Steel hulls, was AS-29's current form
- "But I had in mind that the simple frameless shape required could be
subcontracted out. The plates could be made stitch-and-glue style
(cut to shape and welded together) out of relatively thick metal
(1/4"?) without the high level of skill required to build a complete
round-bottomed, or even multi-chined, hull out of 1/8" plate."
I've been thinking to build an Illinois this way. IMO a company that
builds steel tanks for for potable water or the oil industry could
quickly and cheaply build a typical Bolger sharpie hull, IE an AS29
up through the 100' Sir Joseph Banks. I would have such a hull built
up to the gunwhales, and trucked to the site where it would be fitted
with wooden decks, and an insulated/wooden interior. I see the
advantage being not necessarily in cost or even time to build, but
long term durability and safety of the hull. A long distance
cruiser, is likely to take impact from debris, especially since it is
more likely to be on the move at night. I'd rather take on such
impact w' steel.
In BWAOM, the Sir Joseph Banks essay, Bolger describes some details
of building a big sharpie in steel. His arguments for steel in
construction of that big sharpie make great sense. Of course, Bolger
ALWAYS makes sense. Anyway, I can see his thoughts "scaling down"
even to the 30' sailing boats.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jeff" <boatbuilding@g...> wrote:
> I like working with steel but it's noisy and you have to have niceneighbors if you do it more than once every couple years! LOL
Great point Jeff and one worth seriously exploring by anyone
contemplating a steel boat.My boat yard neighbour,who is building a
Roberts 40, regularly makes so much noise, either hammering or
grinding his welds, that I can hardly hear myself think(not that
there is all that much going on up in my attic)but it is I who must
wear ear plugs! Too bad there was not a way to build it so that it
could be tuned,like a steel drum,all fired up for some Calypso
music :-)Fortunately,he mostly works on Fridays and Saturdays but he
tells me he has a few weeks vacation coming up in the middle of
About the only way a person could pull off this sort of ear-drum
shattering racket in their"backyard" would be if they lived in an
area zoned for industrial...heavy industry...manufacturing. I cannot
imagine a regular neighbourhood ever putting up with it for very
long.At least not as long as it takes a part-timer to build a
Peter Lenihan,not yet deaf but a little crazy nontheless,from along
the shores of the St.Lawrence........