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PostSubject: OUCH   Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:29 pm

In storage, my main boom had a hole eaten into it by a battery spilling on it.

So far, this has been the most serious flaw in the whole yacht.


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PostSubject: Re: OUCH   Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:06 pm

Nicely repaired. I did not take this to a shade tree guy with a Harbor Freight welder, this went to a massive industries steel fabrication plant where one welder machine costs millions of dollars, and they have many of them, on a large campus of buildings.
Office manager said the guy that repaired this, was taken back by the quality of the aluminum that was in this boom. He said he thought it was very high grade stuff. He said it welded very easily because of the high quality.

So for all the bashers of CM's I have read on forums, stick this in your eye! lol

Repair bill: $21.00


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PostSubject: Re: OUCH   Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:56 pm

Looks like a nice repair Gary and it's hard to believe the price.

Good to hear about the quality of the aluminum. Likely was extruded in the US and there were definitely higher standards across the board back then. Didn't need to special order it. It just came good. People wonder why military and nuclear material (steel, hardware, etc) costs so much. Safety related bolts costing $50 apiece? Accountability. From the mine to the mill to the plant or factory the materials are documented for quality.

Quality material is more the requirement for a good weld than the origin of the welder itself. Certainly there are welders made cheaply that aren't as solid state as a well known brand. They may not produce a sustained wave consistantly and in the long run just don't last as long. Internal windings, chips, and external hardware won't stand sustained use. However any machine compatible w/ an spool gun should be adequate for most jobs. I have never seen a discount welder that was capeable of being set up for alum welds.

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PostSubject: Re: OUCH   Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:22 pm

There is this huge set of buildings behind me, never gave them any attention.

One day a billboard over the street grabbed my attention for custom fabrication, no job too big or too small. It was this giant factory behind me.

They have done several jobs for me, and I am very pleased.

I should get the booms re-anodized The masts still look new, but the masts nook to have travelled through 36 years of sailing. I will put together a list of winter projects, and redoing the finish on the booms is on there.

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