Deck support options?

Discussion in 'Metal Boat Building' started by Mcody613, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. Mcody613
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    Mcody613 New Member

    I plan on building a deck on my aluminum shallow v and I'm trying to come up with an idea for upright support where it attaches to the rib. I would rather not rivet to the rib but I don't want it moving around.

    Any ideas. I was going to frame it with aluminum angle
  2. rasorinc
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    rasorinc Senior Member

    Could you use flush aluminum machine screws.
  3. Barry
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    Barry Senior Member

    Send a picture.

    If it is a very thin aluminum hull, ie .100 inch or less, the boat will flex quite a bit and introducing a stiff vertical support to the deck/rib can create high load/stress concentrations which can cause work hardening and cracking at the fastener to rib/hull interface.

    If the span is not a lot, the reason for the pict, you can make the deck rib stiff enough to carry a significant load and attach it only to the gunnel and miss some of the problems
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