Pilothouse fabrication

mikeyairtime

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Quarter inch plywood with six ounce glass inside and out. 3/8 where the windows go in.Spend time on design. Looks are very important on a boat. A boat is a she and should be pretty. Every single panel on a boat tapers or radiuses, nothing is straight up and down 90 degree. If you don't pay attention to the tapers and radius' you'll have a phone booth stuck on a boat. Do not overbuild with 1/2, the fiberglass and tapers give it strength.
 
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Im probably incorrect but 1/8 aluminum as side walls does not seem near enough strength to support a person on the roof.. But again, what do I know..
I welded up mine out of 1/8" Aluminum, plenty strong. I didn't design it to have someone up there full time while under way but could of with some slight changes. No matter what, you have to add some structural support to the sides and walls, plus the majority of the sides and front panels are framed glass adding to the rigidity. I also finished the inside with foam lined upholstery. We cruised around the Delta in 90+ deg. weather, no feeling of PH being a heat sink because of it being metal. A couple weeks ago we fished for Sturgeon and it stared raining on us, it was nice to get inside stay dry. Aluminum, FBR, cored all have their advantages and challenges, you have to decide what your talent's are most compatible with, mine is welding and fabrication,,,gregg

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I welded up mine out of 1/8" Aluminum, plenty strong. I didn't design it to have someone up there full time while under way but could of with some slight changes. No matter what, you have to add some structural support to the sides and walls, plus the majority of the sides and front panels are framed glass adding to the rigidity. I also finished the inside with foam lined upholstery. We cruised around the Delta in 90+ deg. weather, no feeling of PH being a heat sink because of it being metal. A couple weeks ago we fished for Sturgeon and it stared raining on us, it was nice to get inside stay dry. Aluminum, FBR, cored all have their advantages and challenges, you have to decide what your talent's are most compatible with, mine is welding and fabrication,,,gregg

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Nice work!

That last picture looks like a stock pilot house. Great job integrating the pilot house into the hull, perfect!
 
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    Im probably incorrect but 1/8 aluminum as side walls does not seem near enough strength to support a person on the roof.. But again, what do I know..
    1" or 1.5" square thin wall tube as your framing would be fine. No dancing on it by your crew thou.[emoji238] [emoji207]
     
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    Fishbones

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    A friend of mine is building a glass over foam pilothouse for his 28' Stingari hull. Very light considering how large it is

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    tj805

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    I wouldn't stand on the pilot house.
    But like boatless boater said ( you have to use your strengths)
    I'm better at welding and fab than I am a fiberglass.
     
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    Broke boater .

    Im a trying to figure the approximate size of your house. What size are your windows? Whats your head height inside? Etc etc
     
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    Broke boater .

    Im a trying to figure the approximate size of your house. What size are your windows? Whats your head height inside? Etc etc
    I don't remember the sizes, but I can do a quick measurement. I keep the boat inside my sons shop at his place. I'm planning on another Sturgeon trip sometime this week and I'll get the measurements then,,,gregg
     
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    I am having trouble with design. It would be greatly appreciated if any decent photoshop guys or whatever could lend me a hand here. Im stuck!!

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    I have attached some Pdf's for scaling purposes with dimemsions.

    PDF#1 (front) Dim A = 8" Dim B = 75 1/2"

    PDF#2 (profile) Dim A = 84" Dim B = 8" Dim C = 3 1/2"

    from the top of dimension "C" the side wall of the pilothouse 46"-48" for head clearance.
     

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    brokeass boater

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    I'm not sure of your question. But if your looking for input on a direction to go, I think this is a good match for your hull. The lines of your hull need a more modern sweep to the PH. Sportcraft Pilothouse,,,IMHO,,,gregg

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    tanner.s

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    I'm not sure of your question. But if your looking for input on a direction to go, I think this is a good match for your hull. The lines of your hull need a more modern sweep to the PH. Sportcraft Pilothouse,,,IMHO,,,gregg

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    So much less functional than a forward leaning house though. I would personally go with the back of the house matching the angle of the transom and the front windows leaning fore.

    But it's up to you, these are just opinions!
     
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    So much less functional than a forward leaning house though. I would personally go with the back of the house matching the angle of the transom and the front windows leaning fore.

    But it's up to you, these are just opinions!


    I agree, now I cant decide if I should go 2 segment front or 3. As you can see, my pilothouse will rest where the windshield was and that is a "V" shape. I am considering glassing that in and making the center flat then two sides pitched back. Another idea on my mind is, should I begin the forward rake immediately or go square / plumb up from the dash for 8-10" then rake forward.
     
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    tanner.s

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    I agree, now I cant decide if I should go 2 segment front or 3. As you can see, my pilothouse will rest where the windshield was and that is a "V" shape. I am considering glassing that in and making the center flat then two sides pitched back. Another idea on my mind is, should I begin the forward rake immediately or go square / plumb up from the dash for 8-10" then rake forward.
    25', seems like three windows would be right. I would personally model the Farallon houses.
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    furniture 4 me

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    you forget i have built a ton of boats and parts and tooled molds. the material you where going to get, Did you ever get it?
    Strength not an issue, Design is the issue......
     
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    Built this all glass house with a Balsa Core Roof that bolts on, Beat the crap out of it no stress cracks so far rain x and no wipers, 1700$ with windows I have a build link on here make it happen you will thank yourself everytime you leave the dock
     
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