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  • builderdude
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    Looking fabulous, keep at it dude

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  • fritzman
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    Great progress, as for balance - weight destitution if you are like most restorers load a bunch of tools that can be switched to other compartments, keep it up.

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  • Pcpete
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    Looks like good progress. Keep going.

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  • SKUA_28_Contessa
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ID:	482608Weather's not conducive to glasswork, so I'm prefabbing the cabin walls. Center section going in.
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ID:	482609 All done! Plus a bit of a view of the rear cabin bulhead, closed up, now all the insulation is done. Will need to cut out, for the windows, if we decide on them. Can't decide if I like the look of the lower line of the windows in relation to the entrance door.
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ID:	482610 A look back at the new bulkhead.
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ID:	482611 A bit of a better detail look, at the roof headliner battens

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  • Nauti_Mike
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    Was looking at your original post, 2013!

    some of us don’t even keep boats that long.

    Im impressed by you skills and endurance.

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  • SKUA_28_Contessa
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    Thank you to everyone for the kinds words of encouragement.!!!

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  • SKUA_28_Contessa
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    Originally posted by Pcpete View Post
    Looking good! A word of caution, keep in mind the effects of adding or relocating weight as it will change the boats trim. On our previous boat the 33 gallon water thank was located on the outboard port side at the end of the mid cabin berth. I could easily tell when the tank was low or full by the heel of the boat at the dock.
    I have thought of that. Although to this point most things are in the same place and modestly heavier due to superior materials and practices. But the fresh water tanks will be seperate side to side allowing for ballasting if necessary. Also leaving engine battery placement to after launch. A strategic delay.

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  • fritzman
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    Nice to see your efforts moving forward, when done you will be a proud and happy Capt.

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  • Nauti_Mike
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    I love the smell of fresh cut wood in the morning!

    Looking good; thanks for the update.

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  • builderdude
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    I'll say it again: chit ton of work happening to this boat, major rebuild.
    Keep at it SKUA! Love seeing the progress. I like the ditch bag area right next to the cabin door, want to add a similar modification to mine.

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  • Pcpete
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    Looking good! A word of caution, keep in mind the effects of adding or relocating weight as it will change the boats trim. On our previous boat the 33 gallon water thank was located on the outboard port side at the end of the mid cabin berth. I could easily tell when the tank was low or full by the heel of the boat at the dock.

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  • SKUA_28_Contessa
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ID:	460751 Got ahead of myself and had to adjust the door opening to fit the new doors contour.

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ID:	460752 Oh and by the way here is the new door.

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ID:	460753 Thin battens, to even out and curve the ceiling, which will be thin wainscote, as per the project manager.

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ID:	460754 Close up detail of the battens and bottom of first aid and ditch bag compartment. Right next to the door, just on the opposite side from original location.

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ID:	460755 Looking into the ditch box.

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  • fritzman
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    Great project , the thig is there is always one more thig to attack, the completed new old boat will be a sign of pride.

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  • SKUA_28_Contessa
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    Well major structure is almost done. After the forward toerail and the cabin frames, it's all finish work. Then wiring ,electrical and plumbing. I'm sure I'll blow right through that.

    It's amazing what a bad gas tank will cost you!

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  • builderdude
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    Yea SKUA is building himself a new boat within an old shell, crap ton of work happening on this boat.
    Looks fantastic dude, glad you posted updates, I'll hit the subscribe button

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