Been a while...couple of builds.

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  1. Fowler267

    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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    Tell us more about the graphite/cabosil and epoxy mixture please?
     
  2. NCSUDucker

    NCSUDucker Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    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.

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    Amazing quality! I keep comparing it to Bankes in my head.
     
  4. NCSUDucker

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    Thank you!

    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.

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    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.
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    Used stadium seats for the passenger seats.
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    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.
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  5. NCSUDucker

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    Love the Max It Out LED stern light, virtually indestructible! GPS mount on the side of the coaming.
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    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.
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    Capacity plate on!
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    Painted the upper half of the control panel, didn't like how it looked as all black bed liner.
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    Finally the best part of it all...it and the scull fit in the garage along with the mandatory item...my wife's car!
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  6. NCSUDucker

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    Thanks luvtwo!

    Well, she's done sans motor!

    Couple of pics of the lighting at night. Real happy with the lighting.
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    Name on!
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    Removable grab bar.
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    Aluminum transom bracket on. Still need to silicone around the edges.
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  7. NCSUDucker

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    The guy who does my brackets has a plasma table and scribed the logo in the bracket.
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    Finally, it's official she has numbers and is registered!
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    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!

    Brad
     
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    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.

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    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.

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    Brad
     
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    Great looking boats. Very impressive
     
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    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?
     

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