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UST-24-50 Hull Repairs


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I referenced a weasel hull that was 'Skinned' in another thread so here is the story of this T24's hull repairs. This weasel is owned by a friend of mine and I did an 'Econo' job on the hull repairs for him. In the end the final repairs turned out a lot better than I expected. The material I chose to use was 1.5mm Zinc annealed mild steel sheet. No spot welding, just plug welds. Here are some before shots of the hull. It was in a sad state to begin with. This weasel came from Daryl Besinger https://www.dlbensinger.com/ back in 2000 Note the early Hull number UST-24-50

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Patrick, thanks for the compliments. Please keep in mind that this was an 'Econo' job so I did not go to the extra effort that you have done with your T24 Hull. I was only replacing the corroded lower sections. Anyway here is more of the story ;

The skinning of the sponsons effectively wrote them off as being unrepairable due to corrosion. The following photos highlight how bad the corrosion was under the skin of sheet metal.

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HI John

Great pictures got to hand it to you to photo all the detail. I was  noticing you overlapped the new floor panel along the lower hull side. It looks like you but welded the seam along the upper hull side? Also what is the paint you are  using on the repair areas?

Thanks John

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9 hours ago, M29 said:

HI John

Great pictures got to hand it to you to photo all the detail. I was  noticing you overlapped the new floor panel along the lower hull side. It looks like you but welded the seam along the upper hull side? Also what is the paint you are  using on the repair areas?

Thanks John

The lower side floor panel was actually Butt welded.  Re the upper side, the attached PDF better shows where I made the upper joint weld. It was a Butt weld as well.

The paint is just an off the shelf single pack Kill Rust Epoxy paint. Its just there to prevent further corrosion of the bare metal until the hull repair work is resumed by the owner.

Cheers

Weasel Sponson.Assembly dwg.pdf

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15 hours ago, OZM29C said:

Re the upper side, the attached PDF better shows where I made the upper joint weld. It was a Butt weld as well.

Great work as always.

That is an excellent way to fix rot along the lower corner of a hull...welding new metal and placing the seam where the 45 degree angle "gusset" is spot welded to the side.  With the gusset backing up the side and the weld, it is much easier to minimize distortion and hide your work.  I had hoped to do this on my T-24 but the gusset was so rotted I needed to remove it.

Patrick

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