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 Posted: Sun Apr 4th, 2010 11:36 pm
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Shannon
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Equipment: All Shimano
Best Catch: 5.01kg Large Mouth Bass
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Hi Guys

I've been a member here for a while, but have been a bit lazy to post this build thread (get your coffee, this is gonna take a while). I've got this posted on another site so some of you might have seen it already, but if not enjoy.

This forum has a healthy DIY section so I thought this would add to it.

 

I've been a mad bass fisherman for years and have owned deep sea and bass boats before. 2 years ago I had to sell my beloved bass boat, but within a few months I couldn't handle not being on the water, so I embarked on the biggest project of my life. I enjoy making my own tackle and tinkering with the odd tool so I thought why not build my own boat. Well that was 18 months ago, I work every spare minute I have on the boat, but it's nearly done.

Trying not to re-invent the wheel I bought plans from a company in Florida USA for a flats boat design, they had a bass boat but I didn't like the hull shape. The flats boat would work better for my requirements after some redesigning of the deck. So the hull shape is from plans, the rest is my design (or lack thereof).

The boat is constructed out of marine ply wood completely encased in Epoxy fibreglass, basically a composite boat (fibreglass with a ply core). No screws are used anywhere in the construction as they create weak points

Epoxy resin is used in the whole build as polyester resin does not waterproof wood and also doesn't stick to wood properly.

 

I'll give brief descriptions of each picture I post but I'm not going to go into detail on each photo unless someone asks.

 

Bulkheads and Stringers in place on the building jig



stitching the panels in place



Taping the joints



Glassing the hull



 

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 Posted: Sun Apr 4th, 2010 11:43 pm
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Shannon
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Favorite Fishing Spot: Goedetrouw, Inanda, Albert Falls
Boat: Phantom 16
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Glassing stringers and bulkheads



Fairing the hull after installing strakes and reverse chine



Hull primered



Bottom coat done



 

 

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 Posted: Sun Apr 4th, 2010 11:49 pm
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Shannon
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Cleats installed ready for sole panels



 

Floatation foam



Sole installed



Hatch construction



 

 

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 Posted: Sun Apr 4th, 2010 11:54 pm
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Shannon
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Installing deck cleats (supports)



Test fitting deck panels



 

Seat base mounts and built in cooler box



 

Building the console



 

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 Posted: Sun Apr 4th, 2010 11:58 pm
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Shannon
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Interior coating



 

Livewell



 

Thruhull plumbing

 

Plumbing


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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2010 12:03 am
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Shannon
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Boat: Phantom 16
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Fuel tanks



 

Decks and console fitted, installing gunwales



 

Gunwales installed



 

Beam of 2.25m


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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2010 12:10 am
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Shannon
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Fairing gunwales



 

Test fitting jack plate



 

After countless hours of sanding, finally she gets some paint



 

Took some time out to make a trolling motor foot pedal recess (fibreglass moulded)


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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2010 12:16 am
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Shannon
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Favorite Fishing Spot: Goedetrouw, Inanda, Albert Falls
Boat: Phantom 16
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And here's how she looks today

 

Carbon fibre dash (real carbon fibre not a sticker)



 

Custom Glitter flake finish



 

Paint complete, ready for hatch lids, carpets, wiring and rigging



 

That's it for now. I'll keep updating with new pics as the progress moves along.

 

Cheers

Shannon

 

 

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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2010 04:51 am
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tauruck
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Work of art there bru.

Bravery has no bounds!!!!!

That is just sick.

I can't stress enough what a big project that is.

You aced it.:clap12::hapmad:cong:

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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2010 06:29 am
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JustPlainSHARK
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NV. Thats right, envy. Wish i had the know how to do sumting like that, but most of all, the balls to take on such a project. Well done mate.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2010 06:30 am
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JustPlainSHARK
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NV. Thats right, envy. Wish i had the know how to do sumting like that, but most of all, the balls to take on such a project. Well done mate.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2010 06:52 am
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JFE
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You have me speechless!! WOW, WOW and again WOW. Why do you still have a day job?
That is true art. You have magic hands.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2010 08:25 am
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fannie
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Hello Shannon,

Well done and it looks very good. You deserve some mana. I like the width of it too and I'm sure it's going to be a nice boat. You could maybe give a run down of how much you spent, time and materials.

Nice build !

Last edited on Mon Apr 5th, 2010 08:27 am by fannie

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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2010 08:58 am
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barryfish
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awesome build. update us when you have a chance. approx cost to get this far?

well done! dig the carbon fiber

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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2010 10:08 am
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benniejordaan
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Dude! That is just fantastic! Brilliant work mate. It is very clear how much effort went into not just the build but the design too. Please keep us up to speed.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2010 09:53 pm
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Shannon
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Equipment: All Shimano
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Hey guys thanks for the nice comments.

To answer the questions about time and cost I need to first stress that the pictures that I have posted are a very compressed version of the build. I started building the boat on the 3rd Oct 2008. I've never kept a log of building time, but if I average it out at 15 hours a week which is pretty realistic, I'm in for just over 1000 hours.

For costs, the raw material for the boat has cost over R35K, plus another R5K for consumables and the odd extra tool I needed.

I still need to add, steering (R2.5K), Trolling motor (R5K), batteries (R3K), trailer (R16K) and outboard (R?). So no it's definately not cheaper than buying a boat, but it's a lot more satisfying. I used the very best materials I could find and took no shortcuts.

I only work on the boat over weekends now so progress is slow, but I'll update the thread as I move along.

 

Thanks for the interest.

Shannon

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 Posted: Tue Apr 6th, 2010 04:20 pm
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Wow thats awesome!!! I thought I worked hard on re-doing my carpets but hell this is really something to be proud of! Hope you land plenty of lunkers from the beuty!

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 Posted: Tue Apr 6th, 2010 04:24 pm
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Shannon wrote: Hey guys thanks for the nice comments.

To answer the questions about time and cost I need to first stress that the pictures that I have posted are a very compressed version of the build. I started building the boat on the 3rd Oct 2008. I've never kept a log of building time, but if I average it out at 15 hours a week which is pretty realistic, I'm in for just over 1000 hours.

For costs, the raw material for the boat has cost over R35K, plus another R5K for consumables and the odd extra tool I needed.

I still need to add, steering (R2.5K), Trolling motor (R5K), batteries (R3K), trailer (R16K) and outboard (R?). So no it's definately not cheaper than buying a boat, but it's a lot more satisfying. I used the very best materials I could find and took no shortcuts.

I only work on the boat over weekends now so progress is slow, but I'll update the thread as I move along.

 

Thanks for the interest.

Shannon


Funny, a member here caught a wobbly when I quoted R22,000 to do the same to the hull he wanted changed.

 

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 Posted: Tue Apr 6th, 2010 05:52 pm
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Totally awesome man !!!

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 Posted: Tue Apr 6th, 2010 08:53 pm
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I've just lost it........ do they allow visitors in padded cells? IT'S , (I don't have words) but that's what I had in mind for so long now......  You're a real Idol....... Congrats Shannon.

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