Project Activator Episode 10: Floor, Engine, Paint, and Hull Blueprinting
In this episode of Project Activator we look at the floor that is fiberglassed in with layers of 2408 and 1708 fiberglass. Since the boat structure is finished, and it has integrity, we can turn the boat over and begin blueprinting the hull.
Here is Episode 10: Details below
Our 1990 22' Activator has a few areas with previous damage, and we will repair those before starting to blueprint. Over the years, it is pretty normal to get some dings, and possibly some imperfections to the surface. For the boat to perform to its full potential, everything needs to be sharp and straight. On a smaller boat like this, the actual running surface when underway is the most critical part.
After the blueprinting is done, we will prep for paint. As of right now, we are going to paint the hull black, single stage paint. This provides the best durability, but also, we are painting the top and sides in metallic silver, which is going to be a two stage (base / clear) marine paint, with a black stripe down the middle. Overall, this will look really sharp, and keep the colors consistent. However, there is a chance we will paint, top to bottom, metallic silver. It is very difficult say because these new marine clears are very durable, so we may just do the hull silver as well and keep it all one color, which I really like.
Next up is the engine. We chose the Evinrude G2 250 HO. In the end, it just hit most of the marks for us. It's probably the most powerful, it has the best fuel efficiency, and lowest emissions in this power range. On top of that, the integrated steering is very cool, and supposed to be excellent. Although it is heavy at 535 Lbs, if you don't count the steering, it actually right around 500 Lbs. One thing to add is ours is a non DPS option, meaning you can order only the 250 without the DPS for better steering feel, and it saves about 10 Lbs.
Next episode we should have paint on the boat, and more information about the interior.