Log in or Sign up. Boat Design Net. I always had this idea of a website intended solely for the amateur steel boat builder, as this type of information is far and between on the internet, and books are usually very dated and boring. Nowadays the buzzword in steel boat building is radius chine; do a Google search and see what you will come up with This lack of information made me decided that now is the time for just such a website, but I had a problem. What format to present it to make it user friendly to amateur and pro alike was one of them, the other is that I have no idea how to create and publish a web page. However, I took the plunge and start the hard way by trail and error and I am now pleased to share fruits of my labor with everyone that is interested.
Introduction Which Metal? This essay is intended to bring to light a few of the issues surrounding the use of metal for boats. You can access any of the specific topics via the links above. While the pros and cons of various metals expressed here are quite relevant to one's choice of hull material, they are also central to the actual process of designing and building in metal, whether one chooses in favor of steel, aluminum, copper nickel, monel, stainless, or what have you The following is therefore not solely aimed at potential metal boat owners, but also at boat builders and designers who may wish to make better use of metal as a structural material for boats.
Steel is hard, cold, dirty, heavy, difficult, and noisy to work. Any shape can be built of steel. My friend Darold Brekke could probably shape up a Jag body. First, you need to buy the equipment.
S teel is an excellent boatbuilding material, proven in use worldwide. However, due to the relatively high weight compared to other boatbuilding materials, and the care required in the design stage with regard to hull development, structural integrity, stability, and balance, the plans used to build a steel boat should be intended specifically for use with this material. Using plans for a design intended for some other material and converting it to steel should not be done, at least without careful and usually costly! F or the amateur boatbuilder who has knowledge of proper weld types and welding sequences, together with the necessary electric and gas welding skills, steel is an ideal material.