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Old 11-29-2019, 08:24 AM
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Anyone interested in a boat arch build thread ? I was gonna do a video but got a bit lazy. Do have pics though and its still a work in progress.

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Old 11-29-2019, 09:26 AM
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I'd like to see it.
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Old 11-29-2019, 10:19 AM
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Same here. I'd like to see it too.
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I am in for it. Would be good
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I’m in, pipe or fiberglass?
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ok since there is some interest.
it will be all aluminum powder coated welded pipes and some flat sections. since im redoing my electronic stack anyway, it will house the power/data/video distribution for the boat. halo 20+ radar up top, consolidated network via ethernet, forwardscan sonar pass thru and some other night vision/searchlight stuff etc.
also plan to put some stuff to hold fishing rods and crab traps and a mosquito net for the boat.
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How much interest do you need before you post up some of those pictures you said you had in your OP? Are you going to make us beg? If YOU think they are worthwhile then post them up.
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Just a piece of advice FWIW. Use Awl-Grip (or similar paint), not Powder Coat. I had an arch for many years with Awl-Grip. repainted once in 30 years and looks great. When I decided to install a hard top, I researched Awl-Grip VS Powder Coat. Several good tower shops recommended AGAINST Powder COat & offered to show me some T-Tops & Arches, & Towers with failed Powder Coat. One guy had a big pile of stuff with failed powder coat that was 2-4 years old and was warranty replaced from a well known high-end builder.

So we went with Awl_grip coating for a bit more money. Used same color as boat so I can touch up from same can. We are 3 years on this top and no flaws in paint anywhere. I did chip it a couple times with a rod butt & was easy touch up.

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We did a bunch of custom aluminum pipe and checker plate work with on our boat as well. Arch, swim platform and ER covers. It's nice to be able to fit it to the boats lines and contours.
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Send it!
Old 12-01-2019, 02:22 PM
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Day 1:
Literal back of the envelope sketching for all the parts in the project. Front will be the dipping sonar, 6 wires through the arch pipes.


Back of the envelope

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I'm in!!
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Why not.
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if it's going to be anything like you're electronics install thread, I'm in!
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Sounds good. Got my support.
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Day 2 :
Better drawing of final arch design Radar is actually a halo 20+ now. :


Fired up the old CNC machine for cutting 1" thick aluminum for the transducer for the dipping sonar arm :


Fired up the old welder :


Ordered stuff from St. Martin off a disused sailboat to get some of the components cheap :

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Day 3:
Some of the parts arrived :


Welded arch to match drawing and sent off for powder coating. 32 lbs of aluminum pipe/mesh etc used :




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Looking good so far!
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Nice start.
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What type of bender did you use?
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