min of careering around the lake we pulled the boat out and ripped it off. I rang my brother up and he came out with a grinder so we could chop it a bit shorter. We hacked it down to a bit less than half its initial length and chucked it back on the boat.

After hacking it down it worked a treat. No exhaust smell at all and it is remarkably quiet. We can also steer now :oops:

As for the wake. It has made the wake surf much easier to get it to hold shape and the wake for boarding is the same, no difference except for a smaller rooster tail out from the prop tunnel.
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Re: Plate Aluminium Wake Boat - Underwater Exhaust

Postby MACH6 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:21 pm

It has been a while since I last posted, so here's the latest additions.

Let there be light...

Additions:
Cabin: 5m of RGB LED light strip under the gunwale and another 3.5m under the bimini. All remote controlled.

Driving/Flood: 4 x 27w LED Spotties, 2 x 27w LED Floodies & 2 x 24w Flood.
LED mast mount steaming light & side mount nav.

2 x DIY 2 x 30w under water flood lights (120+ watt total) fitted but not 100% functional yet.
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Re: Plate Aluminium Wake Boat - Underwater Exhaust

Postby MACH6 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:28 pm

And of course the night time shots, bit crappy though.
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Plate Aluminium Wake Boat - LED's

Postby AndrewC » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:35 pm

How are the prawns running at this time of year? Haha, looks good tho!
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Re: Plate Aluminium Wake Boat - LED's

Postby DoaseCowboy » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:32 am

thats one choice project !
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Re: Plate Aluminium Wake Boat - LED's

Postby cam » Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:50 pm

AndrewC wrote:How are the prawns running at this time of year? Haha, looks good tho!


Would be a good prawning rig I agree.
Head down to shorncliffe or shultz canal with that and I reckon you will do ok.
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Re: Plate Aluminium Wake Boat - LED's

Postby MACH6 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:22 pm

Didn't attract many prawns, but this seemed to follow us when we had the lights on.
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Re: Plate Aluminium Wake Boat - LED's

Postby kg541 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:28 am

Boat looks awesome mate, awesome job.

Where abouts did you get the LED strip lighting from. Looks awesome at night.
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Re: Plate Aluminium Wake Boat - LED's

Postby MACH6 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:13 pm

Got them from eBay:

They come in 5m lengths and are ok quality. It can be tricky if you want to cut & re-solder as it is a bit fiddly getting 4 wires soldered so close together.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/5M-500CM-5050-SMD-LED-RGB-Waterproof-300-LED-Strip-/220762214268?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3366740f7c


I used a IR remote controller from the same place. The control box is not water proof so I pulled it apart and lacquered the PCB to give it a bit more resistance to the weather, should last a while now.

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Re: Plate Aluminium Wake Boat - LED's

Postby No1Spcl » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:34 pm

I'd love to pimp my boat trailer with those rope LEDs, might cause a few distractions to other drivers on the road when going home at night. Don't think it would be strictly legal. Nice job Mack6
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Re: Plate Aluminium Wake Boat - LED's

Postby kg541 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:38 pm

Thanks for that. May have to make it a winter job
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