Appreciate the kind words! Exactly what I was going for! Yeah it should add a good amount of planing surface and buoyancy to the sternIt really appear that you can build that same boat better than the Builder! That looks frigging amazing!!!! DAMN! Those welds look better than the manufacturer! That sucker should FLY! Looks like more than 3 feet added to the length! My boat has that same integrated transom and it put a lot of clean water under the prop!! I'm a fan!!! Impressive!
Thanks! I used .125 5052 aluminum and it's all tig welded. The weld on the bottom was a little more difficult but not as bad as I thought, just make sure that the pieces being welded are completely cleaned. I used a flap disc on an angle grinder and stainless steel brush to clean it. I didn't have to much of an issue with the old aluminum. Yeah even with my tig, the torch would over heat and I would have to wait a few min before continuing to weld. Wish I had a water cooled tig torch and I used an old battery to prop the foot pedal up against to weld underneath the boat. It might be a little much for the econotig, might want to invest in something a little more heavy duty.Sweet looking job! What gauge plate and type did you use?Did you use a Spool Gun or just the TIG ? How hard was it doing the weld on the bottom upside down?Did you have any problems with the old aluminum taking a weld?I have a 18 and want to do the same to it I have a small Econotig that works for small stuff that i do but not sure it could do this big of a job.I have a couple of small cracks on my bottom that i need to weld just not sure about going for it gravity screwing me getting a blowout hole and how do i run the peddle lying on my back?
Thank you! Yeah aluminum is very tough to weld and no wood. I used c channel that's welded where the bolts from the outboard go through. Than braced it using angled 2X2 aluminum pieces.Holy shit! Not sure I've ever seen better skills at welding. Alum is so tough. Congrats. How did you stiffen and thicken the motor mount part of the transom? Is ther more wood or some sort of plate there?