The Adventures of Thumper

  • Wow now that's a find!


    If I didn't have my local marine salvage yard I could not have a boat, but sometimes I search or wait for a year before getting lucky.



    Cheers, Don

    ''Great mother ocean brought forth all life, it is my eternal home''
    Don Berry from Blue Water Hunters.
    Speardiver Gear

  • Mocked up a mount for the top, will make it out of Delrin when I get it right. Snaked some mil green cordage thru the D-rings to have a lower attachment for the top hooks.


    Cheers, Don

  • Plan was to slam out the 4 top base parts from the prototype bits in a couple hrs max, then spend the rest of the day on the radar arch, but this didn't happen.
    Even with many years of making stuff from scratch with basic hand tools. I still really blow it on time taken to get stuff done.


    Up at 8am.. shite, shower and shave. Make coffee royal (double espresso and a shot of Irish whisky) Started to head to the boat and the chick wakes up to the smell of lever pulled espresso. ''Of course I'll make you one honey.... Now she wants me to join her on the couch watching old live Led Zeppelin U-tubes. ''Sure I'll have breakfast with ya baby''. Now it's 10:00 and I'm heading for the boat.:thumbsup2:
    Open the garage door, drag the boat outside, plug in my ghetto car inverter then clamp my material to the trailer step. Next set up the hole saw...flect the pilot bit is broken!
    Disconnect everything, pick up the tools and push the boat back inside before driving to the local hardware store for a new drill bit.
    Because its Sat the traffic sucks and every weekend warrior (including me) is in the tool department....more waiting at checkout.
    Finally out of the store and I notice it's a wee bit cold out, so stop for a hot coffee, no whisky this time ... I might as well have some lunch now so I can work straight thru.:rolleyes1:
    Drive back to the boat,open the garage door, drag the boat outside, plug in my ghetto car inverter then clamp my material to the trailer step. Next, set up the hole saw and start drilling, cutting and sanding rough edges.
    Finally I have one side done and spend a hr looking at it and trying the top operation. More drilling, sanding and starring at the boat and the Port side is done.
    Now it's starting to rain:@ Disconnect the getto wiring, pick up the tools, push the boat back in it's dark cave. Drive home felling guiltily I didn't get more done. ....
    Well there's always Sun, I'll get up at 8AM.;)


    Cheers, Don

  • Nice fab work, looks like Delrin/Acetal? I don't get how it will glue to the tubes. I'll wait for more pics.


    Thanks.
    Spot on Dan, yes Delrin. It will not be glued, it clamps very securely to the heavy duty D-ring and strap.


    Cheers, Don

    ''Great mother ocean brought forth all life, it is my eternal home''
    Don Berry from Blue Water Hunters.
    Speardiver Gear

  • Don thats pretty much how my projects go as well ...having to stop and start like that is the worst. But you got some nice work done in the end...Side question, don't want to derail : Delrin is somewhat low friction, has anyone ever used it or nylon to make roller pulleys without any bearings, just the pulley with a stainless shaft through it?

    Be safe ... Happy hunting .

  • Looks great Don. Following your restoration thread usually ends in me browsing the Craigslist for military inflatables.:thumbsup2:

  • Getting some work done but my main computer is down for work. I fired up a old beast with windows xp to keep track of the forum.


    Cheers,Don

    ''Great mother ocean brought forth all life, it is my eternal home''
    Don Berry from Blue Water Hunters.
    Speardiver Gear

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  • Don thats pretty much how my projects go as well ...having to stop and start like that is the worst. But you got some nice work done in the end...Side question, don't want to derail : Delrin is somewhat low friction, has anyone ever used it or nylon to make roller pulleys without any bearings, just the pulley with a stainless shaft through it?


    Yup, plenty of folks have done that. But if you are turning some Delrin down for a pulley, it's not much more work adding bearings, but of course not as cheap. Supposedly, ceramic bearings are the next best thing after hot choco for this.

  • I put my nerd on and fixed my computer so back to posting images.


    Glued on Port and Starboard stern D-ring pads for the grab line aft anchor point.Glue cleanup still needed.
    Next using one of the aft floor ports I tied a pvc line to the rear of the inflatable keel. Removed the keel leak tested it one more time with soapy water. My plan involved converting the keel to a removable type to make repair and maintenance easier. I washed the keel and floor in areas and later bonded Mil Spec Velcro pads.


    Next is the 19gal fuel tank for the bow area.


    Cheers, Don

  • These are the custom fabed mounts for nav lights radar and spot light.The water proof connectors will be inside the housing. Sorry I'm rusty with image posting.


    Cheers, Don

    ''Great mother ocean brought forth all life, it is my eternal home''
    Don Berry from Blue Water Hunters.
    Speardiver Gear

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