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Some beautiful work there, but can't say I'm a fan of the 'freshly ground' look topsides and on deck. I understand the utility of not painting aluminum, but...... maybe it will oxidize to a uniform finish? Dunno...

Big project, looks like a heavy design and possibly an odd choice for aluminum??
 

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I have scalloped the living daylights out of steel boats, pounding to weather in heavy weather; I can't imagine what an alloy boat would do. I'm not putting them down, only curious as to how they would hold up in similar conditions.
 

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Wow, neat project! The only thing that concerns me about aluminum alloy is that it is easily eaten up by electrolysis. Keeping a boat like that in a marina, you'd have to be very careful about stray current in the water.
 

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Maybe it's me, but if I was there, I'd be yelling....


Put her in the pool! Put her in the pool!



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Brad
 

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On a more serious note, I wonder if they used the super-insulating Cryogel/Aerogel for the fridge. The fridge freezer electrical load drives a lot of downstream decisions for the need for extra solar panels and arches or even the need for a generator. Getting the freezer insulation "right" can make a big difference. (Heat transfer is the "other leak" on our boats.)

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I'd want mine engine turned.
 

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Big project, looks like a heavy design and possibly an odd choice for aluminum??
Yeah seems a little small for an aluminum design, tubby and heavy and aluminum is not easy to weld right (and it better be done right, unlike steel). Pretty amazing project to complete at home.
 

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I'm not a welder but from what I understand MIG and TIG welders have taken the magic out of welding alloy and S/S. Hell, the equipment and techniques have advanced so much that there are more than 3 or 4 guys in North America who can weld cast iron now.
 
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