1981 B&S 35 Project

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  1. tashmoo2

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    Hi Keelboater,

    Will you be in the water this year? I hope to see the boat on BI this summer.
     
  2. Keelboater

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    That's the plan tashmoo. The light at the end of the tunnel is now visible, and if the motor fires up when the time comes, it won't be a train! The previous owner stopped by today and was completely blown away at the transformation. That made me feel pretty good after all of this. Fingers crossed for end of July/beginning of August.
     
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    Dammit Keelboater.....enough is enough!!!!! Everyday After I get out of work, I head to the marina & everyday I drive past your house on the way & wonder, is this the day I'm finally going to see the shrink wrap off that Bruno? Time for the reveal already, the whole town is waiting to see it uncovered !!!!!
     
  4. Keelboater

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    I can tell you this - the fiberglass guru at Riverside did a fantastic job matching the gel coat color for me! :D
     
  5. Old Mud

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    Pichers !!! we need Pichers. Even Paint pichers. :)


    . this thread is useless without pichers.jpg
     
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  6. Keelboater

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    Out from the shrink wrap and into the great outdoors. Gel coated around windows before installing them with gasket material. Visor and overhangs roughed in...........just need to fair them out a little bit before gel coating. Port side window is being relocated to avoid future shower wall inside.
     
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    Wow looks great from here! Nice work.
    Similar lines of arches boat which I love. I’m envisioning this configuration on our flybridge right now. ;)
    hope your on the water soon.
     
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    Nice..
     
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    just perfect !
     
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  10. Old Mud

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    Looks Great !!!

    One question, why did you block off the Port Aft portlite ?
     
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    Awesome job looks great!!
     
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    Thanks guys. It's easier to just buy a boat with a visor! ;)
    OM - that window is being moved forward about 6" to avoid being in the center of a shower wall that I will eventually be constructing. It's a PITA but has to be done. Then there will be ventilation in the shower stall which will be nice.
     
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    HOME RUN!

    That looks soo good, and I like how you opted for the clean look of fixed forward windows.

    Now that you've proved what we all knew to begin with; namely, that you've got the chops to pull this kinda stuff off, I gotta ask...

    When are you going to redo the rear of the house and make it look as good as the front? Copy mine! LOL
     

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    Nice photo shop editing.
    even with out a front window change that cleans up the house profile nicely, less stubby looking house. I like it, I might opt for that when we can. Can you photo shop our boat?
     
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  15. Keelboater

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    Funny you should mention that Arch............I do have a plan for aft part of the house for this winter o_O It's something that must be done before I can really begin to finish the interior layout. You did a nice job there! Stay tuned and thanks for the compliments.
     
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    I removed some old unused transducers and a few cheap plastic thru hull fittings. I was surprised at the thickness of the side of the hull - it's almost 3/4" solid glass. The exhaust system is installed and fits nicely. I made some nice muffler support cradles to keep everything in place and aligned. No pics of that just yet. Everything from the transom to the surge tube is all set. Time to begin turning wrenches and get the turbo back in place so I can finish the exhaust.

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    Great pictures. We will be replacing all the older through hulls this winter to modern style.
    When we surveyed our boat the solid thuds that sounded everywhere on the boat impressed us coming from standard issue production boats. .
    Surveyor remarked about how solid it was and that they didn’t skimp on glass back then. Hell my galley stove cutout glass on the B&S is as thick as the hull sides on our past sea ray. Must close to be 3/8” thick.
     
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    Got some gelcoat work done last weekend. The old port window is now officially gone and a few thru hull fittings were filled in. Eventually that port window will return about 8" forward of it's original location for a new shower vent. My other half was joking around with a few boat names - she said I should name this boat Vinyl - Ester because I have used so much vinylester resin on this project. I told her that sounds more like a name that some perv would give to his blow up doll! :D As dumb as that rigged up sun shade looks, it's worth it's weight in gold. It must reduce the temp inside the house by 15 or 20 degrees when the sun is beating on it.

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    Bottom has been fully sanded and any gel coat imperfections have been faired with vinylester fairing compound. No blisters were found anywhere. :) Sorry no pics on this due to recent weather conditions.......which had me working on running lights and bilge projects. I was hoping to be floating by now but life has it's unexpected detours. Still bout 2 weeks out from launch and shakedown if all goes smoothly. Need a good window of weather to complete the bottom job. You know how that goes if no sanding between barrier coats is desired........because I've already done my share of sanding on this project. ;)
     
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    lmao!!!!!!!. Hope you set her straight on that name. :) Just call her SUE or something else, Anything but "Vinyl Ester" !!! :eek: :)
     
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