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by ericman
13 May 2020, 17:26
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: whats the best Pour Foam? Other ideas?
Replies: 12
Views: 485

whats the best Pour Foam? Other ideas?

I strongly advise against the use of poured foam in the bottom of the boat, UNLESS you can prevent the foam from going to the center bottom of the V. My Crestliner has poured in foam in the 2 side compartments and nothing down the center. The hull is still clean. EVERY boat that I've ever dealt with...
by ericman
19 Nov 2019, 17:51
Forum: Boat House
Topic: For anyone STILL not convinced Pressure Treated wood is an issue with an aluminum boat.
Replies: 3
Views: 804

For anyone STILL not convinced Pressure Treated wood is an issue with an aluminum boat.

The boat looks like it also spent a lot of time in the water, probably next to a dock. I'm also betting there was always enough water in the boat that the transom wood was always wet. If aluminum is always wet and there is just enough air flow, the aluminum will oxidize. I fixed a boat for a client ...
by ericman
16 Jul 2019, 17:20
Forum: Boat House
Topic: 12 volt vs 24 volt
Replies: 24
Views: 1961

12 volt vs 24 volt

Not knowing what your boat is, try 2 smaller batteries. Deep Cycles come in at least 3 different sizes, maybe even 5 different sizes.
by ericman
27 Jun 2019, 16:55
Forum: Boat House
Topic: 16’lund transom rebuild/upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 712

16’lund transom rebuild/upgrade

Here's what I did to a customer who had a short shaft boat but found a really good deal on a long shaft motor.
by ericman
27 Jun 2019, 16:50
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Leaky Rivets
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Leaky Rivets

Yep, try re-bucking. But if they are sheared off and thin on the outside, you may need to replace. If you do, don't drill them out, simply grind off the mushroomed end on the inside and punch them out. Putting in solid rivets in a floor IS a 2-man job, though, so employ someone you trust with steady...
by ericman
22 May 2019, 09:54
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Broken ribs help!
Replies: 13
Views: 2001

Broken ribs help!

Whether you have it welded or re-enforced with a riveted patch, it should be .125" thick and span 4 inches to either side of the crack. Just welding in the crack will do nothing because a weld will have some porosity and porosity is how any metal breaks when bent. To save money, I would cut an 8 inc...
by ericman
21 May 2019, 17:04
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Help! Crack in hull
Replies: 12
Views: 1452

Help! Crack in hull

Right in the keel. Plenty of thick metal to weld. I'd pay someone to weld it as well. They could build up a good bead and then feather it out with a sander afterwards.
by ericman
21 May 2019, 17:01
Forum: Boat House
Topic: 6061 T6 .100 for deck questions
Replies: 10
Views: 964

6061 T6 .100 for deck questions

3-sided u-channel can be strong enough at .062" thick. 2-sided L-channel I recommend .090" - .125". I wouldn't waste my time making my own channel when you can get it at a very reasonable price off speedymetals.com.
by ericman
14 May 2019, 16:58
Forum: Boat House
Topic: BOAT DECKING MATERIALS - TINA TINNER
Replies: 1
Views: 599

BOAT DECKING MATERIALS - TINA TINNER

1" thick composite decking will be heavy. Not necessarily a bad thing, though. The problem would be the radiused edges and the seams you would end up with. Maybe take the time to table saw the radius off and then ship-lap them to create a more seamless job.
by ericman
08 May 2019, 07:56
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Painting an aluminum boat help
Replies: 5
Views: 794

Painting an aluminum boat help

How are you gonna do the bottom? I personally despise the use of chemical strippers. I'd pressure wash the scale off first and then, assuming some of the scale is calcium based, I'd use gel lime-away, hot water and a good stiff brush and then maroon scotch-brite pads. Then with the bulk of the scale...
by ericman
02 May 2019, 15:30
Forum: Boat House
Topic: 12ft v boat ID
Replies: 4
Views: 525

12ft v boat ID

I agree. Ouachita. Looks like a well built little boat.
by ericman
29 Apr 2019, 15:41
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Who Builds Better Tins?
Replies: 19
Views: 2580

Who Builds Better Tins?

Boats in the Midwest were great up through the 90s. Crestliner had the best welded boats and when it came time to replace floors and transoms they were the easiest to replace. StarCraft, Alumacraft, and Lund were always basket-cases to replace floors in and I always charged more for them. Alumacraft...
by ericman
29 Apr 2019, 15:21
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Bought a 1955 Alumacraft FD, I have a question
Replies: 15
Views: 1402

Bought a old Alumacraft FD, I have a question

2 things. It's probably crimped on and any screws or rivets just ensure that it won't rattle and fifty years of exposure to water probably has a mix of aluminum oxide (white corrosion) and a brown mix of dirt / microorganisms between the deck and the gunwhale. The deck looks incredible as-is and any...
by ericman
29 Apr 2019, 11:12
Forum: Boat House
Topic: 15" tin boat ID help
Replies: 8
Views: 985

15" tin boat ID help

by ericman
24 Apr 2019, 17:18
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Help Identify Older Tinny, please
Replies: 9
Views: 957

Help Identify Older Tinny, please

starcraft.