question about aluminum for 36 foot cat hulls

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  1. mojomfg
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    if aluminum were to be used in a catamaran hull of this size range for a coastal power cat . what would be the appropriate thickness ????

    intended purpose of the boat would be a liveaboard to bounce around the carribean cozumel/ belize/ roatan

    i realize the weight savings of aluminum wont come into play for a 9 - 10 meter boat but aluminum welding and fabrication is my area of expertice
     
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    How long is a piece fo string..?????

    Thickness depends upon several factors, which include: max speed, the displacement, the frame spacing and the stiffener spacing.

    36 foot is insufficient info.
     
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    ok thanks .. for the input lets see if i can give more info

    max speed 20-24 knots cruise 15 knots

    was thinking around 30 - 36 inches 75 -90 cm between frames

    dispacement 6500 - 7000 kg

    stiffner spacing around every 24 inches

    not sure what you mean for " how long for the string "
     
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    WOAH!!!!!....way too much. Also loads of localised buckling and panting/starving horse look when done.

    Half that would be about right...thus circa 300mm...any more would be silly.

    If you don't use the boat much and not in big seas....4mm should do...if you will use it a lot and go into bigger sea states, occasionally, then around 5mm.
     

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    i assume many " SAFE " and HOMEADE boats are over built

    in airplane design .. if you design it to withstand a crash it will fly so bad it probably will

    thank you for the input .. while i wont start this project without plans from an NA .. i wish to design it and have a NA review and improve my initial design
     
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