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How FAST will it go? Yamaha 25 Hp four stroke SPEED TRIAL. We mounted the Yamaha 25 hp four stroke to a 13 ft fiberglass dory. Ran it with two and three people aboard and cruised easily at 24 miles per hour.
How to easily roll Gelcoat on a boat We purchased a Carolina Skiff J16 as a project boat. After a bunch a small fiberglass repairs we wanted to change the color and apply gelcoat. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com gives an overview of how easy this three step process is. We used gelcoat with wax waited for a non windy day. First step was to lightly sand with 80 grit then wipe down the hull with acetone. We rolled on three thin coats without waiting for the gelcoat to dry.
How to easily make a Duck Blind with EMT Conduit PVC and Maker Pipe connections In this short how to video. Dan Berg from DIYeasycrafts shows how he made a lightweight foldable duck blind that is easily removable from the boat. He used EMT conduit PVC pipe and fittings from makerpipe.com. Type your paragraph here.
How to make a Bilge Pump Well for a Carolina Skiff J16 Many Carolina Skiffs do not have a bilge well. In fact most have two scuppers which are located at or below the waterline. This lets an inch or water constantly on the deck. The solution is to install a bilge well, plug up the scuppers and let an automatic bilge pump pump the deck dry. This short how-to video details how to cut out and fiberglass a bilge pump well for a Carolina Skiff J16. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com gives an overview of how he cut through the deck and coated the box or well with fiberglass. He also installed plastic wood to screw down the bilge pump into and a top screen to prevent debris from clogging up the bilge.
How to use Pourable Marine Foam We used 2 pound density pourable foam to add flotation and rigidity under the deck of a 13 ft skiff. Learn how to best mix, what size hole to drill and how to warm up the under deck space for best results. This 2 lb density expandable boat buoyance foam not only adds flotation but also structural rigidity but can also act as insulation and sound proofing.
How to Repair or Replace a boat Macerator Pump In this short how-to video Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts demonstrates how to diagnose fix or replace a marine macerator pump. This is an easy DIY project for boat owners. Only basic tools like a screw driver, wrench and heat gun are needed.
How to make an inexpensive portable Outboard Motor Stand
This short how-to video details how to easily build a portable outboard motor stand with 2x4s and a small pc of 2x10. The stand was designed so that a standard hand truck could slide under it for easy transport. Its also holds the motor high enough so that a water bucket will fit for wash out. Total of three 2x4 plus a short section of 2x10 and some 3 in and 2 1/2 inch screws are all you need. Video contains complete cut list.
How to make a bow platform for a Carolina Skiff out of strong lightweight honeycomb panels This short how-to video details how to make lightweight sturdy honeycomb bow platform for a Carolina Skiff J16. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com gives an overview of how he laminated the panels , used a cardboard template and then added support and attached the new structure to the hull. The end result is a bow casting platform that is strong, lightweight and will not become saturated or delaminate over time. We used fiberglass mesh for one side and biaxal, which is a combination of mesh and woven cloth combined with resin from totalboat to laminate the panels
How to us a ball siphon to easily siphon gas How to use a ball siphon or super siphon to transfer fluids like gasoline. No more sucking on a hose to prime a siphon! This just may be the easiest way to siphon gas or diesel from a portable tank to a boat or other vehicle.
This how to video shows how to make a PVC foldable duck blind. The blind is easily transported and attached with out having to permanently mount brackets to the boat. Blind folds down and back so driver can see when boat is runing.
Texas Rigs are a great way to rig and manage duck decoys. They are basically a length or cable slightly longer than depth of water. Each has a loop on one end, a sinker on the other and a snap swivel that slides along the line. In this short how to video we show how to easily make Duck Decoy Texas Rigs using either wire clothesline or Heavy mono, snap swivels, aluminum crimps and fishing sinkers.
Yamaha 25 hp four stoke Outboard unboxing and first start
Check out this powerful yet lightweight 25 hp outboard. Dan shows what comes included in the box plus how to get it started and ready for its first run. This four stroke outboard is perfect for duck hunting, zodiacs and almost any boat in the 12-14 ft range. Check manufacturers hp ratings prior to purchase.
Easiest way to remove bottom paint from a fiberglass boat This short how-to video details how to easily remove bottom paint from a fiberglass boat. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com demonstrates how totalboat's total strip paint remover was used to remove 20 years worth of bottom paint from a Carolina Skiff. This product exceeded our expectations and eliminated hours of sanding. Total Strip is applied with a large brush and then can be left to work for up to 24 hours. Its then scrapped off with a 4 inch putty knife. Afterwards a light sanding with 80 grit easily removes and remaining bottom paint.
How to make a DIY Lexan windshield for a Carolina Skiff J16 We purchased a Carolina Skiff J16 as a project boat. After a bunch a small fiberglass repairs including making a honeycomb panel bow deck, bilge pump well, and rolling on fresh gelcoat I decided to make a windshield or wind screen. I purchased a sheet of 1/4 thick tinted lexan 18"x24" and some rubber grommets. We cut out a cardboard template and then cut and bent the lexan to shape. Check out this short how to video which details everything you need to know in order to build your own skiff windshield.
How to easily fix drilled holes in fiberglass This short how-to video details how to fix small holes in fiberglass. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com gives an overview of the seven easy step process and then demonstrated how he repaired dozens on holes on our Carolina Skiff project boat.
How to Winterize a Yamaha 150 hp Four Stroke Outboard by DIYeasycrafts In this short video Capt. Dan shows how to easily winterize a four stroke outboard in 4 steps. Stabilizing the fuel, change the gearcase oil, change oil and filter and fog the engine. Check out additional nautical projects.
How to easily reset oil light on a Suzuki Outboard When the oil indicator light comes on its time to change the oil and filter. After oil and filter have been changed take these easy steps to reset or turn off the blinking light. Turn engine off. Energize motor by partially turning key. Pull out emergency kill switch three times.
How to easily make and work with Fiberglass Honeycomb Panels This short how-to video details how to make lightweight sturdy fiberglass honeycomb panels. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com demonstrates how to laminate the panels as well as how to finish the exposed ends. These panels are lightweight, strong and will not become saturated with water or delaminate over time. Perfect for boating projects. We used fiberglass mesh for one side and biaxal, which is a combination of mesh and woven cloth combined with resin from totalboat to laminate the panels
How to Change Oil and Oil Filter on a Yamaha 150 hp Four Stroke Outboard by DIYeasycrafts This short how-to video shows how to easily change the oil and oil filter on a four stroke outboard. We use a Yamaha 150 hp outboard to demonstrate but the same techniques can be used on most four stroke outboard engines.
Fiberglass Hull Repair how to easily fix a thru hull hole This short video shows how to easily fix a thru hull hole with a fiberglass patch. You will need resin, hardener, acetone, fiberglass mat, an angle grinder, flap sanding discs, disposable paint brushes and an oscillating sander.
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Carolina Skiff J16 Test Ride and Speed Trial We purchased a Carolina Skiff J16 as a project boat. After a bunch a small fiberglass repairs including making a honeycomb panel bow deck, bilge pump well, windshield, and rolling on fresh gelcoat we are finally ready for sea trials. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com gives an overview of what went into the project then powered by a 50hp Suzuki outboard demos the boat in action.
Easy DIY Boat Projects
This short how-to video shows how to easily make a tiller arm extension for an outboard motor. We used a Yamaha 25 hp outboard to demonstrate but the same techniques can be used on outboard engines. Tiller extension arms can be made in a variety of lengths and are ideal to allow the operator to sit forward allowing for small boats and skiffs to plane faster. For this project you need a 12 inch pc of 1 1/2 PVC, pc of 1 1/4 PVC length to be determined by how long you want the extension arm. We used 18 inches. One 1 1/2 inch to 1 1/4 PVC adaptor, One 1 1/2 to 1 1/2 PVC coupler, PVC glue and some hockey tape for the grip.
How to make a floating boat ramp for a Carolina Skiff We purchased a Carolina Skiff J16 as a project boat. After doing some fiberglass repairs and modifications we designed and built a small floating boat ramp so the boat could easily be winched out of the water. Utilizing pressure treated wood, and black dock floats we created a tapered platform, then used trailer bunk rollers and a trailer winch. This DIY boat lift design worked nicely for our J16 Carolina skiff but the concepts could be easily adapted for other types of small boats.
How to make a Wind Screen Grab Bar for a Carolina Skiff J16 We purchased a Carolina Skiff J16 as a project boat. After doing some fiberglass repairs and modifications as well as making a lexan windshield we decided to built a wind screen grab bar out of 7/8 aluminum tubing. The grab bar is important because on these little skiffs something to hold onto is needed on even calm days. I used a pipe bender and standard hand railing fittings to create this grab bar.
How to Fiberglass over Plywood and repair damaged fiberglass
This short how-to video details how to coat plywood with fiberglass. Perfect for making waterproof boxes or working on boats. We show how to wrap glass around corners and also show how to easily repair damaged fiberglass.