Project boat

Thinking of building a boat as a long term project. My idea is an island cab around the 5m mark. I've heard that there are boats you can build from flat packs. Not sure If I want to go this way or build from scratch.Would like any ideas you guys have re- building , design website info etc. Maybe someone has had a go at building a boat before and can give me a heads up. If I go ahead with this I will give progress reports and post pics as she slowly comes together.

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You mean like these? Specmar

Mon, 2010-04-26 21:50

You mean like these? Specmar

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is this an ali or

Mon, 2010-04-26 22:05

is this an ali or fiberglass??

coz if its glass ill ask my uncle, he makes boats from scratch.

wat sort of things do u want to know??

hes had soo many boats its not funny.

he makes one the a month later he sells it and makes a new one haha.

cheers danno

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Shed to do the job.

Mon, 2010-04-26 22:08

Make sure you have a shed to do the work, if I remember Till got kicked out of his quaters with his project boat.

Regards that web site, I think the landing craft is the way to go. Lower the ramp to recover large catches.

When I was at the Wittsundays, a while back I watched an alluminium boat about 5-6m drive down the road, down the ramp and away. No vehicle, no trailer. Had retractable wheels. Bet that had the cops scratching their heads.

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Tell me about it, still

Mon, 2010-04-26 22:26

Tell me about it, still scratching my head over that one!

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Definately an ali boat. I

Tue, 2010-04-27 08:33

Definately an ali boat. I have my own fabrication workshop so no probs with room and the other half won't know what I'm up to lol.Ideas wise I looking to make the ultimate fishing boat so bait boards storage tanks catch tanks etc you guys know my driftWink

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best bet is to buy up the

Tue, 2010-04-27 08:44

best bet is to buy up the last four years of F&B magazine if you don't have them, then get all four of their year books " Plate Allie Boats of Australia " on allie boats, worth their weight in gold.

http://www.seamedia.com.au/publications/index.php?id=4

They have had a number of allie project boats over the year and the Sea Media website of theirs is a gold room of info.

cheers and good luck,

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Thank's Tony , will check it

Tue, 2010-04-27 09:09

Thank's Tony , will check it out.

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I have a book on plate boat

Tue, 2010-04-27 09:13

I have a book on plate boat building written by one of the guys at specmar, I can look for it, if you want a loan.

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Thanks Till would like to

Wed, 2010-04-28 12:40

Thanks Till would like to have a look if possible.

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Its around here somewhere

Wed, 2010-04-28 16:45

Its around here somewhere ... I'll have a look for it!

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Alucraft

Tue, 2010-04-27 14:58

Go and see Tony at Alucraft in Posner way Henderson. He has a number of 5 metre boat plans that can be cut on his computer operated profile/plasma??? cutter and shipped as a flat pack.

He built mine and thoroughly satisfied with the design.

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most of the ali boat designers

Tue, 2010-04-27 20:28

Only do flat packs these days.!!!

over the years they have had their designs on mylars used over and over and over again and lose money on royalties....

 unless you you know someone who has an old set of plans on mylar of course !!! ;)

whatever way you decide to go, its not to hard at all.. i can give you some pointers if you want on how to get a much nicer finish... tricks the pros use (im a boatbuilder by trade myself)..

PM me if you decide to go ahead with this project..id be glad to help  !

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cnc marine

Tue, 2010-04-27 22:12

http://www.cncmarine.com.au/

I was considering doing this at the end of last year.  thought it best to buy a boat first and decide if i liked boating.

currently have a 480 coastrunner until i find the time and money to build the 6.1m walkabout hardtop. 

how do the prices quoted on the website look? Luke, I would be intersted in your opinion on these.

cheers

PG

 

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Yeah thanks Luke, I might

Wed, 2010-04-28 12:38

Yeah thanks Luke, I might take you up on the finishing touches offer. My ali welding is up to scratch I make a bit of gear, boxes small tanks etc for oil and gas industry.Have even made a couple of centre consoles for a couple of people. But would be interested in the finer skills of buffing down etc. At the moment using p60 flap discs for sanding down etc and I'm guessing there are other products out there.

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I couldnt really comment on the performance

Wed, 2010-04-28 09:37

of the cncmarine boats but their designs look pretty comprehensive ..i havent seen this mob around to be honest....here is a link  http://www.marinekits.com/ to Gavin Mair,s website   ...the guy who has the famous Dave jackman designs is dennis walsh(think thats his name) Loftsman boats http://www.loftsman.com/....

there are others im sure ...phil curran http://www.seaquipment.com/   just have to find a design you like see what kind of support they will offer during your build and take it from there... like i said its not difficult but any boilermakers out there thinking about having a go just need to make sure their ali welding skills are honed before boring into it... ali is expensive and can be a little unforgiving...

Gaps in your work are a killer and weld sizes should be kept small to reduce distortion... other wise you could end up with a boat that looks like a Samboy chip !!!

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Not sure phil curren is at

Wed, 2010-04-28 18:48

Not sure phil curren is at it anymore. Some of the designs perhaps went to brunyen or brundson.

Alucraft and Specmar and perhaps marine kits can cut out of Perth which keeps the costs down,  there is a melbourne bunch, but then you have to pay freight wich is hideous.

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 Good to have dreams, Andy 

Wed, 2022-08-10 12:54

 Good to have dreams, Andy 

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 Fark me 12 years ago and

Wed, 2022-08-10 14:27

 Fark me 12 years ago and never got started lol. Though I did rebuild the Bayhunter so got some satisfation from that. 

If I was going to anything it would be to buy an existing boat, strip back and re jig. 

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I recall the rebuild of the

Thu, 2022-08-11 07:05

I recall the rebuild of the bayhunter - that was written off wasnt it?

 

Always a good market for a rebuild with plenty of people with projects they lose interest in. 

 

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 Yeah I bought the hull off

Thu, 2022-08-11 16:18

 Yeah I bought the hull off Gordon (sunshine) before he retired. It was actually a good learning curve. 

The boat itself had a slight twist so had to jig it up and lock it in straight, boilermaker shit ;) 

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 Haha. This post feels like

Wed, 2022-08-10 19:56

 Haha. This post feels like yesterday. Took me that long to buy another boat.