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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #125 on: October 20, 2015, 09:51:12 PM »

Show us a shot of the deck and joint area so that we can have a think.  Bright red, could be a fire tender !
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #126 on: October 21, 2015, 07:53:20 AM »

On thinking about this, it doesn't actually want to go along the join but perhaps half an inch below it.  I just like the idea of a "bumper" of some kind running round the hull apart from across the front, rather than sticking tyres on.  I suppose I could do it with wooden strips and just touch those up as required rather than the hull sides, but now I'd have to stick those onto the paint!

Ref the red, the idea is that it'll be black above the waterline, but TBH I'm a bit worried about the masking.  I've got some Tamiya tape, but I've never used it with brushed Humbrol before so I have absolutely no idea how long to leave it before peeling back.
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #127 on: October 21, 2015, 09:04:21 AM »

I used an old toothed timing belt.
Garages throw them in the skip.
Cost nowt and does the job  :-))


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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #128 on: October 21, 2015, 09:39:13 AM »

Neat idea, Ned  :-)   What's that on the wossnames at the front - on the actual pusher thingies?
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #129 on: October 21, 2015, 10:02:52 AM »

8mm rubber tube Norman


Just soft enough so as not
to damage any boat you are rescuing.


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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #130 on: October 21, 2015, 10:21:55 AM »

Mask it up paint it and leave around an Hour when brushing...then remove the masking but LEAVE the tamya tape until last then peel the tape off at around 45 degrees back on yourself

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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #131 on: October 21, 2015, 11:00:47 AM »

Woo hoo!  I just discovered this stuff, so I'll trot off to the nearest garage if it ever stops raining and see what I can scrounge!   Thanks for the inspiration, Ned.

And thanks for that Dave.

Off now to work out what I can find to cast some lead ingots in so I can organise the ballast a bit more sensibly ...

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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #132 on: October 21, 2015, 11:30:24 AM »

Square sponge type sealing strip from B&Q works for bumper ( push-knees is correct term, USA).    Extend your choice of rubber down to waterline.   Careful with lead casting, can you not find a half brick or something ready-made ?  Two gel-cells for instance ?
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #133 on: October 21, 2015, 12:52:47 PM »

... Careful with lead casting, can you not find a half brick or something ready-made ?  Two gel-cells for instance ?

Ah, I'd forgotten about using the frog of a very dry brick.  Did that a few times when I was a kid!  Good idea, but you've lost me with the two gel-cells ...  {:-{
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #134 on: October 21, 2015, 01:09:01 PM »

Gel cells = lead acid battery with a gel instead of a liquid acid, non spill. Use those to power the vessel means working ballast instead of dead weight.


Go have a word with your local alarm installation company, often get usable gel cells for peanuts as they have to be replaced over time.

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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #135 on: October 21, 2015, 01:18:28 PM »

Gel cells = lead acid battery with a gel instead of a liquid acid

D'oh!  :embarrassed:
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #136 on: October 21, 2015, 04:52:25 PM »

D'oh!  :embarrassed:


Don't beat yourself up over it, we all have senior moments.....worse still it could be a senior blonde moment, then you're really up the brown coloured creek paddle-less!
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #137 on: October 21, 2015, 05:05:27 PM »

Norman, my Springer is running an a 6V system using two
6V 4.5 AH gel cells.
One either side of the propshaft gives most of the ballast needed
plus plenty of run time.
Being gel cells they can be laid flat.
Run in parallel you have six volts.
Run in series you have twelve volts.
Very little extra ballast is needed.
Make sure you end up with a bows up
attitude as the beasties try to bury the bow.

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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #138 on: October 21, 2015, 05:25:24 PM »

Ned, this first one's using a 4Ah 7.2 LiPo for a variety of reasons, but if finances permit I'll certainly be using lead-acid for the next one.  There's the best part of 6lb of church roof in this one!
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #139 on: October 21, 2015, 06:22:10 PM »

Pop along to your nearest Wheelchair/Mobility Scooter repair Shop and they may have some Free! batteries as they change them often at services.

Len a care worker who knows, never short of batteries.
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #140 on: October 21, 2015, 06:35:54 PM »

Good info there Len :-))

Scoot Batts a bitty big for an 18 inch Springer tho O0

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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #141 on: October 25, 2015, 04:56:09 PM »

Well, we had a very nice half hour or so at the pond with My First Boat early this morning!  No problems at all, and it's great fun to drive (or whatever the correct expression is).  I'll upload a video as soon as I fathom out how to do that, but meanwhile here's a snap of it perched on the Boat Transport Module (a.k.a. the plastic crate on the trailer behind my bike) ready to go home ...



It wasn't meant to be a work of art, so that's simply Humbrol brushed onto Rustin's white primer brushed onto the bare wood.  No point in doing the whole sanding sealer and sand it routine when
this whole thing's a tryout, and similarly no point in anything other than a very basic topsides.  Front and back bumpers are rubber from some weird cheapo exercise gadget I pulled out of a skip, with that rubber car door seal stuff I linked to in an earlier post on the pushers.

Off now to demolish a leek pie and then try again later with this video ...
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #142 on: October 25, 2015, 07:38:50 PM »

Congratulations Norman, that is a brilliant first build. The first of many I hope. Those fenders look the part, very tidy and as if designed for the job.

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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #143 on: October 26, 2015, 09:33:53 AM »

Well done.  That is you hooked O0 {-)    In the spirit of the adaptable Springer you could reverse the top and add a vintage steam tug style funnel and have a different vessel with wheelhouse in front and funnel behind, maybe a dowel mast and a few geegaws ,ladders, vents, portholes etc.
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« Reply #144 on: October 26, 2015, 09:37:10 AM »

We need a picture of the bike and trailer :-))    I might copy that idea.
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« Reply #145 on: October 26, 2015, 10:35:45 AM »

looks like a crate from wilkinsons, or asda, or tesco, usually for carrying CD's etc, stackable, hinged lid.
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« Reply #146 on: October 26, 2015, 12:31:18 PM »

Cheers chaps.  The top's as it is simply because of the height limitation inside the crate, which is actually an old Rentacrate as used for office removals.  That's semi-permanently mounted on the larger of the two sizes of Carry Freedom trailer, which gets towed behind a three year old Kalkhoff Agattu pedelec.  It's too hilly round here to use the trailer with my normal bike!

Anyhow, that's my first boat, and here's my lady wife's first attempt at using our camera for video ... 
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #147 on: October 26, 2015, 12:46:27 PM »

Hi Norman video comes up as a private one so couldn't see it, but well done on your first build, I enjoy sailing mine they are a lot of fun and also have a practical side.  :-))
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Re: Norman's Springer
« Reply #148 on: October 26, 2015, 01:06:13 PM »

We need a picture of the bike and trailer :-))    I might copy that idea.
   Nope cant afford a motor (lectrik) bike.   Hilly around here too (Cairngorms) :((   As usual the Ya.. em.... Americans do it differently
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« Reply #149 on: October 26, 2015, 03:24:20 PM »

Hi Norman video comes up as a private one so couldn't see it

Ooops.  Never done this before but I think I've sorted that now.

Can somebody please check it?
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