Houseboat construction

Discussion in 'Metal Boat Building' started by Joe Holloway, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. Joe Holloway
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    I'm thinking of using an old trailer home frame for the base of a houseboat build. Is there anyone here who has experience in this area, and or suggestions on the best ways and materials to use? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Jeff Nicholas
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    Much valuable houseboat info here.
    Yahoo! Groups https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Classictrailerablehouseboats/info
    The guy who built the one above is a boat magician - he works out of High Country Canvas in GA.
     
  3. Joe Holloway
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  4. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    You like rust, broken and frozen bolts and fasteners, just back your RV into the water and see who she holds up in a year.
     
  5. Joe Holloway
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    Well the frame isn't gonna be int water.
     
  6. DCockey
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    What will the frame be used for? Are you planning a pontoon boat?
     

  7. PAR
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    Mild steel doesn't need to be immersed to rust like crazy. This is a simple and easy thing to figure out. The reason they use galvanized as the basic and minimum protection on steel is because all you have to do is talk about fresh water around it and it'll rust. Hell, galvanized steel rusts too, it just takes a little longer. Goo, hot dipped or better double dipped steel holds up pretty well. Plated zinc and sprayed galvanized not so much. Painted or raw mild steel doesn't last at all. Now, you can follow some bonehead's blog about what's he's done and how clever he is and how little rust he's experienced, but generally, you get what you pay for and some novice builder, using unreliable techniques and methods isn't the logical way to learn things. It is a reasonable way to find he's talking out his butt about stuff.
     
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