Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Hardtail » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:13 am

Getting ready for paint, going to try the wire wheel to clean it and automotive glossy black paint
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Slidin Gator » Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:23 pm

I do not recommend a wire wheel for prep, You will see the wire marks through the paint, it will look like crap.

Scuff the aluminum with Scotch Brite pads, same for conduit rigging. Use vinegar or water down some Ospho to go with the scuffing, not too strong or you will wear out your hands. You can follow up with higher strength Ospho (or Alodine, a good recommendation from Rich) after scuffing, but make sure to rinse it all off well.

Use high strength Ospho on the cage wire and give it time and plenty of coats to eat.
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Gary S » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:26 am

If you brazed it you need to let it sit outside for a while. The dew will loosen up the flux from brazing and it will flame off easily. If you don't do this it will flake up under the paint. No matter how much you clean it will still be some.

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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Hardtail » Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:49 pm

Thanks Gary and Slidin Gator, got the tank mounted and plumbed, got the rigging mostly Painted, seems it's hard to spray the wire, most of the paint just blows away, so I'm thinking about using a paint brush or a roller on the wire mesh, the rest came out looking good. next I'm going to put it all together and ride to see how the motor angle came out.
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Slidin Gator » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:36 pm

Hardtail wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:49 pm
seems it's hard to spray the wire, most of the paint just blows away, so I'm thinking about using a paint brush or a roller on the wire
No doubt, most goes to the wind or the neighbors car. I sprayed mine and it took a good bit of paint. A brush is not a bad plan, the saw grass is gonna wear it off in no time anyway.

I used Mothane 2 part Urethane Black. The primary reason is I can use Rustoleum Appliance Epoxy from a rattlecan for touch up and it matches well.
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Hardtail » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:02 pm

Paint job came out pretty good, still need to do the wire, I'm going the finish everything else first,
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Hardtail » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:23 pm

Maiden Voyage today, 5 weeks since purchasing the hull, It ran smooth, no hopping, very free riding hull, It got on plane with no effort at all, It seemed to be on plane already just above idle. It rides like a sled, not at all like a boat. It is now my favorite riding hull, can't wait till I can take it out riding all day, I put a tank at the same level as the servo, and had no starting issues at all with the fuel injection, just hit start button and it started right away every time. I didn't need to use the electric pump to start it. My idea with tank location is so the fuel doesn't drain back down from the fuel lines back into the tank, which would then cause me to use electric fuel pump to prime the fuel lines and sometimes flood the engine then use WOT to clear the gas to where it will start again. I will know more when I take it out all day and do several stop and starts to see if I'm on to something or not. I put the golf cart top on and am going to install a windshield that swings up and out of the way when not needed. I have the rigging into 3 parts, the engine stand is attached to the instrument panel and battery, the seats are stand alone with just one plug to unplug the lights when removing it, the cage is also stand alone with one plug for lights to unplug as well when removing it. This way I can take the boat apart in less than 30 minutes, switch engines when needed. So next project with be to build engine stand for the 520 to mount on this hull using the same cage and seating, The instrument panel for the 520 will also be mounted to that engine stand which also will be between the 2 seats in the same location.
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by glades cat » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:07 am

Excellent. Congrats on the maiden voyage. Yea, they plane very easily. I wonder how different it will run with the 520. Let me know when you're going out. I'll ride with ya.
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Hardtail » Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:33 pm

glades cat wrote:
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Excellent. Congrats on the maiden voyage. Yea, they plane very easily. I wonder how different it will run with the 520. Let me know when you're going out. I'll ride with ya.
I am planning to bring it to Airboat club Thursday for a ride, Hoping to go early, but have the lights on so we can ride after the meeting
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Sniper » Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:43 am

nice looking boat
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Hardtail » Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:32 pm

Thanks Sniper, I got my mufflers welded on today, Last night had Glades Cat check out my new build, Thanks Rick, and went for a nice night ride with Gary, Boat is Riding great, The tank location seems to have solved hot starting issues with the fuel injection, I shut down with the mag switches and restart it's starting on the first revolution, I believe I'm ready to take it to the Freedom Ride at Lake Kissimmee so I can try run the hill, The real test to see if this hull and motor are a perfect fit.
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Hardtail » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:52 pm

Built the Grass Rake Storage, Need dry storage, the under deck storage area get wet from condensation every day, But the grass rake works very well, I built one for my other boat and it is easy access, plus gives me a step and or a seat, I'm going to wrap it next
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Hardtail » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:02 am

Out for a ride
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Slidin Gator » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:07 am

Sweet!
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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Hardtail » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:08 pm

Thanks, Slidin Gator, are you planning to ride the Freedom Ride Feb 22 ? I'm planning to park and camp Friday and Saturday nights at Shady Oaks, they have water and electric hook-up there. A friend of mine Carter, stays at Camp Mack because they have rooms there. I gotta try the Obama Ridge with my new boat.

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Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

Post by Slidin Gator » Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:08 am

I should be day tripping Saturday (22). I will get in touch to meet up.
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