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Old 27 June 2008, 02:48   #81
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wow a really quality job, looking foward to seeing the finish article
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Old 26 July 2008, 07:33   #82
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How is the progress Martini?
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Old 30 July 2008, 13:28   #83
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Unfortunately I lost a couple of weekends to weddings and other commitments but then I think I needed a break anyway!

Got a few hours in last weekend though, got most of the cables run under the deck including the Smartcraft harnesses for the fuel tanks and paddlewheel.

Made a battery box, turned my console into swiss cheese and a few other odd jobs here and there.

Also I've fitted the 2 fwd hatches and made a start on the non slip flocoat for the deck. (see pic)

I just might get the tubes back on this weekend, this has to be done before the console is screwed down for good due to the lifting frame that I made for the tubes (as seen much earlier in this thread!)
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Old 30 July 2008, 13:39   #84
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The steel arrived for the A-frame yesterday, 3x 6m lengths of 2"x1/8" polished 316L tube.

You wouldnt believe how much it cost, even to our company who spends circa 150k pa with the steel stockists!

I've just knocked up a template of 1 of the 2 hoops to try and get an idea of the right proportions. Theres a couple of pics below with the original a frame in place as well.

I know its difficult to judge from a small pic with no tubes on etc. but I would love some input on the shape and dimensions of the frame, do you think it looks somewhere near?

The OA height above the deck is 1800mm/ just under 6'. Does anyone know the height of their a frame off the top of their heads?
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Old 30 July 2008, 16:30   #85
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I think mine was about 1350 above the transom boxes which are about 250 high. So say 1600 overall. Designed to provide a safe handhold whilst relieving myself over the transom!

I suppose 1800 is a good height if you want radar and don't want to warm your head.
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Wow! It is becomming super nice Martini What was wrong with old A-frame? I think it is really nice as well.
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The old A-frame looks awful! Too low and a funny shape and its got all kinds of attachments welded on. Stainless is definatly the way to go!

One idea I am taking from the old A-frame is the horizontal hoop that goes round the back of the engines. Great for protecting them from a knock and handy for hauling yourself out the water when you go for a swim! Nice to keep the odd design feature from the original boat as well I think.

Just got home from fitting the tubes back on tonight, really starting to look like a rib now! The console looks perfect on there now, still with plenty of room to walk round and still looks like its in just the right place on the hull so I'm very happy
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Tubes are on! Starting to look like a boat again!
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The whole operation took around 40 hours, mainly due to the new stainless clamping strips going on for the 1st time. Also I've been replacing all 14 webbing straps that go round the tubes, they needed extra stainless strips making for clamping the ends nice and tight.

All thats left to do on that side of things is make the curved strips that go on the transom. I always save the best bit till last

Pic below from tonight putting the flat bar thru the section roller. Only just made the radius, any tighter and the machine wouldnt have done it!
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Just finished making a pair of 60 degree glands for the rigging hoses, they seem to work well.

I bought the Mercury kit for opti/verado and cut the flange off the gland that came with it. The threaded bit thats left fits perfectly inside a bit of 3" stainless tube I had kicking round.

I bought 2 rigging kits but I only need 1 length of hose so the other ones going spare if anyone's looking for some. Think its a metre long 50mm id

very nice touch, the chrome bits
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