Pro Tournament 21

Re: Pro Tournament 21

Postby MichaelG » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:05 pm

Thanks for the comment Pugwash.

BenD, Honestly I think it was more love at first sight when I came across the Pro Tournament. Since then I have done a lot of research and must admit all the know how is supplied from Mark and the rest of the guys building his boats. I cannot begin to explain the amount and quality of support one receives when you build his boats.

His boats are classified as fiberglass composite boats, wood is just the core material chosen by him the designer.
As an once off build it is way easier to build things out of ply and cover in glass, commercially its not that viable as it is time consuming. But not as time consuming as building a plug, then mold then the actual finished product, thus eliminating the need for a core material. This method does not make sense for a once off builder.

The weight of the ply is also important ( density is even specified in plans) Mark has taken this into account when working out the moments of the vessel and he makes sure as a builder you stick to the correct balancing of the boat.
That said the weight is situated in the correct places to ensure the boat handles correctly, the trailer weight of the boat minus fuel and payload should be around 1200kg.

I think if one is meticulous when building with a wood core and seal everything correctly with epoxy resin, there will be no problems down the road. One of the biggest contributors to the problems with wooden boat is, later down the line when things are added, transducers, new rod holders, new motors etc, marine sealant is just pushed into the hole and not an epoxy resin, leading to eventual rot. I am not letting anyone drill any holes in the boat :mrgreen: , all the holes for s/steel railings, cushions and Motors will be pre drilled and seal by me.

There is an awesome free downloadable book on building epoxy composite boats by the Gougeon Brothers and is worth a read if anyone is interested about working with wood and epoxy to build a boat or even just having to do some repair work on their current boat.

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Re: Pro Tournament 21

Postby MichaelG » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:08 am

Setting up the windless and anchor cleat and roller.

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Made sure the rod holders and cleats fit. The pop up cleats are nice but not the easiest things to fit, with 4 holes that have to be carefully measured.

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Re: Pro Tournament 21

Postby tkei » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:26 am

Looking very good. Out of interest, why a windlas on that size boat. Pulling anchor is a great workout and the anchor and chain wont be "that heavy" so shouldnt be a need.
Out of interst, what engines you intend hanging on there.
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Re: Pro Tournament 21

Postby MichaelG » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:46 am

I also was debating weather to fit a windless or not, until I was fishing on my mates boat who has a windless. It make life a lot easier, not relying on the experience of the crew and one is more willing to re position the boat if you have drifted off a mark.

I am fitting Mercury 100hp Command Thrusts with Enertia props.
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Re: Pro Tournament 21

Postby clinton » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:32 pm

Absolutely stunning work!
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Re: Pro Tournament 21

Postby king kob » Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:13 am

go seaweed !!!!!!!
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Re: Pro Tournament 21

Postby willem wikkel spies » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:39 am

ja I see its been a while!!!

kom kom, nog n update asb
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Re: Pro Tournament 21

Postby MichaelG » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:45 am

Hi Guys

I have been spending the past few weeks fairing and a lot of small jobs on top decks, anchor locker and bilge.

I did manage to flow coat the bilge and anchor locker this weekend.

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Re: Pro Tournament 21

Postby MichaelG » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:01 pm

Glassed the underside of the top decks yesterday

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Re: Pro Tournament 21

Postby L Hooker » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:27 am

Very nice awesome job!
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