Originally Posted by cruise
Hi there friend I recently came across your thread on cf.com and was quite interested as I am doing a similar job to my steel boat as well, I own a 58ft cutter
here in Australia
and am also doing some extensive weldeding work on the hull I have a few questions. did you use a mig welder to weld the new plates into your hull and also was it difficult/expensive to replace the stringers? my boat was built in 1955 and is 5mm thick below the waterline I have sandblasted the entire outside bottom and top I originally had a dark red color then went to white for the top coat anyway let me know if you could give me any advice I am doing most of the work myself to cut down on costs thanks again and good luck with your project
she is a great looking boat!
Thanks for the reply, to summarize....my Boat has been a nightmare since I purchased her a couple of years ago, I basically got "suckered" in and believed that the boat had just been totally refurbished, rewired and replumbed....none of which could have been further from the truth! He even had the current Survey
When I eventually managed to get her to Trinidad after sailing her single
handed w/ no auto pilot the 1400 miles from Florida
and got her on the hard
and had her sand blasted below the water line...I saw some serious rust holes that were over 18" wide by 12" high in various areas.....it was only the thick layers of Paint and fairing that had kept the water out of the hull, if I had of hit something or got into rough sea's....she would have went down.....very quick!!!
So, anyway....the replacement of the 9mm hull sheets
were done by the contractor that I had hired, all the bad areas were cut out 2" beyond any signs of corrosion
In order to do this the entire inside was "gutted"...all the wood work was removed and stored to allow access to every single
area in the hull to check for any further corrosion
, the more we looked the more we found....we have basically rebuilt the hull!!!! Including the original steel Fuel
and Water tanks
The welding was all done by "Stick" and the new plates were preformed to the curvature of the hull prior to welding.
The Stringers were the most difficult due to them being quite substantial and it took a lot of effort and time to make them fit correctly....
It's taken over a year to get the Hull back in one piece, a tremendous amount of effort and cost.
So far just the welding has exceeded $100k....so you are so lucky to be able to have the time and experience to be able to undertake this monumental task by yourself....I take my Hat off to you...
I sincerely hope that your boat is in better shape than my one was....all the best of luck with your baby.
When my girl is ready I'll be entering the Pacific and slowly working my way down to NZ.....might "bump" into you sometime......