Thank you! Yeah getting rid of the splash well adds some good space, I'm actually building a bait tank that will go in the place of the splash well. I just used an angle grinder with a cut off wheel to cut the original transom skin off. I'll get a pic from underneath the boat but might be hard for me to get a good one of the inside. I'll see what I can get! Most of the welding I was at 190 amps and 215 with the thicker c channelling. I'm using a lincoln precision tig 225 with air cooled torch. Yeah the base is 5052Beautiful and creative! Nice work, wish I was a bit closer because I would love to see it in person. I've been mulling over the same concept on a 91 westcoaster widebody I have. The ride needs more deckspace, and ditching the splash well will add some room back around the transom.
What tools did you use to get a clean cut on the AL when you sliced off the transom skin and could you show a picture or two, or three of how you mated the new bracket (lower portion) to the floor of the boat? I see two channels acting as stiffeners, and the L pieces adding strength and shape to the chines. You have motivated me to figure this one out. Do you have any idea of the # of amps you were welding with. I have about 180 amps available with a decent duty cycle, but would like to run the math on how long it would take to stitch together using an aircoold torch and under 180 amps.
Is the base metal of the bayrunner 5051? Thanks so much for posting this up as I've only seen a few of this properly completed. Take care