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    i did this on a saturday. sorry for the poor pics, i generally only take pics for billing and reference. this boat had been backed into a seawall. pipe frame was out of whack on the horizontal plane. first i cut out the old supports and removed the welds then brought it in to plane as best i could. then i indexed off the stern for the first cross member. there are actually two. there is a 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 by 3/16ths t bar welded in place and on top of that is piece of ladder rung extrusion also welded in place. each piece had to be cut to fit, both the T bar and the the rung extrusion which is a two inch channel with one inch legs . 125 thk.

    working from a raft is a challenge, welding from a raft is a bigger challenge. no place for tig welding; spool gun only. used two spools of 5356 wire. this platform looks rough but it is very sturdy and will carry two men easily. there is a cross member in the center running perpendicular that i tied into the brace and the stern. the trick was to keep everything evenly spaced and in the same plane.

    each time i made a cut i had to climb out of the raft, up the stern, across to another boat, from the bow of that boat it was about a five foot stretch over water to the deck where my miter saw was. i was seriously worn out after ten hours. that is setup, breakdown and cleanup.

    that was actually fairly quick and the company reps were happy that i was able to do the repair with the boat in the water, rather than having to take it to a yard and have it pulled.

    you have to listen to what the customer wants. don't give them art when they want utility and vice versa.
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    Nice work.
    What's the ballpark price on something like that ?
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    nice job nice being near the water i make good money welding pontoons , a job like that were i live would be about 250 or more. when you weld aluminum you always have work near water
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    i bill at 55/60 per hour plus consumables. on some jobs there are other variables that come into play. this would be one of those cases.

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    i hate the pontoon boats they leave sitting in the river there so built up with crap takes so long to clean to weld lol had one a week ago that was almost 2 inch thick with crud i get them like this this one isnt bad lolClick image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by Rodsmachineshop; 06-28-2012 at 01:52 AM.
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    yes, cleanup is a pain. forget the two inch SS brush. i use carbide burrs, sawzall, circular saw, ss wire wheel, sander....etc. never did anything in fresh water, kind of surprised at that info.

    i have traveled through parker a number of times. really like the colorado river. from i 40 around havasu down to quartzite, made that trip many times. also like the bullhead city laughlin area.

    only pontoon work i ever did was to layout the pattern for the transition from round to bow shaped for a guy 30 years ago. tough pattern to layout back then. piece of cake in todays world.

    computers put me in the field.

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    are river eats boat alive Colorado river is so full of minerals
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    lol i love Florida have family in Pensacola i want to build a air boat
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