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    This project was to build a mount for a forward-facing camera for a power boat. The camera mount will attach to the top of the roof of the cockpit. The channel detail will be mounted to the top of the roof of the cockpit and will support the cables that go to the camera. The purpose of the camera is to provide excellent forward visibility even when the boat occupants are in sub-optimal locations. The first picture shows my friend and customer Ray holding the completed camera mount. It is ready for powder coating.

    1. Camera Mount
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    This was mostly a machining project, but I did have one weldment. Unfortunately, the weld maxed out my Miller Dynasty 200 DX welder. The foot was ¾” x 1” x 4” Aluminum and the channel was 1/8” x 1” x 2”. I used the following parameters for the TIG weld:

    A/C Current output: 200 amps.
    Balance: 70% Electrode Negative
    Frequency: 50 Hz
    Electrode: 3/32” Tri Mix from Arc Zone.
    Shielding Gas: 75% Argon 25% He
    Shielding flow rate: 15 CFH

    Below is picture of one weld and a second picture of the entire 8’ weldment:

    2. Foot welded on
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    3. Entire channel
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    The next picture shows the access cover removed to gain access to the cable.

    4. Access cover removed
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    And here is the access cover installed.

    5. Access cover installed
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    Last edited by Don52; 05-09-2021, 07:16 AM.
    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

  • #2
    This is a picture of the camera mount all done.

    6. Camera mount done
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    I used my Bridgeport for most of the work, but I used a router table to make the radii on all of the parts:

    7. Router table setup
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    Here is a view from the camera. (As you can see the boat is still in its winter storage.)

    8. The cameras view
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    Here is a front view of the boat. The camera mount will be installed on the top of the roof of the cockpit.

    9. Front view of boat
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    Last but not least here is a side view of the boat for perspective.

    10. Side view of boat
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    -Don
    Last edited by Don52; 05-09-2021, 07:11 AM.
    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    • #3
      Nice boat too!

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      • #4
        Very Nice...........Salt or Fresh water there?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tarry99 View Post
          Very Nice...........Salt or Fresh water there?
          We are on the Great Lakes so it is fresh water.

          -Don
          Miller Thunderbolt
          Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
          Miller Dynasty 200DX
          Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
          Lincoln LE 31 MP
          Lincoln 210 MP
          Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
          16" DuAll Saw
          15" Drill Press
          7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
          20 Ton Arbor Press
          Bridgeport

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          • #6
            Yeah, I was just curious if the end user was going to plate or paint any of that aluminum for corrosion? Out here even though were 40 miles in from the Pacific , the aluminum corrodes relativity fast without plating or powder coating....and when I do some stuff for my buddies on there boats I push stainless even though its a pain to work with it seems to hold up better in most conditions once polished.
            Carry on as I enjoy the Fab and machine work as much as the welding...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tarry99 View Post
              Yeah, I was just curious if the end user was going to plate or paint any of that aluminum for corrosion? Out here even though were 40 miles in from the Pacific , the aluminum corrodes relativity fast without plating or powder coating....and when I do some stuff for my buddies on there boats I push stainless even though its a pain to work with it seems to hold up better in most conditions once polished.
              Carry on as I enjoy the Fab and machine work as much as the welding...
              Ray is planning on white powder coating the camera mount parts. I have done other projects for Ray and he specifies a lot of stainless steel. Here are two stainless steel parts that I made for him in the past. Bulk head fittings:
              Miller Thunderbolt
              Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
              Miller Dynasty 200DX
              Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
              Lincoln LE 31 MP
              Lincoln 210 MP
              Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
              16" DuAll Saw
              15" Drill Press
              7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
              20 Ton Arbor Press
              Bridgeport

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              • #8
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                And here is a coupler

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                Miller Thunderbolt
                Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
                Miller Dynasty 200DX
                Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
                Lincoln LE 31 MP
                Lincoln 210 MP
                Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
                16" DuAll Saw
                15" Drill Press
                7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
                20 Ton Arbor Press
                Bridgeport

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                • #9
                  Ray has a pretty nice ride there.......how's it powered? and what about 32-35' ft?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tarry99 View Post
                    Ray has a pretty nice ride there.......how's it powered? and what about 32-35' ft?
                    Ray's boat is 43 feet long if you don't count the front sprig or the rear swim platform.
                    Here is a picture of the boat with his normal sized daughter standing in front of it.
                    The back of the boat is slightly cut off, but you get the idea of size.

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                    It is powered by two diesel engines. Here is a pictures of the two engines.

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                    The inside of the engine compartment is covered with about 4" of insulation to deaden the sound.

                    -Don
                    Last edited by Don52; 05-11-2021, 06:37 PM.
                    Miller Thunderbolt
                    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
                    Miller Dynasty 200DX
                    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
                    Lincoln LE 31 MP
                    Lincoln 210 MP
                    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
                    16" DuAll Saw
                    15" Drill Press
                    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
                    20 Ton Arbor Press
                    Bridgeport

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tarry99 View Post
                      Yeah, I was just curious if the end user was going to plate or paint any of that aluminum for corrosion? Out here even though were 40 miles in from the Pacific , the aluminum corrodes relativity fast without plating or powder coating
                      Here are three pictures of the powder coated parts.
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                      Miller Thunderbolt
                      Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
                      Miller Dynasty 200DX
                      Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
                      Lincoln LE 31 MP
                      Lincoln 210 MP
                      Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
                      16" DuAll Saw
                      15" Drill Press
                      7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
                      20 Ton Arbor Press
                      Bridgeport

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                      • #12
                        Nice and looks as if he stores that inside at some point?
                        A family member used to captain this luxury 82' fishing vessel, which now operates in the Indian ocean...built in 2014 at Weaver in Maryland , he watched it from laying the keel , Click image for larger version

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                        through sea trials to loading it on a freighter bound for the Seychelles islands. .....Amazing fast elegant fishing vessel powered by 2 German 16 cy power plants.......he no longer works for him and is now fishing in South America.

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                        • #13
                          Ray lives on the west side of the upper peninsula of Michigan. The winters up there are extreme with a lot of snow. Ray keeps the boat in inside storage at a marina in the winter. It is currently still in storage.

                          -Don
                          Miller Thunderbolt
                          Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
                          Miller Dynasty 200DX
                          Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
                          Lincoln LE 31 MP
                          Lincoln 210 MP
                          Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
                          16" DuAll Saw
                          15" Drill Press
                          7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
                          20 Ton Arbor Press
                          Bridgeport

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                          • #14
                            I used to have a flat bottom aluminum Jon boat. That sucker had to be at least 10’ long. Powered her with a paddle and a 12v trolling motor, but it was a big paddle you see. Called her the B-*** Kicker. Kept me out of trouble all through high school.

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