Split house build

steveinak

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Finally got moving on the split house project. I've decided to do it with plywood, the local fiberglass supplier wanted over 250 a sheet for foam or nida core so plywood it is !! Cut & scribed the back panel and cut the door opening out of another sheet and just stood them up on the boat for a look see, i like it, now its cut & fit the forward piece and cut out the windows. Its been raining here for the last 2 weeks so its a pain in the ass to go out and fit anything on the boat. I'll turn the heat on in the shop to drive the dampness out then i'll be able to do the glassing of the panels. I'm going to make it all removable by attaching the panels to aluminum angle bolted to the deck and ceiling. Wish me luck and i'll keep some pictures coming. Any tips or critiques will be appreciated.

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What do you have planned for your engine box? Just a 30° angle across the top with a dollop of silicone to seal out the elements so you can continue to use your outside helm?
 

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Is this going to have 2 steering stations or just moving the one further right to stay outside?
 

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What do you have planned for your engine box? Just a 30° angle across the top with a dollop of silicone to seal out the elements so you can continue to use your outside helm?

Travis i'm going to move the helm to the right for the outside steering w/a small wheel on it so the partion wall will go straight up, then either add another steering helm inside or just go with a jog lever for the auto pilot. Unless you have a better idea for the inside steering ?? The big problem is that my hydraulic tank for the hauler is mounted right where i'd like to put the inside helm so i thought some kind of rotary hydraulic valve could be used for the inside steering and that way i don't have the nightmare of moving everything on the bulkhead wall. I'll be squeezing in another set of kobelt controls on the inside dash. I'm all ears for any ideas you have.
I want to make it all as weather tight as possible so i have a warm dry cabin to hang out/ eat/run the boat from. When shrimping/fishing i spend 3-5 days at a time out on the boat so i need someplace other than the small forward cabin to hang out in. I'm sure it will all work out ok just going to go slow with it so i only do it once.
 
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Sounds like a jog stick is the way to go since space is tight and it's a pain to retrofit the systems already on board.

Squeezing in a set of controls can be a real pain, but Kobelt makes one fine product, should go fairly smoothly.
 

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Sounds like a jog stick is the way to go since space is tight and it's a pain to retrofit the systems already on board.

Squeezing in a set of controls can be a real pain, but Kobelt makes one fine product, should go fairly smoothly.

Jog lever is the way i'm thinking i will go and i bought a kobelt control last fall when i was in Rose's, it will be tight but its gonna work fine. Do you guys run the push/pull cables from each control back to the throttle and gear or do you go from the first control then to the next control and then to the throttle or gear? I've always done each control on its own so if a cable busts i still have a working one to use.
 

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We do what the customer wants, although sometimes with a bridge it's a major undertaking running that extra long cable and makes more sense to piggy back off the controls in the cabin. These days with second stations we try to educate the owner as to the benefits of an electronically controlled transmission, which makes rigging up the second (or more) stations a breeze.

If price was no concern I would highly suggest one of these systems for your application.
 

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Its been raining steadily here for the last few days but it cleared up a bit today so i got down to the boat and pulled the helm out of the bulkhead, so whats the best way to patch up the hole ? made a dam on one side, add a piece of foam or plywood, fill with putty, sand smooth and gelcote or a piece of starboard just screwed over the hole ??
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then i fitted/squared up more of the plywood for the partition wall. Since the wall has to be removable its taking some thought on how to piece things together and where to mount the aluminum angle that the sides will bolt to.
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I also mounted a mirror on the trailer bow stop so i can see where the ball is without getting out of the truck when i'm trying to hook up the truck to the trailer by myself.

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Just cut a plug out of plywood, hot coat it really nice, get those edges really soaked out good, pop it in place and just glass a patch over it.

just use mat for the patch then sand it nice and smooth to match ??
Travis Thank You for your patience and answers to all my dumb questions.
 

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Messed around with paint today so here's what its going to look like with some windows
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my diesel heater stove is going to go on the back wall, nice easy straight run for the stove pipe.
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Nice placement for your heater, should keep you roasty toasty, but will that hatch below it interfere? Is there a way you could make a removable section of pipe so if you ever needed to pop it off you could do so easier?

The only dumb questions are the one we don't ask :p
 

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Nice placement for your heater, should keep you roasty toasty, but will that hatch below it interfere? Is there a way you could make a removable section of pipe so if you ever needed to pop it off you could do so easier?

The only dumb questions are the one we don't ask :p

The hatch cover will go right out the door if i need to open it or if i slide it up against the engine box it will open that way also. The stove was sitting on a fire extinguisher mount and will be mounted closer on the back wall so there should be more room for opening the hatch. Thanks for mentioning it always good to have another set of eyes on a project. Don't encourage me to ask dumb questions :eek:
I've got one of these stack robbers to go on the stove so i can run a duct down into the forward to get a bit of heat down there once the engine goes cold.
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The 20 year old stove that was in my old boat
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So i cut the window out today and i think its looking good ?? I'm getting a good workout carrying the panel forth and back to my boat fitting and making sure i don't make a wrong cut, its 500ft each way to the boat.:grin: Guess its time to start rounding over the edges and thinking about doing the glassing. I'm going to make the door once i get this panel all glassed up and mounted on the boat.

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Ahhh...the old Shipmate stove. Learned to cook on one. And make cowboy coffee......

Looks like the mods will help this winter. Good luck.
 

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Ahhh...the old Shipmate stove. Learned to cook on one. And make cowboy coffee......

Looks like the mods will help this winter. Good luck.

Dickinson Bristol model one of the best things a guy can have on a boat, nice DRY heat is good for the bones !!
 

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Well i dont see any snow on the roof .................. thats a good thing .

We usually have some on the ground by halloween so i've got to keep my arse in gear and moving to get the wall done and get the boat covered for the winter.
 

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Today's progress, rounding over all the edges and some sanding. Got a bit of a late start cause it was 28 degrees out this morning so i waited till it got above freezing before i went out. I've forgotten how much time it takes to do this stuff, of course i can't remember or find half the stuff i need to do this, i hate to have to go and buy something cause i can't remember where i've stashed it:mad:.

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