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Discussion in 'Boats, Blinds, & Gadgets Forum' started by NCSUDucker, Aug 7, 2017.
Tell us more about the graphite/cabosil and epoxy mixture please?
It's no secret nor did I come up with it. The graphite in the epoxy makes the coating very slick. The cabosil is a thickener that makes the epoxy super tough. In the nearly 10 years of running my old boat I never once pierced the bottom and only a few times did it scrape through the coating to where you could see the underlying Kevlar/glass. I didn't baby her at all either.
Amazing quality! I keep comparing it to Bankes in my head.
Well she's done minus putting the name on the side and the aluminum bracket and grab rail assembly I'm waiting on from the fabricator.
Used a cooler seat for the running seat. Worked out well, as it snaps on and provides easy enough access to the hatch below it.
Used stadium seats for the passenger seats.
Used a T nut on each side of the front of the bench seat to lock the stadium seats in. When not in use I can put a 3/8" bolt in the T nut to keep water from entering the compartment.
Love the Max It Out LED stern light, virtually indestructible! GPS mount on the side of the coaming.
Put the fire extinguisher in on the side of spotlight box. I installed two D rings on the coaming. This one has a quick connect short lead dog leash attached to the D ring to keep the pooch in one location if need be.
Capacity plate on!
Painted the upper half of the control panel, didn't like how it looked as all black bed liner.
Finally the best part of it all...it and the scull fit in the garage along with the mandatory item...my wife's car!
Well, she's done sans motor!
Couple of pics of the lighting at night. Real happy with the lighting.
Removable grab bar.
Aluminum transom bracket on. Still need to silicone around the edges.
The guy who does my brackets has a plasma table and scribed the logo in the bracket.
Finally, it's official she has numbers and is registered!
I took her to get weighed today. She came in at 920 pounds where the original weighed 660 lbs. Of course it's a foot and a half longer, quite wider and 5" deeper. Slightly more than I was guessing but still manageable. Of course the winch/amp/subwoofer are probably at least 50 lbs together. As soon as I get a motor on, I'll be sure to post some pictures and video!
Got the motor on the other week. Ran 29 with myself and Cole. Similar speeds to the original NFZ but a heavier boat so I'm happy.
Quick paint job this morning. Wife is away on a girl's weekend so Cole and I are going to take a little ride in the am to look for ducks.
Great looking boats. Very impressive
May I ask, what's the benefit of the design you use? I would have thought a more open cockpit like on a traditional john boat would be more conducive to storing gear. Are the high sides designed for tidal water/bay type hunting where you run into some decent waves?