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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeysevin View Post

    For those keeping track at home, thats:

    $400 shipped for the 650
    $90 for the 650 flywheel and magneto
    $30 for the 650 flywheel cover
    $65 for the hardware to put the 650 parts on the 650.
    $175 for the 650 pipe

    Sean
    Hey, I can relate! I just received my new control cables, $1761. Tuesday I received an old, serviceable radio, $800. Last week, a fuel selector valve, $600. And I'm just getting started!

    I got into boating because it is so much cheaper! (and the girls wear bikinis!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve45 View Post
    Hey, I can relate! I just received my new control cables, $1761. Tuesday I received an old, serviceable radio, $800. Last week, a fuel selector valve, $600. And I'm just getting started!

    I got into boating because it is so much cheaper! (and the girls wear bikinis!)
    The kicker for those parts Steve is that none are useful if I run the 750 I bought lol

    The 750 was $712 "complete" but will need 2 $80 carb kits, $80ish flame arrestors, a $300ish ignition box, a $100 voltage regulator, and a $400ish exhaust.

    I definitely got in over my head because I am trying to get this done quickly so I can get it out of the way and start on the stxr I need to rebuild and sell. Once that is done I have 2 12f engines to build and install, a stx12f hull to repair and repaint, and THEN I can work on my kawidoo conversions. I want to ride this summer so time is of the essence.

    Sean


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    Understand! I was hoping to work in my Ultra 150 4-stroke conversion this winter, but was threatened with eviction from the airport if I didn't get the airplane airworthy (I've been paying rent there for 34 years!). I was really hoping to have the Ultra running this summer...

    My plan next winter is to install a couple of 1500 Kawi engines in one of my Yamaha boats.

    I just need more time and more money! Work and life keep getting in the way.

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    Lower Deck Prep Part 2 (Wipe Until Clean)

    I started today by cleaning up the disaster that my garage had become. Let me be honest here, it was always a disaster but I normally don't work with fiberglass so it was a different kind of disaster. Anyways, since I am getting closer to the point of being ready to run things like exhaust and cooling lines I needed to clean up the stock bedplate. Into the blast cabinet it went and 2ish hours later I had a freshly bead blasted and rust free bedplate. Houston is not a particularly dry climate but it was dry enough today that I kept getting shocked by the static buildup from my blast cabinet. It was not the best.

    Once that was done, I blasted the bedplate with 2 coats of self etching primer and then some high temp engine paint.

    Having gotten that out of the way and having postponed the inevitable long enough, I resumed sanding the bottom deck. This took approximately 4 hours when it was all said and done. I am once again reminded why I despise bodywork. In the process I used 12 80 grit sanding discs, 3 100 grit rollock discs, and 1 3X18 50 grit sanding belt but I was able to remove each of the multiple layers of paint and gelkote.

    I also removed the stock hull extensions to prep for the bilge drains, rear exhaust, sponson mounting plates, and cooling lines. I plan to build removable hull extnsions and mount plates so I can get back to stock length, stock +2" and naked length.

    Time Spent:
    7 Hours (my hands have not stopped vibrating yet...)

    Tools Used:
    3X18 Belt Sander
    90 Degree Die Grinder
    5" Orbital Sander
    1" Wood Chisel
    Stainless Steel Wire Brush
    Drill and 5/16" Drill Bit
    Shop Vac

    Materials Used:
    None today

    Layers of Paint Removed:
    6 (Seriously

    Water Consumed:
    64oz (Spring is here peeps, stay hydrated)

    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:
    50% (I am ready to start adding filler and glass now)

    Sean





    Well Seasoned Bedplate



    Beadblasted and Rattle Canned with High Heat Chemical Resistant Paint



    The Jawbreaker



    Naked SMC






    Tunnel and Transom (Sounds like a good buddy cop movie)

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    Hmmm... Salt water bed plate.

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    Lower Deck Prep Part 3 (Chine On You Crazy Diamond)

    This was a relatively quick and simple day. I took 4 of the fish sticks from a few posts ago and trimmed off the ends on the bandsaw (for freshness) then dressed them so there were no splinters. I then sanded the length with some leftover "Used" 5" 80 grit discs from yesterday and got to work taping them out. I followed the stock hull lines as much as possible and made sure the distance from the edge of the hull was the same on both sides.

    Once I was happy with where they were, I mixed up some peanut butter and smeared that down the fish sticks until I was reasonably happy with the fitup. I figure I will end up going in and trimming the end to length once it cures and then I can fill in the gaps left by the tape and do a layer of glass over the bottom.

    Time Spent:
    2 Hours (taping straight lines is not a skill I have)

    Tools Used:
    Milwaukee Portaband and Swag Table
    Porter Cable Upright Belt Sander

    Materials Used:
    4OZ Resin
    4 Scoops of Cabosil
    Painters Tape
    Sanding Disc

    "Fish Sticks" Consumed
    4

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

    Percentage of Garage Floor Epoxy Coated
    18% (running total to date, I am on a roll with this no spill thing)

    Percentage complete:
    62.5% (I am ready to start adding filler and glass now)

    Sean



    Remember when you were young



    You shone like the sun



    Chine on, you crazy diamond



    Now there's a look in your eyes



    Like black holes in the sky


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    Lower Deck Reinforcement Part 1 of 1 (This is probably the end, you should go to bed and stop reading here.)

    Continuing on the theme from yesterday, I once again ventured into the realm of smearing peanut butter along fish sticks. This was to fill the gaps left by my structural painters tape. Once that was complete, I applied 8oz of resin to the whole bottom deck and waited for that to setup. While that was kicking, I cut qty 3 12" wide sections of 1208 and prepared them for the bottom. I started at the back and layered them sort of like shark skin. I cut one of the 50" lengths in half and positioned that at the nose. I then cut 3 6" X 16" sections and used that to cover the gap left by the 12" wide sections and laid that up to the nose. Then the time came to raid the scrap section where I found lots of small squares and used that to fill in the nose sections and cover the old "repairs". Its not perfect but its "serviceable" and it will get covered with black gel kote so who cares.

    I ventured into the house to cure the stomach rumbles and got suckered into being a good husband so I kicked around on the couch watching terrible reality tv until I was once again saved by the catalytic miracle that is epoxy resin!

    All my pre cut pieces were placed, and smoothed until my next 20 minutes were up. The next 16oz of resin was mixed and applied to wet out the glass. I then spent another 30ish minutes making sure all the corners were tucked and the bubbles were out. All in all, I think this went okay but the cruel light of morning will reveal my inadequacies.


    Time Spent:
    4 Hours (I made a turkey sandwich, and was forced to watch the end of an episode of The Bachelor by my wife while I was waiting on the resin to kick. This alone is reason enough to use fast cure resin, learn from my mistakes!)

    Tools Used:
    Rockwell Oscillating Multi Tool
    Porter Cable 5" Orbital Sander
    Shop Vac

    Materials Used:
    24OZ Resin
    4 Scoops of Cabosil
    48" 1208
    Sanding Disc

    Reality TV watched while waiting for the resin to kick:
    The Bachelor: Women Tell All (Send help)

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

    Percentage of Garage Floor Epoxy Coated
    24% (That escalated quickly, I mean, this really got out of hand fast)

    Percentage complete:
    75% (Could the end be near for our ruggedly handsome hero? Tune in tomorrow for another exciting misadventure!)

    Sean


    Trimmed and Filed Fangs (I even measured the cuts)



    Smooth and Sticky







    Fully Clothed and Dry







    Like Papier-Mache, except toxic, and expensive, and water resistant

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    Lookin' good!

    Here's a 750 SS xi I repaired a few years ago. (Word to the wise, a cheap 'Ski isn't usually 'cheap'!)





    I ended up putting 2 layers over the entire bottom, and about a dozen layers across the back but I don't have pictures of all of that.
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    This ski was "free" and I have since learned cheap means run away, fast.

    The bottom actually cured without lifting which I was worried about. Today I am going to grab some more resin and filler to hopefully get the bottom ready for paint by the weekend.

    I forsee lots of sanding in my future.

    In other news, my 750 is supposed to arrive on friday so I can hopefully fit the new cooling lines and exhaust tube soon.

    Sean

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    Filling in the low spots Part 1 (Neunundneunzig Weiße Luftballons)


    I took a few days off from ski work, went to see Willie Nelson at Rodeo Houston (good show, poor sound quality) Replaced the header flange gaskets in my Tundra, did some gardening, where was I going with this?


    Right! Today I started by sanding the hull and knocking the unsupported edges of the bottom deck reinforcement off. Once that was blown clean and wiped with acetone, I mixed up 2 batches (8oz and 4oz) of epoxy mixed with micro-balloons to fill in the rough spots. The micro balloons are really cool, they flow differently than the cabosil when stirring and mixing them with epoxy.


    If we call cabosil peanut butter and the filler looks like marshmallow fluff then by logic the ski must be a Fluffernutter and therefor delicious.



    That bit of culinary education out of the way, I also removed the remaining squeezed out adhesive from the edge of the tubbies and stripped the remaining paint/gelkote off.


    Time Spent:
    4 Hours (this seems to be a recurring theme...)


    Tools Used:
    Rockwell Oscillating Multi Tool
    Porter Cable 5" Orbital Sander
    Shop Vac
    Box Cutter
    3/4" Chisel


    Materials Used:
    12OZ Resin
    9 Scoops of Micro Balloons
    4 80 Grit Sanding Discs


    Tunes Jammed To:Album:
    Artist: Suburban Legends
    Comments: There are some high and low notes, I recommend listening to the whole album.



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


    Percentage of Garage Floor Epoxy Coated
    26% (That may have been actual marshmallow fluff, I wasn't willing to taste it though. )


    Percentage complete:
    80% (You and I in a little E-shop, buy some microballoons with the money I got. Set them mixed in the garage of Sean, till one by one, they were on. Back again, bugs in the fill-air. Grab the tyvek and the sand-air. Sanding here, its almost time. Ninety-Nine Microballoons go by!)


    Sean

    I have no future as a body-guy or a baker



    Low spots filled, high spots glazed



    Streaky, what you look for in a high performance coating...


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