Aussie Belle

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:20 am

Last ones
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Tony Hain » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:28 am

Jamie
Absolutely brilliant. Coming together beautifully.
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:51 pm

Thanks Tony,

Got a lot to do to get there but we have put down the 2nd
Of June for the official launch date.

Waiting on my hardware to get gear so I can get that installed
And complete so that I can finish the outside coating.

Will then do all the final bits and pieces

Jamie

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by ian bell » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:18 pm

Looking good Jamie, when is the launch.
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:29 pm

Hi Ian,

2nd of June (This year)!

Will be held at our local dam, going to make a weekend of it and camp, bbq lunch and beers to celebrate

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Bill Edmundson » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:18 pm

Jamie

Damn I would like to be there! Just can't. Lauren would go in a heart beat!

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:34 am

Hi Bill,
Would be great to get a few of the GlenL family at the launch.
Today I cut out and trial fitted transom bands, also made template and cut out the cut water and marked ready for welding.
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:36 am

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Hercdrvr » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:26 am

Are you going to solid core MIG weld that stainless? Please keep us posted on your cutwater welding techniques. I may give this a try in a few months and I’d rather not spend the money on a bottle of trimix 90% helium gas if it’s not really necessary.
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by jenko » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:47 am

mig is the go , I used tig and was to slow got heaps of shrinkage

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:41 pm

Hi Peter,

Not sure as to how I am going to weld it yet.

I am going to make up a back bone template to hold it together (Drill the screw holes and screw into the backbone)
this will hold it together while I tack it in position. most likely be using my stick to tack together.

Jamie

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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by PeterG » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:02 pm

Ohh, those transom bands are pretty! The cutwater is always a challenge to weld while minimizing any weld shrinkage and warping due to the heat. I've seen some use the backbone mold you speak of and also using a heat absorbing mud-like material caked on the metal near the weld joint. Heat input control is the key.
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:12 pm

Have cut out and screwed the timber pieces into the cut water ready for welding.
Might bite the bullet and drop it into a fabricator in town to save some time.

Also been sorting out the steering wheel and throttle positioning.
Made up a timber spacer for behind the hub, polished the hub (was in black textured paint when I bought it)
Had to cut a recess in the arm rest to allow more room to operate the control lever.

Hope to receive some hardware this week so I can fit it and fire up the beast as she hasn’t been started for a while.
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Ozzieboat » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:51 am

Jamie
My jig, here's what went wrong.
1. My cutwater is 42" long and 3" wide, .050" 316 SS. Would have been better to be 2.5", this would have reduced it's stiffness.
2. As Jenko commented. I TIG welded it and it unbowed. That is it lost it's curve. Had an 1" gap on stem apex at one end.
3. The stem angle, side to side is nearly 90 degrees. More than you think. If the angle is not spot on, when it is closed or opened it changes the curve.
4. I made a second one. This time I increased the curve tapering to each end by about 3/8" more than the stem curve, at both ends.
The cutwater is bonded using Sikaflex 291 and screwed. The winch eye bolt is welded into the leading edge.
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Re: Aussie Belle

Post by Aussie » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:13 pm

Thanks Alan,

I have a mate lined up to weld with his mig on Friday arvo.
Will let you all know how we go.

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