Brent, I know you're in a hurry to eat your ice cream and swim, but you keep missing the point, over, and over, and over.
The keel weight was neither my calculation nor my argument, it came from the owner of the Silas Crosby...your customer. (Follow that link above.) HE'S the one you're calling out here...not me. He's one of the friends you like to quote that is supposed to prove your points - not sink them with actual facts (of course I never expected anything else).
Good lord man. You can't keep ANY of these facts straight. My credibility is just fine. It's yours that needs some serious work - especially when it comes to being a credible voice in the steel boat industry.
So here are some facts
1-8ft by 12 ft sheet of 1/4 inch plate at 10 lbs per sq ft 960 lbs
Average 4 inch wide by 6 ft long by half inch plate keel bottoms, 80 lbs
total 1040 lbs. Yes Steve did get that wrong. You would love to con me into agreeing with a miscalculation so you could attack me for it.
A lot closer to 1,000 lbs than 2,000 lbs .
Another fact . Steve did not say his boat weighed closer to 20,000 pounds empty. In fact, he said nothing about the boat, while equiped and loaded for cruising deep sea, being completely empty.
Here are some more cost numbers for you. Two anchors with long rodes, in good condition, almost unused - free. They came with the freebe boat.
Stainless galley sink- free from the dumpster. Force ten three burner propane galley stove with oven - free, donated by a guy who came into an inheritance, who bought himself a new one.
That boat, started last mid october, and worked on two or three days a week most of the winter, will be launching this coming wedneday.
Here are some costs for my boat.
Stainless woodstove - $25 worth of scrap stainless and ten dollars worth of welding rod. Gally cook stove -$50 from harbor freight.
Interior - 50 dollars , plywood either given to me or scrounged off the beaches, and tropical hardwood from motorcycle crates, mostly gumwood.
Stainles galley sink - free from a dumpster. Bilge pumps- $10 worth of scrap stainless and $5 worth of welding rods. 2 diaphragms for $5 each.
Composting head - $25 worth of materials. Roller furler- $80 worth of materials. Anchors - free materials from scrap piles and $3 worth of welding rod. Anchor winch - $35 worth of scrap stainless and $10 worth of welding rod. Mast - free, a gift of spruce. Turnbuckles $22 each, new, galvanized 5/8th inch. 5/16th galv rigging wire , $24 from a scrapyard. Blocks- $2 each made from scrap aluminium and poly sheet.
A kid, whom I'm training to do my job , found enough plywood in a dump, to build his interior several times over, in a single trip.
Most of smackdaddy's attacks on me have an underlying theme of extreme envy. Better to get your directions from the envied, than from the envious. Envy is a very sincere form of flattery.
Thanks for all the compliments , Smack.