rigging

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Post by woodwagon » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:00 pm

Im in the process of building the cage and seat stand for a 10ft taylor hull. Ive built a couple and have always made the cage one peice and welded tabs to the motor stand to bolt the cage to to help support it. Then weled the seat stand to the motor stand. Basically so i could remove the cage if needed to get to the motor without having to pull the seat stand out as well. Ive been searching through alot of pics looking at riggings on deckover hulls trying to get some ideas and every one i see has the cage and seat stand built in one piece and is no way attatched to the motor stand. Is there a structual reason for this? The cage and riggings i have built in the past have always been strong and lasted a l9ng time. Any imput would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: rigging

Post by Whitebear » Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:11 am

Like you I like to be able to remove the cage. When I build I like to bolt the seat package to the motor stand as well. Its strong and works well.

Some like to be able to pull everything at once all in one piece. However, after working on a fleet of boats I think that its faulty logic. The times when we really needed to pull the whole package were small compared to the time we could have done what we were doing would have been easier to pull just a part of the rigging. Would have been a big time saver.

I never saw a structural advantage. If things are so rough you need that slight structural advantage of a welded up rig, you might not need an airboat but maybe a full track.
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Re: rigging

Post by John Fenner » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:30 pm

Seat stand bolts over the bulkhead struts over the stringers, tab straddles the engine stand rails for the best strength, the front goes to the stringers if it is still a 1/2 deck.
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Re: rigging

Post by techelp3215436655 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:07 pm

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