Robert spent a lot of time drilling the stainless strips at slow speed with lots of cutting oil and a cobalt drill bit. He bought a good angle drill (1/2 inch VSR) for working in tight places, fastening floor from underneath. Access hatches were larger, but Robert cut them to fit, not wanting to cut the main aluminum supports (beams).
Finally, Our hero had the hatch rings welded back together. Robert reports that it’s “Lots of work”, being about 300 to 400 hours. Backing was used under hatch rings (inter) and engine hatches. He found had to come up with some supports under engine hatches (hence the cedar stringers), so the full weight was not on hatch edges. New stainless steel hinges were free, being salvaged by a friend off some cabinets (and don’t we all wish we had these kind of
Robert recommends unless you can do a lot of this your self and have access to get welding and shearing done, it could get even more expensive.”
Plasteak is available both through distributors and directly from the factory.
reported to the Marinette forum on Delphi.