30’ Aluminum build, Jesse Lowell design

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Well, after looking at a bunch of shitboxes and daily internet searching with not much to show for it. I decided to go with Jesse’s new 30‘ design and build one myself.
Jesse and I spoke many times, (and still do) and jumped from size to size attempting to check as many boxes as possible. I’d have to say, he could not have been better to deal with. he was patient and knowledgeable.

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Cool aluminum build. Best of luck. What power did you decide on?
 

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That's a heck of a cool project. You doing all the welding yourself? What's the power going to be?
Thanks, very cool so far. I never had one precut before. Yes, I will be doing a good chunk of the welding myself along with a good friend from previous projects Also, will be letting the kids try their hand here and there.
I haven’t decided on power yet, although I know it will be outboards. That is merely a product of how/where I intend on using the boat in the future.

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Dry fit the keel
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Welded on flat stock to help keep it straight
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Lab approved front a frame
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Best of luck with the build! There used to be a place called Custom Marine in Old Saybrook CT that built aluminum lobster boats back in the 1980's. I stopped in there one day to check it out and ended up doing a little welding for them while I was there that day. It's always intrigued me ever since. You're off to a good start.........you even have a scooter to get around on in your shipyard! ;):cool:
 

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That’s is a sick and ballsey project. I give you a lot of credit. Good luck. Tig welding is a humbling art!
 

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After a morning of shuffling metal to get it organized in some sort of usable order - we were able to set some frames. We worked from frame 4 to the transom first and then frames 1-3. we also put in the intermediate frames as well.
boat will be 30 by 10 or 11 at it’s widest.

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Great project. Would this design be customizable to a 10' beam? The narrower beam would be much easier to move by trailer.

Also were modifications to the original design made, to accommodate outboards? Is anything left of the keel?
 

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Exciting please keep the pics coming!

I have to ask what the kit of parts cost (feel free to ignore but please share if you are willing).

Stem looks like its at least 1” thick! Great stuff best of luck
 

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Great project. Would this design be customizable to a 10' beam? The narrower beam would be much easier to move by trailer.

Also were modifications to the original design made, to accommodate outboards? Is anything left of the keel?
design questions are probably best left for Jesse Lowell to answer, he’s a member on here. initially, I was interested in trailorability, but then I remembered how much I suck at backing them up. I don’t want to end up being on a high lite reel for boat ramp fails.
 
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Good idea on the corner protectors. I know I'd be bumping into them all day long.
mostly alll the kids old pajamas, but certainly has saved me a couple cuts already...especially working in tight quarters like this
 
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Thanks, very cool so far. I never had one precut before. Yes, I will be doing a good chunk of the welding myself along with a good friend from previous projects Also, will be letting the kids try their hand here and there.
I haven’t decided on power yet, although I know it will be outboards. That is merely a product of how/where I intend on using the boat in the future.

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This is awesome !!!
 

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how do you tell the longitudinal is stressed? Sounds like you've done some aluminum boat welding before. I've heard it's not as simple as running a bead, some thought into how much heat gets put into it. Very cool and interesting build. I'm following.
 

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how do you tell the longitudinal is stressed? Sounds like you've done some aluminum boat welding before. I've heard it's not as simple as running a bead, some thought into how much heat gets put into it. Very cool and interesting build. I'm following.
it doesn’t really show well in the pic, but when I stepped back and looked, the top bar between frame 1 and the stem Stbd side looked like it was flat or twisted a bit. It didn’t follow the shape around smoothly (if that makes sense). if you skinned it that way the boat would look like it had a flat spot on it.
when I looked from the side, the top of the frames were not plum - they were a little out of whack, indicating I missed the index marks that I didn’t notice when installing It. Ez fix with aluminum. - I didn’t make that mistake twice
 
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