19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #8: Getting the boat ready for paint, Painting, flipping the boat over.

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Blog entry by English posted 03-17-2015 06:44 PM 3340 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Finishing the Fiberglass on the Boat Part 8 of 19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build series Part 9: Building a Cabin »

I am at 200 hours on this build and the boat weighs 835 lbs.

After putting all the epoxy on the boat it had to be sanded. Epoxy is not self leveling. It orange peels very badly. I sanded for two days. Epoxy is very hard after it cures.

After sanding I washed the boat with water. Then washed with lacquer thinner. After cleaning the boat I taped off the sides to get ready for paint.

Then I painted the bottom with five very thin coats of Interlux VC Performance Epoxy with Teflon. This paint has more fumes than any thing I have every been around. Had to change clothes and put them in the washer each time I came in from the shop for a full week.

Now it’s time to move the boat outside to be flipped over.

I had a problem with the stem digging into the ground.

I built a cradle around the boat to make sure that it would turn over safely and not get damaged during the process. I left the 2×6 ’s long so that the boat would stop at 90 degrees and we could then slide the boat back in front of the door before we let it down.

The cradle is put together with deck screws and I added a 1/2” cap bolt at each connection of cross member and upright.

I gathered up 8 of my neighbors and we flipped the boat up.

We slid the boat over in front of the door.

Then I sawed off the tall uprights. and we continued with the flip.

I placed 4 furniture dollies under the boat.

The rope hooked to a truck carried most of the load on the way down.

As soon as the boat was down we took off the cradle and moved the boat back into the shop.

The boat is now back in the shop.

Here is a video of the flip.

Now I can get started with finishing the inside of the boat. I plan to add a cabin and a pilot house, so lots of work to go.

Thanks for looking!!

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#1 posted 03-17-2015 07:05 PM

WHEW~ !!!
I’m tired just looking at the pictures!
But it sure does look like a boat now!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 03-17-2015 08:46 PM

well my back is totally out and i need to sit in the hot tub for awhile…lol….so glad for you to have the boat turned over, now the fun will continue

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 03-17-2015 10:17 PM

That’s something you don’t see everyday.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 03-17-2015 10:55 PM

That’s kind of like building a boat in the basement. Really enjoying your blogs.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 03-17-2015 11:14 PM

Ahhh, familiar stuff. You did a fine job of that righting. Lots of people don’t take the task seriously enough and only discover their mistake when the hull gets away form them. No chance of that with your robust rolling jig.

Well done.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 03-18-2015 02:48 AM

Nice job on the pictures! It can be easy to just do the work and forget to snap the pics. I appreciate seeing your work.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 03-18-2015 03:37 AM


We were a little nervous having to lift such a large boat; you made us feel that we were part of it! And, yes, our backs are aching, too.

You certainly have some good neighbors to be willing to coordinate their time to make the flip. Did you promise each of them a personal ride on your boat?

Now the excitement begins with the cabin! It won’t be long until your wife can do the interior decorating!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 03-18-2015 12:28 PM

Yes, I plan to take all of them fishing..The flip went very smooth and no one got hurt. Was a good day.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#9 posted 03-18-2015 09:25 PM

i want to ask you john what you plan for the powerhouse for this boat, and what is it rated for, ive just been looking back at some of the build again and im pretty excited for ya, i remember when i got my boat, it was the funnest thing i had ever done….and the fishing trips we had was worth every penny…i took my boat out of Seward Alaska, look it up so you can see the area that i was fishing out of…its one of the most beautiful places on Gods Earth….anyway, i cant wait to see your next blog, sure wish i could help some…nothing like building your own boat…enjoy

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 03-19-2015 12:25 AM

I plan to purchase a 70 hp Yamaha outboard. The boat is rated up to 175 hp max. The designer recommends a 75 hp. I’ve been talking to a Yamaha dealer. He has data on boats and motors he has sold. He sold a C dory about the same weight with a 70 and it would top out at 30 MPH and curse at 20 MPH at 4000 RPM. 20 MPH is a little faster than I want to go. Here in the harbor 12 – 15 will be normal.

I hope to have it in the water in two months, Today I epoxied the inside of the hull to seal all of the wood. I plan to put a coat of paint on tomorrow and then get stated with the top rail, rub rail, and cabin. Lots of work to go.


-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#11 posted 03-19-2015 12:40 AM

Well planned, well executed and presented.
You are blessed by having such good neighbors.
In your honor I’ve just breathed a huge sigh of relief.
I’ll stay tuned for the next episode.

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