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Finally a free day with Merc George, T and Meg 22 Oct 2015 02:45 #53338

Buddy of mine works for Alcoa so i get 200 lbs per year at scrap price. I can get 1/4 inch aluminum but not the square stock. I'm no engineer but I've gotta believe a frame can be made then tied in with that 1/4" thick aluminum. Just trying to decide if it's worth it versus just putting marine plywood back in.

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Finally a free day with Merc George, T and Meg 22 Oct 2015 02:34 #53337

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Get the $$$ ready
a 4X8 sheet of 1/4 in alum is north of $350 alone

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Finally a free day with Merc George, T and Meg 22 Oct 2015 02:02 #53336

So I'm curious George. Did you consider not using 3/4 plywood and just building an aluminum frame out of aluminum square stock? Then cover the framework with the 1/4 inch aluminum? I'm considering getting away from the plywood completely and wondering what I'd need to do back there structurally to make it happen.

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Finally a free day with Merc George, T and Meg 22 Oct 2015 00:09 #53330

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Kathleen and I would like to come up to the St. Lawrence with Crestliner Hardtop in late August next year. George, let's plan it to get together with the Canadians!
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Finally a free day with Merc George, T and Meg 21 Oct 2015 23:39 #53329

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Thank you for the kind words wayne... one day soon your boat will sing it's song again

And thank chief rivithead (eagle127) for the AWESOME video :cheer:

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This is the other side of the transom. It is quarter in alum sheet in front of new 3/4 in marine plywood. - which is up against the original (thin) transom I cut a "gasket" out of commercial rubber roofing; with the plywood sandwiched in between- as the plywood would eventually corrode the alum.

The "bracket" was also fabbed out of 1/4in alum and 2in alum angle.

You cannot see the extensive bracing that was done at each rear corner- which was four in alum angle with grade 8 7/16 bolts throughout. Stainless would have been preferable but I was bleeding $$$ like a stuck pig between the boat & trailer :silly:

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Finally a free day with Merc George, T and Meg 21 Oct 2015 23:28 #53327

George, I must have watched these videos a couple dozen times each. I even made a playlist in YouTube and watched them in a loop for 30 mins on my 55" TV. What a beautiful boat you have. I can't wait to see it with triples.
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Finally a free day with Merc George, T and Meg 21 Oct 2015 23:16 #53326

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They are presently short shaft but squirrelboy boatyard has appropriated two long shaft conversion kits and they are onsite awaiting installation B)

This will require a total redo of the entire transom scheme with due process given to the likelihood of a triple merc 300 re-power B) B)

...which is also onsite B) B) B)

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Finally a free day with Merc George, T and Meg 14 Oct 2015 03:01 #53024

George, are these long shaft Mercs? I want to beef up my transom on my Cruisemaster and I'm curious about what you've done to yours. Love your boat!

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Finally a free day with Merc George, T and Meg 13 Oct 2015 04:25 #52984

Nice!

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