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23' Custom Carolina Build - Gorges Boatworks
October 17, 2017 2:40 pm EST
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23' Custom Carolina Build - Gorges Boatworks
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captaingorges
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:54 pm    Post subject: 23' Custom Carolina Build - Gorges Boatworks Reply with quote

About a month ago I decided to make the transition from working with a friend to starting up a few ideas I've been kicking around for the last several years. I also decided in the interim year or so to take some time and pursue my hobby of re-building boats as somewhat of a job. I've got a few friend's boats in the shop and several of my own but am always open to new, interesting projects.

I bought this hull on a whim about 3 years ago from a fellow in Beaufort, NC, as a second. Had some gatorskin when it came out of the mold. Basically sat under a tarp for the last 3 years until I finally got some time and a space to work on her, plus my other projects out of the way.

Total length is 22' 10", beam 8', draft 12-14".

Some initial details, hull is fiberglass with Nidacore stringers and transom. The deck in the rear is 3/4" Carbon-Core 15lb, the gunwhales in the same area (rear 8') will be 3/4" 28lb Carbon-Core. Deck will have a layer of chop on the bottom, two layers of 1708 on top.

Front 12' of deck will be 3/4" Divinycell H80, and will have a layer of 1708 on the bottom and the top, gunwhales will be H80 as well.

Exterior will be painted in Interlux Perfection, not sure of on the color yet.

Motor will be a 275 Verado to start (have one in the shop on a stand) but will have a brand new 300 as soon as funds allow. Will be on an aluminum flotation bracket with a 6" jackplate.

Electronics will mainly be Simrad and iCom stuff, JL speakers and amps.

Custom building the console, will have a mini-coffin box, planning on being able to stand up inside the console.

Boat will have a white powdercoated t-top and 2nd station with controls.

Likely ending up with forward seating/storage. May install a windlass because I have one laying around.

85-95 ga fuel, 10-15 ga fresh water.

You can see in my sketch the general layout, somewhat to scale. Plan is to have her fishable by the first week of June.
  
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A big reason for this project taking so long to get off the ground? My mental block focusing on getting the stringers right and the boat level for the build. Finally set the boat up and cut those bad boys down to the correct height, level within 1/16th of an inch. I'm happy with it.

My first major task was making stairs, followed by leveling and blocking her, and finally, trimming down the stringers. Came out great and we will be dry fitting the deck panels soon.
  
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dryfitted the Carbon-Core and H80 deck panels, plus started cutting out the cap.

Will get the first layer on laminate on all these pieces, then I'll start on my fish and storage boxes.
  
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love that hull! The broken sheerline, flared bow and generous tumblehome scream North Carolina custom. Beautiful. Looking forward to more progress pics.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good man. I have been looking forward to you getting to her since I saw it sitting at your shop.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep em coming!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!!! Keep the pictures coming. Loving the lines.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My shoulders are aching in sympathy in anticipation of all the fairing that is going to need to be done  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good !!!!  
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some updates, working on a few other boats to pay the bills. Forward fish and storage boxes are pretty much done (will be 100% tomorrow) and then I'll start on the insulated boxes in the rear deck. Fuel tank should be done this week too.

Picked up a 29' Ricky Scarborough hull last week in Florida though so this one may be on the auction block soon...
  
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