Jet sled framing

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Jet sled framing

Post by WJY »

I am looking at building a 20 foot Rogue Runner aluminum. This is my first boat build and looking for some expertise from the knowledgable builders on this site.

First concerning transverse frames and longitudinal stiffeners. I have read the plating does not get welded to the transverse members, only the longitudinals. How "proud" of the transverse framing should the hull plating be? Touching, 1/16, 1/8? Is the hull plating continuously welded to each longitudinal, or do tacks each 4 inches do the job?

Secondly, I am thinking about doing away with the motorwell and hanging a ~350 lbs honda jetdrive outbaord directly on the transom... does the motorwell contribute to the strength of the transom, or can I safely eliminate this feature.

Finally, has anyone built an aluminum rogue runner? I would love to see pics of the build. I am a very visual learner and a picture says 10,000 words.

Thanks all for your help,

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Re: Jet sled framing

Post by crowsridge »

Hi Willie,

Any progress on your boat? I have had the Rogue Runner plans for three years now. I have the frames cut out of mahogany, but have decided I want to build it in aluminum instead. Love to see your progress!


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Re: Jet sled framing

Post by North »

It doesn't seem this metal sections gets too many view / posts, but t a nswer your question - if you look a bout 4 posts below this one, 19.5 ft Rogue Runner - he did indeed build one and did a nice job! Lots of pics!

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