The floor frame is well underway now and I’m really happy with the results. The layout I have decided to go with includes a bow and starboard casting platforms, level middle section with underfloor rod locker. The rod locker has been a lot more work and fiddly than expected as it extends under the front seat but I think it will be well worth it in the end.
I’ve been cutting the aluminum angle with my compound sliding mitre saw with metal cutting blade. This setup is perfect for cutting the aluminium. As discussed in the rivets post, I’ve been drilling holes with a 4.78mm drill bit which creates a really nice snug fit for the 4.8mm rivets. Popping the rivets has been tricky in some places and there has been plenty of blood spilt on the boat but there is something about bleeding for you boat that takes the relationship to a new level.
I’m really stocked with the progress so far. I’ve riveted into the ribs of the boat and the seats. Anything close to the flooring had foam under it for an extra level of shock absorption and protection. The structure is over engineered but it’s really strong. I can easily walk all over the frame so I know it can easily take 90kg. I would expect this to be even stronger once I lock everything together with the timber flooring.
Next step, finish the casting platforms and start cutting timber!