Ted Gauthier built a 14.5 foot wood runabout that was designed by Glen-L.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Zip on Floor Jacks - Seat install
I have done a lot of work on my "Zip" boat project since the last time that I made a post on this blog so I will attempt to give you the rundown. The big milestone was on Christmas Eve when I had most of my brothers, son-in-law and nephews over and they all offered to help me lift the boat and it's cradle so we could place the floor jacks under it. Once everything was raised 12", there was enough room to put the 40hp motor on the transom. I needed to get that into position so I could start to figure out how all the steering linkage and electrical wiring would be connected.
Some of the other things that I have been working on were mounting the battery switch into the rear seat frame, making boxes along side of seats to hide wiring, steering cables, shift control box and of course a place for an afternoon beverage.
I have also built the seat bottoms and backs and started the upholstery project. I really wanted to get the foam seats glued up to them so I could sit on in the seat and feel if the position of each on was correct. I am so glad that I did because when I built the seat frames I thought that everything fit just right with enough room to remove them when I wanted, but I was wrong. The seats did not fit after gluing up the foam pads on the seat bottoms and backs. Ten minutes of trimming saved me major headaches if I had found this out after the fabric was put on them.
Whats next....fairing the top deck, and getting the steering control linkage figured out. Begin the wiring process and having a lot of patience when things don't go just right.