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by Chaps
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Its all new to me grounding vrs. Bonding???
Replies: 4
Views: 883

Re: Its all new to me grounding vrs. Bonding???

You need an aluminum anode(s) securely mounted to the hull, usually at the transom if you are mooring in saltwater or brackish/polluted fresh water. In really clean fresh water you might want your hull anodes to be magnesium. You'll want your hull connected to battery ground but no need for a big ca...
by Chaps
Tue May 16, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: Painting aluminum: preperation details
Replies: 5
Views: 929

Re: Painting aluminum: preperation details

Good stuff, thanks
by Chaps
Fri May 12, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Share your Projects and Creations
Topic: Boat leaks, hull structure on 22 foot north river.
Replies: 3
Views: 821

Re: Boat leaks, hull structure on 22 foot north river.

With boat on trailer fill the bilge or the bracket with water and see if any water leaks out
by Chaps
Thu May 11, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: Painting aluminum: preperation details
Replies: 5
Views: 929

Re: Painting aluminum: preperation details

Good info there Kevin, thanks for the write-up. Am I to understand, then, that when choosing to prep aluminum with chemical treatments that we are simply developing a chemically induced anchor pattern on the metal? And that a chromate layer provides a better anchor point for coatings than acid etche...
by Chaps
Tue May 02, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Aluminum Boats For Sale
Topic: 26 custom cuddy dual stations
Replies: 8
Views: 1818

Re: 26 custom cuddy dual stations

Nice looking boat. Can you put up a pic that shows the transom dead on with the engines up?
by Chaps
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: BAYRUNNER KEEL WATER
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Re: BAYRUNNER KEEL WATER

A photo or two of the keel component that is filling with water would help . . .
by Chaps
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: General opinion of Hewescraft Ocean Pro?
Replies: 13
Views: 2164

Re: General opinion of Hewescraft Ocean Pro?

Low deadrise, forward mounted pilothouse boats are a rough ride in heavy chop, no way around that, alloy or fibberglass. Not sure what you are using the boat for but moving the house as far aft as possible makes a huge difference in comfort if steep wind waves is your everyday deal. A custom boat fr...
by Chaps
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: Chine and transom cracking
Replies: 4
Views: 961

Re: Chine and transom cracking

Those hand held drum sanders do a real nice job. Depending on the brand they either use an inflatable drum or the drum is built like a flap sanding wheel
by Chaps
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Advice for Corrosion
Replies: 31
Views: 3162

Re: Advice for Corrosion

Nice job there Tony!
by Chaps
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Blasting VS Sanding For New Paint
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Re: Blasting VS Sanding For New Paint

Personally I think the ultra short fuse meme on getting primers onto freshly abraded aluminum is overblown. I would pay more attention to cleanliness, thoroughness in sanding, meeting temp & humidity reqmts, application technique, mix ratios, etc., stuff that will have more bearing on the success of...
by Chaps
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Blasting VS Sanding For New Paint
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Re: Blasting VS Sanding For New Paint

I would not do acid wash/alodine, etc for interior work, that is some nasty stuff. Clean the metal, sand it, clean it again with hot thinner, apply Pettit etch primer then tie coat primer then Zolatone. Pettit has a kit http://www.pettitpaint.com/product.asp?id=82 they sell it as an underwater kit b...
by Chaps
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Blasting VS Sanding For New Paint
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Re: Blasting VS Sanding For New Paint

Thanks Kevin but it should also be added that I'm a "one trick pony" in that field of expertise because my prep processes for painting aluminum include either sand blasting or . . . sand blasting. I get away with that because I only do boat bottoms and in that case all the sand ends up on my nice sm...
by Chaps
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: New, to me, Boat; convert from work to fishing; stop corrosion
Replies: 25
Views: 2094

Re: New, to me, Boat; convert from work to fishing; stop corrosion

:clap: Wow, what a transformation Rocky, well done :clap:
by Chaps
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Flats Boat
Replies: 8
Views: 826

Re: Flats Boat

Kev, if the OP is checking in from the SE a flats boat is a shallow draft v bottom w/low freeboard. Think of the pics you've seen of guides on aft platforms poling their client along in thin water as they stalk bonefish but then when its time to move on they fire up the 200 hp short shaft outboard a...
by Chaps
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Wolf West Coast Cruiser details
Replies: 8
Views: 1118

Re: Wolf West Coast Cruiser details

Pulse welding can be a nice system but he shouldn't need to grind any welds even with a more conventional rig. At any rate it looks like the new boat might be the best choice if you are stuck on owning that brand assuming the price on all these is CDN?
by Chaps
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Welcome New Members
Topic: Zincs on aluminum hulls
Replies: 7
Views: 1018

Re: Zincs on aluminum hulls

Thanks, Chaps! There is a nice little 1 inch extension of the hull planning surface at the transom that would make for a mounting location that doesn't pierce the hull. What are your thoughts regarding zincs in the bilge? I keep the boat on a trailer with bow up and the drain plug out, but salt wat...
by Chaps
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Wolf West Coast Cruiser details
Replies: 8
Views: 1118

Re: Wolf West Coast Cruiser details

I've never seen one down here but they look good on their website. You don't say the price on #2, 1,000 hours on a 3 year old boat is a lot of use, why does it have 2007 tronics if its a 2013 boat? Actually I just looked at the ads and you need to read them again as your post has some info jumbled up
by Chaps
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Welcome New Members
Topic: Zincs on aluminum hulls
Replies: 7
Views: 1018

Re: Zincs on aluminum hulls

Depending on the boat and how much time it spends in the water you may find that the anode on the engine is sufficient to protect the entire boat though it's always a good idea for the hull to have a dedicated anode particularly if it's used in saltwater as the engine anodes are really only engineer...
by Chaps
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Sittin' on the Dock
Topic: New Instructor in Town
Replies: 4
Views: 858

Re: New Instructor in Town

proud of you Les!
by Chaps
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Barrett marine
Replies: 12
Views: 1609

Re: Barrett marine

If it is an option and not too expensive it should be considered particularly if you plan on leaving the boat in saltwater seasonally or year-round. Either alloy should be protected with a proper epoxy primer/bottom paint job if that is the case and adequate aluminum anodes securely fastened to the ...
by Chaps
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Paint peeled off
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: Paint peeled off

Obviously compatible products. I would suspect the primer surface may have had a thin layer of condensation on it when you applied the first coat of topside paint. Pretty easy to overlook, primer must be bone dry and air temp preferably over 60°f when applying alkyd enamels
by Chaps
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Paint peeled off
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: Paint peeled off

Please provide specifics on paint & primer used. There is obviously some kind of product incompatibility or application error.
by Chaps
Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: Vinyl wrap
Replies: 1
Views: 757

Re: Vinyl wrap

A lot of alloy boats come through my shop and I see quite a bit of vinyl on hull sides. For the most part it seems to hold up better than paint. It will get puffy in spots if moisture gets under it like at welds, scratches or after-the-fact hull penetrations. The best looking jobs over time seem to ...