The new shop/hangar is taking shape...

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This is the layout as it stands...



With a 5MPH headwind, 50HP should have me in the air in under 300' with enough altitude to clear a 50' obstacle (tallest tree in any direction is under 20')
 

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You're just about in business there. Pretty serious little machine too.
Yes, the Quicksilvers are pretty much the best stuff, and while the older air-cooled Rotax engine isn't the latest/greatest, they are bulletproof with very good power.

Mine is an MX (3-axis) Sprint (proper ailerons) II (2-seater). I've converted it to single seat so it requires no license and no registration, as long as I stay in Class E airspace.
 
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Hope that holds up for you after they begin the quest for new/more revenue. Looks like lots of enjoyment.... with maintenance guaranteed done correctly the first time.
 

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Hope that holds up for you after they begin the quest for new/more revenue. Looks like lots of enjoyment.... with maintenance guaranteed done correctly the first time.
We're outside the city limits from the two nearest cities by a good bit, and "grandfathered in" as to restrictions. There are small ranches operating all around us, so it will be after I'm dead that my kids MIGHT ever have to deal with encroachment and tax escalation.

As for maintenance, I helped my brother-in-law build and maintain over a dozen QS ultralights when he had a dealership in the early 80s. 2-strokes are a piece of cake, no oil to leak!
 

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The shop is looking more like an actual shop now; complete bathroom with shower done, lights & power done, workbench partially dismantled and moved in, then re-assembled without the lower shelf (to provide more ample work surface space above)-



Drove out there a couple of nights ago to fetch a pair of Norton mufflers I need to send out, and got a photo of the hangar bay lit up; it's a bit shadowy back near the tail, but ample for my needs...



So many loose ends that I get bored and start something else; set up the pipe columns and main joists for a boat shed using the leftover steel-



Still a LOT to do...
 

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The boat shed roof went up quickly, not much to it...

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Eventually, I might extend it to the same far end as the rest of the building, I just didn't have another 10"x 15' [ Purlin,, and 4 more 9' lengths of 8" Z. The thought that popped into my head as soon as I stepped back to take this photo was that I'm pretty sure I'll end up enclosing this bay and pouring a slab there...
 

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How about a picture of the boat GP? It must be getting pretty hot there. Our Daisy got splashed last week after a month of annual fettling and varnishing etc. I’m hunting Atlantic halibut this year. Almost no chance of getting one but being well clear of land is reward in itself.
 

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At present, the 17' Sunbird (Penta 4) is suffering from a drooling water pump and non-functional bilge pump, a bad combo indeed...

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Perfect for my little family of four, but I have 14 other kids with spouses & grandkids!
 

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Pretty little runabout. I’ll bet you could swap out both pumps in two hours, sneak off with your favorite three and a picnic lunch and come back a new man.
 

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That's today's plan, in advance of a zipline trip with the kids & grandkids, booked for Memorial day (for my wyfe's birthday). It's 5 runs with one of them being the longest zipline in Texas, that runs over a small bay on Lake Travis; rather than drive over there, the plan is to boat over to the site.

Meanwhile, I took the engine cooling shrouds off the ultralight, removed several mud dauber nests, and painted the covers; also painted the tri-bar and pulled the carb for overhaul and the exhaust for painting. I now have all the parts necessary to complete the rebuild (famous last words)
 

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But do you have a rebuild xls to refer to? ;-)
OF COURSE! (modeled after the ones for the bikes). Also have one for my truck, and the boat. I stopped short of the lawnmower, but now that I think abot it, it was running a bit rough a couple days ago when I used it last...

Turns out the boat had punctured the THIRD U-turn cooling hose it's had since my son first bought it years ago. I suppose I have found the repetitive failure point of this idiotic thing. It sure didn't help that the bilge pump decided it wanted to retire on the SAME DAY...
 

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How do you puncture one cooling hose, let alone three? Sounds like good old American engineering.
 

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Scout63 said:
How do you puncture one cooling hose, let alone three? Sounds like good old American engineering.
Well, the OMC Cobra (Volvo Penta 4) uses a cooling hose that makes a short 180 degree turn; that hose popped off 3 or 4 times while my son was the owner. Always ended up getting sluggish, then almost swamping on the way back to the dock with the bilge pump failing to keep up with the inflow. Then it finally tore the hose, and we replaced it with better clamps and a generic hose. That failed quickly, as it was slightly squashed making the U-turn. We replaced it with a Volvo hose.

By the time I bought/traded for the boat, it had a good number of hours on the last repair, and promptly failed on me. OF COURSE. I replaced it with another Volvo hose and this time I used bolted stainless clamps. "End of my worries!" (I thought). We've had 5 or 6 outings in the one year since, and now it did this number.

Definitely something strange about the design, and a reinforced hose is required, but not available...
 
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