Friday, November 2, 2012

AlumiWoodie

AzRA is building up a small fleet of aluminum dories and I get to help design and construct them. We had raw hulls built in Oregon of the old Briggs AlumiWeld design and shipped down for us to deck. Here is Jim the welder at Mayorga's Welding in Flagstaff, talking to Fred about what we want. Jim is an awesome welder. We pushed quite a bit more rocker and bow breadth into her.


Here is Jim's awesome welding


We are going with AquaGard, a water-based roll-on marine paint, for low toxicity and ease of the inevitable touch up. Decks are the color of sand.


Gunwales are of Modesto Ash, courtesy of Pacific Coast Lumber, transport by Jim MacKenzie, milling by Dan Dierker



Roy and Jim attaching deck hardware


An adjustable seat



And an adjustable foot brace


And seven oarlock positions for dwarves, giants, and those between


Umbrella holding handrail, inspired by Kelly Neu's Zizumara


She floats


And boats


And has nonskid decks

Plays well with others


But responds poorly to hitting the Whale Rock in Hance Rapid at 20 mph. My bad.





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