Roman´s OB15 (First Time Builder)

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Re: Roman´s OB15 (First Time Builder)

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It has been a long time, since my last update. Autumn was cold, so I could not do a lot before winter. But spring began early. But I used the winter to think about the interior and how to place it. Since I want to use the boat in the Adriatic Sea and the Danube, I need a strong engine (which I already got). But we also have beautiful lakes in the alps. But if you are no millionaire, you cannot afford the license for a motorboat (e.g. 200k for the Woerthersee). But you need no licence, if you have an electrical motor under 4 Kilowatt (6hp). So I decided to make the boat more versatile. So I used the rest of the wood for the floor and put several screw threats in, then I glued it to the floor.
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After that, the boat was ready for the first layer of filler and primer. Here you can also see the many possible positions of the screws.
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My father-in-law gave me another idea. I could use the space on the side of the front deck as compartments. So I can put cushions on them which will make them nicer to lean on. I am bit struggling with the curve, so it is still kind of in the making. I think, I can at least make it look smoother with some filler. I also put hinges on the hedges. But my wife doesn´t like them, so I am thinking to use velcro strips (hook-and-loop) instead. I have also use them in my van and they are strong as hell...
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With the screws in place, I also had to rebuild the bench and make it a bit wider. I wanted to use larch wood for the construction, but wood-prices went crazy, so I ended up with spruce, but I bought impregnated spruce wood, which is water-resistant and then put the plywood on the wooden construction. I know, it adds to the weight of the boat, but it is also very stable. And thanks to my versatile construction, I can change the layout later.
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I try to build a kind of chair on my own. But what´s bothering me, is that I am standing quite in the back of the boat. I don´t know yet, if the weight of the motor plus my ~190 pounds will bring the boat in a not so good balance. But I can still can move everything further to the front. But this will be done, when the boat is finished and I can test it.
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I also already bought the clamps and handrails and the anchor.
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The next big step is buying the trailer and getting the boat out of the stable and onto the trailer. After that, the boat gets its coating and then I can boot a small electric-motor on it and try it on one of the alpine lakes. At least, that´s the plan for the summer. Fuel-motor, stearing, lights, electric and stuff will be the job for the autumn and winter, so that I can get the certificate (which is needed for handbuild boats) in spring.

I keep you posted.



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I will start this post with an advise, that a friend of my brother gave me. Hi teaches future engineers at the local collage in Villach, the city I grew up, not far away from the place, where my boat is being build. He sad: "The first thing a technician has to think about, when he builds a machine: How to get it out of the workshop and to the place, where it should go!"

Well... I am no technician... I am a writer, so I did not think about this things, when I startet building. That´s why I needed the help of my brother and his friends from the local boxing-club.

Because it was finally time, to get the boat out of the barn and on a trailer. The problem: To get the boat to the trailer, we had to make kind of an u-turn. The barn was build some hundred years ago and at this time, there was some sort of street to get to the barn. This street is long gone and the barn opens into the garden of my parents-in-law. To make things worse, the actual street was on the other side of the garden and there is a narrow part between two hedges where the boat had to be turned on the side. And the cherry on top of the cake: My Parents-in-Law life vis-a-vis to the local pup of this small village. So we had many viewers.

Who where we we. Myself, my brother and four of his friends from boxing-Club. We used some old mattresses as a slide my father-in-law had in the barn. He also helped or at least tried to reduce the harm to his garden ...

My mother-in-law made some Pics...
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After that, I needed some days to rest my mind. But with the boat on the trailer I could go on with the painting. The console and bench can be unmounted, I painted them in the barn. But the boat I painted on the trailer. I am still not finally done. But the first picuteres look good.
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So for now I am back at work, but the next steps are clear. Finish the paint, put on the clamps and handrail, borrow a 12-volt-motor and get her in the water for a first testrun.

I can´t wait...

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Re: Roman´s OB15 (First Time Builder)

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Nice work!!!! Jeff

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Re: Roman´s OB15 (First Time Builder)

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I am sure you have heard the saying "many hands make light work" In your case having all those people to help made it possible to do the job :D Very interesting build, we will be looking forward to seeing on the water pictures.

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The OB15 is a very nice small boat may you enjoy if tor many years. You have done a very nice job. :D Tom
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Yesterday was a big Day for my OB15. I am not the most practical guy, when it comes to motors. So the last weeks a friend helped me to get the motor running. The boatlcould stay at his house for the time. Meanwhile I installed clamps (I bought them too small...) , anchor and stuff and did some repairs with the painting (it fell to the ground while putting it on the trailor). But when all was finished it was ready for a TESTRUN :D

So we drove to the river nearby (Mur, Austria), where you can boat between to hydropowerplants. My friend also took his boat, so we had a backup, if something goes wrong... But what is a backup for, if you don't use it... we were so thrilled after we put the boat in and started the motor and simply took it for a first test... my wife would say "Men!!! typically!" :lol: Because of course afterma view meters the motor went out... We were so wise to take a paddle with us and paddled to shore, where we sexured the boat to a tree until we got back running and drove to the dock... I hope this w s a onetime experiance.

We then cleaned the carbs and made the next testrun with two boats. And it worked. The carbs are not perfectly adjusted, so the throttle was kind of ruff. First ithwas running slow and after I reached a certain point it went "rooaaar" and unleashed the 50 HP at once. I really had to hold on the steering wheel. But it was a hell of ride, the boat handles really well, I had a lot of fun driving it (and a lot of adrenaline). I made 47 kmh (29mph) up the river. The Motor needs some finetuning, but it works.

The boat still needs lights and stuff to get it's expertise (needed in Austria). I will make this through winter and hopefully finish in spring.
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Great! She moves at a good clip too!

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Boat does look good! Love to see the U-tubes videos of it running.

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Very nice, she will last you a long time and you will enjoy her for that time. Tom
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