View Full Version : October 31st.. AM - Volunteers?

Bob Perkins
10-25-2004, 05:19 PM
Hi Everyone,

I've just about hit the two year anniversary of the start of contruction of my runabout.

Now - the spookiest day of its life - Flipping the hull.

I have the bottom done, and a coat or two of varnish to be sprayed on in the next couple of days.


Here is the cradle - I will have stretchers between the sections in a day or two.


I finally figured out HVLP spraying - this is SO much better than brushing. The varnish is going on to protect the epoxy at this point. When the boat is done - it will get many many coats.

The plan is to roll the hull into the driveway (it is on wheels). Then flip it onto mattresses (going to try to get some trash ones from a mattress store - my next item of the week).

Finally - lift it onto the cradle and roll it back in.

Sound good?

A few notes:

I left the edge of the sheerstrake long so it could be faired down later - it is fragile - when flipping, we have to try not to crush it - easier said than done I'm sure. If you have gloves... I know I don't have enough to go around

My house is in Billerica, MA. I'm 15 minutes off of Rt. 128, Rt 495 and Rt. 3 depending on the direction you would come from.

Please let me know if you can help - Sunday may be short notice for many - I can adjust to a week later if I can't get enough hands. My guess is the hull is somewhere in the 600-800 Lb range..

I'll send all the other information necessary to those who contact me: bperkins@yahoo.com
I'm thinking about 9:30AM so as not to cut into your day too much smile.gif


[ 10-25-2004, 08:14 PM: Message edited by: Bob Perkins ]

10-25-2004, 06:15 PM
Looks very nice Bob, sorry I'm not closer. :(

10-25-2004, 06:31 PM
Your right up the road from me.
drop me an email with the contact info.

I can't promise anything though.
My new job is getting ready to send me accross the country for a couple of weeks.

Ken Hutchins
10-25-2004, 07:43 PM
That looks real good.
I think I can make it, email directions.

10-25-2004, 09:26 PM
damn nice work...sorry....long plane ride fer me and doc says don't lift anything heavier than a cuppa coffee and don't drink the coffee....tons of moral support though.......

10-25-2004, 10:27 PM
Wait a week and I'll come and help. I bet the "roving riveting crew" would send some members too.... I have a board of directors meeting this weekend.....

10-26-2004, 10:08 AM
I can probable help. Ken would you like to car pool? please send directions

10-26-2004, 10:22 AM
I can probably help on Sunday. I will need to confirm the details with the Social Event Coordinator (SWMBO).

10-26-2004, 11:16 AM
I'm in the same situation as Fitz: I'd love to help, but I still need to coordinate with my wife. I'll try to respond for sure by WedPM.

[ 10-26-2004, 12:17 PM: Message edited by: essaunders ]

Ken Hutchins
10-26-2004, 11:19 AM
Chris, sounds good, email directions to your place.

William H
10-26-2004, 11:24 AM
I will be in Billerica a couple of weeks after the event. I have a buddy getting married in November who lives in Billerica.

Good Luck, to you and him!!

10-26-2004, 12:33 PM
I would love to help, but am out of state this weekend!! Doh!!


Send me a PM if anything changes!


10-26-2004, 07:23 PM
How do I retrieve a PM?
Edit to add that I figured it out Thanks any way smile.gif

[ 10-26-2004, 08:30 PM: Message edited by: hikingchrs ]

Bob Perkins
10-26-2004, 08:21 PM
ok - Now the Varnishing is done.

Woke up in the middle of the night worrying about the turn...


ps. Brian Cunningham - Send me your email address so I can send directions.. Thanks

[ 10-26-2004, 10:06 PM: Message edited by: Bob Perkins ]

John Blazy
10-26-2004, 09:31 PM
Gaaawwd is that hull georgeous !!!! I think you need to leave it as it is, and roll it into a museum.

Your shop is still too clean Bob. Whoever will show up - will one of you please bring a drum of sawdust and shavings and pour them on Bobs floor, just to make it a little more realistic? Or am I the only one who sprays varnish, hoping that the air won't aim at the floor and kick up everything? I guess I'm too lazy to lay down plastic, but evidently not too lazy to wet sand and buff. Great work Bob.

Ross M
10-26-2004, 10:15 PM
Great looking boat - wish I could come and help turn it.


PS: If the mattress thing doesn't pan out, you might consider styrofoam sheets cut and stacked inside multiple (bag within bag) Hefty steel-saks. Might add some peanuts to the for'd bags.

D Gobby
10-27-2004, 07:25 PM
Bob great looking hull You've done a fine job.

I'm on the wrong coast to be able to help.

You can also use old tires with the wheels removed of course. You should be able to find a shop that would loan you some for the rollover and return them back when your thru. Lay the tires out next to the hull,cover the tires with old blankets and roll away. Make sure the hull is braced from the inside to support the shear. You can stack the tires up close to the side to help support the chine as it's rolled over.


[ 10-27-2004, 08:27 PM: Message edited by: D Gobby ]

10-28-2004, 08:46 AM
Bob, I can make it down to your place but not before noontime. Next weekend(Nov 7th) is free. Please let us know what your final plans are.

BTW, The boat looks great.


Peter Malcolm Jardine
10-28-2004, 10:14 PM
Wish I could help... The boat looks AWESOME... I'm sure the flip will be cool... it's not that heavy... many hands make the difference. :cool: smile.gif

Ian McColgin
10-29-2004, 06:37 AM
Very nice. May the flip not be a flop.


10-29-2004, 01:53 PM
That's really looking good Bob.
I would love to fly over from the Netherlands, but I bet you don't want to buy me that ticket.. :D

Good luck anyway.

You can check the movie at our website to see how we have done it. (Lot's of hands makes it an easy job).

Best regards,

The Riviera project (http://www.veltens.nl)

10-30-2004, 01:42 PM
I'm interested in helping, if you are still short of help, email me directions.

The boat looks great!
Andy Hall