Has anyone built either a L Gato or La Chatte in welded aluminum?
With descriptions saying ' built using thin plywood sheet in a continuous piece between between keel to sheer' it would seem we should also be able to make it in welded AL.
Any opinions? Disadvantages?
Might 5052 .100 or .090 work without (much?) additional framing given the releatively small size of the hulls and the fact that they are 'completely closed eggshells'??
5086 .125 too heavy? Or a reasonable choice not needing any additional framing?
Any and all thoughts, suggestions, and opinions appreciated!
P.S. If feasible and reasonable, the aluminum La Chatte would be modified/used with two electric trolling motors - approx 1 HP into each motor, not as a sailboat, - and would be my 'inital build boat' before tackling a larger 18' - 20' ELCO-like electric cruiser, again all aluminum.
The`AL La Chatte would be used at displacement hull speed or less for fishing, swimming platform, and calm water cruising. An alternative to a 15' or so skiff I was earlier considering.
One MK Endura 34 for each hull, driven by a Penny+ Giles 4Q 24V 50A wheelchair controller with joystick 'skid steer'. This is 'V2.0' of an initial single MK 34 with PWM that got a lot of fun use this last summer on a Jon Boat. Ref: http://www.cfnet.net/tm