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Zip by Tom Puleo

On August 8, 2012, in Builder Blogs, Outboard Powered, Plywood Construction, by ThomasPuleo
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This is a picture of my garage before I got started.  I drew the outline of each of the components of the frames on the 3/4 marine ply and cut them out.

001-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

The frames, stem, transom and keel in place.

002-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Rear view with temporary braces to hold everything straight and level.  Notch for chine is cut into the frame in the foreground.

003-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Add chine, sheer, etc.  This is not easy.  Just keep pushing them, give them time to rest and then push some more.  Notches cut in frame to allow water to settle at lowest part of the hull.

004-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Start to clamp siding in place.

005-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

More clamps to hold the siding in place to the curvature of the transom.

006-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Now clamps to hold the plywood to the keel and the stem.007-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

All of the plywood screwed down and sanded.

008-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

View from the stern.

009-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Beginning of the fiberglassing process.

010-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Fiberglass complete except for filling the pores.

011-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Full view of fiberglass before filler.   Added rollers to the platform so I could roll it outside.

013-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Fiberglass complete.  Ready for undercoat.

012-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Under coat and finish coat of white on the bottom.  You can see from the picture below that I made the skeg come all the

way to the end of the transom.  That is a mistake!  It should end 2 inches before the transom.

014-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Red on the sides.

015-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Flipped over and back in the garage.

016-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Starting to put the supports for the deck.

017-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

View of the deck braces from the front.

018-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Plywood is down and gluing mahogany veneer over  it.  Stripes are white pine.

019-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Mahogany deck completed and sanded.

020-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Deck with filler coat.

021-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Deck with first of 12 coats of varnish.  Added rollers to the platform.

022-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Dashboard, steering mechanism, and windshield added.

023-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Seats added.

024-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

Lights and other things added.

026-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

 

 

View from the stern.  My wife wanted me to name it after her.

027-Glen-L Zip as built by Thomas Puleo

More to come.  It looks almost complete but does not have any battery, wiring, fuse panel,  gas tank, gas lines, motor etc..

Big mistake!  I am working on that stuff now and it is much harder after the deck is on.

Finally in the water.  Fantastic!!!

Toms Boat 2

 

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4 Responses to Zip by Tom Puleo

  1. Tom,

    You may have cavitation issues with the skeg right up against the transom. It should be 2′ forward of the transom…

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