30’ Aluminum build, Jesse Lowell design

BentWheel

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Well, Friday., and back on the metal and back to business. I don’t know who said the heat wave was over, but they were just plain old wrong. It was [email protected]#[email protected]&G Hot And Humid. A good way to shed some COVID pounds.

Anyway, good dry run on the stbd plate Wednesday - gave me confidence to know I could do it solo - along with a few chain falls and come alongs.

So today I picked it, placed it and tacked it…alone…it still needs a bit of tweaking here and there, but I am very happy with the layup. The sheet has a few twists, turns, and a bit of torque on her. But, she’s in there.

i Don’t think the pictures show the tumble home so well, in fact, in one of them it looked wrong - but in person it looks correct. i wish I could take a picture from further back, but - I am working in tight quarters.
Well, not a bad days work For working alone, and I still had time to cook a fluke dinner For four.

I hope everyone gets to enjoy the holiday weekend with their family.


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at least the dog likes to come out and visit
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I can’t believe I was complaining about the heat last week. Yesterday and today were absolutely brutal. Today being the worst of the two.

Managed to get keel welded, inside/out both sides. Two passes outside.
Also, did the inside weld on the seam between the fwd/aft bottom plates each side. Will dye test when I get a chance.

this afternoon, I put up the port side plate - it kind of drifted right into position - same as the other side, but, it was getting late and even though the heart said yes, the brain, body and sun said no f way. So I put it back down and will pick it in the morning before the sun gets too high overhead- the chain falls are still attached and come-alongs are standing by.

the one pic is my son with the helmet on … this is how it starts…next generation…lol

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And so it begins… if nothing else he’ll get a good tan
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Above, second pass
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Back down till tomorrow… Lab approved

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SMILE…
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Yeah I can see why he might be mesmerized! Just old dad making a metal ship in the driveway with a stick that makes lighting and melts metal. NBD.

Great work cant wait to see the rest and keep that kid online.. Give him a job there.
 

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Dye Test?
I know nothing about welding
See the pics in post 29. It’s just a dye that helps identify a hole in the weld - you apply it on the one side, and if you see some dye come through the other side - you need to address it = grind, reweld.
…or flex seal, lol.
 
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So, I don’t know what sin(s) I am paying for - but it has been one hot stretch and today the aluminum did not want to cooperate. It may Have been the heat, but it seemed like it took an extraordinary effort just to adjust and tack a sheet that was pretty much hanging in position since Thursday.
well, tomorrow just some minor adjustments and ready for some production welding.

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A little tweaking today… cut around two feet of inside weld on transom so I could pull the transom forward around 3/8 to 1/2 inch so it would marry up with the side plate better.
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Since you're working in direct sunlight without even a tarp overhead, I'll be the afternoon sun and heat does make an impact on how the panels fit. You're doing a great job despite the weather challenge.
 

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I am very lucky to have wonderful neighbors, obviously that’s very important when doing something like this. Most of them are more curious than anything, I guess most have never seen a boat put together before.
But I do try to be aware of their schedule and try to work around it...which means no working on weekends, or grinding early in the morning, and stopping work around 4:30 - even though it puts the sun directly overhead during most of the work And shortens a work day considerably.

With that said, today was a wonderful success. I had been prepping for around a week for my friend to come up and weld with me for the day . while He finished welding all of the inside chine welds, transom etc, I did the shitty grunt work grinding the tacks out of the joints on the outside, and readied it for final outside weld.

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Above, looking down into crash compartment and stem
below, frame 4, main bulkhead - full weld and inside port chine welded
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Below, transom - port corner
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below, starboard bottom sheet joint outside weld
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Pot corner looking fwd
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MUD, THESE JOINTS ARE FOR YOU
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BELOW, these two frames have been twisted, bent and abused. Can’t wait to cut the middle out when the trunk cabin goes on
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A couple more joints for old MUD and home made jack stands from spare parts and scraps I had saved from other projects
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Mind blowing. Please take video of plates being put in place. I can’t even comprehend how it’s done.
 

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Mind blowing. Please take video of plates being put in place. I can’t even comprehend how it’s done.
Sorry, that horse has left the barn. I am lucky to remember to take a few pictures as I go along… most days I am working alone or with my dad who is 5-6 months post heart attack, quad bypass,
besides, I couldn’t figure how to upload a video in the hunting string, Last time I tried I wasted a couple nights trying to figure that one out.
 
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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.” View attachment 112110



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Hey i just went back and looked at that pic. again. That would be the Port plate. DUH.

Nice looking butt joints !! Dam i can't believe i said that. :)

So is one of your neighbors missing the stands for his scaffolding ? Good job.

Question: On that pic. of your painted pan. Why did you weld the inboard of that frame down and the outboard up ? Just curious.
Hey i just went back and looked at that pic. again. That would be the Port plate. DUH.

Nice looking butt joints !! Dam i can't believe i said that. :)

So is one of your neighbors missing the stands for his scaffolding ? Good job.

Question: On that pic. of your painted pan. Why did you weld the inboard of that frame down and the outboard up ? Just curious.
dont remember if I had a flex nozzle that day which makes some awkward positions easier to get to.
but the inboard part of the bulkhead has a tall stringer attached perpendicular to it, you are forced to work in a “down” direction there. where I started was probably a product of where I was already positioned from previous weld
 
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