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Old 14-03-2010, 15:17   #1
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Hagane Update 03-14-10

I have been working on little things for a while, but I finally started making progress on getting the old cockpit location decked over.


I recycled some of the steel that I cut out of the cockpit to make ribs for the cabin top. The coachroof ribs are 2 1/2" X 3.16" and have a camber that makes bending these out of the question, so I used the plasma cutter to cut them out.


I started with a cardboard template taken off of the existing coachroof.


I used this to cut the curves on the first rib.


After cleaning up the top edge I clamped it to the steel for use as a templete to cut the reaminding two ribs that I need.


Here are the Plasma Cutter and Welder I have. It pays to be able to cart these things around when needed, rather than try to pick them up.


These ribs will be notched for stringers, then tacked into the existing ribs in what is left of the coachroof sides. After the stringers are set and everything is squared up and fair, I will weld it all in. Next comes a hatch frame, then decking over the remaining holes.
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Did I understand you right? You're going to put steel frames in a wooden boat, permanently?
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Steel frames in a steel boat.

That what Hagane means in Japanese...

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Sorry! But the boat doesn't look like steel.

The reason I ask is if one were to marry steel next to wood the moisture never gets out and the steel just rusts away. Even steel in a FG boat has it's problems.
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Del...Time for a prescription check up..
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Del...Time for a prescription check up..
You're probably right! It's been two years now.

That first picture looks like the deck is cored. Or is that foam laminate?
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On the left side about half way up the hole you can see the stub of one of the existing ribs. On the left of the companionway hatch is another rib with some rust on it.
On the right where the cooler is there is some surface rust from removing the paint from the deck in an attempt to use the plasma cutter to do the work, but in the end I used cut-off wheels in the grinder. There was too much paint to deal with when using the plasma cutter.
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