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Old 02-05-2018, 08:35 PM   #1
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Aluminum Scooter Tower Boat Build

Going to build an aluminum Scooter and rig it with a redfish tower.

The hull is .125 5052 H32. The stringers and bracing will be .125 6061T6 1x2 and 1x1 square tube.

Building the whole thing out of my garage with basic hand tools and a Lincoln square wave tig 200.

Oh and Iím already actually finished with it and already running it duck hunting and fishing. I didnít have time to post as I was building it so just start now with the progress pictures.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:38 PM   #2
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:39 PM   #3
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Laying out the profile.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:45 PM   #4
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Step back and eyeball it. Dotted lines or go with the current cut? Decisions, decision.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:02 PM   #5
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Cut both sides out and Crowned the main stringers. Welded 2Ē pipe along the front, tacked the stringers to the pipe and pressed them from the ceiling with my ďhelperĒ as I welded them in place to curve the bow of the hull. Bending a 6í wide sheet of aluminum by hand wasnít going to happen so I employed this method with pretty good results.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:09 PM   #6
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In for this. Thats freakin awesome that you built a boat in your garage from scratch!

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Old 02-05-2018, 09:12 PM   #7
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Sides on, some bracing in, and the tunnel fabbed up. I ran all the bracing for and aft instead of side to side to ovoid the rippling and denting effect that you see in other boats that have the stringers side to side.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:14 PM   #8
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:38 PM   #9
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Love scooter boats. How tall a tower did you put on it. Really want to put a tower on my 16ft majek skiff
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:47 PM   #10
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Added the pontoon boxes while I had it flipped over.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:50 PM   #11
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A little rusty but itís like riding a bike right?
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:52 PM   #12
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Man this is gonna be awesome! Just out of curiosity, why not put the pontoons flush with the bottom of the hull?
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:53 PM   #13
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Love scooter boats. How tall a tower did you put on it. Really want to put a tower on my 16ft majek skiff
I canít give that away yet. Haha, but your Majek would do just fine with a medium height tower.
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A little rusty? Are you calling that a little rusty?!


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Old 02-05-2018, 09:57 PM   #15
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Man this is gonna be awesome! Just out of curiosity, why not put the pontoons flush with the bottom of the hull?
They are only about 1/4Ē to 3/8Ē difference from the bottom of the hull and I was thinking they would act as somewhat of a trim tab as the water came off the bottom of the main hull and help lift the boat as the water and trapped air came into contact with them. Thatís the idea anyway.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:01 PM   #16
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A little rusty? Are you calling that a little rusty?!


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That was rusty, this is some of my slicked on stuff after I got my steady hand back. (Tripod stand I built)
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That was rusty, this is some of my slicked on stuff after I got my steady hand back. (Tripod stand I built)


Man that is just beautiful!


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Old 02-05-2018, 10:17 PM   #18
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I cut a slot lengthwise in 1Ē pipe with a circular saw for my cap rail and welded it in place. Lots of long welds on the chine edge and the cap rail. Plenty of time under the hood during this project.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:17 PM   #19
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That was rusty, this is some of my slicked on stuff after I got my steady hand back. (Tripod stand I built)
You got skillz homie!!
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:22 PM   #20
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Man, awesome looking welds. Good stuff.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:27 PM   #21
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:31 PM   #22
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Looks awesome so far. now letís see the rest of the pics

Whatís the rest of the specs? L x W and what size motor are you running ?


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Old 02-06-2018, 07:56 AM   #23
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Specs:

Length 13’6”

Width 6’

Sides 9”

Tunnel 5’ long by 10” wide and 5” depth

Tower is 6’ to the top rail

Planed on running a 50hp but ended up with a 70hp on it.
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Old 02-06-2018, 08:45 AM   #24
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Looks great! Those weld/beads speak for themselves, great job.
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:00 AM   #25
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Looks awesome! Fine work right there.
What welder setup are you using?
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:03 AM   #26
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Looks awesome! Fine work right there.
What welder setup are you using?
I have a Lincoln Square Wave Tig 200. Itís an inverter machine. Wished I would have had a nice mig setup though for the long runs.
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I have a Lincoln Square Wave Tig 200. Itís an inverter machine. Wished I would have had a nice mig setup though for the long runs.


I was going to say I bet those runs sucked. But at least you know it will be one heck of a boat!!


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Old 02-06-2018, 11:58 AM   #28
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Can't wait to see the progress.....

Rebuilt one very similar a few years ago but removed the tower and went with a grab bar with tiller drive. Extremely fun little sled just didn't have the time to two boats and sold it.
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Old 02-06-2018, 11:59 AM   #29
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I can hear that thing now with a 70 on it!!!

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and thats a neat little boat with the jet
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:10 PM   #30
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Float test.
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:11 PM   #31
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Can't wait to see the progress.....

Rebuilt one very similar a few years ago but removed the tower and went with a grab bar with tiller drive. Extremely fun little sled just didn't have the time to two boats and sold it.
I almost went that same route then decided to try the tower idea out.
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:19 PM   #32
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Impressed so far!
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:45 PM   #33
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Very nice!
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:56 PM   #34
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Wow!!!
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Wow, this thing is coming along nicely. Can't wait to see the final hull once it's complete.
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Old 02-06-2018, 01:04 PM   #36
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Planed on running a 50hp but ended up with a 70hp on it.
I knew I was gonna love this before I opened it....then you really started speakin my language!

God that brand new aluminum is sexy!
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Will you coat the exterior with line-x or something similar or just paint?


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I have a Lincoln Square Wave Tig 200. Itís an inverter machine. Wished I would have had a nice mig setup though for the long runs.
Nuttin like a good spool gun setup and a huge bottle of argon for long joints
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Can't wait to see the progress.....

Rebuilt one very similar a few years ago but removed the tower and went with a grab bar with tiller drive. Extremely fun little sled just didn't have the time to two boats and sold it.
It moved when I saw that pic of your boat. I would absolutely love a setup like that...
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This is really cool, ready to see the finished product
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Very awesome! following along!
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It moved when I saw that pic of your boat. I would absolutely love a setup like that...
It happens....lol.

Wish I hadn't sold it and my son still reminds me. Scooters have a purpose and are a blast. Would literally run in 2" of hard bottom water without skipping a beat. Had a 3" tunnel and would cavitate even with scoops going with any chop though. Gave the guy who bought it the prop lower to change out when needed.

Now please post some more updates!
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Added enough foam to keep it up should I bust a hole in the bottom.
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pretty cool
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:34 PM   #45
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Now on to the tower! Got the legs crowned up, step back and take a look at, the old eyeball method!
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A few pipe bends a little fab work and the tower is getting knocked out!
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Helm station fabricated
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Thumbs up for water testing in your pool!!!
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Took a few extra hands but the boat only weighed about 350 pounds at that point in the build.
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You have some seriously impressive talent
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