She has had a bit of a hard life. I was not the first one to paint her. I painted the top, the bottom and the deck. One of my buddies gave me a gal of Sherwin Williams B65 V625. Its a 2 part polyurethane. It was a perfect color. One thing that did not work out was the thinner. I used acetone. I think it flashed off too fast. It make makes it hard to get a glossy finish. It also tends to result is a lot of over spray. Who knows I'm no painter. I'm just a guy with a paint gun! It works great on small parts or sections.
On my last run to Catalina, my bait pump setup would not working at speed. This was a new issue caused by my attempted repair of the water pickup. Duct tape fixes everything right! It fixed OK, it was causing the pump to lose prime. Most likely it was causing some cavitation. Originally it was working great, the tank would fill at speed with the pump off. After I reworked the duct tape it would not keep working on plan. My new fix is duct tape free! You can see the original design and the update below.
Went on our 4th run to Cat today. great weather. It was overcast all day with little wind no white caps. The swells were maybe 2 ft at 10. Ran over at 19Knts and back at 20. The bait tank worked perfectly. The motor was mounted all the way up and it did not seem to be an issue (14 x 17 AL prop). Im sure it had a lot to do with the smooth seas out there today. My new prop showed up today (14.5 x 16P SS four blade Rubex), so another test run is in order. I did a speed run today, we were fully loaded and she was up to 5800 RPM. That 14 x 17 3 blade AL prop is a good match, I just hope the new one is a better match. A cupped SS prop should hold the water better with the outboard mounted up high from what I have read. At any rate we went 1 for 4 on the YT today and took home a 13 lb tail. We were at 3800 RPM at 19.6 knots on the way home
Ha, I was just browsing the forum and wondered what was going on with you.
I went crazy on my boat thinking too much. I stripped it because I want it tough for fishing and the resultant clean up. Some of the wood was soft on the bunk deck attachment blocks so I built them back up by resin encapsulating them. I ended up resin treating every piece of wood on the boat. Now I can power wash without worrying.
Rebuilt the console and redoing the gauges, wiring, switches and added a stainless wheel. Need to figure out the sidebox to topbox control set up.
We made another run to cat on Sat. This time I got to test the 4 blade prop and the trolling motor. We got her up to 5600 RPM with a full load. Yep a bit over propped. The trolly is OK, but it is a bit of a pain deploying it under the rails, but it does work. 4 blade props cause vibrations just like they said in school! My console was buzzing away at troll speeds.
We were at about 32Knts at 5600 RPM.
I have not made enough runs on it to be sure. As far as I can tell I am still a bit over propped. I made it to 5800 RPM with the 3 blade Al prop in long beach. The SS 4 blade 14.5 x 16 prop fully loaded and in LB as above, we were only able to turn 5600RPM that was good for 32Knts (37mph). That 150 should be good for about 42MPH. But we are over propped and with bottom paint. With the Al prop it would have a hard time staying on plan below 17 knots. I have not tested the SS prop in the same conditions. I also have the motor mounted all the way up for those last two test runs. The four blade prop is nosier, and causes vibrations at slow trolling speeds. Yep cruze speed about 3900 to 4100 at 18 t0 22 knotts. I had estimated about 4 MPG earlier with the other props. She better be better than 3MPG, the Skippy gets about 2.25 Kmpg! The point of this is to get 4MPG or better with over 60gal of fuel capacity.
I have not been out recently, but I did finish another mod. I had planed on mounting it on the starboard side, but there is a rod rack mounted under the gunnel on that side. With this setup, two people will be on the same side of the boat. So anyone want to share some bug spot with me? bring your traps and lets go get some!