Trailer and Transom

2016-06-14 06.40.12 (Medium)I accomplished two more milestones.  I ordered the trailer for Fish Taco; an EZ Loader EZWB-12-14 1200.  This is a bunk trailer and I will add keel rollers and a tongue jack.  The standard 12-14 ft trailer has a width of 44 inches between the fenders which might have been OK but I was concerned so I ordered the wide trailer which is 54 inches between the fenders.  The trailer is 64 inches wide over all and Fish Taco’s beam  is 59 inches. This trailer is only 17 feet long which is better than my old trailer which was 19 feet long.  The trailer has 12 inch tires instead of the much preferred 13’s but with such a light boat there should not be a problem.

The second milestone was the cutting of the transom to mount the motor.  The plan was to make a router pattern that I would use to do the final trim of the cutout.  I would rough cut the opening with my VersaCut 3-3/8 inch circular saw and then use the router to clean up to the final dimensions.   I made a measuring mistake and the two sides were not symmetrical; strike one.  I decide to use only one side of the pattern and route half the opening and then flip the pattern over to route the second.  I was cleaning up the good side and I took a little too much off and it looked funny when I cleaned it up; strike two.  I still had the other half of the pattern that was mis-measured so I cut the formally good side off the pattern leaving just over 2/3 of the pattern.  This time when I cleaned up the pattern without mistakes.  I used the pattern to mark off where I would be trimming to and then used my VersaCut and cut wide of the line except one spot where I touched the line.  OK, I can fixed this; I moved the pattern out by 1/4 inch on both sides.  Using my big router and a pattern cutting bit I trimmed the cutout to the final shape.  It looked very good except for a couple of spots were I started or stop.  A quick sanding cleaned every thing up and it looks very good.

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