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    Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    Got tired of wet socks in the middle of January when it’s subzero...

    Wheelhouse door was warped. I suspect it was due to bad design, as the panel was bowed from water intrusion and subsequent freezing.

    These doors are real tight on installation specs, 1/16th of twist on the entire frame structure is what they call for.

    Had to install a new 1/4” x 2” flat bar vertical frame; adds a bit of structural strength to the door opening.

    And of course; we found some bad steel that was a result of a leaky window and door. Fixing that too.

    New door is 3” wider, and 2” shorter, so I have to modify the frame a bit. Unsure of how I’ll make up for the deflection - as it’s being installed on a slight radius. Rough measurements show there’s about an 1/8” of deflection on the fore and aft plane.

    Bad steel on the floor is getting a 1/4” doubler plate. Overkill; as non of it measured less than acceptable wastage levels... but I like to know it’s done right.

    Will add more as I fit.












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    Re: Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    Took the old school approach.. usually like to flux core this sort of thing; but my MIG gun went “t” up after the first 20 minutes.

    All 7018.

    In retrospect; the slots I cut in the floor for plug welds are slightly large, still have to weld those out. It was a scramble; as we have rain in the forecast for all next week.

    Had the plate rolled, but it still took some massaging. Odd angles - there’s camber to the deck, as well as slant to the face of the wheelhouse.










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    Lime seltzer outside, Coors light inside. Only two things I drink other than buckets of coffee.

    Nice job. Dry feet changes your whole outlook on fishing. I often wonder how much of the time a fisherman is in the first stages of hypothermia without even being aware of it? I only notice it when I stop moving for a few minutes.
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    Well shiver me timbers matey, nice repair and mods!! Bob

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    Looks great and a nice use of the wedges to pull everything together.
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    Re: Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    Quote Originally Posted by crab fisherman View Post
    Lime seltzer outside, Coors light inside. Only two things I drink other than buckets of coffee.

    Nice job. Dry feet changes your whole outlook on fishing. I often wonder how much of the time a fisherman is in the first stages of hypothermia without even being aware of it? I only notice it when I stop moving for a few minutes.
    Even though it gives a much better end product; I regretted priming that plate with Dimetcote 302 before I welded... it was a long, hot day (for Kodiak)... and I had a nasty head ache that evening.

    Funny about the seltzer, go through a case a day easily when I’m sitting in the chair on the water.

    Coors stays at the dock, of course. But nothing beats a beer after 12 hours of shipyard work. My crewman appreciates it too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jeverich View Post
    Even though it gives a much better end product; I regretted priming that plate with Dimetcote 302 before I welded... it was a long, hot day (for Kodiak)... and I had a nasty head ache that evening.

    Funny about the seltzer, go through a case a day easily when I’m sitting in the chair on the water.

    Coors stays at the dock, of course. But nothing beats a beer after 12 hours of shipyard work. My crewman appreciates it too.


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    I have a couple squirrel cages fans salvaged from old stove/ovens. They work brilliantly as an extractor fan for welding smoke.

    Same here with the seltzer. I bring fifteen 24 can cases when albacore fishing and usually run out after twenty days. Were a dry boat too, but all bets are off when hauled out.
    It would be a crime to not drink beer in the yard, possibly a mutiny!?!

    Thanks for posting pictures. Awesome job.

    Good luck, have fun and be careful!
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    Re: Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    Got the door installed; had to build up the bottom of the opening a bit.

    Working on install some more tomorrow; shimming with stainless washers. All of the steel underneath will get a good coat of paint as well.




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    Re: Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    I would NOT like to have to fight that plate like you had to. Only way I could do it, would be on a Monday That bein' Beer Nite……..at least I could have a cold one when I got done

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post
    I would NOT like to have to fight that plate like you had to. Only way I could do it, would be on a Monday That bein' Beer Nite……..at least I could have a cold one when I got done
    And to think I was dumb enough to think “man this will be easy - I’ll just get it rolled!”


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    Re: Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    Using a level or a square doesn't always work when rebuilding a boat bulkhead

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    Quote Originally Posted by akpolaris View Post
    Using a level or a square doesn't always work when rebuilding a boat bulkhead
    Yup. She lists to starboard at the dock; the wheelhouse is slanted etc...


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    Re: Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    I do not know, I think I would much rather fight to fit that plate in then I would want wet feet in January and facing all the rest that goes with putting fish on the boat. Nice work Sir.
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    Re: Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    Hey Jeverich, you know Tom Boyer in Kodiak? He does amazing things with metal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigpen60 View Post
    Hey Jeverich, you know Tom Boyer in Kodiak? He does amazing things with metal!
    Funny you mention that, I was just given his number for someone that might balance turbochargers - turns out he doesn’t. Is he a machinist? Small world!


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    Re: Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    Got it trimmed out and insulated today; 2 x 2 firring strips - and fiberglass insulation. It’ll get a nice cabinet grade laminate eventually.

    Another doubler, think it’s the last one! Went to setup the MIG - and turns out I didn’t have the right contact tips. 7018 in all positions on 3/16” steel that’s 52 years old has been a lesson. Amazingly, most of the boat is in great shape, she was flame galvanized after construction... it’s just the problem areas where the issues are.

    Debating lowering the false floor in the wheelhouse by 2”... the old owner was 5’ 6” - I’m 6’ 2”... stooping over for the last 10 years has kind of sucked.







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    Re: Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    Yeah, short people are so inconsiderate when they build things.

    First house I had was built by a really short electrician. In the woods, beautiful views all around, except I had to duck to see them. He set the windows lower than standard, they went to 16" above the floor and stopped 5'8" from the floor.

    So I moved, easier than raising all the windows.

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    Looks good. Keep cutting and patching and eventually you will have a new boat. Think like a fisherman

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    Re: Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    Never said I was a woodworker... but it’s coming along. Milled some trim pieces from greenheart lumber that came up here from Guyana. It was dock pilings that the USCG discarded.








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    Re: Old Alaskan Fishing Boat; New Wheelhouse Door

    Modified my salmon tendering setup too.. much more user friendly now



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    There's always something to fix or improve on fishing vessels. It never ends. Nice work!

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