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post #1893 of Old 10-26-2013
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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Originally Posted by xymotic View Post
I started a thread in general Mainenace, but I guess maybe I should ask here too.

I had plans to build a 5-10HP DIY water cooled Diesel machine to do 12v power generation, and maybe compressed air and possibly even make water.

What complicates that is that I also want to be able to weld.

SO the "easy" solution would be a regular AC genset, and electrically power the other stuff.

But I'm also thinking something like a premier power welder would give me stick and at least DC TIG. Might be good enough though I'd like to do AC for Aluminum.

Are any of you guys with Metal boats doing something cool creative to carry welding gear relatively compactly?
I just posted a solution, on another thread on this site. A freind put a water cooled welder on his boat. Doesnt work when the boat is out of the water, so it's useless for welding on zincs, or any other welding below the waterline, a huge inconvenience.

Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"

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