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Re: The first of a fleet.
« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2016, 06:05:22 PM »

I used lead flashing on my Springer cut in to 3"x 1" strips in a pile each side, I use a couple of spots of pva glue between the strips this holds them firm but can be removed if needed IE. if you add something to the boat later if you use epoxy your stuck with it excuse the pun.  %% :-))
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Re: The first of a fleet.
« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2016, 06:07:47 PM »

My brother-in-law thought the lead flashing on his house would look nice
painted black.
It started to flake as soon as we had warm days and cold nights.


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Re: The first of a fleet.
« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2016, 06:46:16 PM »

I think I will laminate the strips of lead using some double sided tape so that I can have an element of adjustment as Joe has suggested.
I shall shape them to fit the curve of the hull and probably hold them in position with Velcro tape.
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Re: The first of a fleet.
« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2016, 10:30:04 PM »

The other thing with lead is that being soft, it would scrape and scar very easily also making paint retention impossible.
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Re: The first of a fleet.
« Reply #29 on: April 20, 2016, 10:34:39 PM »

If I had decided to put the lead on the outside of the hull, I would have covered it with cloth and epoxy to toughen the surface.
Inside it is!
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Re: The first of a fleet.
« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2016, 10:35:59 PM »

Good idea! I hadn't thought of that. This comes from going on forus after ten O'clock %%
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Re: The first of a fleet.
« Reply #31 on: April 21, 2016, 08:07:13 AM »

I wanted to include an aft towing bollard on the springer. I have made a unit which will also secure the aft hatch. On this, the Queens birthday, I thought it appropriate to employ two coins of the realm (5p) to form the bollard tops.
I shall probably now be charged with treason. {-) {-)


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Re: The first of a fleet.
« Reply #32 on: April 21, 2016, 08:42:39 AM »

Well your Springer's worth at least 10p. Simon  %% {-) {-) {-)
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #33 on: April 21, 2016, 11:13:39 AM »

Thanks Joe, it's always good to have a little equity to fall back on {-)
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #34 on: April 22, 2016, 03:43:08 PM »

All the wiring sorted with working nav lights.
I have faced the fronts of the pushers with 3mm wetsuit neoprene so they will not scuff other vessels.
Now pretty much ready for a run on the pond.
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2016, 04:20:38 PM »

Looks a fine example of the pusher breed!  :-))


Looking forward to the launch  8)


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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2016, 04:42:23 PM »

Cheers Ned.


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Re: The first of a fleet.
« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2016, 06:04:22 PM »

I used lead flashing on my Springer cut in to 3"x 1" strips in a pile each side, I use a couple of spots of pva glue between the strips this holds them firm but can be removed if needed ...

That's exactly what I did for #1 Springer, but I was up against a lack of space with #2 on account of a different battery layout. 

What I needed was lead ingots.  I had the lead flashing offcuts, the camping gas stove and the blowlamp to heat it up in an old pan with, but I couldn't for the life of me think of anything at all to use as a mould.

Then I found an old brick in which the frog was formed in two halves.  Couple of hours on top of the woodburner to make sure it was bone dry, and Bob's yer mother's brother.  Nice rectangular chunks of lead about 10mm thick, each weighing 400gm  :-)

Btw, have you seen how far the price of lead has dropped in the last few years?  Definitely not worth climbing about on church roofs now ...
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #38 on: April 22, 2016, 09:00:45 PM »



                    For my springer I put some clingfilm  right in the bottom of the hull and poured plaster of paris in. When it was set took it out and pressed that into a sand mold and cast a lead block from the snips of lead that I used to trim the boat in the test tank with 10% added to account for the dross. It fits perfectly and I trimmed the weight by drilling a few holes to get the right waterline.

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Re: The first of a fleet.
« Reply #39 on: April 22, 2016, 11:32:12 PM »

  Definitely not worth climbing about on church roofs now ...

Now you tell me, Norman!  %)
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Re: The first of a fleet.
« Reply #40 on: April 23, 2016, 11:51:59 AM »

Now you tell me, Norman!  %)


What, you don't collect and accept all offers of lead and other useful stuff like an OCD collectoholic for years? Crikey, that is disciplne :}
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #41 on: April 23, 2016, 12:04:51 PM »

 %) No.  I defy anyone to move my lead-bin!!!  (Unless by removing most of the contents!)
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #42 on: April 23, 2016, 12:13:45 PM »

Good show :-))
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #43 on: April 24, 2016, 07:32:57 AM »

looking good Simon, she should do the job nicely,  Now for No 2, WHAT? you haven't started it yet.  %% {-)
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #44 on: April 24, 2016, 07:39:47 AM »

It's in the planning stage Joe, a true scratch build this time.
I'm thinking SLA battery, big motor and prop and rudder rather than Kort.


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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #45 on: April 24, 2016, 01:15:50 PM »

A successful maiden voyage at Wicksteed this morning.
It was a tad breezy and cold though.
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #46 on: April 24, 2016, 01:23:05 PM »

Yes 12volt SLA batteries are great for Springer's they run for hours, I went for two smaller 12 volt batteries wired in parallel they fit nicely each side of the motor against the hull sides makes for low Centre of gravity and very stable, still needed ballast though. Will follow your log Simon.  :-))  glad the first wetting went well, what a brave chap you are it was freezing here this morning.  %%
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #47 on: April 24, 2016, 02:08:30 PM »

Thanks Joe, I did take Trueblue but the wind was a bit heavy so I didn't bother.
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #48 on: April 24, 2016, 05:31:02 PM »

That's one of the things I liked about that boat she sails well in a light breeze so you can sit there all relaxed on a nice spring day, similar to my Victoria but Trueblue is a bit faster.
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Re: Springer - The first of a fleet.
« Reply #49 on: April 30, 2016, 12:20:48 PM »

I have fitted a larger main battery and increased voltage to 12volt. This should supply a little more grunt.
I will take some lead with me as I may need a little more in the stern to prevent the nose dive.


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