Dedicated To The Smallest Of Skiffs banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,657 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I recently bought a Fishmaster grab bar. It's an ok peice of gear....but I want to modify it. I want to turn it into a side mount rail much like the old ECC gladesmen rails




The thing that makes this all possible without welding is the fact that these things have a removable base attached with a friction plate detent/ detent screw mechanism. So, what I want to do is to cut the base plate in two and tap new screw holes, trim one side of the grab bar tub and drill a new dent screw hole. Take a look at the pictures below:






I have never worked with Aluminum. I only know what I have read. I have read that aluminum is soft enough to use wood working tool BUT abrasive cutting tools don't work so well. So beyond that...I know very little. So, any advice? Should I proceed as planed?

Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,683 Posts
abrasive will load up w/material...........sawzall w/ metal blade,sabre saw etc will work fine...use "blue sand paper to smooth out edges
 

·
I Love microskiff.com!
Joined
·
232 Posts
I had that grab bar on my Gheenoe. I'd be aware of cutting that base. If you cut the port side as shown in pics, you will need to reset/thread the screw into the new aluminum. Also note that it will flex a lot more when the base is apart. I'd find a local welder and have him weld on a round pad to the base of each, and a cross bar for additional support from flexing... It's a great tool for what it is, on e modified it can get sketchy, if not done properly.. :cool:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,657 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
... If you cut the port side as shown in pics, you will need to reset/thread the screw into the new aluminum....
Sure thing! That's what I was referring to when I wrote, "drill a new dent screw hole" in the original post. I think it will work. I just need to build up the courage to cut aluminum for the first time. Heck...It's no different than when I first decided to build up the courage to cut wood. A freaking flats boat came of that! lol
Thanks for the heads-up all Very kind of you all to reply!

Oh oh.....yeah, a new cross member is NOT a bad idea but than means I would have to involve someone else. I don't have welding tools.
 

·
Living & Dying in 3/4 Time
Joined
·
2,558 Posts
Dude it's like the first scratch on the new kayak. Just after loading it up at the store, grab the car key & give it a love line!

Seriously though, aluminum is soft! It is easy to cut, drill, shape, etc.  Just Do It!

And look at anytide's "stuff box" it will tie the grab rail together pretty well.



 

·
I Love microskiff.com!
Joined
·
27 Posts
Oyster,
I do some TIG welding for fun, if you feel like driving up to Deland I'd be very pleased to knock it out in trade for a ride on your sweet Osprey... :)
 

·
Wish'n I was Fish'n!
Joined
·
2,642 Posts
We used pneumatic circular saws in the aluminum shipyard I worked in years ago. Blades are expensive but you could make the cuts you need in a few minutes after removing the base from the U Tube. But be careful your electric circular saw doesn't get ruined with the metal sawdust (swarf)

Table saw would be better.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-8-in-x-60-Tooth-Aluminum-Metal-Cut-Circular-Saw-Blade-48-40-4530/203113448?AID=10368321&PID=1796839&SID=49278866&cm_mmc=CJ-_-1796839-_-10368321&cj=true
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,657 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
Oyster,
I do some TIG welding for fun, if you feel like driving up to Deland I'd be very pleased to knock it out in trade for a ride on your sweet Osprey...  :)
Oh frack! Sorry I didn't reply to this earlier. Sounds like a good deal. I've got the thing sitting on the side-line at the moment. I will eventually get back to it though...I may have to take you up on that offer...
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top