Originally Posted by 44'cruisingcat
Beautiful job. What a great looking boat for aluminium. They certainly don't make them like they used to.
Thanks, but I think it only turned out well as I started with a good specimen except for the fact it looked like it was "sanded with a brick and painted with a broom
" when I got it. Once stripped, I found no corrsion except where the rubrail was attached and teh orginal grumman green mil spec epoxy
primer everywhere. Each screw hole had a pitted circle around it about the size of a nickle, and maybe 20 thousandths deep. Speaking of rub rails, I'm eager to see pics of Vancesoccer's boat as his original (I think) rubrail is intact... I'm toying with using a starboard machined rail with a 1/2" stainless radiused cap on the outside.
As for fact it is aluminum... what's amazing is the left and right sides are each one piece of aluminum joined at the keel
and stem. An the transom was riveted on with the joint rolled with a file to make a beautiful seam.
your right... they don't make them like they used to..