- Jun 28, 2002
The foam is a half assed attempt to comply with regs. 22 and under require foam. My 27 had none.
im looking forward to getting it on the water too....... everything is time consuming. but well worth it in the end.....Solid plan man, I'm basically doing the same approach with a number of things on mine. The wiring is the more important (and time consuming) work, swapping in newer switches later should be easy. Looking forward to seeing this baby in the water!
Yeah, mine too! lol I'm no Coast Guardsman but I think he's right about the 20 and under. I bet a lot of manufacturers just threw it in there to be safe on models close to the regulation size. I almost went no foam on my boat but last minute decided to load it up big-time after reading about all the Orca attacks recently. If I didn't, I figured I'd surely encounter homicidal killer whales the first time out into open wateryou may be right, I was just going by memory and at this point in life mine is questionable...
It really is weird. And no, they're definitely not normally known to attack like that, the recent events are truly unprecedented and it's not like this is happening all the time. But- so far the attacks remain a mystery to scientists..very disturbing hearing about those attacks. they dont normally attack like that? dont know what goin on with them. scary ****
They definitely don't seem to be malicious to humans naturally so I think you're right, these gentle giants must've been tormented before. Like a dog that cowers or shows its teeth if you grab a rolled newspaper- that behavior didn't just happen on its own. Read about SeaWorld sometime!even tho man hunts them, these bunch or even just a rogue one, i think has been tormented by passengers or worse .somehow. they dont forget, thats for sure. its out of character for them . usually they are gentle giants.
Aside from the regs - you can do a buoyancy calc as simple or complex as you'd like, to get a rough idea if filling that space (and/or any other spaces) with foam, makes much of a difference at all. Being a wood boat, you'd have to guesstimate how much of the wood gets saturatedi read that 20 and under only needed foam.... wierd......
its fibreglass not wood. the bulkhead and the cabinet is the only woodAside from the regs - you can do a buoyancy calc as simple or complex as you'd like, to get a rough idea if filling that space (and/or any other spaces) with foam, makes much of a difference at all. Being a wood boat, you'd have to guesstimate how much of the wood gets saturated
Nice, how big is that 18w panel? Are you planning on mounting this in the rear somewhere with your BBQ setup? I bet you could mount it under a piece of plexi for extra protection and use it like a grill table!! That would be cool. "Eat your food damnit, the batteries are gettin low!"well ordered my solar kit . wiring and led strips will be next......
The factory railing would be nice to start from if you can find one. Got a few months to shop around before the warm weather returns at least! Any marine salvage yards around where you are?that sounds like a plan. lol.... i still need to find the rear rail so i can attach all this stuff.... i dont have a welder nor ss tubes ... so building is outta the question.... maybe find another way to install ....