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I have seen a little reminder pop up and mention that i haven't contributed for a while. This is true, life has been incredibly hectic with work, kids but also some fun stuff. So thought i'd put down some of whats been going on as my last contruction project (swimming pool) seemed to get some interest.

 

We have always been keen watersports people, had an old 1980 Ski Nautique - classic boat, puts out a decent wake but with our 4 kids, if we eveer took anyone else, you would keep leaving people on the bank, so not overly social. A mate recently purchased a larger wakeboarding style boat that could seat 10, and we loved it, and my wife was keen for us to upgrade. So we started looking around, and i started selling some pinballs. Ended up selling 15 machines to fund all of this (some projects, some good machines), but we both decided that a boat would be a better family thing than pinballs. I've still got machines, but have found its not a bad thing to expand hobbies/interests to include more of the family.

 

We found a nice 2007 Supra only a few hours down the road. My 10 year old fell in love with it when we took it for a test run, and after a bit of back and forth we ended up grabbing this bad boy.

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It seats 13 people, so was perfect for us, and we could take other families. Also holds 1.4 tonne of ballast (water pumped in), so wake is HUGE when you do that. At our level, its got a trim plate that shapes the wake steeper or flatter, adn that is fine for us at the moment!

 

 

So got the boat home, then found one of the first challenges - ther tower had cracks in some of the joins!

 

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Got onto a local TIG welder, and he fixed it and did an awesome job, so time for the first run.

 

Took the kids out and had a blast, was so rewarding to see our 5 year old have a go and get up pretty much first time on a board!

 

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Also went for a bit of a surf - the wake was a bit crumbly in this pic, but when its going properly its 3 times higher and just liek a wave

 

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To be continued...

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So now onto the interesting part....We got it home, and realised that putting it into our existing shed was not really goign to be an option - would have to fold the tower down every time (shed too low), so sold some more pinballs and looked at shed options.

 

The site for the proposed shed had a bird aviary and chook pen, so the chooks went and we had to pull it down

 

176949177_311135230404502_2799768282620698932_n.thumb.jpg.348e24fe3006512ea0eca2502fb2a392.jpg Got stuck into it, but didn't realise how many trees were in the garden behind!! My old Husqvarna chainsaw was playing up chopping the trees down, so i ended up picking up a 36V battery chainsaw when Makita had some big deals happening. Really happy with the performance of it - not quite a good as a petrol, but ZERO frustrations starting and keeping running.

 

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Then it was a matter of getting rid of everything and a heap of dump runs.

 

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Got the cable run through conduit and glued up around 9pm on Friday night!

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So Saturday morning, we started forming up for the slab around 5am by torchlight, and got it all level and square with 15 minutes to spare before the trucks arrived!!

 

Now the concreter was a machine. Reckons he partied all Friday night, came straight from there to the job. He cracked his first beer here at 8am, and had at least 12 by lunch time. Did a great job on the slab!

 

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We ended up underestimating the volume (did allow for 10% extra) and were short by 0.4m, so that ended up being an extra $400 for a tiny bit extra...

 

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nice work Rob, boat looks like great family fun and throws a massive wake that your kids will appreciate soon :)

On the pinball front aren't you the go too bloke for comps up there? Still have enough for a comp?

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We had planned to go away over Easter, and headed to the sunny coast, but had a major drama at work, and i ended up flying home good Friday to work every morning over the break while the rest of the family were still away. However it gave me a chance to start the shed construction.

 

Started building the portal frames, which is just like a big lego set and easy enough with one person

 

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So even though noone else was around, i wanted to see some real progress....so ended up devising a way to get the first frame stood by myself (its 4.5m high to the peak, so pretty high!). Got one side on a ladder, then the other side, then attached some wooden props and gradually worked each side up bit by bit until it was near vertical - then propped it both sides

 

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nice work Rob, boat looks like great family fun and throws a massive wake that your kids will appreciate soon :)

On the pinball front aren't you the go too bloke for comps up there? Still have enough for a comp?

 

Thanks mate. Jason (Empire) and Alex both have more machines and do their bit with comps, but i should still have enough for events here from time to time

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Then 166227463_1768059340020933_1541914952934949565_n.thumb.jpg.b1e9aaa420637a113f98d9231b804f80.jpg got the end mullion in place, using the old 'ladder on the back of the ute'trick!

 

After that, the rest of the family got home and i had a few days off so my wife and I with occasional help from the 10 year old got stuck into it. Stood and propped the rest of the portal frames.

 

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And got them all done!

 

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Now i'm pretty ordinary with heights, but starting to learn better how to handle it!

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After all connections were tightened and reckecked for plumb, we started wall sheeting. So this is where we are up to now, and its rained the last few days, so will update progress from here

 

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Had some fun in the boat this morning being a public holiday and then came home to do the end wall sheeting.

 

The back wall was OK but the door end was a real pain. The top row of screws need to go into the lip of the C section at the top. So you have to eyeball them for lining up and only have 5mm of tolerance up or down. Ended up getting them all good though without any air screws! Of course it adds to the fun that you are on the top rung of a 10foot ladder and I'm pretty ordinary with heights....

 

Then also need to cut the sheets at an angle. It's better to do it with a nibbler but I don't have one so just went the grinder option.

 

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Some good progress over the last 2 days. Out the first roof sheet on. Lining with sarking is a real pain but required to stop condensation. I screwed the ends of sarking off then pushed a roofing sheet up between the roof purlins, resting them on the wall girts as I went up. Seemed to work ok so just kept going. After I got the first 2 sheets up had to stop on dark. Then this arvo smashed out the whole roof in 4 hours. At the end had my little roofer buddy helping!

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That’s a big shed! Well done, you’ve definitely been busy.

I love the boat too, I was contemplating getting one recently for the same thing, wakeboarding. Just haven’t bit the bullet yet and was told they can turn into a bit of a money pit.

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That’s a big shed! Well done, you’ve definitely been busy.

I love the boat too, I was contemplating getting one recently for the same thing, wakeboarding. Just haven’t bit the bullet yet and was told they can turn into a bit of a money pit.

 

Highly recommend it mate. Its such good fun. I only learned when i was in my early 20s, so trying to give oour kids an opportunity to get into it. Good family sport, very social with mates, and pretty relaxing while good exercise.

 

Yes, the $ can add up, but if you purchase a decent quality boat and are happy to do preventative maintenance yourself its not too bad. Probably the biggest thing that irks me is when people come for a ride, and don't at least offer to chip in for fuel or equipment. I don't mind sharing my boards, skis, jackets etc but when stuff gets knocked around, ropes get damaged etc, i don't feel like shelling out for replacement stuff for others to abuse. 95% of people are awesome though and really appreciate that we've made the investment in the boat, and they fuel it up.

 

One key factor for us was ease of use, and the new shed really helps with that. Its really a 5 min job to hook up the boat, stash the gear and we are ready to go.

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