30’ Aluminum build, Jesse Lowell design

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Well got the gun working right again and spent yesterday catching up on some production welding - it was like working on the sun - finished inside chine weld (for bottom plate), bulkhead weldEd aft-side, and started outside keel weld When it started to get a little breezy.
Some prep work to do today, after coffee, and hopefully some more skin By days end.

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We had a guy at work come in one Monday morning all sunburned. He had been polishing his Airstream trailer over the weekend. Looking good & moving right along!
 

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We had a guy at work come in one Monday morning all sunburned. He had been polishing his Airstream trailer over the weekend. Looking good & moving right along!
Ha. That’s funny and I can understand his pain… I wanted to start this in the winter or early spring, but, shit happens and here we are.
there was way more prep work today then I originally thought . So I got to the plate a bit late and a lot of tired… I am not Convinced that I can tweak it to where I want it…I just ran out of steam. It may have to come down and reset it tomorrow or Monday with fresh eyes and energy. For now it’s tacked and secured

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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.

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It's always a relief when I see all the plates go on close enough to weld!! The sooner a new model goes together the less heartburn I have! Lol! Great job!
 

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It's always a relief when I see all the plates go on close enough to weld!! The sooner a new model goes together the less heartburn I have! Lol! Great job!
hey Jesse,
well, i hope you’re breathing easy. I dropped that fwd port plate today, sanded down the tacks and started over (as if It was the first time Doing it). It took a fresh set of eyes and a little tweaking, eg the kerf of a cut off wheel in two spots and it fit up pretty much spot on.

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Very nice design and craftsmanship on the welding! Please inform me of the need to grind the top of the aluminum, and how you plan on finishing it once built. Thanks
 

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Very nice design and craftsmanship on the welding! Please inform me of the need to grind the top of the aluminum, and how you plan on finishing it once built. Thanks
thank you (all) for the kind words. Jesse did a great job designing this and getting the cut files ready and has been available to answer any questions regarding the same.
the short answer is paint and weld strength. It’s not grinding. It’s just sanding the mill finish off - less contaminants = better welds.
 
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another day, extraordinarily hot, had to pace myself and be mindful to drink a lot and take a bunch of breaks.
After a day of monotonous welding, I decided to pull the side sheet out from under the jack stands to prep it for tomorrow. Promised myself no matter what, I’d lay it back down until tomorrow and start fresh then. I put it almost all the way up just to see if I needed to adjust the hooks.
looks good for side skin manana…working alone with a mechanical advantage…


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Wow! Thick material- is that 1/2"??
 

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Wow! Thick material- is that 1/2"??
God no, I’m not recreating the Bismark, lol. But I can see how it could be hard to tell in the pictures with nothing to use as scale.

The keel is 1” The transom is 1/2” and the skin and everything else is 1/4” the superstructure is probably 3/16.

all probably could have been a little lighter (in my humble opinion) but I think Jesse wanted the boat to be a little heavier for a comfortable ride… either that, or someone Told him how good I am at running outboards
 
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God no, I’m not recreating the Bismark, lol. But I can see how it could be hard to tell in the pictures with nothing to use as scale.

The keel is 1” The transom is 1/2” and the skin and everything else is 1/4” the superstructure is probably 3/16.

all could have been lighter (in my humble opinion) but I think Jesse wanted the boat to be a little heavier for a comfortable ride… either that, or someone Told him how good I am at running outboards
I think you'll be happy with the heavy build. We have some tin boats, the one that is built thicker is a much more pleasant and seaworthy boat.
 

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I think you'll be happy with the heavy build. We have some tin boats, the one that is built thicker is a much more pleasant and seaworthy boat.
I’ll definitely be happier when it’s done, with it being built heavy (and wouldn’t want it built any different) just not while i am putting it together, lol. It’s heavy, and clumsy putting it together…especially on a day like today working alone on the Sun.

Aside from the humping it around, it is way more forgiving to weld thicker material then thin. Overall, it has been a fun build so far.
 
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Well Thursday came, and the Mrs decided to work from home…
so, I left the kids with her and went fishing instead of hanging plate…and I let my brother whoop me 5-1 on keeper fluke. Lol. but He did let me catch the largest

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