Re: Wyoming in Aluminum.......Your Thoughts?
Sounds like an interesting idea.
Let me know if you get serious about this - I might be able to help you modify the scantlings, short of producing plans. From what I read, 3/16 might be about the thinnest you could weld with ease and little distortion, but your shop might have a different opinion. I think you'll be looking at 5000 series.
I think I would probably approach it from the skin inwards, providing structure to provide fairness and prevent oil-canning, and see if the weights fall in line with something reasonable for the design.
I think you'd also want to consider the intended use for the boat.
BTW, I'm an MSME (aerospace, really), and just a hacker boatbuilder.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "fluffylamb" <fluffylamb@...> wrote:
> Am considering building a Wyoming as a replacement for a summer cottage. Yes, I now know where to get the plans, and yes, I now know they will be sent out. Thanks Ms. Altenburger!
> Im a woodworker, a Wyoming in wood is possible.
> However I will likely have no boathouse. I would like the craft to last...and frankly, low maintenance is a good thing for me.
> There is a great aluminum fabricator in our area (southern Ontario). If the cost was not too astronomical Id consider the basic hull, or even hull and superstructure in aluminum. Cost may be astronomial. I would have to investigate.
> But other than the cost question......this 51 foot x 8 foot craft in aluminum....your thoughts??? Thanks!