Sunday, July 18, 2010

Outboard Motor Startup Video

Today my brother Gary and I were able to start up my Johnson 40hp outboard for the first time since I purchased it last fall.  When I bought this engine it was out of the water and all I had was an opportunity to turn it over so it was very exciting to see it run.  No problems.  I used an Odyssey Battery 680 with 225 amps (the same battery that I use in my airplane and it turns that 200hp engine over in -4 deg weather with no problems). 

Friday, July 9, 2010

Floor Layout

I have begun to layout the floor.  I am using 4 1/4" X 3/4" "Ash" boards with 1/4" spacing.  They are just put in position.  They are not fastened because I will need to remove them so I can epoxy coat the floor supports before the final assembly.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Interior framing has started

It has been a while since I have made any postings on my boat build but I will have more photos and news on my progress in the following weeks.  I have been working on the boat a couple of days a week because of the great weather that we are having here in Michigan.  This project is a hobby, so the speed of things have slowed down while I enjoy the outside weather.

I have been able to put some of the structure supports into position.  They are not glued or fastened into position.  I am trying to make a few important decisions before I make them permanent.  I need to figure out the fuel system.  I am having a hard time deciding if I should make the tank permanent or a portable tank.  It all comes down to how much room I have and the type of use this boat will see.  As of right now, I am leaning towards putting in a portable tank.  I have a plastic dock and I get a lot of static electricity and a portable tank would allow me fill the tank on shore and not have that worry about a fire.  (That would not look good if the Fire Chief had a fire for doing something stupid).  A portable tank also allows me to keep the gas fresh.

I have also obtained my wood for the floor.  I will be using Ash wood for the floor.  I will plank the floor with 4 1/4" X 3/4" with the spacing of 1/4".