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    My name is Sean and I am addicted to STXs smokeysevin's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by raven007 View Post
    I felt this, in my soul.

    The PO repair looks like a real POS. Your stuff is looking really nice!
    I relized I had a problem when I picked up my 15f and stxr and got them back to my garage only to realize I grabbed the wrong non running stxr...

    Sean


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    My name is Sean and I am addicted to STXs smokeysevin's Avatar
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    Inner Glasswork Part 4 (The part in which our hero finds a semblance of redemption and moves onto other jobs)


    Having received some excellent advice over the last week both on X-H2O and on the other pwc forum (the blue one) I started by raising the hull up and allowing it to stand nose down. Fortunately I installed a overhead hoist to raise the transmission up when I was installing a new clutch on my old N18 Mini Cooper S so it was just a matter of adding a rope and cranking away. Of course, I didn't do it that way because I am not that smart when it comes to simple stuff. Instead, I did some seriously sketchy workout maneuvers to raise the hull up with one hand while clipping the stern strap to the lifting hook... You can't fix stupid (I have tried) but it worked and I wasn't squished.


    I started by mixing 4OZ of resin and cabosil into some deliciously smooth peanut butter and stuffed that up in my nose. I then mixed up another 8OZ of resin and smeared that all over the repair areas and let it start to kick. While that was gelling, I started cooking some italian sausage in a red sauce.


    Recipe (NOTE: ADD SEASONING TO TASTE)
    5 links Italian Sausage
    1 Head Garlic, peeled and chopped ( I do bigger chunks but you do you...)
    1/2 Large Yellow onion, halved again and cut into thin rings
    4OZ Olive Oil 2 Large cans San Marzano Tomatoes
    6 OZ Red Wine
    2 OZ Balsamic Vinegar
    2 TBSP Granulated Chicken Bouillon
    1 TBSP Capers with splash of Sauce
    2 TBSP Sun Dried Tomatoes with sauce
    As much Basil as you can find
    Tomato Paste



    Brown the sausage in a large dutch oven over medium heat.
    Once browned on 2 sides add olive oil and allow to heat for a few minutes then add onions and garlic stirring occasionally.

    Remove Sausage from dutch oven and slice into thin sections. Add back to onions and garlic on stove stirring frequently. Once sausage has had time for the fat to render into pan, add remaining ingredients and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
    Return to garage to continue fiberglass work.


    Time Spent:
    4 Hours including waiting for the epoxy to gel



    Tools Used:
    Rockwell Oscillating Multi Tool
    5" Orbital Sander
    Shop Vac
    Mixing Cups
    Mixing Stick


    Materials Used:
    8 OZ Denatured Alcohol
    4 Blue Shop Towels
    16 OZ Resin/Hardener
    16" 1208 Cloth
    1 Hazard Fart Paint Brush
    Painters Tape


    Old Repairs Removed:
    Nose Job part 2


    Kawasaki Bonding Adhesive Removed:
    2lbs



    Muscles Strained:
    2



    PPE Used:
    Half Respirator
    Tyvek Suit
    3M Worktunes Headhones
    Black Spider Gloves from Blowes


    Items of Clothing Ruined:
    Tyvek Suit (Walked past my tubing notcher and caught the back of it on a 1-5/8" Hole Saw...)



    Chemical Burns from Epoxy:1


    Percentage of Garage Floor Epoxy Coated
    18%


    Percentage complete:
    65% (I will finish up the bond line reinforcement tomorrow. )


    Sean



    Workshop Before, this is where the magic disasters happen



    Find the winch



    Strung Up



    Lit Up




    Cut Up



    Stuck Up




    Covered Up




    Close Up
    Last edited by smokeysevin; 02-24-2020 at 11:17 AM.

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    I'm following this thread with interest. I never have trouble figuring out the best way to do something. I screw it up a couple of times, then when I'm finished, I realize what I SHOULD have done...

    I thought you said you hung it nose up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve45 View Post
    I'm following this thread with interest. I never have trouble figuring out the best way to do something. I screw it up a couple of times, then when I'm finished, I realize what I SHOULD have done...

    I thought you said you hung it nose up?
    Thanks for keeping me honest Steve, I miswrote. Nose down.

    Yeah, I thought I had a reasonable (not good) grasp on glasswork but nope. I am getting better at it though so there is some good news I guess.

    Everything cured like I left it so tonight I am planning on filling in the hood flange area from the bottom and calling the inside done I think.

    Plan for this week is to fully sand the bottom and fix the chines and hull extensions then hopefully get the motor in and test fit for the rear exhaust, cooling lines, and bilge drains.

    I also need to finish the upgrades to my parts washer but that is unrelated.

    Sean

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    I thought you got married. What the hells the kitchen look like? She let you in the house?
    That stuff looks great but heavy? Good mat/resin work.
    Have fun!! (Plus you need to come to the Hahn next year for more fun!)

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    My name is Sean and I am addicted to STXs smokeysevin's Avatar
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    I did get married in 2015 if you can believe it, we are going on 11 years together in May She is awesome and absolutely forbids me from getting any new skis until I get rid of my wall/sideyard of shame. I will have you know Rod, there are no pwc or truck parts in the house and I keep the kitchen clean!

    This project got moved up in timeline because we are hoping to get a little one here in the next year or so. That means I have to go from this wreck to a manageable 4 jetskis.

    Stxr 255
    Stx 15f 255
    Vortech ultra
    This 750 swapped js550

    I would love to head out for the hahn next year, fingers crossed I will actually have vacation days for something fun like that.

    Sean

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    Inner Glasswork Part 5 (Kicking the Itches)



    Not too much to report, I filled the gap between the hood flange and inner hull with cabosil and shredded glass and let it tack up. I then cut a 28"×6" piece of 1208 and laid that up flush with the hood flange and wrapped it back to the inner hull. I also added another 2 layers where the nose meets the hood flange. I am hoping that this will make that whole area much stiffer. Its been unpleasant sanding the flange area because the sander makes the whole thing resonate. Even with hearing protection on it is enough to make my ears ring.



    Yesterday I stopped at HF and picked up some of the fiberglass rods mentioned on X-H2O. I got one out and cut the threaded ends off to experiment with. The good news is that the rods are just fiberglass with colored resin, the glossy coating on the outside is knocked off really easily. The bad news is that they are 37" long once cut, so a little on the short side.


    Time Spent:
    4 Hours (seriously why does this take so damn long?)



    Tools Used:
    Rockwell Oscillating Multi Tool
    5" Orbital Sander
    Shop Vac
    Mixing Cups
    Mixing Stick
    Clamps clamps and more clamps



    Materials Used:
    8 OZ Acetone
    4 Blue Shop Towels
    16 OZ Resin/Hardener
    12" 1208 Cloth
    2 Hazard Fart Paint Brush
    Painters Tape


    Old Repairs Removed:
    None but I did chip some paint off the bottom using a chisel so I have that to look forward to.


    Times I farted in the tyvek suit and nearly passed out:

    6 (damn cliff bars)


    Beer Consumed:
    Shiner Prickly Pear


    Dinner Cooked:
    Reverse Seared Ribeye with fresh thyme and rosemary from the garden


    Music Listened to:
    Straight outta junior high: Kiss of Deaf



    PPE Used:
    Half Respirator
    Tyvek Suit
    3M Worktunes Headhones
    Hazard Frito 7mil blue bomber gloves


    Percentage of Garage Floor Epoxy Coated
    18% (running total to date, I didn't spill anything that I am aware of today



    Percentage complete:
    85% (I think I am okay with the repair/reinforcement now, I will have a little sanding to do before I can prep for Bilge Kote)


    Sean





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    Fish Sticks




    Punji Stick





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    That's an interesting use for the wire fishing sticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve45 View Post
    That's an interesting use for the wire fishing sticks.
    I can't take credit for it but I hope it will work well. The standup people have been doing a version of this with dowell rods for a while but this could be more durable long term since the sticks won't rot if they get wet. I am going to clean up the bottom deck do bare smc, then mix up some thickened epoxy and stick the stick in place, then do a layer of 1208 over it and let it cure. Then I will go back over the bottom with either gel cote or thinned epoxy to seal it up and blast it with paint.

    Sean

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    What is 1208?

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