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Offline Nineball

Fabbed a tower
« on: May 14, 2018, 07:13:50 PM »
Had to rush and get it fishable for neah bay.  I got the look I was after, but it is my first attempt using the bender and a spool gun.  It holds the things I need and worked very well.  I messed up on the angle of the front feet.   Have no clue how it happened and decided to push on.  And pay no attention to the 5200 around the base of the window  :jester:

No Hali though.  Friday was a rough day at the dump and we left quite a bit of gear in DJ's locker :whistle: Sunday I went out on another boat with a solid plan to anchor but we got lines in the water just at the tail end of the bite said another boat fishing nearby.

Got to meet Nicole and HemiGTX so that was cool.
SC17, 75etec, T9.9

Offline Nineball

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018, 07:20:30 PM »
Here's more pics
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Online Marine40

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2018, 08:07:46 PM »
Very nice job. It must be nice to do your own work.



Darren
Have -15' Hunter, Had - 2 each 17' Rangers, Had - 1 each 17 Skip Chaser, Had - 1 each 19' Skip Chaser, Have - 21' Skip Ranger.

Offline Flying Arima

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2018, 08:27:12 PM »
Very nice, that looks great  I like the design.
James


2015 19ft sea chaser / REEL TYME
2015 yamaha 115

Offline GregE

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2018, 08:30:46 PM »
Wow, multiple bends too.  You must have measured 20 times 

And a bigger wow on that shop!!
Greg
Osprey 26 LC Kodak;  Arima SR 19 HT; SL 22 Honda 225
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Offline Nineball

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2018, 08:47:59 PM »
Yeah,  I had to scrap the first rear hoop.  :doh: Of course the second time went a little smoother.  I was trying for more angle/height on that crown but it wasn't meant to be.  The learning curve for aluminum using the spoolgun was steep.  Ended up getting best results using a preheat from a small map gas torch. I also had a rear curtain made up to match.  Didn't use it though.
SC17, 75etec, T9.9

Offline Rokefin

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2018, 09:14:07 PM »
Tower looks really stout - excellent job!

uh the window seal job looks like something I would have done if I were rushed :doh:  I usually try to match the color or use clear so the imperfections don't stand out....
1989 17ft Arima Sea Chaser 2010 115 Yamaha 1995 9.9 Yamaha kicker - Bodega mostly

Online DevMah

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2018, 10:26:21 PM »
Nice work looks great.

Dev
2015 21' Sea Ranger
2015 Yamaha F150
2013 Mercury 9.9 Bigfoot 4 blade
2012 Lund 1650SS  w 2012 60HP Mercury-Sold

Offline BruceL2_Fish

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2018, 08:17:05 AM »
Great job, looks awesome!
2012 Sea Ranger 19 (M. LaDeane)
Suzuki 115 Four Stroke
Honda 9.9 Kicker

Offline Mooch

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2018, 08:22:52 AM »
Well done and under deadline too.  :impressed:
2006 Sea Ranger Skip 21, Honda 150, Honda 9.9

Currently accepting hot waypoints from WA MA 2-10

Online Wiley

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2018, 05:03:40 PM »
Very niiiice.. I think GregE has shop envy.. two arimas in there and he notices the hard wood floors  :shrug9:
96 sea explorer 15'-11" new 90 etec named (wutz wuzn cuzn)
10' Don Hill Pram
 Respectfully, Build, Buy, Be American

Offline AJFishin

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2018, 05:05:50 PM »
Nice design and it looks really good  :applause: just don't let Yat see the 5200 around the base of the window :hoboy: :jester:
'96 Sea Chaser 1511 - Yamaha 70HP - 2 smoke

! Go Kings Go !

Online Fisherdv

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2018, 05:13:49 PM »
You got that right :jester: Painters tape is your friend. 5200 comes in black too. Although Yat would have used  Life seal :jester:
« Last Edit: May 15, 2018, 05:32:27 PM by Fisherdv »
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Nineball

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2018, 06:27:35 PM »
Sounds like round2 might employ some 5200 in black,  painters tape,  and a fairing tool :biggrin:
« Last Edit: May 15, 2018, 08:04:33 PM by Nineball »
SC17, 75etec, T9.9

Offline Yachter Yat

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2018, 11:30:19 AM »
   OH MY GOD!........I just saw it!  :hoboy:   That caulking wouldn't have looked so bad, but I just had my cataract surgery Monday........and I made the mistake of looking with my "good eye".   :doh:   :jester:

Yat
Dear Arima:  Please "square-off" the Hunter transom. Next, stretch the Explorer by 9 and steal 2 or 3 from the cabin.  Please hurry, I'm getting old.

16 SC/Honda 60

Online Fisherdv

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2018, 09:04:17 PM »
And the million dollar question......how are you going to remove that white 5200 :shrug9: :bigshock: :anyone:
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Online DevMah

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2018, 09:12:04 PM »
And the million dollar question......how are you going to remove that white 5200 :shrug9: :bigshock: :anyone:

5200 comes off easy with some goo gone and a scraper.

Dev
2015 21' Sea Ranger
2015 Yamaha F150
2013 Mercury 9.9 Bigfoot 4 blade
2012 Lund 1650SS  w 2012 60HP Mercury-Sold

Offline HemiGTX

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2018, 09:22:42 PM »
Love the design of the arch!  I think we were fishing near each other on Fri?  I'm pretty certain I saw that arch on the water. 

Great to meet you, too.  I'll be moored in the same spot the next two weekends.  Drop by if you're out there.
AKA: "The guy who fishes with Nicole"

Offline Mooch

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2018, 11:19:05 PM »
........and I made the mistake of looking with my "good eye".   :doh:   :jester:

Yat

Hoist ye mizzens and don’t spit in ye windwards.  Landlubbers to the larboard and all swabs to the poop deck.  Shiver me timbers, 5200'ers will walk the plank for not using LifeSeal!  Arghh.



Yat, which lenses did you get and when is your other eye scheduled?  It may be a challenge until both are done, especially working on your phone or computer.  Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery.

2006 Sea Ranger Skip 21, Honda 150, Honda 9.9

Currently accepting hot waypoints from WA MA 2-10

Offline Yachter Yat

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2018, 04:26:31 AM »
    :jester:  Thanks for that, Mooch.   They used an Alcon "Acry sof" 23.5 D lens in my left eye.  Unbelievable difference.  Yeah...my right eye now doesn't get along with my left, but I can see much, much better both near and far.....even at this point.  No problem reading or using the computer. I have two more appointments before they'll set a date for the second.  They'll actually be doing the right eye for a bit more distance, but even at this point I can see way better at distance.  Close-up or watching TV is no problem. 

   What a difference going through those dimly lit tunnels in Boston.  I can actually read the exit signs.....and no more glaring taillights.  What's really funny is blocking my left eye in the living room at night.  It looks like we're having a power "brownout".   :jester: 

Yat
   
 
Dear Arima:  Please "square-off" the Hunter transom. Next, stretch the Explorer by 9 and steal 2 or 3 from the cabin.  Please hurry, I'm getting old.

16 SC/Honda 60

Offline Yachter Yat

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2018, 04:36:00 AM »
   Sorry, Nineball.......don't mean to highjack your thread, but I just wanted to tell Mooch that one of the nurses down at Boston Medical Center took some film of me and some of my friends, in the recovery room, after my eye surgery.  It's here:   :jester:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOWckOfARBE

Yat
« Last Edit: May 17, 2018, 04:43:24 AM by Yachter Yat »
Dear Arima:  Please "square-off" the Hunter transom. Next, stretch the Explorer by 9 and steal 2 or 3 from the cabin.  Please hurry, I'm getting old.

16 SC/Honda 60

Offline Bigfish1!

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2018, 05:11:05 PM »
I'm always a big fan of do it yourselfers with way more skill than me, (you), but I really am not a big fan of most arches.  I have seen many of them crack and fail at the welds or crack the hull where they are mounted.  I really do appreciate the work you put into it but am concerned with the design.  That is a pretty high arch with a very small foot print.  I have seen arches develop a vibration all their own and either crack in several places or wrack out of square.  Hope yours lasts 20 years and you have enough rods to fill all of those rocket launchers!

Offline Nineball

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2018, 05:54:56 PM »
Ha, hijack away Yat no prob.  A heat gun and a flat wooden paint stir stick will make quick work of removing 5200.  I use the wooden stir stick for a scraper to track the amount of heat being applied.

I will keep a good eye on the structure for sure.  The good news is that I can always add stiffeners,  and I have plenty of epoxy resin and glass left over too.  I sure hope I never need to go that route though. I am 6'1" and the top was made so that it barely clears with me standing at the helm.  I kept that arch tight against the top to: 1) minimize the moment and CG, and 2) allow full use of the walk-around.  That thing comes in handy as a grab rail for sure.  I hung upside down off of it already already for no good reason other than to curb some enthusiasm after it was ready to make the trip to neah.

Cheers fellas
SC17, 75etec, T9.9

Offline Markshoreline

Re: Fabbed a tower
« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2018, 09:13:45 PM »
Sounds like a great design and execution, but if there is a need to redo you’re the man!  Nice job, btw.
2002 Sea Ranger HT 21, Yamaha 150, Yamaha 9.9