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    Midwest Main Lobster Boat
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    📝 Propulsion
    21 days ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    On eBay I was able to acquire the Midwest "Marine Electric Power System" for the vessel.
    Nothing fancy here, but should suffice🙄🙄🤞

    💬 Re: Propulsion
    21 days ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Ron.
    I would like that👍
    Trev
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    📝 Progress
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    This is my Lobster Boat at present.
    a couple of changes to the plan, as this was intended, by Midwest, to be a static model.
    1.Operating Foward Windows.
    2.Operating Foward Hatch.
    3.Removable rear deck to access the rudder.
    4.Removable cabin Roof to access the servos and Batt.
    She just needs bottom Paint, and installing the electronics.
    And, Yes She Floats😮😮😂🤣
    Trev

    💬 Re: Progress
    21 days ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Vice Admiral)
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    Nearly ready to run, to bad we are not closer, we could run together.
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    💬 Re: Progress
    5 months ago by 🇳🇿 jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Real nice job Trev, like the mods ! - adds a bit more to it.

    JB
    💬 Re: Progress
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 River Rat ( Commander)
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    Trev your planking is a beautiful thing! Lookin' good!
    💬 Re: Progress
    5 months ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Vice Admiral)
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    Very nice, I like the added window details of tilting.
    📝 Glassing the Hull
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Applied a layer of glass and two coats of epoxy resin to the hull.

    💬 Re: Glassing the Hull
    1 year ago by 🇳🇿 jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I always find this the fun part Trev, means you're getting somewhere👍😁 Now for all the sanding😐

    JB
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    💬 Re: Glassing the Hull
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks, Dave
    Smoothing the hull with epoxy and micro balloons, next.
    Trev
    💬 Re: Glassing the Hull
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 River Rat ( Commander)
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    Very nice work... this is quite a build... I will be watching. Thanks, Dave
    📝 Hatches
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cut in the Hatches in the aft deck and Cockpit Deck
    Installed conduit for the rudder servo wiring

    💬 Re: Hatches
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Ron
    The motor is brushed.
    It is part of the power package that Midwest put out for some of its boats.
    i intend mine to run as a normal work boat.
    Trev
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    💬 Re: Hatches
    1 year ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Vice Admiral)
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    What type of motor is in there, brushed or brushless? My Lobster Yacht runs on a brushed motor as she rides the waters in a stately manner.

    I know there are lobster boat races but mine is not one that joins in such activities.
    💬 Re: Hatches
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks, Duncan
    Much more to do, Miles to go Before I Sleep 🙄
    Trev
    💬 Re: Hatches
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks JB
    Started seeing my life go before my eyes between the planking on both boats😂🤣
    Trev
    💬 Re: Hatches
    1 year ago by 🇬🇧 DuncanP ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Looking good. Coming along nicely😊.
    💬 Re: Hatches
    1 year ago by 🇳🇿 jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Planks galore ! looking pretty flash Trev !

    JB
    💬 Re: Hatches
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks, Dave
    💬 Re: Hatches
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 River Rat ( Commander)
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    Planking is really nice...
    📝 Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Finished Planking the Deck.
    Applied Tung Oil as I did on the Mt Washington.
    Fitting the unfinished Cockpit Deck (Second Pic.)

    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Vice Admiral)
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    Looking good.
    📝 Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Planking the Deck Slooowly🙄🙄
    The directions call for Scribing, I had to Plank?
    Half Done

    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇬🇧 ChrisF ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Ron - it tends to be used instead of CA not aliphatic which I use a lot as well as Titebond III. It's the CA that tends to be a problem for a lot of folks.

    Chris
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    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks for the info, Ron.
    I do like to use Titebond III when I have the time to let it dry.
    The CA works well when I am planking, because it sets up so fast. I don't know how I would do it with slower setting glues.
    Trev
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Vice Admiral)
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    Quote:
    “ How long does it take for Super phatic glue to set?
    The problem with regular aliphatic glues (carpenter’s or white glues) is that is does not wick into tight joints and it takes hours to setup. Super Phatic is thin enough to wick but stronger than CA and setup to a working state in about 20 minutes at 74 degrees.
    Amazon.com: Customer reviews: Super PHA…
    www.amazon.com/DELUXE-MATERIALS-Su…”

    Never used it but might on next build. I generally build with Titebond III
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇬🇧 ChrisF ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Can't remember how quick it dries, I'll have to try some out! Been a few months since I've done any building, before our summer and I've started painting the hulls now.

    Trouble is with my builds I have long periods of inactivity and forget how I do things! Fortunately I photograph my progress and use for reference on other builds!

    Chris
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Chris,
    I should have stated my experience with many U.S. sailboats have curved planking and
    Mahogany speed boats have straight.
    Does the Super Phatic dry as fast as CA?
    Trev
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇬🇧 ChrisF ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Trev

    I've planked three decks using very thin i.e. 0.5 x 5mm planks (and managed to stick my fingers to the deck and to themselves 😠 using CA) but on my next build wanted to try thicker planks.

    I might be wrong but I thought yachts generally had straight planking and other boats had curved but there are always exceptions. My Fairey sports cruisers etc. all being curved.

    I have problems with CA as well, causes my nose to run, and have started using Super Phatic which has the benefit of being water wash up as well as being low odour.

    Chris
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    You are right Ron; it is nasty stuff.
    But it works so well.
    Trev
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Vice Admiral)
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    I try not to use CA glue. The fumes of certain brands are worse than others. I have discovered LePages puts out a larger container than Gorilla and the fumes are less. Generally when using it, the windows are open and an exhaust fan is on before closing the door and leaving the shop.
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Chris.
    I used Basswood from Midwest on eBay.
    It is 1/8 by 1/16th thick.
    I lucked out, I did not have to steam it.
    Just held it tight and applied thin CA to where it meets the deck, trying not to glue my fingers in the process. Not always successful.
    Trev
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks Ron.
    In my experience most work boats did not have planked decks.
    I addition the curved decking is more common on sail boats.
    I am planning to plank the cockpit deck using the same Bass Wood that I used on the Main deck. Or I could use Mahogany?
    Thanks for the pics and the detail, they are very useful, he did a great job.
    His access panel for the rudder is great. I was just thinking about that today.
    I would have to do some surgery though🤔
    I did use CA for the decking on all my boats. It speeds things along. But there is a price to pay, as far as glued fingers. No Pain no Gain.😂🤣😮
    Trev
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    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks, Dave just trying to keep up with you!
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    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 River Rat ( Commander)
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    Great job on the planking. Obviously you have great patience. I will be watching your progress. You do very very nice work, thanks for sharing your skill. Dave
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Vice Admiral)
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    Very nice work. I was looking at the link I sent earlier, it is interesting that some boats have planked decks as you are doing and others were not. Will you be planking the deck where the passengers sit? What type of wood are you using to plank the hull deck?

    The passage way between the forward cabin and deck is accessed via a door. If, you intend to do that, it is easier now than later.

    I really should add the planking to the main deck too. The man who built the model used cherry to plank the deck. CA glue, sticking fingers together and I figure by the time the deck was done, he’d had enough.

    To access the rudder, he made the aft deck removable via a hidden hatch. A small nylon latch rotates to lock the hatch in place. Accessed under deck be removable rear seat.

    Note: weights were added in the stern for ballast to counter the forward mounted motor. Two batteries were used , placed below the floor via hatch. One each side os stuffing box.

    The white rope on aft is for towing the pram.
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇬🇧 ChrisF ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Trev - what thickness of planks are you using and are you having to steam them to form the curve?

    Looks good.

    Chris
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks Duncan.
    I will pressonreguardless 😂😂
    Trev
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks JB.
    Looks like it would be fun sailing.
    Trev
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇬🇧 DuncanP ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Looking great. Time consuming but satisfying watching it coming together.😊
    💬 Re: Planking the Deck
    1 year ago by 🇳🇿 jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Planking looks great Trev, boats' shape reminds me of my 15ft Edson Schock day sailer.

    JB
    📝 Midwest Main Lobster Boat
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    So, while I was waiting for the varnish to dry on the Seguin, I started the Lobster boat.
    I just like the lines. I had a couple of lobster boats in the marina I managed in CT. Similar style.
    Easy Build. Called the success Series by Midwest. That means I should be able to do it? 🤞
    Began coating the interior with epoxy.

    💬 Re: Midwest Main Lobster Boat
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks Duncan,
    Will try not to disappoint😊
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    💬 Re: Midwest Main Lobster Boat
    1 year ago by 🇬🇧 DuncanP ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Looking forward to watching the progress of your latest project. 😊
    💬 Re: Midwest Main Lobster Boat
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks Ron,
    I will plank the deck and cockpit, and use the link for further enhancements.
    Trev
    💬 Re: Midwest Main Lobster Boat
    1 year ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Vice Admiral)
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    You can really make this into a fine model by using the link forwarded to you earlier.


    https://ellisboat.com/bunker-and-ellis-downeast-boatbuilders/


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