This is blowing my mind. I'm shaking in my shoes at the prospect of ripping up the deck and replacing the stringers on my little 22' boat, thinking its going to take me a year of weekends to get it done and I'll probably get it all wrong. Meanwhile you're building a boat from scratch as fast as any professional shop probably could!
Good tutorial too, I've been curious how aluminum boats go together. They showed a little bit on one of those Alaskan shows, one of the guys on there made a landing craft.
It's looking good! Those pre-cut pieces are worth every penny, and the mig welding goes very fast. As far as hull form goes, is this considered a v-hull planing type or is it actually a semi displacement?
Excellent workmanship and incredible speed. Only one thing bothers me, I suspect the outside keel will make the bow track straight, while the stern could slide off the side of a wave. End result is broaching.
Not much going on… trying not to work on weekends to be respectful of neighbors And to spend time doing family stuff. So today, after the honey do list, I cannibalized an old man-overboard ladder from a previous boat that I had stowed under the deck and used some other scrap parts laying around and made some home made jack stands. Not going to win an award but it will certainly be more stable going forward as we begin adding weight up higher.
also, noticed water still sitting inside the boat from the rain a couple days ago. not bad considering the inside keel weld has only one pass so far And is not welded on the outside Yet. Will still do dye test after outside weld, back gouge, and final weld.
Couple spools in today catching up on some production welding, and had a gun malfunction, which I think was caused by a bad connection on the ground cable…fixed ground and swapped out the gun, but then the rains came. Frustrating, but not unforeseen.
spent the rest of the afternoon sanding plate in the garage, and then had to laugh at myself - having had spray painted my pickup pan a while back so it would be more easily “spotable.”
Well, a frustrating day of riding around from one welding supply house to another, in bumper to bumper traffic (4 hours worth) and not even able to buy a tip or a nozzle. i think frustrating is an understatement.
I arrived home to find my dad hovering around the boat - so with a spool gun that has been giving me fits lately and I know needs parts replaced - (that are coming tomorrow) we decided to put up some skin anyway.
3 chain falls, 3 cumalongs and a Dad 4-5 months removed from open heart surgery... the afternoon turned out to be productive and enjoyable.