The deck part 3

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Things are moving on in right direction, been down to the wood shop to buy some wood and make more stringers. Actually I decided to throw away some of the ones I did last time because after thinking how the seats would sit I wanted to change the placement of them giving more support evenly and also the first ones where made from scrap wood from the old deck which wasn’t optimal. 

The technique to mark the template to saw was the same as last time but made a new pen holder for a better marker pen this time. 

This is the progress so far. I think it will turn out good and it evens out the pressure on the “real”deck good to. Also added some holes where the water can run free down to the back of the boat where I can empty it easy. I don’t think I’ll bother with waterproofing these stringers now, want to give it a test next summer and see if improvements needs to be done to. 

Also wanted to buy a plywood sheet for the deck but had no energy in the back to get a trailer today so will do that later on. I do have a thing to think about here, the sheets are 1225mm and the boat is 1250mm at its widest point so I’m going to have a little bit that I can’t cower with plywood at the middle sides, about 15mm each side. I want the plywood grain to be along the boat so turning the plywood and get more parts to fit together is not an option I want to do. Probably just have it like that for now and think about it later on, it’s still a test deck after all so improvement along the way is not a problem. 

Think I have got a good ide about the seatings now as well and placing the stringers for that, more on this later on. 
All for now, Over & Out

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The deck part 2

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Done some more on the deck now, used my new compressor to blow of some more dirt and a vacuum cleaner to tidying thing off for starters. 

Removed the wooden part in the bow where the fuel tank sits and to my dissatisfaction tha plank was fastens with a few screws. It was sealed underneath with some kind of silicone and it’s unde the bow “roof” so I don’t think any water has come in there but I will check the holes and fill them in with new sealer of some kind for now and have a mental bit of maybe do some fibreglass and epoxy work next autumn. 

Getting the new “beams” across the hull for the deck to rest on I used the old planks for getting the shapes, I haven’t decided if I’ll be using them under the plywood or change to something thicker. 

First I tried making the shapes with paper but I found it way to tricky, probable a great solution out there on how to do this but I came up with this and it worked pretty good: 

I layed tha plank where I wanted it, took something to hold a pen with and then just followed the hull and the pencil drew the cut line in the plank. 

I decided to make my own pen holder out of some scrap plywood and drill a hole for the pen. After I took the picture I found out I need to have a sharp arrow point on the bottom of the plywood so it follows the curves of the hull good so made a sharp arrow and drew my lines. 

Then I used a jigsaw to cut it out and tested the fit. Turned out to fit pretty good so did a few more along the boat. 


I’m thinking of making the plywood deck in two parts, one from the under the back sofa to under the front sofa, and one from there running in to the bow. By splitting it in two parts I’ll be able to fit it in and out a bit more easy and where the two parts connect won’t be visible. 

Next part will be to do some more thinking if I can use these planks or if I need something bigger, how I’m going to attach them and the plywood and then need to buy some plywood and cut out the shape. Dry fitting before I do any stain testing and hopefully get the boat in the water for a float test to before I do the stain and maybe epoxy / varnish test and fit it all. 

All for now, Over & Out

The deck part 1

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Got around to take out the old deck to have a inspection under it and do a bit of cleaning. Will do a new deck just because the old one was a bit bad at some planks and some screws where rounded so needed a cowbar to take them apart and damaged the planks even more. 

I’m thinking of using a similar way, with a few planks from side to side for stability and then cutting out a plywood as deck. I don’t think I’ll bother with plastering or fiberglassing it because I just want it to last next summer and the boat will not be outside when not in use so it won’t get to much wear and tear during next summer. 

But just for testing I think I will give it a paint of darker teakwood look and then some kind of protection on the top side. The deck will hopefully be handy later on to get the “real deck” shape next autumn if I decide to renovate it more then. 

First step was to take of the front seats and the rear sofa, no big think, only a few screws in to the plank deck. (As you can se in the picture the front seats where sat on a small wooden box, also attached to the planks by screws. 


The deck itsel was running along the boats inside from front to back and they where screws in place by three rounded wood peaces going for side to side of the boat. I was worried about how these three peacea where fastened to the boat (don’t want any screws in to the hull) but the middle one and reare was loose and the front one was fastened by a rope that was attached to wood glued to the hull so no nails here 🙂 removing the planks was easy with the help of a electric screwdriver. A few screws where bashed up so used a crossbar to get thous planks off. 

Part of the deck out of the boat, mostly planks but the one in the middle standing half up is one of the round ones the planks where attached to. You can also see the box for the front seats in the rear of the picture. 

All done, the deck is completely removed and a bit of cleaning up has been done (loads of leaves under the deck). The hull isn’t pretty in paint but it seems to be in one peace without cracks or old screw holes in it and I’m pleased with that. 

A bit more cleaning to do before the next part begins with building a new deck. To be continued 

All for now, Over & Out

Deck testing part 1

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I’m really interested in how I can do my plywood deck so tonight I went out in the garage and found a peace of scrap plywood to start the testing on!I sanded it down and then used a router to make six groves (right side of the picture) and the other half of the plywood I let be without any groves. Sanded again and lay on some mahogany stain, it turned out to be a bit more red then I hade imagined but will be interesting to see how it looks when all the steps are done later on. 

Now it will dry for a while and then I’ll go into next step of testing which is:

3 goves will be filled with a black mass (here they sell them on a tube but I just read that these lines between planks are made of all different kind of stuff, like chalk and epoxy, even one that used tape and then epoxy (no groves on that one) to get the effect). 

3 groves will be left alone, then I’ll let it dry and next step is to epoxy everything. 

Then a mother layer of epoxy and then I’ll go on with the filler in the three groves I didn’t do in the beginning and then 2 more layers epoxy and finally a few layers varnish. 

I want to learn a few things by doing this. 

•Dose the epoxy work on top of this stain?

•Dose epoxy work on top of the filler?

•Dose the filler work on top of the epoxy?

•What was the best way to do?

I’ll also be doing the same thing on a peace of plywood without stain just to get to see how the difference is. 

•Also it’s good practice to learn to do the epoxy and varnish stuff before going into something bigger. 
I guess this will be like a little series on my testing the upcoming week/weeks so stay tuned for how it goes!

All for now, Over & Out

Sketch ideas

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I’m the first to admit I’m no Picasso but here’s some kind of idea of what I’m thinking of doing with the deck and the seats. Really like these kind of decks so think I will make a try on doing it so and then a rear sofa seems as a no brainer but not absolutely sure about the front portion. Originally these boats hade a sofa with a lover backrest in the middle so it was more of a sofa for two. Not sure if I want to go with that here or have a full length backrest all the way to fit 3 people (two normal size and a child) or maybe go with two seats instead. 

First step would be making the deck and meanwhile giving the seat layout some serious thought. I still have the seats from when I bought the boat so for starters I can mange with them maybe for next summer so no hurry anyways! 

Have a good Friday and a nice weekend! 

All for now, Over & Out 

Fuel line

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So last Saturday I managed to get the engine going, it seemed to run pretty god except a bit to high in neutral rev. On Sunday I was taking a look at the deck (I’m going to take it apart to clean underneath and make a new deck) so my first part was to disconnect the fuel line from the tank to the engine. I have had it connected and disconnects before but for some reason I couldn’t disconnect the contact between the line and the engineer this time. 

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Here’s a bad picture of the connection I’m talking about. 

Didn’t have more energy in the body to do anything about it but yeaterday I took a new look. It’s a kind of barronet fastening, you have to twist it and then pull it out and it seems to me as if it is not able to twist as far as needed to release and get pulled out. 

I started with taking of a box with two wires running to the cdi box (I’m not sure what this box is so any reply in comments would be appreciated). 

I also needed to releas a fastener for the wire going to this box from the other side of the engine as you can see on the left side on this picture. 

Now I had enough room to get this box out of the way

Under this box the fuel line is and two bolts needed to be taken out (already done these once when getting to the carbs). My idea was that having the line loose will help me trying to disconnect the connections. 

At this point I can tell you I was wrong, this didn’t help me get a firm grip and twist the connection, since the fuel line is connected inside the engine I actually had more difficulty getting a grip now when it was loos. 

So but it all back again and had a mother similar connection near the fuel tank in the boat so opens it and noticed they connection only needed to twist a bit then it should come out. 

Made some effort on the “problem connection” and 30sec later I got it disconnected! Probably easy for someone who is use to these, but now I have learnt something new. I also noticed the wings you grip are not in line with the direction the connection should be to disconnect so knowing that will save me some trouble next time. It also seems as this is a bit woard down so maybe the previous owner had had the same problem before. Maybe I’ll change to a new one next summer but for now it will do fine for me. 

Here is the connection in the engine 

And here is the connection from the fuel line, if you look carefully you can as it doesn’t line up with the two grip wings on the outside of the connection and that’s where I had problem I didn’t line it up right for releas. 
All for now, Over & Out

Thoughts on deck

God evening!

When out to the garage tonight to have a look on the fuel connection to the engine (more on that in an upcoming post) and I couldn’t stop thinking about how the interior of the boat could be done to make look a lot nicer. Yes I know I don’t have that as a priority right now, first summer (next summer) is more about getting the feel of how much the family will use the boat and so but I have decided to make a new deck and I’m thinking I might as well take the opportunity to just test a few things out on the deck i put in for now so I might learn something for the (hopefully) upcoming project next autumn!

One thing i really have taken a like to is a wooden deck in some kind of teak or mahogny look with varnish on it. Now this is not a boat that is worth spending a big bucket of money into (even though i want to make it as nice as possible if i do something on it) so tonight I have been out on the internet and reading some stuff and I´m in the though process now of laying down a plywood deck that i first stain to a likeable colour (maybe mahogny brown stain etc) and then go on with 3 layers of epoxy (never used this before so could be a good learning project) and after that go with a few layers of varnish. I have seen some pictures of this done and here is something in the way it would turn out.
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Now i have a few questions i need to figure out first.
1) I would like to add veneer (I think this is the correct word, I mean the black stripes into the wood often used on boats) but I’m not sure if it is possible, for one, can i router out these on the plywood? and for second, do I fill them up with the black filler before or after epoxy (and even varnish).
2) I´m thinking about how the deck would be to walk on when it gets wet (yes i know there is not much space to walk on in this boat), will it be slippery as  soap?

So a few things to keep on researching here on this department. But I’m leaning on giving it a try, at least with the plywood stain epoxy and varnish, I have seen the process done and i think i can do it to, i just don’t know how slippery it will get. And out the veneer I just need to search more. As you may have noticed my first language is not english so all research in not my native language gets a little bit more tricky some times but I find it to be so much more information out there in English.

I think that will be all for now, if you have any tips, just write a comment in the comment box 🙂

All for now, Over & Out

The long waited buy!

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Hi there! A few days ago I had my appointment with my physiotherapist and on the way home I popped in to the hardware store to buy a long small screwdriver so I can adjust the rew on the motor later on. Unfortunately they didn’t have a small long one so I need to keep looking but I didn’t bump in to something I have been thinking of buying for some time now, and I think it will come handy for this boat project to. 

Well saying I’ve been thinking of buying this for some time now is almost a understatement, to be honest I have had my thought on it for at least 2 1/2 years now, probably longer but today was finally the day. I have bought a compressor 🙂


It’s not one of those big big ones but I think it will be perfect for the kind of use I’m after anyways. Mostly pumping up some bikes/cars and using it as a blow gun when cleaning things up and that is the part I’m thinking I will have use of it with the boat to! When I’ve done the carbs I hade a bottle of compressed air and that worked good but those bottles are expensive and I empty mine pretty fast when cleaning the carbs and a few other small bits. 

I’m also hoping on getting some use out of it when doing some renovation around the home, I’ve been borrowing my partners fathers compressor before for that kind of work but always thought it would come in handy to have my own in the garage to. 

So strolling around the store looking for a screwdriver I had to have a look around for “things you didn’t know you need” and since I like tools this is a perfect place for me to have a look around and there it was, set down with 40% (that’s the reason I haven’t bought one before, I didn’t want to buy the weakest one of the smaller ones and the little bigger ones started to cost a bit much for the use I would have for it so always gone home without a buy). 

Looking forward to get it tested later on, can already see it coming to use when I take the deck planks off and do a clean underneath where a lot of leafs and stuff is. 

All for now, Over & Out

Slightly new design

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So I got around to just do a few small changes to the site. A new banner from the ones already choosable, it looked like a better fit to have some waves on the beach then some random clock. 

Also made some change to the left column where you can find the archive and a easy way to get a mail notification when a new post comes out (just in case you somehow find my text somewhat interesting or helpful). 

Have a good Wednesday! 

All for now, Over & Out

Cleaning carbs

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So when I got the mercury 500 outboard engine unsized I read up on that a good next step was to clean out the carburettors so I decided my next move was to get to that! 

There are two carbs on this engine and it didn’t take long to figure out that they could be taken of without starting to get other stuff off first. 

That includes disconnecting the wires that all lead in to a box behind the front cover of the engine. I didn’t want to do to much with the wires since they are old and easy to break so I took it very carful when I disconnected them and befor I did that I took a few photos so I knew where they all where suppose to go back again when the cleaning was done. 

The carbs then self was only fastened to the engine by 4 bolts and and you have to disconnect the choke as well but that was very straight forward. 

When I hade the carbs out it was time for the cleaning, and by opening them up it didn’t take long to see they where in need of a cleaning. Especially the part where the float is, white gung was in the bottom there. I couldn’t find carb cleaner but read break cleaner worked good and it turned out it was break cleaner my Lokal marine uses to so I bought a can of that. 

A good advice when cleaning the carbs is to use protection glasses, when you spray in to one hole you don’t know where it will come out and you don’t want this in your eyes. 

Apart from that a god tip is to have small trays to put the screws in order when you take them out, it makes it easier to get it all together again, I was going to do a video of this job but it turned out I did a time laps and it was to fast to get a idea of what I was doing. 

There is a needle that is set witch I believe determines how much gas/air the engine gets. This one I counted the turns in to full (gently so I didn’t damage the needle) before I took it out to clean inside. Now I could get it back to original position again. I believe this is the Ones I need to mixture with to get my rev down but I know I have them in the same settings as they where before so the high rev was probably a problem for the old owner to. Fortunate these setting screws are accessible without taking apart anything from the engine again. 

On the lower carb I couldn’t get out two brass screws because someone hade been on then with bad screwdriver before but I think I got all the dirt out of them from the other end anyway. 

When the carbs where out I took the opportunity to clean the inside of the engine where I could reach as well and before building all the parts back into the engine I orders two gaskets for the carbs. 

Putting it all back into the engine was pretty easy now when I knew where everything when and using my photos as reference. I believe most people can manage this with some patients and doing it methodology and paying attention to what the do. 

The dirt 

Where the carbs sit, this had a lot of dirt before but did spend some time on cleaning it all up and made a big difference. Also the new gaskets in place. 


And this is the carbs all cleaned and ready to be put back on place


All for now, Over & Out