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    Quote Originally Posted by dwilfong View Post
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    I finished the side knees and the final lay up on the center knees.
    Time to put the top on for good next.
    I may put one more layer on the transom first.
    The side knees will tie in to the frame work around the splash well.
    Just getting tired of all the layup.
    Want to start on the rigging and eng build.
    Has bin a year working on this hull on and off and I still have to flip it over and check the bottom.

    Then comes the worst part making it look good.............................what to cover it with?

    Looking great Dave ! Sand off all the stalagtites and do a light grey webbed gel or Awlgrip paint finish if you don't like carpet . Personally i like the carpet that came in the STV's super short pile and dries very fast . St Johns river run June 26 - 27 !
    " The Fleet of Old Boats "
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ID:	317127Well got my ass in gear and finished the last layer on the transom.

    Thanks Tom I need that!!

    The inside will be easy. It is the out side that I dread..........................
    Gel coat, Awl craft ????
    Dose not matter thy all will need lots of prep and sanding to make it look killer.
    I am no body man that is for sure. SO we will see how it turns out..............
    That's the thing all this work to make it right and the only thing that any one will see is My F up paint job............................. LOL
    O well I may just do a rat rod thing and leave it in epoxy primer.

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    Go Awlcraft or automotive paint . You may send R
    andy Corson ( Wildman on here ) a PM as he is one of the best !
    " The Fleet of Old Boats "
    '71 -16' Super Sidewinder -140 Mercruiser )
    '73 -14' Orlando Clipper Skiff -Yamaha 25
    '79 - 21' Mako -Yamaha -200 EFI
    93- 18 ' Renegade Nomad Flats boat -Merc 150
    '94 - 21 ' Allison XB - 2003 -Merc 260
    '97 - 19 ' STV Euro - Merc - 260
    '99 Benninton 2375 TOONER - V-6- 2 liter 150 Mariner


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    IMPEACH OBAMA - REMEMBER BENGHAZI ..NEVER FORGET !!!!!!!!

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    I think I am leaning more for a set of Verti rods than a good paint job.
    Should have the mid back from Michael Chapman here soon. Going to pop for a cowl from Mike Nass here soon also.
    I here the 1.62 gears are not cheep also for the lower.
    Have to set my priorities.
    Waste of time to build this boat like this and not use it to it's full potential.
    No one will call it a piece of crap as its flying by them.........LOL
    YA primed RAT it just very well mite be.................................
    With a Bomber seat in it.
    Not looking to take fat girls for joy rides..........................LOL
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    HA!!! The missile without the gristle!!!

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    Well almost one year and $2000 in materials and the top is back on.
    Never again .................................................................................................
    I used a mix of cut up glass , Cabosil and epoxy to set the top.
    Then pop rivets to hold it in place. There is a nice bead on the inside that sealed the whole thing.
    Also tied in the side knees and splash well with putty mix 4" tape.
    I still have to tape the seam from the inside.
    I will do this later as my old ass is beat............................!
    I will use more putty mix on the inside seam when I tape it.
    I will flip it over tomorrow. Then start on the paint striping.
    Then the checking and truing of the bottom.

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    DING DING DING weigh in time...........................
    460lbs......................
    The CG at this point is 79" from the transom or about 39% from the back.
    This is right behind the drivers set.
    The balance is real nice on the jack at this point. 1 finger to keep it steady.
    Not bad for a over built Vector aaaaaaaa........................

    Time to flip it over and start on the bottom.

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    well done ....and cool ass pic.

    we just weighed a fully restored vector the other day....fully rigged with 5 gals of gas and a stereo.....1275lbs

    bit chunky but well built. if you aint dragging her .....who cares.

    looks great keep pushing
    81' HYDROSTREAM VECTOR / slightly Modified 200
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    Verry nice work my friend....
    Go boating,be happy!! And wear safety vest please!! And lesson good music...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c5oHITTI8c

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    All flipped over and the stripping starts on the bottom side.

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    Well I have bin asking around and I am going to take the hook out of the bottom.
    Well not the whole bottom......there are 4 hooks in it.......................and 2 of them are compound hooks.
    Have a game plan with advice from John Norton.
    Have bin all over this hull with a digital level and a untouched one that gust happen to be on its back close by just waiting for me. LOL
    Still have to stair at it for a little before I finalize the plan.
    Stay tuned the best is yet to come....................................
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    Well one gallon of stripper and the bottom is done.
    Now comes my favorite part AGAIN sanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwilfong View Post
    Well I have bin asking around and I am going to take the hook out of the bottom.
    Well not the whole bottom......there are 4 hooks in it.......................and 2 of them are compound hooks.
    Have a game plan with advice from John Norton.
    Have bin all over this hull with a digital level and a untouched one that gust happen to be on its back close by just waiting for me. LOL
    Still have to stair at it for a little before I finalize the plan.
    Stay tuned the best is yet to come....................................

    I have been watching silently and trying to learn as much as I can. You are doing some amazing quality work David and it sure seems that John Norton has his information right on point. Man he sure seems to know his stuff. Good luck with your changes, can't wait to see what you do next.

    Slimm
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    Thanks it has bin a long hard road and it is only half way there till it hits the water.
    John was reluctant to give much info at first. This is his lively hood and has spent many years testing.
    You can not expect some one to just hand over there life's work on a silver platter.
    He lead me in the right direction and it is up to me to make it my boat from there.
    More than any thing he gave me a better understanding on what is what with the Vector's bottom and what is needed to make it safe at speed.
    What I will do my not be the best hydrodynamic option but with enough power it should hold its own.
    Also take some of the porpoise out of the hull at lower speed.
    Looking for a safe hot rod.................. not a racing boat................

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    Not to bad but still lots of work to get it flat again.

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