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Old 11-01-2013, 12:33 PM
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From design-a-boat to build-a-boat: 2014 X-14V

Our 2014 is now in production and I'm pretty excited. We only ordered it in September. Given that we're just settling into winter here, no one around me is that interested in a boat, but I'm bursting to tell someone... so I thought I would share on teamtalk.

Max, the Customer Service Coordinator at MC, is very kindly taking pictures of my boat as it progresses through the line.

They expect my boat to be finished around Nov 12. The gel colour will be sprayed on Monday and I'll post more pictures as I receive them, just so we can all build my boat together.

If anyone has questions on the build process, I can ask Max, or perhaps get him to come online and answer them. I've learned so far that each mold can be used for about 1000 boats, although there's significant reconditioning, buffing and polishing on the molds through their life to keep the boats they produce perfect. So I suspect the molds you're seeing here are the ones that made the first x-14V back in 2009. The gel colour will be 0.24mm thick. Each different colour is taped and sprayed separately - with extra care being paid to the metal flake to keep a consistent balance of flake through the surface.

Enjoy... Here is pre-day 1. This is the design a boat view, followed by two pictures of the actual molds for the X-14V. I'm not sure what boat is following me down the line but it looks like a pickle fork bow. Our boat is a mixture of gunmetal flake with black and white. The colours don't really come out that well in the design-a-boat picture so I look forward to seeing the finished product.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:08 PM
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You must be beside yourself, I know I would. Congrats!

I'm headed to the plant next Wednesday so I will look for it.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:24 PM
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Congrats man and welcome to the x14v family! It is a good one.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:42 PM
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Congrats. I remember going through the same thing back in 08 and 09 with my X14DD's.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:15 PM
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I'm headed to the plant next Wednesday so I will look for it.
Please take a picture if you get a chance! Ideally one with people working on it, because I think Max will only send me the end of day pics.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:17 PM
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so cool keep the pics coming always neat to see one being built
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:20 PM
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Please take a picture if you get a chance! Ideally one with people working on it, because I think Max will only send me the end of day pics.
Will do my best.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:56 PM
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I love my x14v that I got this last summer. Enjoy your new ride!
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:04 AM
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Gelcoat application

You can see the white gel coat is now on. Remember they are building it from the outside in, so the first to be sprayed inside the mold is the exterior gel coat.

If you refer back to the design-a-boat drawing, you can see the hull bottom is white, and there are two white stripes on each side of the boat. You can see they've done the white coat, and there is tape & paper masking everywhere else. Apparently each gel has its own spray nozzle, so the boat stays in this one booth for each of the three colours that I've picked to be sprayed on the hull. In the hull picture, the tech is measuring the thickness of the gel on one of the strips.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:36 AM
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Next step => Fibreglass.

Remember we're building from the outside in. The gel colour we saw yesterday is now covered with fibreglass. You'll see they've added some pink bars to the top deck - these are sound deadeners and backing for things like the carpet snaps.

There is also a third mold in the bottom picture - the stringer. The piece off this mold will fit between the hull and top deck, and adds strength to the boat. No wooden stringers here!
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