Hi y’all. I thought it about time that I started on my 60th birthday present, a Krick Grimmershorn. This will be the largest boat, both in size and displacement I’ve built to date. I plan to add a MrRcSound sound board, lights, and radar...maybe another function too.
I started on her last week, so far I have the keel, stuffing box and rudder made up. The keel is built up from several pieces of ply, and it sandwiches the stuffing tube. I had to trim it and almost took too much off, but in the end it came out okay, although I had a gap on either side of the tube. I filled that with epoxy and balsa. The rudder is also made up of a ply sandwich then carved and sanded to shape.
I’m using an old 3.8 to 1 planetary gearbox for the drive. I should be okay for power, and it’s a real smooth box, very quiet. I tacked the motor mount in and then adjusted the alignment using a 4mm I’d brass tube. I added braces to the mount, and built a little seat for the motor to support weight being that the motor mount is ply. The seat just contacts the bottom of the motor. I then installed the radio plate and assembled and epoxied the deck in place. That’s where I’m at now, hopefully I’ll have the bulwarks installed, and everything from the bulwarks down sanded smoothed and painted by this weekend.