Originally Posted by bangkaboat
So, looking back, if you did not have a partially built boat
, Brent on site, & other boats in the immediate area, would you have been capable of doing it on your own? $30/hr. is a significant wage, not even counting the perks. how did you calculate your displacement
& ballast requirements? How many firring tabs are you up to(lol)? Spatter can be a real pita when welding stainless and proper polishing is crucial. Sorry to read of your challenges with the wire. Like all welding, it is just practice, practice, practice to address most of these challenges.
Best of luck
On my own, maybe although the hull
would be difficult doing the deck
and trim wouldn't be too hard. There are some that have been built by people all over the world just like you were asking, I think trying to do it with out other boats to take ideas from would be hard.
30 bucks an hour isn't that significant of a wage, any trained professional will be double or triple that.
Why would I need to calculate the ballast and displacement
those things are in the plans - things like this are why you buy the plans from a boat designer
. And as I said before this area is the best place to build one of these boats, that's why those MOM folks drove all the way from Utah to build one, the steel
is cheaper, the experienced builders are here, there's still lots of scrap stainless (though dwindling) and there's lots of other boats to take cues from.
I welded some tabs onto the cabin
ceiling and for the rest just attached the wood
to the longitudinal angle irons, I put some extra stiffeners in places like the stern, where I need them to attach wood
to, drilling the holes for the self tapping screws took the longest to do of all the firring strip dooda. There are lots of places to attach wood to if you use angles instead of flat bar and leave the deck
protruding inside a bit, just the ceiling that's missing them really
I can't remember what gas i used it was some mix of argon for stainless, which is another pain in the ass - changing all the bottles of gas and havng to stop when they run out in the middle of the weekend. The guy at BOC welding supply told me to spread anti spatter goo all around the work
and tried to sell me some spray to keep the splatter from leaving little balls all over the boat but after buying
gas and wire and consumables and spreading this goo or spray, it's just not economical using mig for stainless work
, it's ok for mild but if you're going to need a stick welder for stainless work anyway why not just use it for everything, it's less lugging a machine around.