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Vector build with pics

Posted: Dec 31, 2017 3:10 am
by dbirge hsp839
So vectors originally came with the floor one level up to just in front of the seats or at the bulkhead. At this point (in the case of my vector at least) there was a slight ledge where the floor raised approx 1-1.5" & finished out under the deck at this height. My question is, could one cut a section of the floor out specifically in the feet area? What i have in mind is like that of the v-king where there is a step down & "foot well" then the step up. Would i be risking structural integrity & strength by allowing this voided floor space duplicating the floor of a v-king or would it make no difference?

Re: Vector build with pics

Posted: Jan 01, 2018 5:06 pm
by AdamDK
My Viper's 1/2" or 5/8" (i never measured, just a guess) plywood floor "ended" at the foot rest under the dash, as did the fiberglass keelbox. The "floor" past the footrest was just a triangular sheet of fiberglass with no wood structure under it, so it wasn't really adding any strength. However this section of the hull did also have 1/2' balsa core all the way up almost to the bow eye. I suspect the Vector is the same.

So I doubt it would make any difference. The forward "step up" floor in the VKing is also just a fiberglass air box, as you can see.


However, ending the floor at the dash and leaving the forward section just as bare hull means no mounting of hardware, like a HotFoot.

Re: Vector build with pics

Posted: Jan 03, 2018 10:46 pm
by dbirge hsp839
i actually just went ahead & put it back as before. Overall im not sure it would have hurt it to leave the foot well. Figured, I've come this far in the process so why leave it to chance. The vector, what i removed from mine anyway, had the floor to the dash like your viper, the step up extending 1"-2" guessing. The ledge was actually in this case the overlapping fiber glassed joint of another 2 feet or so, maybe less, of the plywood floor. Where this short section ends is where the air box started & extended to the bow. My thinking was that as the floor provides a lateral brace support, so to speak, across for the rear section of the hull once glassed in gives strength overall the covered area. I probably gave a little too much thought to it but the more i thought about the more it made sense. As far as im aware & aware of the viper layout i am not; the vector & viper are fairly similar in core placement & floor layout. Though the 2' or so of plywood floor beyond the step up & before the keel box/air box in my vector could be just the difference in the length of the 2 hulls.

Anyway, thanks for the input on the matter!

Re: Vector build with pics

Posted: Jan 04, 2018 4:43 pm
by Hippie459MN
Here is how the floor and airbox were replaced in my Vulture. :up:
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Re: Vector build with pics

Posted: Jan 04, 2018 4:44 pm
by Hippie459MN
Of course the floor is wider in a Vulture (and Vking) then a Viper and Vector. The Vector and Viper use the same core and floor layout pretty much.

Re: Vector build with pics

Posted: Jan 05, 2018 12:25 am
by dbirge hsp839
Well i have been meaning to post pics of what my vector started out like for some time so here it goes.

Bought it July 2017. "Great Stuff" pics tell all...
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Will post more once i get time to give a little info as to my thought process during some of the process.

Re: Vector build with pics

Posted: Jan 05, 2018 8:34 am
by Hippie459MN
Its amazing how much foam is in there once you start digging it out. I wont be putting any foam back in my Vector when I get around to redoing it.

Re: Vector build with pics

Posted: Jan 05, 2018 12:32 pm
by dbirge hsp839
Definitely a lot of foam. Wet, heavy foam. I didn't put it back. Planning to use the area they were occupying for a cargo/grocery net type storage. Fire extinguisher, nav lights, small cooler or 2. Thinking about glassing in an insulated cup holder for each front seat. Lots of ideas but one can go overboard & create clutter adding too many extras.

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