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Old 11-05-2018, 07:29 AM
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Anyone know or can recommend a good stainless steel fabricator or a metal shop that would know how to deal with a unique, polished, stainless steel reworking? I have an anchor roller plate for the bow (not top-mounted on the deck but under on the bow keel) that has a plate which doesn't conform to the curve of the bow. I need the plate flanges flared out about 3/8" but it's beyond my capabilities. I'm pretty sure the weld in the cutout for the roller extensions needs to be taken out and the plate flattened down that 3/8" and then re-welded and polished again. Any recommendations?


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Custom Metal Fabrications, Welded Aluminum Boat Building - Viking Welding and Fabrication, LLC.
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Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for, thanks.
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Old 11-05-2018, 05:01 PM
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You could all ways make a filler plate to go behind it to fill the gap out of glass or starboard if the price to get it reworked is exorbitant.Hard to tell if there is enough meterial behind the curve of the plateto be re welded once the radius is reduced.yes the weld will have to be removed all the way around to seperate the plate then the plate will have to be re rolled.then re welded back to the rest of the attatchment than pollished.it may be cheeper to buy a new one/right one than get it fixed .thats a good bit of work there.
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Rose Marine in Gloucester
That's good, right around the corner.
I did search the forum to see if anyone had posted any info on local metal shops that deal with polished stainless like this, but didn't find anything.

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You could all ways make a filler plate to go behind it to fill the gap out of glass or starboard if the price to get it reworked is exorbitant.Hard to tell if there is enough meterial behind the curve of the plateto be re welded once the radius is reduced.yes the weld will have to be removed all the way around to seperate the plate then the plate will have to be re rolled.then re welded back to the rest of the attatchment than pollished.it may be cheeper to buy a new one/right one than get it fixed .thats a good bit of work there.
You pretty much nailed it all around. That's exactly what needs to be done to it. That thing wasn't cheap by any means and I'd be surprised if reworking it came close to what I paid for it, at least I hope not! It belonged to a different model than my boat so the profile difference is what's happening. It does have a recessed edge about 1/2" deep that goes into the fiberglass cutout that is spot-welded onto the back of the plate. Those shouldn't be much to grind down and knock off but the finished bead on the front is all around the that recessed flange AND around the ears that hold the roller. That's the tough part like you said.

I thought I could just bend the edges of that plate out but holy crap, that 1/8" stainless steel is harder than anything I've seen. I had a vice bolted into a steel beam at the jobsite with this thing pinched in it and I stood on it with all 195lbs and bounced up and down and nothing! The only way would've been to torch it a little and whack it with a 15lbs sledge but that would be ridiculous. I finally came to terms that I need to have it reworked professionally. Here's another couple of views. I'd hate to fill that 1/2" space with FG TBH, after coming this far.






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Looks from the pictures it will be a close thig when you take that half in out of the radius.ss holds a memory ilke few other metals and can be very hard to bend.they will definitely need a good set of slip rollers to take that bend out.i would make sure to bring the boat there so they can roll and fit it.
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Just to update this thread for you fine gentlemen who helped me out about 6 months ago trying to find a good stainless steel welding place here in the north shore of MA and since I don't like it when someone opens a thread and asks for something and then never comes back to update what he did, here goes.

I ended up doing all the work myself with the exception of the welding since I really couldn't find any place close enough that I felt comfortable to tackle this thing and also wanted the boat onsite for a long period of time and couldn't get anyone to really commit to doing it and give me even a ballpark quote and the one place that did, I thought was a bit outrageous. Now I know why there was such hesitation because this was not an easy operation. That roller plate is 1/8" thick 316L stainless steel and is very strong material and the highly polished aspect of it also seemed to be deterrent. So I remembered that there's a local welding company not too far from where I live and went over there to find out they had a stainless and aluminum shop in addition to all the rot iron and steel fabrication they did and they were willing to weld it for me if I cut it apart, shaped the plate to where I wanted it to fit and brought it to them. So that's what I did.

This thing was not sitting well at all on the hull curve. 1/2" gap at the top and about 3/8" at the bottom.



I took my Dremel oscillating tool and bought a bunch of metal-cutting bits for it and began in the back first where the spot welds were. Then came in from the back of the seam where the roller ears met the plate and just kept cutting away at the weld and connection.








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Once separated, I took the plate and just kept pounding at it with my rubber mallet to get if to conform to the shape of the bow.



Once I got it to where I wanted it, I made a mark with a black magic marker to where I needed it to sit on the roller ears so that the welder can have some guide as to where it needs to be exactly. I told him I didn't need a super clean weld since I was going to grind it down completely and polish it. Prefer that smooth look better and now that the plate was flattened more than it was before, the joint opened up, so it needed a lot of filler material and so the weld didn't matter as much as filling it well and it being strong.
Not pretty and I knew I had a lot of grinding to do, but I didn't mind. Bought a special kit with the 3 discs from the sanding one to the iodizing one and the polishing pad with rouge compound and went to town.


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Cutting the hole in the bow and the entire other side of installing the windlass is a whole other story. If anyone is interested in any of that, I'll post it but in the meantime, I couldn't be happier with the results.







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Thanks for the update!

What kind of boat is that?
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Looks great, what is the name of the shop that welded it for you?
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Hatem- My boat is in danversport (still on land ) and I we are installing a deck mounted davit crane. I need the deck plate welded to the stand pipe. Could you PM or list the shop that did the welding? Much apreciated.
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Thanks for the update!

What kind of boat is that?
It's a 2010 Chaparral 276ssx. I catch small fish.

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Looks great, what is the name of the shop that welded it for you?
Lawton Welding in Topsfield. It's a pretty good-size outfit and big shop. Guy who owns it is a really young, go-getter. He used to share the building with his older brother who ran Lawton Oil and had a few trucks servicing home heating oil but has since retired I believe.

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Hatem- My boat is in danversport (still on land ) and I we are installing a deck mounted davit crane. I need the deck plate welded to the stand pipe. Could you PM or list the shop that did the welding? Much apreciated.
Of course. So Lawton Welding is right on Route 1 in Topsfield if you're heading north, it's on the left right past the Topsfield Fairgrounds. The SS and aluminum shop is on the left side in the back. You almost have to take the side street before the building and go around the back. It's hard to find but it's one of the 3 or 4 doors that lead to a bunch of different shops. Either way you'll find it since it's the only shop that works on nothing but stainless and aluminum. Ask for Jack, he's the foreman and a really nice guy just make sure if you want a finish beaded weld, to let him know. They don't do the really tiny, 1/8" polished beads like what was already on my roller or that you see on radar mounts etc. But they do clean them up with that electrolysis and wet brush. Just FYI.
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It's a 2010 Chaparral 276ssx. I catch small fish.



Lawton Welding in Topsfield. It's a pretty good-size outfit and big shop. Guy who owns it is a really young, go-getter. He used to share the building with his older brother who ran Lawton Oil and had a few trucks servicing home heating oil but has since retired I believe.



Of course. So Lawton Welding is right on Route 1 in Topsfield if you're heading north, it's on the left right past the Topsfield Fairgrounds. The SS and aluminum shop is on the left side in the back. You almost have to take the side street before the building and go around the back. It's hard to find but it's one of the 3 or 4 doors that lead to a bunch of different shops. Either way you'll find it since it's the only shop that works on nothing but stainless and aluminum. Ask for Jack, he's the foreman and a really nice guy just make sure if you want a finish beaded weld, to let him know. They don't do the really tiny, 1/8" polished beads like what was already on my roller or that you see on radar mounts etc. But they do clean them up with that electrolysis and wet brush. Just FYI.

Glad we were able to make this work for you. If anyone on the north shore needs welding done, especially stainless work, feel free to PM me. Im one of the Project Managers here at Lawton.
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Nhmetal- We need to talk. PM sent
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Glad we were able to make this work for you. If anyone on the north shore needs welding done, especially stainless work, feel free to PM me. Im one of the Project Managers here at Lawton.
Most definitely. Here I was posting looking for places and I had completely forgotten about you guys and what's even worst is I had used you guys on a couple of my construction projects prior to this, but it had been a few years and after running around without any success, I just happen to remember. And Jack in the SS shop is a great guy. Very helpful..
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Hate to say it but that was one of the roughest ss welds i have seen in a long time.good thing you were grinding it down.a good weld should have needed just a light polish. Ive been a welder for 20+ years so yes i am aware of all the factors involved with ss welding.there is a fairly good fab shop in new london..new london ss i think they do nice work and are fairly quick.i am in the process of starting my shop up due to the lack of qualifyed welders in this area the market is growing...
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