i noticed you left a comment on the gypsy wagon guys page that you have built several housetrucks and busses. i have built these things also over most of my life...currently building two microhouses of my own design on utility trailers. my girlfriend and i have also been designing a reading style gypsy wagon. nice to see such a cross-over.
Sorry we missed you the other day, and sorry for the short notice...that was my wife that left the message on your voicemail. Perhaps we can give you more advance warning on our way back north in about 3 weeks for a quick stop and hello.
Yes, David, it was a great trip! Sorry we didn't get a chance to say hello on the way back, we were a bit rushed. Hope to do some summer sailing on Lake Champlain and/or Maine coast, but quite possibly Florida Bay & the Everglades next winter. Perhaps the next Florida Wharram rendevous? We'll try you again then.
Good day Dave, these hulls are in a paddock just north of Auckland, New Zealand. I will be cuming to the Phillipines shortly my new partner is from there, we have discussed the possibilty of visiting ur yard. Iain
Good day Dave, sorri 4 the confusion, thank u 4 ur comments.
Thanx 4 clearing that up.
I will be posting photo's of my boat shortly, a boat builder has looked ova the hulls & says that there is sum rot in the decks but none in the hulls. I will be completely removing the decks anyway as i have said I will be removing the decks to build a cabin across where the open bridge deck should be. There are no beam troughs on the boat.
Thanks for adding me as a friend. I must also thank you for all of the building photos, as I have had them saved on my computer since I started my build. I refer to them often. Fantastic job. Also looks like you have a great boatshop and team.
It is difficult to beat the stiffness to weight ratio of an aluminum net beam unless you go to carbon. I have built several of wood and by the time I was happy with the strength the weight starts to become an issue. Foam and glasswill also start to be heavy once stiff enough. jmo
I'm concerned about crossbeam connections to the hull on the 30 footers tiki 30. Up to now I've been planning to lash it was rope in the old-fashioned way. Now that the time is here I don't see that it's going to be so easy to do.I am now feeling locked into doing this with straps the way the plans call for. Please have your opinion on straps versus rope lashing connections.
Hello David can you give me any tips on how to set up the blocking underneath the cross beams I'm finding this to be a very frustrating exercise .Maybe I would have better luck by rough sizing the Blocks and screwing them in place and then trying to adjust the Heights and angles..
ahoy boatsmith I'm about to nail down the pod on my 30 foot Tiki I'm wondering if you wouldn't agree with my thoughts. I'm thinking I don't need such a long pod , rather have more cockpit and less pod . There's room for one forward birth across the beam,.Pod structure would still deflect spray that comes off the bows, also form a leading-edge for a simple Bimini. Would appreciate your thoughts on this pod plan