While it’s true that a streamlined aluminium boat might look as if it’ll speed through the water at a great rate of knots, speed and responsiveness aren’t solely dictated by the craft’s sinewy profile. No, in order to gain real propulsion dynamism, that aluminium hull needs a suitably powered engine. As it so happens, we have a FAQ that’s intended to dispel your horsepower worries. Come on, let’s get started.
Do Aluminium Boats Have Horsepower Maximums?
Indeed they do, and that maximum is typically printed on the capacity plate. Look for this plate near the operator seat. If it’s not there, check the transom area. Along with passenger and equipment capacity, the max HP rating will be listed.
What If My Capacity Plate is Missing?
This isn’t an unusual situation. Previous owners paint or restore their aluminium boats, so the plate goes missing. Call the manufacturer, speak to a boat brand representative, or measure the boat so that a weight-ratio formula can be applied.
What’s A Weight-Ratio Formula?
Some seasoned tinny boaters believe the length and weight of a boat can be input into a formula. Using that formula, a horsepower estimate is produced. Be aware, such approximations are rough estimates. They don’t account for hull type and reinforcement, nor do they take into account aluminium wall thickness.
Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Horsepower?
Absolutely, yes, by fitting an overly muscled engine on the back of a tinny, the boat transom experiences stress. Zooming across rough waters, the extra HP makes the boat dangerously unstable.
What’s the Length to Transom Width Rule?
This is another guess estimation formula. If someone multiplies the length of their craft by its transom width, they gain a rough idea of how much horsepower they’ll need to power their boat. Again, there are other factors here, including the hull thickness and how it sits in the water.
Are There Any Solid Guidelines?
That’s a question that gives experienced boat owners headaches. Generally speaking, the length and width of a long aluminium boat will limit an owner to a 10 to 30 Horsepower maximum. By long, you’re probably looking at about 3.5 metres to 4.5 metres in hull length.
Looking back at those last figures, the spread between the maximum limits is kind of high. There’s a reason for that power disparity. Basically, “other” factors come into play, as mentioned previously. The beam dimensions and transom width increase or decrease the power maximum. Then there are the hull shape and aluminium wall thicknesses to add. Really, at the end of the day, formulas are only rough guidelines. Refer to the capacity plate before purchasing an engine. If that plate is missing, then seek out a knowledgeable third party.
It’s true, non-golfers are buying their own golf carts. Before now, the compact vehicles, complete with battery-powered motors, did have a single job. Their job was to transport golfers and their clubs. Steered by a player, they rolled down long fairways, and then parked while golfers decided which club they needed to reach a green. Well, that’s no longer the case. Golf carts have won over a whole new audience.
Used As Community Service Vehicles
In warmer climates, the temperature stays at 24°C or above all day long. The streets of the community neighbour a local golf club or a nearby beach. Non-golfers have their own golf carts out here so that they can go shopping at a nearby market. When done with the shopping, the steering wheel receives a twist, and then it’s down to the beach for an hour of sunbathing. Like any other low-speed electric vehicle, golf carts operate in warm-climate regions as second family cars, which, of course, never enter high-traffic or high-speed roads. Strictly for residential usage, the carts are great timesavers.
Large-Area Electric Rovers
Away from the summery residential streets, there are large parcels of land that can’t be easily navigated by pedestrians. Film studios represent one such application area. Golf carts carry crew members and actors down avenues and alleys on studio backlots. Also, on large college campuses, there’s likely to be at least one electric golf buggy, which is maybe carrying a group of prospective students on a tour. Warehouses and vineyards, large campgrounds and larger farms or ranches, there’s a place for a golf buggy on any one of these open spreads. Having said that, who’s driving these carts? Who is this non-golfer? There is, after all, more to electric buggy ownership than being a beach lover.
Stand Up If You’re A Non-Golfer Cart Owner
There are maintenance workers in apartment complexes. The road system in here is likely a self-contained loop, so the maintenance manager purchases a small fleet of golf carts for the staff. At the college campus mentioned earlier, security officers are using the golfing vehicles to patrol the school grounds. Finally, away from the farms and beaches, concert venue workers are puttering around in their carts, perhaps while carrying a pile of stage microphones through the extended grounds where audience seats reside.
And so it goes, golf carts really are no longer stuck rolling along fairways and tees. Beyond the greens, beyond even the golf club car park, the little powered buggies navigate large open spaces. Colleges, campgrounds, open venues, and even apartment complexes, they all benefit from the addition of a zippy little get-around vehicle.
While pragmatic applications continue to make use of spiral ducting cylinders, a separate series of more aesthetically themed usage areas are realizing new and interesting ways to take advantage of these uniquely profiled tubes. That’s another way of saying, although they’re already a hit in the HVAC sector, spiral ducts are also making waves in a field that’s reserved for architects and interior designers, hence our interests in concrete columns.
All About Void Formers
Solid concrete columns deliver great mechanical strength, with the material curing to create generously endowed structural supports. Of some concern, the dense construction material is heavy. If it were used on a second-floor lobby, imagine how much load the columns would exert on that floor. Sure, the joists and cross-beams could be reinforced, that’s certainly an option. It’s also an expensive one, which requires additional planning. Wouldn’t it be better to lighten the load, to hollow out the concrete columns? Enter void formers, with their hollow but strong walls adding structural strength. In the past, such systems were made from grid-like galvanized steel. Yes, those formworks function well, but there’s a second, more accomplished solution. Better than those discrete metal elements, we’re talking about spiral ducting.
A Radially Strengthened Column Support
Contractors don’t need as much concrete when building columns that are intended to be architecturally attractive. That means they can leave a void within the pillars, hollows that are occupied by rigid tubes. Taking this approach, costs take a tumble because there’s less material consumption on a building project. Better yet, because the ducting is spiral cut, it has a high strength-to-weight ratio. Essentially, the light but rigid tubing provides uplift force. Of course, for true structural support, solid concrete is still the ideal solution. With a reinforced steel core, that strengthened column functions as a load-bearing structural asset. However, for light to moderate uplift applications, plus a lighter and less costly build, void formers made from spiral ducting are a workable option.
Because the rigid tubing handles HVAC noise and long runs, spiral ducts are being seen in a new light. Previously, they were viewed only as air conditioning resources, which lay in piles of pre-cut tubes. Now, having exhibited that high rigidity factor, architects, and engineers are taking notice. Cutting costs, and concrete pouring volumes, the hollowed-out pillars are light but moderately strong. Yes, the ducts are hollow, but they’re also radially stiff, so they hold firm while they’re further walled-in with concrete and/or plaster. Lighter than a similarly formed solid column, the cylindrical voids won’t crush thin structural foundations or between-floor joists.
The knock-on effect happens when one event affects another. Some initial action has impacted a secondary effect. That’s interesting enough, but what does it have to do with Kimple aluminium boats? Well, on applying that principle, think of a boat’s material build as its initial state. Made of a tough but lightweight aluminium alloy, the knock-on effect here is favourable, to say the least. It all begins with thin-skinned strength.
Armoured With Thin-Sheeted Strength
Let’s use the Kimple Sniper 498 for this example. It’s an attractive-fisherman-friendly craft. It’s also a 4.68-metre long boat, so there’s room for a few angling friends in its all-welded hull. Long and streamlined like a lake-cruising dart, those dimensional features make themselves known as soon as the craft is spotted cruising along the surface of a popular fishing patch. What’s not immediately obvious is the thickness of that hull. The aluminium sheeting is a mere 2.5-mm thick. Now, while that skinny value might seem overly thin, we have to remember this metal features a superior strength-to-weight ratio. In simple terms, this metal sheeting is tough, strong, and built to take punishment.
Aluminium-Strengthened Fishing Safety
Anglers are an adventurous bunch. That doesn’t mean they want to spend all day fighting a pinhole leak, though. Unfortunately, such incidents do happen in shallow water lakes. Maybe the summer has been particularly hot, in which case the water levels have dropped. Rocks, which were formerly a full metre below the lake surface, now lay dangerously just out of sight. A course steered towards this area causes a scrape, a hull is pierced, and a leak forces an end to a weekend’s fishing trip. Aluminium tinnies, especially those built by Kimple, are tough and rigid. Although only 2.5-mm thick, based on that initial example, they’re designed to handle the occasional glancing blow.
An All-Around Boating Champion
What’s more, as if thin-sheet toughness wasn’t enough, the unpainted aluminium look shown off by a Kimple boat can be maintained without too much effort. Featuring a controlled oxidizing property, Aluminium surfaces form a thin coating of aluminium oxide. That self-anodizing verdigris looks attractive. It gives aluminium boats a metal-toughened look, which is further bolstered by that tough-as-nails real-life strength-to-weight ratio, which translates to a fifty-percent weight reduction rating when compared against a similarly specced pile of stainless steel sheeting.
Maintenance-wise, the odd small repair and cleaning operation will still feel like a chore. All maintenance work feels that way, but at least an aluminium tinny can be fixed up and cleaned without spending a small fortune. Soap and water will do as a cleaning agent. However, and this is an important point, to keep the metal hull fully protected, a suitable aluminium hull cleaner should be used to clean the metal so that its full lustre is restored.
When you purchase your first vessel, you have to weigh several different factors. You have to look at the cost of the boat, the features that it will offer, and how much the vehicle will cost in order to maintain. While the boating world is fiercely divided over which type of boat is best, aluminium and fibreglass continue to rise to the top of the conversation. Today, we are going to be looking at the maintenance cost of an aluminium boat in comparison to the popular fibreglass options.
Maintaining Your Aluminium Boat – Cost and Expectations
Aluminium boats have been wildly popular for a long time. Aluminium is a lightweight metal that is easy to work with. As a result, basic aluminium boats have remained relatively inexpensive whereas fibreglass boats tend to be pricier. With that being said, the truth is always going to be in the details. Are aluminium boats truly a good deal? What about costly maintenance? How much work actually goes into maintaining an aluminium boat in comparison to a fibreglass boat?
1) Common Maintenance Requirements – While aluminium boats are lighter and more affordable than a conventional fibreglass boat, that doesn’t make them weak. Maintaining your aluminium boat can be simple and affordable so long as you follow a few basic techniques.
a) Wash Your Boat – If you use your boat in saltwater, end your day by rinsing off the entire craft. Allowing saltwater to sit on your vessel’s surface will be a sure way to induce unnecessary corrosion.
b) Paint Your Hull– Your aluminium boat’s hull can be prone to corrosion and fouling if you leave it untreated. Make sure to paint up to the water line of your aluminium boat with corrosion-resistant, aluminium-friendly paint.
c) Easy Ding Removal – Aluminium is a tremendously strong material, as evidenced by its usage in the aerospace industry. With that said, dings and scratches can begin to add up. Fortunately, buffing out issues with your aluminium boat can be a relatively simple process. Aluminium boats do not have to worry about snapping from traditional wear-and-tear, unlike a fibreglass vehicle.
Maintaining an aluminium boat is not a passive process. You have to be ready to follow the simple maintenance tips that we outlined above on a regular basis. While taking care of your aluminium boat will be time intensive, it won’t hurt your wallet. Fortunately, effort doesn’t always cost a ton of money. Make sure to rinse your boat off, store it properly, and keep the hull appropriately painted in order to prevent the vessel from fouling over time.
True, aluminium boats are made of metal, but their hulls offer superior strength-to-weight ratios. That means their sheet metal parts can be surprisingly thin. Fabricated out of thin, lightweight aluminium alloys, they float shallowly, so there’s very little drag to stop a metal hull from cruising forth on a low wave. Speaking quite frankly, boats made from this particular alloy can skim across the waves when fitted with a large enough outboard motor.
A Cut abovethe Rest: Propelling Aluminium Hulls
Generally speaking, aluminium is the lighter hull material, at least when compared to fibreglass. However, a low weight build isn’t always a good thing. Propelled by a powerful outboard motor, a lightweight hull will bounce erratically over smooth waters. That effect will only get worse as the waters get choppier. With that thought in mind, think twice before you install a bigger engine. Otherwise, if you do end up purchasing a high horsepower outboard motor, perhaps while assuming aluminium boats needed more propulsion oomph, then the results could be quite disastrous. Who wants to speed around on an overly muscled tinny if they need to nurse the throttle all day long?
Selecting Smaller Outboard Motors
Ultimately, an aluminium boat can use a low horsepower engine, although it might lose its responsive edge if you take away too much horsepower. For example, a 9.8 horsepower outboard motor will propel a 4.5-metre aluminium boat across the water at speeds in excess of 25-kph, which is more than fast enough for most fishermen. All the same, it won’t be as responsive, as steerable as a slightly larger model. Loaded with fishing gear, and moderately loaded with fishermen, a 15-horsepower engine will deliver snappier performance. If that’s not quite enough power, you could opt for a 25-hp titan, with its propulsion overhead providing the best possible performance gains, at least in terms of cruising responsiveness. A maximum cruise speed of 40-kph isn’t unusual when an aluminium boat has this much raw power on tap.
At the end of the day, there’s not much performance difference. Aluminium vessels ride shallower, so they’re not anchored by drag. They’re also lighter than fibreglass, so the temptation to increase outboard motor power should be resisted. Remember, lighter boat hulls can bounce. At best, a calm school of fish will be startled by such surface-rippling action. At worst, the stabilization problem could reduce steering control so badly that the craft becomes virtually unmanageable. If you own an aluminium boat, don’t go more than one size higher than the optimally powered engine size. Stick with a lower horsepower model, and leave the one-size-up option open if steering responsiveness becomes an issue.
Many moons ago, rectangular ducts were universal. They ruled HVAC systems. Times change, though, and spiral ducts are now every bit as popular as their four-sided peers. There may even come a time when spiral air channels are preferable. Rectangular ducts would then fade into the mists of time as an extinct form of HVAC airflow conveyance. Sounds good, but why are spiral ducts becoming so widespread now?
Built With a Spiral Seal
Spiral ducting is undeniably popular. One reason for this state of demand is their leak resisting seals. The lightweight aluminium coils are practically airtight. Unlike smaller rectangular sections, they’re packed in the back of HVAC trucks as 6-metre length sections. Even loaded like this, they look unusually appealing. Then, mounted by an installation professional, the airflow generated by an in-line fan zips down the ducting. The system air probes for leaks, but a lack of longitudinal and transverse joints ensure a leak-less journey. In rectangular systems, short lengths are fastened together, so there’s a longitudinal, and leak susceptible, joint every few metres along the boxy length of tubing.
All about Spiral Aesthetics
Galvanized rectangular channels look clunky and unattractive, which is why they’re still imprisoned above false ceilings. Aluminium-based spiral ductwork has never been and will never be treated so disrespectfully. Someone can walk into a modern restaurant or microbrewery and see those shiny, seam-corkscrewing ducts mounted below a ceiling. They’re visually appealing, so why hide them? Better yet, and we’re still inside that restaurant, spiral ducts are designed to reduce noise. They channel air quietly. Rectangular ducts create loud metallic sounds as their panels suck inward after a fan stops. The hollow noise pops over a dining couple again as the metal panel bows outwards after the airflow switches on again. Energy efficient and airtight, spiral ducting stays quiet while using less fan power to generate a powerful cooling or heating effect.
There’s one redeeming factor that saves rectangular ducting. The metal is, after all, easy to cut and shape. It’s all straight lines and right-angles, with an occasional switch in direction occurring as the ductwork transitions into a new room. Still, that single benefit can’t win the day for four-sided HVAC linkages. For every less-than-impressive angular advantage, there are two or more significant spiral advantages. Curved tubing, complete with its spiraling seam, won’t leak, and it’s quieter than those rectangular channels. Furthermore, as if any other benefits are needed to prove their case, spiral channels gently guide HVAC currents around manageable bend sections. With boxy ducting, the directional transitions are harsher and less accommodating.
Golf buggies are tough little vehicles. They cruise up long fairways, stop while a club member takes a swing at a reachable par 4 shot, then trundle over grassy divots, all on a single charge. However, when all is said and done, a golf buggy is a battery-powered four-wheeler, and those wheels won’t perform well if those batteries aren’t looked after properly.
Initial Maintenance Procedures
Are the battery terminals covered in a powdery substance? Is there a crack in a block casing? What about the cable clamps? They should be anchored tightly to the terminals. As for that messy powder, it can interfere with the electrical current as it travels from the battery to the drive motor. This corrosive chemical deposit needs to be cleaned away. Incidentally, there’s nothing that can be done for the crack. Take the vehicle out of service immediately, for it could be leaking a corrosive acid discharge. Replace damaged batteries.
A Maintenance-Tuned Safety Guide
Switch the Tow/Run control on the buggy to TOW, then inspect the golf cart batteries. If that powdery mess is ingrained in every terminal thread, disconnect the terminals. Use insulated tools when attempting any maintenance. Start by putting on a pair of acid-resistant work gloves, then use an insulated wrench to disconnect the cables. If there’s a sequence of cable removal marked out in the buggy manual, remember to follow that order. Now, bend those cable ends back slightly so that they won’t rub against the terminals. Having done that, there are likely six or more lead-acid batteries mounted on that tray, and they all need maintenance.
Collect A Liquid Care Package
For cleaning the terminals, use a half-and-half mix of baking soda and water to clear the corrosive deposits. If necessary, remove the connecting wire linkages, the ones that connect each battery block to its neighbour. With everything clean, the chore of reconnecting the battery cables commences, again as directed by the manual. Complete this job by coating the terminals in petroleum jelly. This greasy stuff protects the threaded rods from the atmosphere. Finally, top up the liquid electrolyte. Please, only ever use distilled water when topping up a lead-acid battery. Tap water is NOT an option here.
Maintenance workers proceed methodically when carrying out their duties on golf buggy battery packs. The best tip here is to go slow. Prepare the tools, including the gloves and the insulated wrench. Add a bottle of electrolyte-topping distilled water and a smaller bottle of cleansing solution to the kit. Reversing the procedure, reconnect everything tightly while checking for terminal damage. Like the maintenance worker, use a calm and methodical manner when reconnecting the various battery linkages and cables.
Owning a boat can be a great way to relax while getting out into the sun. There are many boat options for consideration but when it comes right down to it, few boats can beat what an aluminium boat has to offer. With that being said, buying an aluminium boat isn’t as easy as merely picking one out of a catalogue. In order to make a great purchase, buyers need to understand a few specific details. Today, we’re going to talk a little about what you need to know when purchasing an aluminium boat.
Buying an Aluminium Boat: Important Things to Know
Buying a boat is a little bit like buying a car. Boats come in different shapes and sizes, and they have their own different strengths and weaknesses. Unfortunately, that is pretty much where the similarities end. Most people are at least familiar with cars and what they are shopping for, but buying a boat can be a totally different experience. In order to make a great purchase, buyers need to pay attention to a few key details during their shopping experience. Let’s highlight a few key details below.
1) Boat Size – Depending on what you are using your boat for, the size of your craft can make a massive difference. If you are going to be hitting bigger water, you’ll want a longer and deeper boat. If you are going to be on a placid pond or lake, you can have something that is smaller. Additionally, you’ll want to pay attention to the size of your boat so that you can pair it with a trailer. The most important dimensions that you will be paying attention to are height, width, and weight.
2) Boat Trailer – If you are buying a boat, you are going to need an aluminium boat trailer to go with it. Your boat trailer will attach to your vehicle via the hitch. Boat trailers come in different shapes, sizes, and styles. Make sure that your boat and trailer work together. You can eliminate quite a few problems by getting the trailer from the same place that you get your boat.
3) New or Used – Finally, you’ll have to decide whether you want to purchase a new or used craft. New boats are going to be in a pristine condition which means you won’t have to deal with a potentially compromised hull. Used boats might be more affordable, but there is no real promise of quality there.
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When it comes time to take home a new aluminium boat, AWW Tinnies is there to help. Our team of professionals is always ready to walk you through the purchasing process.
A material that has low modulus elasticity provides impact-absorbing strength. Think of it, the ability to dampen the brunt of any impact. Sure, spongy rubbers possess that attribute, but who wants to strap layers of rubber around a streamlined boat? No, the hull material, aluminium in this case, should be structurally stiff while it also delivers a simultaneous measure of energy-absorbing strength.
Coming Out Against Hull Brittleness
Taking a contrary viewpoint, just for a minute or two, what happens if you purchase a vessel that can’t absorb an occasional knock? Glass-reinforced plastic (fibreglass) hulls are relatively brittle, not elastic. Just tap one of their prows. There’s a hollow rapping sound and no yield to the brittle substance. Granted, the material structure of a fibreglass boat is hard, but it’ll come off all the worse for wear when it strikes a rocky outcropping. Fundamentally speaking, there’s a big difference between a surface that’s outwardly hard and one that’s as impact-resistant as it is tough.
Dependably Tough and Flexible Aluminium Hulls
Not only do aluminium boats provide a hardened frame skin, but they also furnish that all-important, impact dampening modulus of elasticity. The material is essentially slightly ductile. When it’s struck by a boat dock support or a submerged rock, it deforms and gains a dent. Naturally enough, a boat owner doesn’t want an ugly, hull disfiguring dent, but isn’t such a defect better than a crack or hole? After a boat gains a dent, it can still make its way back to shore, after all. With a fibreglass fracture, the whole vessel could sink, so the crew will have to quickly abandon ship. When all’s said and done, a dent is better than a life-endangering hull puncture. Besides, and this is again a result of aluminium’s ductility, what was deformed can be repaired. It doesn’t take much work, not for an expert boat repairer, to smooth out a thin metal-skinned dent.
This point cannot be emphasized enough, brittle boat skins have seen their day. If a boat is on a lake, a body of water that’s littered with rocky outcroppings, opt for a hull that features low modulus elasticity. It’ll absorb most impacts. For those hits that can’t be fully absorbed, the metal will deform but won’t fracture. That’s a hallmark that could save a boat, and it certainly has saved lives. Fibreglass skins do, of course, find their ways into many ships, but they’re not the safest option, not on a body of water that’s dotted with impact-making features. Similarly, on troublesome docking facilities, ductile aluminium panels won’t crack or puncture.
Up to now, you’ve looked at how an aluminium boat performs. You’ve nodded in approval after reading about how a lightweight but durable metal hull can give shallow-water scrapes the cold shoulder while their sharply defined V-shaped prows cut through rough waves. Now, on taking a break from performance describing posts, it’s time to see whether fishermen prefer tinnies, even though anglers typically disdain that need for speed attitude.
Designed For the Canny Fisherman
Fish have learned to outwit fishermen. They find cover, see shadows, hide under rocks. And, even when they do decide to take a swim in open waters, they’ll scarper as soon as you make the slightest move. Using an aluminium boat, the lightweight craft floats high in shallow waters. It drifts into position without leaving a heavy wake behind. Ripples, as caused by fibreglass boats, scare off marine creatures. But, stealthy by design, a comparably sized metal boat can run the shallowest waters with ease. That means it’ll cruise speedily to a favourite fishing spot, then the boat’s engine will shut off so that the hull can drift covertly towards a rocky hiding place, where you’ll finally hook your first pink snapper of the day.
Endures When Fishing Gaffes Strike
Much attention has been spent on outfoxing your fish. You’ve drifted into a patch of aquatic ferns, where stony deposits are piled one atop the other. Lake plants are using the outcropping as a place to grow and spread. Now, with your attention elsewhere and the rocks concealed, your hull bumps and scrapes. Not to worry, though, because of the aluminium frame, the scrape doesn’t even leave a scratch behind. That’s not what would happen if the hull was made of fibreglass. Scraping against the submerged rocks, a long, ugly gash would stretch across the hull. Floating tree limbs, bits of flotsam and jetsam, a tough tinny endures, even when it’s drifting towards a mass of fish-concealing lake detritus.
The best aluminium fishing boats are like soft-centred sweets. Comfortable on the inside, with storage compartments and accessories at-hand, the outside surface is hard as nails. Even with the hard exterior, its skin is surprisingly thin, but it’s also an unyielding alloy. It won’t buckle when a tinny goes seeking fish in a coral encrusted region at sea or a rock covered patch of lake water. Its prow sinks a little low as the engine stutters and shuts off. This change in hull orientation gives the craft a stealthier profile. It drifts, it floats on shallow waters, and the fishermen onboard lean low as they stalk their Piscean targets.
Boat trailers convey ships to their destination. Protecting the boat’s bodywork, they cradle that expensive investment and transport it safely to a distant shore, then they dispatch it without a single hull-snagging pause. No matter the drive conditions, the craft arrives undamaged and ready to be unloaded. Fitted at key contact points, between craft vessel and trailer cradle, rib rollers support the boat.
What Are Rib Rollers?
Just to review the roller family, there’s a handful of different hull supporting and transporting rollers available. Keel rollers, as the name implies, hold the bow-to-stern boat backbone. Up front, a boat trailer bow roller acts as a hull stopper. It secures and buttresses a vessel’s forward section. Rib rollers serve a similar purpose, except their job is to prop up a boat’s flared side sections. And, because of the flared ship outlines, the rollers are typically installed at an angle. Now, because we know how the different types of rollers function, let’s see what significance they have when used on a high-quality boat trailer.
Dual-Role Rib Rollers
On the one hand, the little wheels gather in pairs. One is situated above a power boat’s rib, the other below. They’re equidistantly spaced, with the rib edge located between their rubberized rims. Non-marking by design, rubber grooves provide enhanced traction when slippery hulls need extra grip. Then, when the craft needs unloading, the build quality of the castor arrays assure a resistance-less release. In a nutshell, when rib rollers work properly, a boat will slip effortlessly free of its cradle and slip into the water. Better yet, since the rollers are coated in a grooved rubber, the hull won’t accumulate nasty rubber skid marks. Low-quality rollers don’t offer this feature. They wear, and the worn rubber marks what should be a blemish-free boat hull.
Talking About Hull Geometry
A slender pair of ribbed edges can curve their way all around a V-shaped boat hull. They accentuate the deep V-shape and create gentle transitions between the arcing hull sides. Functionally speaking, the ribs streamline a boat’s water cutting profile as it slices its way rapidly through high waves. Engine power, in this case, equals optimized hydroplaning power. To protect those finely rendered hull ridges, a good boat trailer is crucial, and that essential wave-cutting companion must come equipped with several groups of high-quality rib rollers.
So, what’s the best feature? A non-slip, grooved wheel rim is desirable. A frictionless design is also convenient, for that feature will help a boat slip effortlessly free of its moorings. Then, with the high-velocity cruise over, those slip-resistant rib rollers help pull the vessel back into its cradle. Importantly, they should always self-locate themselves to either side of the hull ribs.
All Kimple aluminium boats deliver smooth, responsive rides. That’s a fairly impressive claim, considering the capricious nature of our Australian waters. Smooth and accommodating during the day, the waters surrounding our great southern continent can turn choppy as the day lengthens. No worries, turbulent or glassy smooth, Kimpletinnies have an aluminium-plated vessel that’ll provide a comfortable, reliable boating experience.
Viewed from the deck, the features grow as a potential buyer inspects a Kimple aluminium boat. There are storage boxes for stowing fishing gear and snacks. Comfortable EVA stuffed bench seats are fitted so that that choppy cruise on Australian waters doesn’t cause bum bruising. Anti-slip tape, a swim ladder, even an included bilge pump, the fully-equipped deck guarantees a sense of boating peace of mind. Then, depending on the size of the craft, the thickness of the aluminium plating increases to offset the water’s unpredictable nature. If the boat slides sideways against a hard dock or concealed rock, it easily shrugs off the impact.
Exploring Australian Waters
Although full of flat land, most Australians live near the coast, and we love recreational boating. Unfortunately, there are hazards on the open waters. There are sharks out there and large cetacean beasts. Closer to shore, riptides and strong tidal forces create the kind of waves that have made our coasts a surfer’s paradise. However, all of those different natural elements can impact a sailing vessel hard. To offset such fierce energies, at least when cruising Australian waters, boating enthusiasts turn towards Kimple aluminium boats, vessels that can take punishment and come back for more without sporting a single dent or scratch. And remember, even a slow-going excursion can become dangerous going, with a high southern tide dropping fast to expose a rocky outcropping.
A 4.25-metre long 430 Catch provides a 1.7mm hull. Checking out a 450 Adventure, the boat’s 4.45-metre hull accommodates 4 adults. But look at the maximum depth of the two craft. At 0.58-metres deep, for the 430 Catch, and a massive 0.86-metre depth for the 450 Adventure, Kimple boats present a deep bow, which cuts through choppy waters like a hot knife through cold butter. Sailing inland, caught by a tide in a small bay, or snagged offshore by a southern riptide, this branded range of stability-enhanced tinnies won’t bump and twist when hit by a side-on wave, nor will they recoil before an Antarctic swell as it surges in from afar. In fact, you can pull out a cool drink and hold your fishing rod one-handed, safe in the knowledge the hull will splice its way through a choppy, Australian-scale current.
A golf cart is zipping up the fairway, bouncing and jouncing towards the 18th green. The 19th hole, the club bar, is so close. You’re licking your lips in anticipation of a cold beer when the golf cart battery dies. It looks like your mates will beat you to the bar. Let’s rewind time a little, let’s see why the electric cart’s battery up-and-die prematurely.
Engaging the T.L.C Approach
Tempted to pull out your trusty putter and go to town on the betrayer, you take a few moments to calm down. Instead of calling the insentient power brick a whole slew of unpleasant names, you decide to change your ways. The battery is put on charge regularly, it’s cleaned, and a fine layer of petroleum jelly is liberally applied to the battery terminals. Those terminals gain chemical gunk over time, and the pasty stuff can interfere with the power distributing components, so a scheduled clean and protective coating will soon correct that nasty issue for you.
Select a Capable Battery Charger
Some electrical knowledge is required to get the best out of the next few lines of instructional text. First off, don’t use any old battery charger. A fully-featured model is best. Equipped with essential charge optimizing features, like an automatic over and undercharging prevention circuit, branded equipment options are designed to extend and enhance battery life. To select the right model, look for a golf cart recommendation table. On finding this little selection chart, the right battery charger is intelligently matched against a range of compatible golf buggies. With less time spent feeding off of the charging dock, your sporty little electric cart will spend more time conquering the golf course.
Buckling Down On the Maintenance Work
As an outdoor pastime, golf is a fun way of staying fit. Still, who wants to spend the best part of the day hiking their way between the various holes? Already, the new battery charger is working to increase the life expectancy of your battery by a fifth. Let’s fine tune the maintenance work even further so that your day is spent whacking golf balls, not walking down long fairways. Take the slab-like power brick, check its fluid level each month, and top its cells with distilled water. Remember, away from a coastal links course, the temperatures can soar, and batteries dry faster under the sun.
Last of all, a little common sense goes a long way. Avoid steep inclines, if possible. Seek out flatter routes. Now, with a battery maintenance kit and this article nearby, you’ll always be on time for the 19th, right at the end of the bar with your thirsty golfing mates.
Aluminium really is an amazing boat trailer materials. Due to the alloy’s substantial weight-to strength coefficient, this metal is light but strong. That’s a feature every boat owner knows and loves. Even if the tow car is a compact, not a brawny pickup truck, the job gets done. With the boat and trailer in tow, the car cruises towards a lake edge.
Aluminium Boat Trailers Cruise
A safely cradled boat is waiting to cruise the open waters. Meanwhile, its boat trailer is showing off its own cushioned kilometre eating capabilities. Thanks to the lightweight but durable trailer metal, the moderately muscled vehicle engine climbs steep grades and brakes easily at the bottom of fast-dropping hills. The boat is fairly heavy, but it’s also made of lightweight aluminium, so the mass isn’t unmanageable. Paired with the weight of the trailer, a relatively powerful vehicle engine can handle the majority of road rises and falls, plus the twists and turns that necessitate a responsive steering wheel.
A Clear Non-Freshwater Winner
Boat trailers should be corrosion resistant. Now, many alternative metals are rust resistant, but that feature isn’t exactly reliable. More than rust resistant, modern aluminium boat trailers are comprehensively rustproof. Even an ordinary trailer, coated in aluminium oxide, resists water oxidization. For a level of oxidization proofing that’s hard to beat, places where coastal waters dominate, briny salt water corrosion is far more caustic. In this scenario, a top-tier aluminium trailer assures a rust-free boating experience.
Aesthetically Pleasing Mariner Cradles
Even if the thin aluminium oxide coating gets a scratch, the metal only scores slightly while it develops a light coating of white powder. The white powder even acts as a self-healing feature, so a new aluminium oxide film takes form as the trailer ages. Now, with the protective coating and weight-to-strength ratio working in concert, the boat cradle retains its good looks. That’s something that can’t be said for steel. Unless that alloy is heavily zinc-galvanized, it’ll age and develop an ugly yellow-brown bloom. Finally, with aluminium performing as the base material for the boat and its trailer, galvanic corrosion can never be a worry. With steel and other ferrous-rich metals, that’s a promise that can’t be kept. Plastics are an option, of course, but plastics wear faster than aluminium, which is a durable metal.
Indeed, modern aluminium alloys are closing the durability gap. They’re still not as hard or as rigid as stainless steel or galvanized metals, but they’re more than hard enough to serve as a durable boat trailer frame. In and out of saltwater, speeding down the highways and byways behind a moderately powerful towing vehicle, aluminium boat trailers are simply the best, and that’s a fact.
Whether a boating enthusiast is replacing an old outboard engine or he’s buying an entirely new craft, there are some elementary engine differences he should know about right off the bat. The differences between two-stroke and four-stroke outboards, and there are major differences, are one example of fundamental boating knowledge. So, if there are still doubts about those alternating engine architectures, here’s where we clear up the matter.
The Telling Differences: Two-Stroke Outboard Motors
Folk tend to make sweeping generalizations when they talk about the two engine families. Let’s try and avoid this unfortunate habit. First off, two-stroke outboards are economically designed. When the engine stroke commences, they carry out the intake and compression stroke in one action. Likewise, the expansion and exhaust stroke take place as a second action. That compact cycling effect delivers power fast, but there are costs to be exacted when engine pistons multitask. For older two-stroke motors, expect noise and fuel inefficient operation. So far, then, things don’t look so good for two-stroke outboards, but we’re not finished with them just yet.
Powerplant Efficiency: Four-Stroke Outboards
Refusing to multitask, the pistons in a four-stroke outboard motor separate the actions described in the previous paragraph of text. There’s a separate stroke for the intake action, for the compression stage, expansion, and the exhaust reaction. That’s all very good, so why are two-stroke outboards still around? Well, four-strokes are large. They also require more maintenance, probably because there are more moving parts under their beefy engine cowls. Still, even with the size issue causing problems for a boat’s transom, they’re more fuel efficient and up to 50% quieter than their smaller, noisier counterparts.
Weighing the Performance Tradeoffs
Up to now, this post has been all about major differences, about performance gaps that seemingly make a clearcut buying choice easy. Unless a buyer’s boat is small and its hull is fragile, then a four-stroke outboard is the superior choice. Not so fast, though, technology has muddied the waters a little. Because of newer, more innovative designs, the latest two-stroke motors run quieter and they’re more fuel efficient, to boot. They’re also lighter and often more responsive than larger four-stroke motors, and they don’t require complex valving configurations or intricately designed camshafts. At the end of the day, just remember the key points mentioned above, then let the various manufacturers show off their wares.
Using the above buyers-be-aware approach, boaters know that two-stroke outboards generally make more noise, but they’re usually responsive, so they take the time to seek out the latest generational models. Meanwhile, four-stroke outboard motors are quieter, they do discharge fewer emissions, and they’re extremely fuel efficient, but there’s still that chunky disposition to consider.
Dunked underwater, a submerged outboard boat motor is drowning in several meters of water. Tip number one, then, is to know where that motor has made its unexpected dive. Without knowing the exact location, you’re going to be searching for your missing motor when you should be recovering it and carrying out your troubleshooting duties. Just like you read it, tip number one is to drop a marker. An anchoring float should do the trick.
Salvaging the Engine
Time is of the essence. If the engine is stuck on a slope, if it’s caught in a strong current, undertow or tide, then it might move away from the marker. A diver is needed, and the wetsuit master needs to move fast. On finding the outboard, it can be salvaged.
Before Doing Anything Else
Before the motor can be flushed, remove the seabed or lake materials that came up with its housing. Bits of seaweed, silt and sand, mud and unlucky aquatic lifeforms, they all need to be washed away. Next, with the muck gone, the engine cowling is removed.
Fluid Line Measures
The fuel can’t be left in the motor. Drain the tank, unplug the carburetter, and clear any trace fluids. Next, the spark plugs are going to have to come out, too. If one bucket is full of mud and debris, call in another one, a bucket that’ll hold the drained fuel.
Handcrank the engine, just a few times, to get the water out of the inner engine workings. Important: If the motor cylinders issue a grating, scraping sound when they’re cranked, stop immediately. Odds are, there’s sand in the cylinder head. If you don’t have experienced in engine overhauls, call in an expert to overhaul the cylinders.
Spray Lube Water Protection
There are still trace quantities of water in the outboard motor. As a recovery tip here, you can open any electronic modules and let them dry. As a more active solution, use spray lube on the cylinders and the cylinder manifold. Crank while applying the lube. This action will purge concealed pools of water.
It’s a disaster in the waiting, the moment when an outboard boat motor is on the verge of toppling into the water. Somehow the transom and motor clamp loosened, and the rest is history. All is not lost, however, not if you know where the outboard motor lays submerged. Get a diving expert to help with the salvage operation, then follow the above steps. On reassembling the dried and lubed outboard engine, fill her up, spray starting fluid into its air intake, and see it kick back into life.
Straight to the matter at hand, yes, there are specially equipped aluminium grades, which are designed to last longer and function better in boat building applications. Granted, all types of aluminium exhibit a desirable measure of corrosion resistance, but there’s a world of difference between something that resists rust and a metal that absolutely won’t succumb to the influences of an oxidizing environment, right?
All about Aluminium Grades
Not every alloy is created equal. Let’s assume a certain application wanted a type of aluminium that was workable and machinable. Even if the various grades provide tremendous application diversity, there’s usually a drawback to be taken into account. A natural polished surface looks great, especially on boats, but what if that naturally good looking metal isn’t weldable or heat treatable? For example, grade 2012 has copper as an alloying metal, but it’s designed for wrought applications, not boats. Incidentally, 2xxx aluminium is relatively corrosion-prone. Alternatively, type 3xxx alloys are non-heat treatable, but manganese-alloyed aluminium is highly corrosion resistant. Of course, boating enthusiasts want to know which aluminium grades are marine-capable. They have little interest in metals that won’t satisfy a boat builder’s needs.
Primarily, the builder seeks out an alloy that’s been rolled and extruded. A wrought or cast oriented grade doesn’t fit the bill, so they’re quickly dismissed. The workable alloy bends and cuts easily. If there are welds to be made, then the grade also must permit such actions. It’s no good selecting a grade that’s hard to machine, after all. Next, will the alloy prevent all kinds of corrosion, as found in pure lake water or salt-heavy seawater? Lightweight, exhibiting its high strength-to-weight ratio, the hull material comes loaded with impressive yield strength. A water-cutting V-shape won’t deform, but it will easily take a pounding, even when the craft is skipping over the waves at speed. Looking at the numbers, grade 5xxx alloys work best. Select magnesium-backed 5052 graded aluminium when the craft requires moderate-to-high strength hull, plus a corrosion resistant frame. Better yet, and this applies to saltwater vessels, boat builders use grade 5059.
There are a few more options to know about before this post concludes. By adding silicon to the mix, we reach the 6xxx family. These metals, like type 5059, are particularly suited for offshore applications, places where the briny waters exert their worst oxidizing effects. In conclusion, though, that corrosion proof feature isn’t enough. The alloy, especially when it’s used in a larger craft or a fast cruising vessel, must have enough tensile strength to handle the effects of any and all material-deforming waters.
Aluminium boats are incredibly popular for people who want to hit the water without the hassle that can come along with other boat materials, such as wood. Aluminium is a durable and long-lasting material that is affordable to fabricate and easy to work with. However, with all of that being said, maintenance is incredibly important when it comes to your aluminium boat. Specifically, it is incredibly important that you get into the habit of properly cleaning and polishing your aluminium boat hulls. If you want your boat to last as long as possible without being marred by degradation, you need to get into a cleaning and polishing routine. Today, we are going to outline the correct methods of polishing and cleaning your aluminium boat hull.
A Complete Guide to Cleaning & Polishing an Aluminium Boat Hull
When dealing with an aluminium boat, your foremost priority will be in providing quality maintenance and preventative care. In order to prevent issues related to rust and oxidation, you need to get into the habit of being proactive with your cleaning and polishing routine. With that being said, all activity is not good activity and there are specific ways that you need to pursue taking care of your aluminium boat hull. Let’s jump into the discussion by pointing out the correct process for cleaning and polishing your aluminium boat hull.
1) Wash off Any Build-Up
The easiest way to mess up your boat is by letting all of the gunk and build-up from the water stay on your hull. You should start your cleaning activity by washing off all of the build-ups with a specialised cleaner that is made for aluminium. Rinse your boat off thoroughly after the cleaner has been applied and allowed to sink into the hull.
2) Use Marine Friendly Products
Whether you are polishing your hull or spot-treating areas that need to be cleaned, you need to focus on chemical products that are marine friendly. Using products that are not graded for use in the water can lead to larger stains, bigger problems, and longer-lasting headaches.
3) Use Appropriate Polishing Ball
After you’ve washed down the hull of your aluminium boat and cleaned it to your satisfaction, now you need to polish it. When you polish your hull, make sure to use an aluminium grade polishing ball and a clean towel. You’ll use a metal polish that is graded for aluminium. Carefully rotate the polishing ball clockwise in smooth, precise movements. Use a clean dry cloth to wipe down the hull after you are done with the polishing routine that we outlined above.
If you possess your own aluminium boat then you are no doubt familiar with the myriad of things that you need to do in order to properly keep your vessel up and running in optimal conditions. If you don’t own a boat and are merely looking to learn about another aspect of ownership, we can help you out. Today, we are going to be discussing the importance of applying antifouling paint to your aluminium boat. We’ll briefly talk about what antifouling paint is before detailing the benefits that come once you apply it. We’ll also briefly talk about how to apply antifouling paint to your vessel. Are you ready to begin?
Antifouling Paint: An Overview for Aluminium Boats
One of the most important things that you can do for your aluminium boat will occur before your vessel even nears the water. We are of course talking about applying a layer of antifouling paint to your boat. Antifouling paint is almost self-explanatory, but that still doesn’t mean you can get away with not knowing what it does. Let’s go ahead and begin our antifouling paint overview.
1) What is antifouling paint?
Antifouling paint is, well, paint. More specifically, antifouling paint is a special coating that you lay overtop the hull of your aluminium boat. Aluminium paint is typically comprised of bioactive ingredients that are water-soluble. Applying antifouling paint to the hull of your ship is an absolutely vital step that many people still manage to forget about.
2) What are the benefits of antifouling paint?
Well, the name itself is almost self-explanatory. After all, antifouling paint must clearly prevent your boat from running into trouble. Specifically, antifouling paint is useful creating a barrier on your hull to improve water flow around your vessel, thus allowing you to cut through the water faster and more effectively. Additionally, the antifouling paint will also help to slow down the accumulation of algae and other marine life that would otherwise call your hull home.
3) How do I apply antifouling paint to my aluminium boat?
Finally, let’s talk about how you actually apply antifouling paint to your vessel. The first thing you need to do is completely pull your boat out of the water. Look over your vessel for any potential damage and repair any issues before applying your first layer of paint. Before you apply your first layer of antifouling paint, take care to sand the hull down to make it smooth. Apply as many layers as your specific product deems necessary in order to get the required benefits. Not all brands are applied in exactly the same way so if you are confused, consult the instructions.
In the same way that cars are wildly different from one another, the same can be said for boats. Rather than focusing on model types and the specific details therein, today’s discussion is going to be centred on the material choices that you will have as you select the type of boat you take to the water. Are you better served taking an aluminium boat or a fibreglass boat? Let’s go ahead and highlight all of the reasons that an aluminium boat may be the better choice for your next water adventure.
Benefits of Choosing an Aluminium Boat
When you first start shopping around for your boat we wouldn’t blame you to be more transfixed by the little details rather than the actual material of the boat. With that being said, the material that your vessel is made of is incredibly important. Two of the most popular materials for boats here in Australia are fibreglass and aluminium. While both boating types have a positive reputation, we’re here to highlight how aluminium can be the smarter choice for you. Let’s break down the benefits of your aluminium boat into sections.
1) Low Maintenance – With an aluminium vessel you are getting a boat that doesn’t require much in the form of maintenance. Your aluminium boat likely will only need you to occasionally wash off salt buildup.
2) Affordability – Comparing aluminium boats to fibreglass boats in terms of price is almost unfair. Aluminium boats are significantly cheaper without compromising any of the quality that you require. We firmly believe that aluminium boats have better value than their more expensive fibreglass counterparts.
3) Durability – Probably the most important area that aluminium is significantly better than fibreglass. Your aluminium boat can withstand traditional wear and tear at a much higher rate than fibreglass can. Additionally, your aluminium boat will handle dents and scratches with ease while those same problems could prove expensive to repair on a fibreglass vessel.
4) More Options – Finally, aluminium boats are easier to design and easier to fabricate. You’ll have more dynamic options when it comes to selecting an aluminium boat in comparison to a fibreglass vessel. If having a unique, well-outfitted boat is important then picking an aluminium boat is a no-brainer.
As you can see, aluminium boats have plenty of benefits that should be considered. While traditional fibreglass boats look impressive, they fall short in a number of key areas. Call us today in order to discuss the next boat you decide to take home and our talented technicians will be happy to guide you along the way.
Hitting a few balls at the golf course can be a great way to spend your afternoon. Still, your time can be spent even more comfortably if you have the luxury of a quality electric golf cart to ride around in. While everyone has a superficial understanding of golf carts, or golf buggies as they are sometimes known, most people haven’t learned the proper way to go about buying one for their own personal usage. Today, we are going to trot out a quick and convenient electric golf cart buying guide to help you make your shopping decision.
Electric Golf Cart – A Beginners Buying Guide
Like most other vehicles, golf carts come in two primary varieties: gas and electric. While the benefits and functions of a gasoline-based golf cart are easy to understand, and definitely common, the same cannot be said for electric golf carts. Before we dive into our electric golf cart buying guide, we should break out some standardised information. Electric golf carts feature a rechargeable battery that will vary in size based on the kind of cart that you are purchasing. Electric golf carts are eco-friendly but they do not run as fast or as long as gas-powered carts. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the steps you need to take in order to buy your electric golf cart.
1) Refurbished Vs. Brand New – The first thing that you need to decide is whether you want to buy a used electric golf cart or a brand new model. If you buy used, pay attention to usage history and analyse it for any potential red flags — such as extensive repairs.
2) Battery Power – Now, you need to take a moment in order to analyse the type of battery that is in your electric golf cart. As we highlighted above, the batteries in electric golf carts need to be recharged, typically every two days, but your usage will change that metric. If you are buying a used golf cart, it is imperative that you check the battery for quality condition.
3) Terrain Type – Finally, you need to take a moment in order to analyse the kind of terrain that you will be driving your golf cart on. Will you be using it to drive around the neighborhood? Will you be using the electric golf cart solely while out on the golf course?
As you can see, there are many questions that need to be answered in order to come away with the right electric golf cart for you. Take some time to properly analyse these questions before making your purchase.
Owning a boat is a special kind of luxury. Being able to take off for the water on the weekends in order to relax or go fishing can feel great. Unfortunately, if you don’t follow proper maintenance protocol then you could end up having a headache instead of catching a fish. Today, we are going to focus on the most important part of your boat: the engine. Boat engines are much like engines in other vehicles. There are certain signs and symptoms that you can look out for in order to know when your boat engine is about to fail. Let’s highlight these signs and symptoms so you have the info you need in order to prevent an expensive repair.
Boat Engine Failure
Your boat engine is a complex piece of machinery that requires a gentle touch, some mechanical knowledge, and attuned senses to potential issues. Unfortunately for you, your engine won’t send you flashing lights when it is potentially about to break down. Instead, you have to rely on your own knowledge. Let’s go ahead and equip you with the knowledge that you need to prevent future boat engine failures. We’ll list the top 5 warning signs that your boat engine is in trouble:
1) A Gravelly Noise – When you hear what sounds like gravel churning inside of your engine, beware. This gravelly noise could mean that the bearings of your engine are about to fail.
2) Cracking & Creaking Sounds – If you hear cracking and creaking sounds coming from your engine while your boat is in operation, you might have a big issue on your hand. These sounds most likely refer to structural bonds failing within the engine.
3) Overheated Exhaust – Don’t touch any part of your engine with your bare hand. Use an IR thermometer in order to heat-scan your engine. if your exhaust is overheated, you might have an issue with your heat exchanger or your engine is overworking itself.
4) Burning Rubber Smell – Unless you are burning rubber, you never want to smell the smell of burnt rubber. Burning rubber can mean that your belt is slipping or your bearings are freezing up. Never ignore the smell of burning rubber and make sure to address it right away so as to prevent future issues.
5) Metal Discoloration – Finally, we want to point out that the metal in and around your engine should never really discolour. If you notice metal discolouration, it is likely due to corrosion or something that we call electrolysis. Don’t ignore any discolouration on your engine!
There is no topic bound to inspire as much ambivalence or excitement as the discussion of ductwork. If you are an HVAC professional or merely interested in improving the quality of airflow in your home or business, you’ve come to the right place. While you might think that you know everything that there is to know about ductwork, we’re going to attempt to challenge you today. Our discussion is going to be focused on the benefits of utilising spiral ducts for your air vents. We’re going to talk about the basic premise behind spiral ducting before going over the wide range of benefits that this kind of HVAC installation can instill.
Utilising Spiral Ducts for Your Air Vents
If you’ve walked into a newly designed or constructed building, you’ve likely come face to face with spiral sheet metal ductwork. This no doubt can confuse people who aren’t used to seeing this kind of installation, so we are going to do our best in order to dispel some of the misunderstandings. Spiral ducting has been in use for decades, but is only now becoming something of a trending issue in the HVAC world. The reasons are plentiful and all of them have to do with maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of your air flow. Let’s get into the specific benefits of these spiral-shaped ducting designs.
1) Minimise Air Leaks – Ask any HVAC professional what the problem is with most ventilation ducting and they’ll tell you, ‘leakage’. At joints and elbows, air flow is lost via leaks in traditional ducting. Spiral ducting minimises this loss of energy by creating a self-sealing design.
2) Affordability – Did you know that spiral ducting is less expensive to install? It’s true! You can save up to 50% of your installation cost when opting for spiral ducting instead of traditional rectangular ducting.
3) Space Saving Opportunity – Rectangular ducting takes up a larger area than spiral ducting. Rectangular ducting requires that up to 3 inches of extra space be allotted around the installation so that reinforcements can be installed at each joint. With spiral ducting, you don’t have to account for this space.
4) Easier to Maintain – Finally, spiral ducting is easier to maintain and longer lasting as a result. Professional HVAC teams are able to quickly and effectively clean through a spiral duct when they’d have to take more time to do the same for traditional ductwork.
As you can see, there are many reasons to consider spiral ducts for your air vents. Talk to a local HVAC professional in order to install spiral ducts in your home or business!
If a Saturday at the golf course doesn’t sound relaxing enough, imagine spending it with your very own golf cart. Of course, owning a golf cart can feel like the height of luxury but that doesn’t mean that you can get completely lazy. While golf carts are far from the kind of vehicles you’d expect to rack up serious wear-and-tear, they still need to be properly maintained. In order to properly maintain your golf cart, we decided to put together a nice list of tips that will keep you ready and relaxed for your weekend on the green.
How to Keep Your Golf Cart in Great Shape
It’s a beautiful day and you are ready to roll out to the golf course. With your bag packed and the sun rising, you are ready to go — that is until you realise that your golf cart won’t start. This can be a frustrating situation, to say the least, so we are here to help you make sure that it never happens to you. Keep on reading to find our MUST FOLLOW tips for keeping your golf cart in tiptop shape.
1) Routine Inspections – Just like with your car, take a moment to walk around your golf cart while closely inspecting the vehicle. Look for cracks, rust, and dents in the body and tires. A small problem with the body could blossom into a large problem if not properly addressed.
2) Charge Your Battery – Don’t treat your golf cart battery like your telephone, make sure to charge it all the way after every use. Golf cart batteries will shut off after they are fully charged, so you don’t have to worry about energy drain by leaving it plugged in all of the time. You never want to get to the golf course with a dying or dead golf cart battery.
3) Water Your Battery – In order to ensure that your golf cart’s battery stays alive, you need to get into the habit of maintaining the water levels within the battery. Take the caps off of each battery cell and fill them with water up to the clearly marked line. This line may be different depending on your model of golf cart.
4) Routine Washing – Don’t let the elements get caked onto your golf cart. Routinely washing your golf cart can go a long way toward keeping your vehicle functioning and looking great. Wear and tear are one of the biggest indicators of a failing golf cart, so don’t let that wear and tear be represented on the body of your vehicle.
Aluminium is a sturdy, lightweight metal. It’s the perfect alloy for those applications that require a degree of mobility. But we’re talking about boat trailers, not aerospace technology, about road vehicles, not space vehicles. Before dealing with any structural demands, then, it’s probably a good idea to source a durable aluminium alloy. Keep 5052 aluminium in mind when you’re looking for a sturdy boat trailer.
Start With A Solid Frame
A strong home, even if it’s built out of solid concrete and steel rebar, isn’t going to be around for long if the structure’s foundations are made from substandard materials. It’s the same with boat trailers, with frames that are laced with many cross-members and supports; if the alloy is weak, the boat trailer won’t last. The metal struts will bow, they’ll warp and corrode. From the outset, make sure the tinny cradle is manufactured from a magnesium and chromium heavy alloy, an aluminium frame that won’t submit when a heavy load pushes down hard. As mentioned in our opening paragraph, 5052 aluminium will create a substantial boat trailer backbone.
Fully Submersible Designs
Bolted metal struts are suitable for mid-range road carriers, but a fully welded uni-body is the best option here, with its fastener free outlines easily capable of enduring every vehicle jounce and jolt. Lowered into the water, the marine-grade alloy sinks into the water without kicking off a road-loosened part. Better yet, the alloy is corrosion-resistant, even when it meets saltwater. If there are exposed steel parts accenting the boat trailer, a layer of paint will protect their ferrous-heavy outlines. However, a slight scratch is enough to allow the water to overcome that flimsy coating. If the trailer absolutely must have steel parts, perhaps for the axles or undercarriage, they should be galvanized to assure absolute rust-free performance.
Boat-to-Trailer Strengths and Weaknesses
Galvanized parts are welcome, but remember what happens when dissimilar metals touch. If galvanized cross members react with another part of the trailer, and if the salt water acts as a third-party electrolyte, the material will corrode. Incidentally, just as steel can be galvanized, it’s worth considering an anodized aluminium frame. Coated via this electrolytic passivation process, that second layer of protection really ensures material durability.
If the boat trailer is bolted together, it needs specially coated or finished fasteners to make its frame sturdy. Fitted with washers, the bolts won’t rust or loosen. However, a fully welded aluminium boat trailer is certain to outlast a bolted trailer. Do remember, however, that substandard welds will crack, so the weld quality used to fasten the struts and cross members must be of a high standard. Apparently, aluminium can be a hard metal to weld, so a boat trailer fabricator who specializes in this service is obviously preferable.
Don’t be left floating hopelessly on a lake. Without your outboard motor, you’re left having to call for help on your VHF marine radio. The weekend outing is a bust. Wouldn’t things go better if you knew the common mechanical failures to expect? Put the VHF handset down, think for a moment, and put your best outboard motor repair eyeglasses on for the work ahead.
The Mechanically Well-Prepared Skipper
If you don’t wear eyeglasses, skip that tip and move on to the real work. Like a poorly tuned car, your boat is losing power. The outboard motor is sputtering and surging. What’s going on here? In all likelihood, the fuel filter is clogged. Alternatively, the engine plugs are fouled. After making sure you’re not out of fuel, turn everything off, and pull the filter. Have you brought out a spare? If not, clean it with an approved solvent, or soak the clogged part in soapy water. For those fouled plugs, you’ll need replacements. Fluid cleaners are an option, but spark plugs are inexpensive, so you should really have a handful of spares. In other words, be prepared.
Fixing Overheating Issues
First of all, you’ll want to get under the hood and check for obvious problems. Is there a broken belt? Flexible belts age and experience wear. Depending on the engine manufacturer, the belt could be driving an alternator or water pump. Either way, you won’t get far without a working belt. The use of a jury-rigged belt may get you back to shore during an emergency. Ideally, however, you should have several spare belts on hand. If that’s not the problem, know the location of your water intake. Outboard engines don’t usually install radiators. To solve that problem, they draw water directly from around the boat. If the intake is clogged by seaweed, then the cooling medium can’t reach the engine.
Mechanical problems start with fuel filters and move deeper. Carburetter problems were common on older engines, but direct injection models have mostly eliminated that failure cause. But what if the mechanical failure isn’t under the engine cowling? The engine is running rough, and every component checks out perfectly. Have you been in shallow waters? Have you hit a rock or other obstruction? With a little luck, you’re looking at a seaweed jam or a short length of fishing line, and a repair engineer can clear the knotty strip. For a worst-case scenario, however, the propeller is damaged. It’s gouged and creating propulsion imbalance. Carry a spare prop.
Golf carts have a talent for multipurpose duties. While one model is conveying golfers, a nearly identical vehicle is roaming a residential neighbourhood as street transport. In such cases, they’re used as touring vehicles and around-town transportation. A warm climate is the only prerequisite. Even large gated communities use these motorized sedans. Residents just love riding mobile electric rides around their streets.
Back to the Practical Uses
Moving away from gated communities, golf carts are still grafting for a living. On the golf course, extended cabins and flat rear sections accommodate landscaping tools. The owner of a large property, having just finished the last hole with a birdie, sees the landscaper on the fairway. Before long, he buys in his own electric cart and gives it to the maintenance staff so that they can reach the perimeters of his land. Maintenance golf carts use specially outfitted tool storage bins in place of the space that would otherwise store multiple golf bags.
Introducing Creative Modifications
Logically, this vehicle type is built to glide across grassy areas. Taking that design characteristic into consideration, what else would we ever want in a park? A garage, a place that works with golf carts, can add expandable cargo space to one of these buggies so that it can carry mulch or potting soil. Similarly, enclosed cargo containers fit on the rear end of larger models. They come with rear-lift bays or side doors, all the better to qualify the cart as a true utilitarian transporter. Some nations use this form factor as an industrial asset, with the carts ambling around large warehouses. Even postal services take advantage of that feature.
Crossing the Electric Utility Vehicle Line
At some point, the mods transform the buggies until they’re no longer recognizable. Industrially equipped golf carts serve as university campus police cars, as construction site assets, and more. In point of fact, there’s even a true Ute wagon available from specialist garages. The same familiar chassis and undercarriage is there, but the passenger space is gone. Instead of comfy seating, there’s a pair of lightweight aluminium toolboxes strapped to the vehicle frame. Industrial sites benefit from this reimagined form factor.
In the beginning, golf carts left the fairway. They moved into home garages and roamed streets. Warmer climates used the recreational vehicles to deliver mail and to navigate large gated communities. From there, the next step was clear. It involved the removal of the seating section. In place of golfer seating and golf bag storage, extended open areas and enclosed cargo bays took charge. Filled with tools, with landscaping material and more, modern golf carts are now multitalented vehicles.
The sun is shining and your weekend is free, so what better way to spend your time than out on the water? If you fish in an aluminium boat, you likely know all of the benefits that come with the territory. Aluminium boats are durable, affordable, and lightweight boats that you can take to the water with relative ease. Aluminium boats run into few problems but one of their biggest issues is corrosion. Corrosion, in fact, is a real problem for water-based vessels and there are going to be some steps that you need to take in order to minimise the potential damage. Today, we are going to talk to you about how to deal with corrosion issues in your aluminium boat.
Corrosion Problems and Your Aluminium Boat
Alright, so you head to the lake or the coast in order to set sail in your aluminium boat. In doing so, you come to find that there is some corrosion on the bottom of your vessel. Not good, right? Corrosion is the dissolving or wearing away of a material due to its interaction with the environment. Specifically, corrosion issues with your aluminium boat are likely due entirely to saltwater wearing away at the hull or the walls of the boat.
Galvanic corrosion is commonplace in all metal boats when they interact with saltwater. While it is true that high-quality aluminium can help to offset casual corrosion, the issue can still manifest itself. In some situations, your boat can be relatively unharmed by the water and in other situations, your boat can immediately begin to show wear and tear. The difference is typically due to the temperature of the water, water salinity, and even nearby electrical currents. With all of this being said, how can deal with potential corrosion?
Well, if you want to resist potential corrosion in your aluminium bot then you need to get used to the idea of using protective paint. A protective coating can be used to create a barrier that resists the current between the bottom of your boat’s aluminium surface and the water itself. This protective paint coating can help you save tons of money, time and effort in the long run! Keep in mind that this paint is most important in any place where water will touch the boat. Additionally, you can install what is called a ‘sacrificial anode’ onto your boat. Sacrificial anodes are special products, made of metal, that pull in the electrical current that would otherwise harm your hull.
If you run into potential issues with your aluminium vessel, turn to AWW Group for all of your boating needs. Otherwise, use the tips we laid out above in order to protect your hull from corrosion.
There is nothing quite like hitting the water with a cooler full of drinks and a long day of fishing ahead of you. Fishing as a hobby can provide many benefits to people of all ages. However, fishing as a hobby can be hard to get into unless you have a solid foundation of knowledge on your side. Today, we are going to focus on an area of conversation that is rarely discussed with fledgling fishing enthusiasts: what kind of fishing boat you should use. We are going to highlight the value of the aluminium fishing boat and why you should have one the next time that you hit the water.
Value of Aluminium Boats for New Fishing Hobbyists
If you were to look over the water on a crowded afternoon, you would likely see a variety of different boats of all shapes and sizes. There are as many boating options available as there are types of fishermen, so what makes an aluminium fishing boat so ideal? Are there really any qualities that give aluminium boats a huge advantage over fibreglass or other alternatives? We’re glad that you asked! Here are a few reasons why we believe that aluminium fishing boats are THE solution to all of your boating needs.
1) Long Lasting Durability
With aluminium as your base material, you are getting a boat that is easy to take care of. Aluminium is able to take a real beating when out on the water, unlike wood or fibreglass. Aluminium doesn’t puncture easily and small dents are easy to fix. When properly maintained, aluminium fishing boats can last upwards of a decade without much worry.
2) Easy To Maintain
While nobody really enjoys having to take care of their vessel, aluminium at least makes it easier for you. Aluminium is easy to clean and easier to keep from degrading. Getting into a consistent and simple washing routine after fishing or before storing your boat can lead to a long shelf life for your vehicle.
3) Transportation Is Simple
We don’t blame you for wanting to have an easy-to-transport fishing boat. Handling a cumbersome vessel on your weekend off can be a real mood-killer. Fortunately, aluminium fishing boats are lightweight, durable, and easy to transport. You won’t need to bribe a few buddies to help you get it to the water.
While fishing is a relaxing hobby, it never hurts to do a little bit of research before you hit the water. At AWW Tinnies, we offer Kimple Aluminium boats and different sorts of outboard motors that will fit your needs. Whether or not you’re new to fishing, it is our goal to make your life on the water as pleasant as possible. Call us today to discuss all of your boating needs.
To be able to tow your boat safely on the road, it is crucial to select the right type of trailer. This is no easy task since there are so many styles and sizes of them on the market today. Also, there are various materials in these trailers and one in particular is easier to care for than the others, namely aluminium. Its attributes include that it is lightweight, able to be galvanised, rust resistant and more. We share three top factors to consider when buying your aluminium boat trailer to help you find the best one for your boat.
Select the Right Size of Trailer for Your Boat
Your aluminium trailer must be the right length, depth and width to support your boat in a secure manner. The boat should not be able to shift in transport as this could damage the hull and other parts of the boat. Securing a boat on a trailer is much more than winching it in place and/or tying it down. Boats have in the past come off trailers in the middle of the road during transport. Along with damaging the boat, this can cause other accidents to occur with drivers trying to dodge the boat. Tongue strength and configuration also is part of finding the correct aluminium trailer of your boat.
Buy a Galvanised Trailer If You Intend on Placing Your Boat in Saltwater
While a regular aluminium trailer is corrosion resistant enough for freshwater use, it is not for saltwater. Saltwater is much harsher on all metals, including aluminium than freshwater is with normal exposure. For this reason, if you intend on offloading your boat into saltwater, you should buy a galvanised aluminium one to ensure that the trailer lasts as long as it should for you.
Lights Are a Must for Road Travel
Do not forget lights and wiring for the trailer. After all, the people behind you need to know when you put on your brakes on your vehicle. If you fail to remember these elements, you will need to add them later at an additional expense in order for you to haul your boat on the road legally.
For further factors to consider when purchasing your aluminium boat trailer, consult with our company, AWW Group. We not only specialise in selling Kimple aluminium boats and Powertec outboards but also offer a full line of aluminium trailers for transporting boats. Our staff members can expertly advise you on which trailer will meet your needs in the ideal, durable, secure fashion.
A tough aluminium craft is skipping over the waves. Its hull catches the sun. That metal is unblemished. An oxide layer is protecting the alloy from the water and the environment. Nevertheless, oxide coatings scratch and corrosion-resistant alloys aren’t corrosion-proof. That’s one of the reasons advanced marine grade paints are applied to Kimple aluminium boats. Designed to absolutely protect the metal, this paint deserves its moment in the spotlight.
Painted Kimple Aluminium Boats
Like a flexible skin, the treated veneer envelopes the hull. The paint cuts down harsh reflections, prevents the metal from soaking up the sun’s heat, and shows off the craft’s sleek lines. These are the initial benefits, the rewards experienced by the crew when they’re out on a short voyage. Furthermore, the second skin stops fluid penetration. That’s a problem for generic boats, but it’s one that rarely occurs on a premium class craft. All the same, a faulty fixture or careless spill could expose the lightweight metal to fuel or oil damage. Marine grade paints protect all-welded Kimple aluminium hulls from these liquid reagents.
Craftily Hued Cruising
As attractive as that naked aluminium skin is, it’s going to stick out like the proverbial sore thumb. A camo-green finish helps the boat to fade into the background. Birds and animals treat the painted boat like it’s a part of the environment. Coat the boat with greens and browns, and head out to the wildest edge of the lake for some fun animal spotting. Alternatively, paint it in several colours so that the unibody shape is broken up and is difficult to identify. Bands of black and blue would follow the water line above a pearlescent white hull, in this case. Then, observed by man and animal alike, the boat passes quickly on its specially profiled Kimple frame, but that exquisitely painted boat shell lingers in the memory.
Marine grade paints protect aluminium hulls from corrosion. Now, Kimple Aluminium boats are more corrosion-resistant than most, but a resistant surface does not equal an immune surface. Consider a product that works on wood, fibreglass, and metal. Better yet, choose a paint that’s designed to be used on aluminum boats. Incidentally, make sure there’s a label on the can. Is the paint meant for the gunwale and the hull well? Can it be coated on the outer surface, below the waterline? Remember, a Kimple aluminium boat is an investment. Protect that investment by purchasing the right paint, especially if you plan to visit a salty body of water.
The following boat buying tips are intended as a purchasing primer. Aluminium boats, the subject of this purchasing guide, are sold in numerous styles and constructions, so a shopping trip to acquire one of these metallic beauties can be something of a baffling experience. Returning to the basics, let’s learn all about hull design and the rivet versus welded body debate. Come on, the buying guide starts right now.
Don’t Sink Your Budget: Selecting Your Hull
Let’s start with the conditions you favour. Small body of water, open lake, or coastal estuary, where is the craft cruising? For that matter, is the boat cruising a calm surface or cutting through choppy waves? Select a flat-bottomed hull if the water is shallow and calm. Alternatively, if you’re navigating rough seas, a deeply cut v-hull shape is the logical choice. Finally, for a best of both worlds boating experience, consider buying a semi-v aluminium boat, a design that utilises high bows and a flat transom.
Rivets vs. Welded Designs
Granted, a riveted frame is less expensive than a fully welded one, but rivets require holes. Follow this sequence of events. An aging aluminium boat is loaded every weekend into a boat trailer. It’s unloaded, occupied by fun-seeking day trippers, then it’s returned to the trailer. Bumping home over a poorly maintained highway, the boat is put back into storage. All that bumping and moving, it’s loosening the rivets and the boat is taking on water. Welded hulls cost a little more, but they strengthen the hull and don’t leak.
Recognise Hull Features
From the chine design to the addition of spray rails, knowledge of these special terms will expedite the buying experience. The chine design, the cross-section profile of the craft, combines with strake angle and spray rail form to stabilise the aluminium hull as it slices through the choppiest waters. Imagine a superior hull, a boating frame that’s built to deflect the waves. It’s stabler and faster than other craft, and that speed is gained without adding a more expensive propulsion system.
A Desirable Onboard Configuration
Constructed from marine-grade aluminium, the hull is thin but strong enough to ward off light-to-moderate impacts. Meanwhile, what’s taking place up top? An appropriate steering console and seating layout are required if you’re to get the best out of the boat. Large enough to carry a fishing party, the seating arrangement must satisfy the shopper’s needs.
That last tip receives a lot of attention from buyers, which is what you’d expect. Bow or deck rails, seating arrangements, and basic convenience features all require attention. At the end of the day, however, it’s the hull of your aluminium boat that requires the most consideration.
A number of headlining descriptors slide into place above each Powertec outboard motor. On the one hand, this iconic marine propulsion line is famous for its power. Then, on looking at another member of this elite engine group, they’re renowned for their reliable, performance-tuned capabilities. Isn’t speed and power enough? Why does engine reliability matter? Check out this singular boating scenario for an explanation.
The Need for a Tried and True Boating Engine
Before getting to the facts, figures and features, consider the differences between these two incidents. A road vehicle, its engine damaged, coasts to a stop at the edge of a road. Never mind, the car will be back on the road after a tow service is called out. After spending an hour in the garage, it zipped back to the highway. Apply that situation to a boat. There are underwater currents, tides, and winds pulling at the incapacitated craft. In other words, a boat simply cannot afford to be at the mercy of such unpredictable elements, not when it could be sent crashing into a mountain of rocks or pushed away from normal boating lanes.
Implement The Powertec Maxim
So the aforementioned headlining features weren’t vague promises, they’re actually performance-assured facts. To begin with, Powertec engines are manufactured from durable but lightweight five-layer aluminium alloys, so they won’t corrode. Below that attractive housing, 2-stroke and 4-stroke propulsion mechanisms deliver reliable power. If the throttle is engaged, the helmsman can be sure the boat will respond immediately. To give one important example of this feature, imagine a docking aluminium boat. It’s throttling toward the ramp, but a cross-current is pushing the prow sideways. Apply the throttle. As it engages, the prow corrects, the boat escapes scrape-free, and all onlookers gasp a sigh of relief.
Even a Powertec 3.5 HP 2 Stroke Engine delivers in big ways. It’s portable, fuel efficient, and equipped with 70-cc cylinder displacement. Sure, the smaller 17-kg engine employs a manual start mechanism, but there are plenty of auto-start engines on the Powertec list, too. Check out the flagship Powertec 70 HP 2 Stroke Engine for this self-starting feature, an 849-cc, 3-cylinder beast that can be adapted to operate as a remote-steerable propulsion unit. Finally, backed by manufacturing standards that satisfy ISO and CE compliance, these are not empty boasts. Again, on the outside, the satin black housings that convey the Powertec label are corrosion-resistant, attractive, and armoured with layers of lightweight aluminium. On the inside, Powertec outboard motors are entirely reliable. They’re also fast, powerful, and fuel economic.
If you’re wondering how to load your Kimple aluminium boat onto your trailer, you’ll benefit from this easy-to-follow guide. To begin with, you’re dealing with marine-grade aluminium. The boat is durable, but that doesn’t mean it enjoys being mishandled. Take care of the craft when you’re loading it on that mobile cradle. Now, with the cautionary memo taken care of, let’s get your boat prepped for the road.
Abandon the Dock
That’s dramatically put, but that’s essentially what you’re doing. Navigating carefully, you’ve taken your turn arriving at the dock. Observe boating etiquette, wait your turn, and pull your aluminium Kimple boat close to the dock. While idling, attach your lines. The stern and bow need to be secured before you can go any further. If those twin lines are absolutely fastened, have your rig back slowly down the dock ramp. Now, it’s moment of truth time, for you need someone to back your trailer into the water. Don’t do this job yourself, not unless there’s no other option.
The Plain Kimple Facts
There’s nothing plain or generic about an aluminium Kimple boat. It’s sleek, tough, and built to satisfy your every water cruising whim. These crafts also vary in size. Picture a fun little skiff at one end of the spectrum and a twenty-seater model at the opposite end. A companion should be onboard, someone who will safely disembark the boat and fetch the vehicle. This individual works with you to reverse the trailer. Use a prearranged signalling system to gingerly back the trailer into the water. Now, locked in this precarious position, this is the moment to put on the parking brake.
Loading the Boat
Utilize the piloting approach, undo the lines, and prepare to dock. Be careful, there may be crosscurrents nearby. That’s not a big problem for smaller Kimple boats, but the larger models may struggle for balance when the wind and currents push sideways. You’re on final approach, lined up, and pushing forward. The wheels of the trailer are halfway submerged in water. Attach the trailer winch and pull the Kimple into its mobile berth. Alternatively, if the trailer isn’t equipped with a winch, slowly apply throttle, nudge the bow against the trailer post, and cut the power. Get all of your gear of the boat, secure the safety chain, and pull the trailer back up the ramp.
Kimple aluminium boats are durable. However, a scratch can occur if you’re loading the boat without a winch. Furthermore, the throttling method will wash away the built-up sediment at the bottom of the ramp. Use a winch, bring a friend, learn hand signals, and really learn the ins-and-outs of boat loading, Kimple style.
As the workday drags, the need to get out on the water becomes irresistible. Little do your workmates realise, there’s a Kimple aluminium boat prepped and loaded on its trailer. It’s Friday afternoon, so climb into your truck, pull the trailer out of your driveway, and head for the nearest boat ramp. You’re going to launch your Kimple, and here’s how you’ll get the job done.
Arriving at the Dock
Welcome to a rewarding hobby, an outdoor activity that will absorb your every waking moment. You’ve carefully navigated the highways and narrow roads, and now you’re in line at the ramp. Pull over and wait your turn. There’s nothing worse than a crowded patch of lake or beach coast, where everyone’s competing for their turn. Kimple boats are fabricated from fine marine-grade aluminium, but that’s no reason to invite a hull scratch before your tinny has even left its trailer cradle.
Carry Out All Launch Pre-checks
Put the drain plug into its allocated opening, right there at the bottom of the hull. Double and even triple check the plug to make sure it’s secure. A fully welded Kimble has no leaky rivets, so the boat won’t take in water. However, if you don’t secure that plug, the water will enter your craft. Reverse your vehicle, use your mirrors, and position your trailer at the top of the ramp. Finish off your prep work by removing any restraining straps. The engine locks and straps did their job while you were on the road, but now it’s time to float free from these mobile moorings.
Avoiding Boat Damage
If you were to stick to the basics, you’d carefully back your tinny into the water, down the ramp or beach sand, until the engine was submerged. Don’t unhook the aluminium boat until the trailer is in the water. You’d then put the car in park, use the trailer winch or a little shoulder shove to float the craft clear of the cradle, and back it into the open water. From here, the marine engines take over. What if the ramp is made of crumbling concrete? Worse still, what if the beach launch site is loaded with gritty sand? At 3.0-mm thick the durable aluminium skin won’t breach, but scratches are entirely possible.
Talk to someone who has used the ramp. Make sure it’s in good working order and free of sharp edges. Better yet, check the clearance on the cradle to ensure it gets your tinny into the water without scraping your Kimble’s hull. There are even portable boat launching ramps on the market. Consider purchasing a set if a scratch seems likely. Remember, at over 5.30-metres in length, your Kimble aluminium boat needs as much launch space as it can get.
In this case, a specially selected aluminium cleaner works best. Dull and stained at the water-line, the boat’s lustre has faded, but that branded chemical compound soon restores the glossy surface. Hang on, what if this solution is harmful, not helpful? Tip number one, then, would be to select a chemical cleansing agent that’s tailored for marine aluminium surfaces. Here, let’s expand on that little nugget of information.
Select a Branded Boat Hull Cleaning Product
Among these generally favoured sheet aluminium cleansing wares, corrosive compounds excel. They burn the skin, irritate eyes, and they even damage the environment. Choose a branded aluminium boat cleaner with confidence, but be aware of its concentrated chemical properties. Wear gloves, follow the instructions, and keep this potentially caustic stuff away from the grass.
Not All Branded Chemicals are Marine Friendly
An oxidized dullness clouds the hull. Stains are running in parallel lines near the top of the sheet metal. This is water-line staining, and it’s not pretty. Unfortunately, a poorly chosen cleaning product could make matters worse. Okay, the stains are gone, but an ugly blotching pattern spreads as the chemically scoured hull dries. Use a reputable cleansing agent. Better yet, test that specially formulated blend on a junk piece of aluminium.
Opt for a Pre-treatment Wash
Armed with a few buckets of clean water, no soap, rinse the hull free of mud and debris. It’ll dry fast, especially if there’s a light breeze coming off the water. Plastic scrub-brushes and a hose loaded with pressurized water go to work if the build-up stubbornly clings to the hull. If that silt and sediment are finally gone, the boat can be left to dry again.
Beware of Hull Safety Issues
After the rinsing stage, that chemical solution is selected. Wear protective gloves and safety goggles. Read the safety warning on the can or bottle. Next, aluminium hulls become heat sinks when they’re out in the open. If the sun is beating down hard, cover the boat with a clean work tarp. Alternatively, set up the cleansing area in a shady spot.
That dedicated aluminium cleansing agent is still every owner’s best bet. Apply even pressure to the scrubbing pad, apply the low-micron chemical cleaner, and wipe away the oxidization stains. Of course, that active cleaner is still coating the hull. After guiding the scrubber pad with uniform pressure, stand back. Pick up a hose and wash away the last of this caustic chemical. The aluminium oxide film is gone. To keep the hull that way, use an aluminium polish, a sealant that’s designed to preserve this now glossy surface finish.
Oxidation is a condition that most of us associate with iron. Ferrous products just corrode unless they’re specially treated. As for oxidation on aluminium boats, is this a big problem? Unfortunately, marine aluminium does oxidize, although it doesn’t rust like steel. Remember, aluminium oxide coatings protect the underlying metal. They provide an invisible barrier, a dull film that stops corrosion. With that said, what’s the problem?
Dealing with Aluminium Oxide
Years of exposure to the air cause this problem, although the issue isn’t terribly corrosive. No, aluminium alloys naturally develop an oxide film. That coating impairs the metal’s lustrous good looks, but it doesn’t really harm the structural characteristics of the alloy. In fact, the oxidized metal membrane acts as an atmospheric barrier. That all sounds well and good, but what if this layering effect isn’t properly administered? Aluminium oxide coatings, at least when they’re applied within a controlled environment, perform as a shell-like finish. However, should that coating form at any other time, there’s trouble in store for the craft. Painted metal fittings end up peeling because of the oxidation effect. As the paint lifts away, water migrates into the open wound and weakens the alloy.
Identifying Pitting Depassivation
Look at the tiny holes on the hull of an aging tinny. The natural oxidation is failing because of the chlorides in the salt water. On a freshwater lake, the issue is less likely. No, it’s out on the briny seawater that this pitting eats into the hull of an aluminium tinny. The ‘depassivation’ term enters this scenario when the outer oxidized film breaks down. Specially applied post-process finish or aluminium oxide, the barrier layer collapses. As it disintegrates, tiny pinholes develop on the metal in and around the boat. Left to its own devices, this effect will eat away a formerly durable aluminium frame.
Uncovering Galvanic Corrosion
A metal tinny becomes a giant battery when it sits on a salty fluid. The briny water assumes the role of an electrolytic compound. As for the electrodes in this weak circuit, they’re the two dissimilar metals that are in contact with each other. Unfortunately, aluminium loses its electrons during this battery-like action. The result is metal fatigue, a process where the aluminium part corrodes. Keep those dissimilar metals apart, use a sacrificial anode, and stop galvanic corrosion in its tracks.
Marine oxidation is often a desirable prospect, even though it dulls the metal. The protective film acts as an oxygen barrier, after all. If that finish or another special coating disintegrates, surface pitting will form because of depassivation action. Finally, galvanic corrosion exacts a high price, but it is an entirely preventable process.
Isn’t that tinny at the end of the mooring line looking a little battered and beat-up? The aluminium boat in question is just well-used, you say. Okay, when the daylight hits it just so, the formerly pristine hull is looking dilapidated, but there’s a fix for that problem, isn’t there? Follow the sequence we’re about to set forth in digital ink. The guide will show you how to apply some essential detailing steps.
Cracking the Essential Detailing Steps
First of all, aluminium hulls oxidize, which means the original glossy metal finish has been replaced with a dulled aluminium oxide coating. Wash that burnished metal skin with soap and water, rinse off the cleaning agent, and wait for it to dry. Do you figure, judging by the results, you’ve earned the rest of the day off? Unfortunately, no, your work has only just begun.
Invest in a Dedicated Marine Cleaning Product
Make sure that tinny is safely berthed in a dry zone. Flipped upside down or supported on a cradle, your craft requires anchoring before you can move to the next stage. Incidentally, don’t start this project on a hot summer day. Aluminium hulls soak up the heat, and you don’t want to burn your skin. Now, some owners don’t seem to care what cleaner is used during the detailing work. They’ve even been known to recommend a vehicle wheel rim cleansing agent, which isn’t what’s required for this work at all. Instead, purchase an aluminium cleaner that’s intended for marine vessels.
Power through the Oxidized Overlay
This next step takes some elbow grease, so take a deep breath. Spray the cleaner. Start from the bottom of the craft hull and spray upwards. Read the label on the can. Typically, you’ll wait for several minutes as the chemical eats into the aluminium oxide coating. Use the included application brush to really agitate that foamy mix, then rinse off that dirty froth. As the cleaner washes away that polished aluminium skin begins to take on its factory finished sheen again.
In real-world terms, things get a bit messier. Use 500 then 800 grit sandpaper to gently scour away the nastiest stains. Apply that cleaning chemical liberally, then wash away the residue. Call in a power buffer to really bring out the polished aluminium gleam. If streaks appear, then focus a second coating cleaner on that section. Afterwards, seal those polished results. Check the can to see if it features a protecting film. Otherwise, employ an appropriate metal polish as a final-stage hull protection aid. Always, and we mean always, wear safety goggles during every stage of the detailing service.
We’re often asked what it takes to make a boat manufacturer stand out? In the case of an aluminium craft that’s a cut above the rest, is it fabricating know-how that makes the difference? Maybe it’s an innate ability to pair the right design with a certain environment? Well, we believe Kimple is that premium grade boat builder, and here’s why.
Kimple Boats Are Built to Last
Fair enough, some competitors use rivets when they assemble the fabricated components of their boats. They operate well enough, except rivets can leak. Boats manufactured in the Kimple factory don’t use rivets. No, instead of potentially leaky fasteners, the finely engineered runabouts are welded. The robust ribs reinforcing the hull are all welded, as is the hull itself. Assembled and fastened in this expert manner, every craft in the Kimple boating portfolio is certain to be entirely rigid and capable of taking a pounding.
Manufactured from Thick Marine Aluminium
All the welding expertise in the world won’t help, not if the metal panels are weak. Not to worry, this expert marine factory works with top-tier marine aluminium, a metal that’s flexible yet loaded with tensile strength. Combine innate durability with wide hull ribs and welded seams, and you know that this little skiff is one tough little vessel. Scratch-resistant, unlikely to deform, and structurally rigid, this boating range delivers the kind of cruising strength that hardier sailing types demand, which is why Kimple Boats are special.
No Ordinary Designs
Built tough, the boats in the Kimple catalogue are also visually appealing. Fine lines and delicately inlaid curves suggest speed and maneuverability. Furthermore, this is an independently owned manufacturer, so there are no cookie cutter designs in evidence here, just a knack for delivering tailor-made crafts. Each boat, whether it’s a tiny skiff or a sizable 20-seater, is customisable. Everything, the trim, the hull shape, the seating arrangements, bends to an adaptable workflow. Keep that personalised service in mind when the time comes to shop for your rigid aluminium craft, one that meets your needs and the needs of the boating environment.
There’s a reason why certain manufacturers stand head and shoulders above their nearest competitors. For Kimple Boats, it’s fabrication proficiency that makes the biggest difference. Partnered with a flair for customising the chosen boat type, with an ability to really deliver a visually stunning final product that tough aluminium boat will serve with distinction for many years. As if all that wasn’t enough, Kimple Boats are also special because they’re easy to maintain, paint, and repair.
Some would argue that the most important aspect of a day out on the water is a leak-proof boat. We won’t argue there, but we will posit that it always helps to have a high quality motor on hand. Today we are going to talk about the Powertec Outboard Motors that have become so popular in the boating industry. These boat motors range in size, power, and efficiency and there is one for almost every kind of boat out there. We’ll go over every step you should take before leaving the store with one to make sure you are well set up for a day out on the water.
The Powertec Outboard Motor
Before we dive into our checklist, let’s talk a little bit about what a Powertec Outboard Motor can offer you. An outboard motor, rather than an inboard motor, has a few key differences. To start with, outboard motors are much easier to steer while on the water thanks to their directional thrusting and integral skeg. Next up, outboard motors are also much easier to keep clean and well maintained thanks to their location on the aft of your boat. You can work on an outboard motor from the inside of your board. Outboard motors are especially convenient for solo, or small crew boating outings.
Powertec Outboard Motor Checklist
Now that you know how an outboard motor differs from a traditional inboard motor, we can start to talk a little bit about the key aspects of choosing one. Before you make any large purchase, and a Powertec Outboard Motor would make that list, you need to answer a few questions.
1. Power Needs – Before purchasing a motor check with the safety information of your boat. You’ll want to know the maximum horsepower your vessel can handle as well as the maximum weight that the engine can be. Keeping your engine at the appropriate weight will make your boating a safer venture.
2. Person Capacity – Engines are built for their cargo, so know how many people you plan on having in your boat. Referring to the National Marine Manufacturers Plate can lead you to the proper capacity for people in your boat vs the horsepower needed to propel them.
3. Craft Build – There has been a very real movement toward aluminium boats. Aluminium boats are lightweight and thus allow you to go with a smaller Powertec Outboard Motor. If you have a fibreglass boat then skip this point.
Powertec Outboard Motors are among the best on the market now. With sizes ranging from 2.5 HP to 90 HP, the choice is yours.
Part of owning a boat is having the ability to haul it where it needs to go. That is a job that a boat trailer can handle for you. Boat trailers are sturdy little machines that you can attach to the back of your vehicle by way of a hitch. While these trailers are rugged and come in a variety of different sizes, from single-axle to tandem-axle, they still need proper care and maintenance. Today we are going to discuss the proper way to keep your boat trailer clean and well maintained.
Boat Trailer Maintenance
In order to keep your boat trailer in great shape, you need to get into the habit of running through a proper maintenance checklist. Boat trailer maintenance can be just as extensive as boat maintenance, and equally as important. You don’t want to take your boat out for a day on the lake only to find out that your trailer isn’t ready to haul it. Let’s start from the beginning and work our way through this maintenance checklist.
1. The Visual Inspection – Before and after every trip out with your boat, you need to look over your boat trailer. Visually looking at the details of your boat can help you spot potential problems before they materialise. Take this time to look over these specific issues: coupler quality, tongue jack lubrication, safety chain quality, and finally look at the bottom and side of the trailer for potential stress cracks.
2. Check Your Tires – Just like your car, you don’t want your boat trailer tires to get out of sorts. Keep your tires properly inflated and be ready to replace them if the tread gets cut too low. While you are paying attention to this part of your trailer, also do a brake check to make sure your trailer brakes are operating correctly.
3. Check Your Lights – Finally, make sure that your boat trailer has operational taillights. These warning lights are for your safety and that of everyone else on the road.
Boat Trailer Cleanliness
You can take care of all of the little things on your boat trailer but it won’t matter if the vehicle ends up crusty and beat up from lack of cleanliness. No matter what kind of boat trailer you have, you need to get into the habit of making sure that it is properly washed down and dried after use. Being in and around water can lead to sediment build up and corresponding stress. Don’t be the guy with the dirty boat trailer.
The construction industry is one that requires the absolute best out of each component in their tool box and each piece of material that they work with. Why? Naturally, because people are going to rely on their work for a long time — ideally. That is why it is always best to opt for the best of the best, top of the line materials when you take on a job. If your construction team has to erect concrete pillars, run ducting for HVAC systems, or even create decorative artifices — then lockseam spiral tubing is for you. Let’s take a closer look at this material in order to teach you the ins and outs.
Lockseam Spiral Tube
No matter what industry you work in, eventually you are going to run into the words ‘high-quality’ or ‘new and improved’. Reading those buzzwords can feel meaningless but sometimes they are completely accurate. In this case, high-quality is definitely what we would use to describe lockseam spiral tubing — especially for the HVAC and concrete laying jobs you will run across. Let’s look at a few benefits of this sort of fabrication.
1. Minimised Leakage – When you are constructing an HVAC system for a client the absolute worst thing you can hear is that your ducts are leaking. Leakage is a big problem in the industry because it stresses out the entire system. Advanced fabrication techniques allow lockseam spiral ducting to be completely airtight.
2. Efficient Installation – Spiral ducting requires fewer tools for installation than other piping and tubing alternatives. Lockseam spiral tubing is also made of a lighter gauge material so it is not as heavy to work with. Finally, most spiral ducting segments come in at least 10 foot portions which is longer than the rectangular ducting alternative that many companies will offer.
3. Improved Aesthetics – Lockseam tubes don’t have to be caulked shut and as a result the look incredibly clean after they are installed. You’ll find lockseam spiral tubes in pretty much any modern commercial building or warehouse and even in some restaurants.
4. Improved Airflow – Finally, we want to point out that the spiral shape of this tubing improves the airflow of the entire HVAC system that you are working with. Circles are considered the perfect shape for a reason. Spiral ducting prevents wasted angles where airflow becomes restricted. Having an efficient airflow means that you won’t have the building owner constantly adjusting their thermostat up and down in order to make up for the loss.
Aluminium is a special kind of lightweight metal that has been used for ages to construct boats of all sizes. Aluminium fishing boats, in particular, are starting to gain some very real popularity around the world in contrast to their fibreglass, among other styles, counterparts. While many people use aluminium fishing boats, most of them don’t really know the benefits that they are actively reaping. Today we’ll take a close look at a list of benefits of using an aluminium fishing boat.
Benefits of an Aluminium Boat
Is there anything more enjoyable than getting out on the lake and letting your fishing line out? The peaceful rocking of the boat, the warm sun beating down on you, and the fishing line going suddenly taut — all amazing feelings. What isn’t amazing, however, is realising that your boat may have run into any multitude of problems. That exact feeling is why so many people turn to aluminium boats. Listed below are all of the ways that this style of fishing boat will benefit you in your daily usage:
1. Easy to Clean – Aluminium boats are extremely easy to stay clean. All you need to do is strip the boat of anything that can be damaged by water and then spray it down with a hose. Aluminium is a resistant material and you won’t need to worry about harbouring rust or decay.
2. Long Life – Aluminium boats can be used literally for decades so long as you go about at least attempting to maintain them. Aluminium boats, as we pointed out above, are resistant to rust and corrosion. No matter how many times you hit the lake or a saltwater environment you won’t have to worry that your hull is begging to corrode. Aluminium is also better than wooden boats because the material does not rot or attract insects.
3. Can Take a Beating – Aluminium boats aren’t going to run into the same kind of damage concerns that fibreglass or wood boats will face. Aluminium is a powerful material that won’t crack and it won’t puncture easily. The vast majority of repairs that need to be rendered on an aluminium boat can be done with a hammer or a small welding kit. Aluminium boats are made to last.
4. Easy to Transport – Finally, aluminium boats are incredibly easy on the back and great for quickly getting out onto the water. You don’t need a team of lifters to help you carry the boat to the water. They are lightweight, fuel efficient, and easy to steer in the water.
Aluminium boats are one of the more popular types of fishing boats for people all around the world. They slice through the water easily, have low upkeep requirements, and tend to be easier to handle on the waves — not to mention they are more economical! Still, aluminium boats have their own downsides as well and those come in the form of dents. Looking at a dented fishing boat can be enough to ruin your morning and it can certainly ruin your day out fishing. Today we are going to look at a few simple tips that will have you getting your boat looking good as new again.
Dealing with a Dent
The first thing you need to understand is that dented aluminium fishing boats are not uncommon! Aluminium is a common material for fishing because it is so flexible and easy to use, as we outlined above. However, it also will occasionally rack up dents from banging into any number of things. Dents happen, that’s just a fact of life for these great little boats. Still, that doesn’t mean that you have to live with the dent. Let’s go step by step in the dent healing process.
1. Identify the severity of the dent.
Let’s take a peek at how severe the dent is on your boat. If it is a massive dent that is below the water line, you might be in some trouble. If it is a smaller dent above the water line then you are dealing with purely aesthetic issues.
2. Get the boat comfortable.
What we mean by this is that you need to take it to a place where you can unload the vessel. Take out any loose objects, remove the engine, and have a few buddies help you to flip the boat upside down on a set of saw horses to keep it elevated.
3. Outline the dent.
Now you need to get a little bit messy. Get underneath the boat and outline the dent with a felt market. Have your buddy outline the dent on the other side of the boat as well. This is your target area and it is here that you are going to apply the majority of your elbow grease.
4. Grab a hand anvil and body hammer.
If you don’t have these two pieces of equipment then it is time to go shopping. We hope you are ready to apply that elbow grease we mentioned above. Have your body use the hand anvil to brace the dent on the other side. Now you are going to use your body hammer to lightly tap the area into conformity. If it doesn’t budge then consider using a handtorch to heat the aluminium up to roughly 200 degrees Celsius before resuming and lightly tapping the dent into place.
Aluminium fishing boats are great crafts for a day out on the lake. They offer a lightweight build that seems to move easily through the water, thus preventing the need for a high powered engine. Aluminium boats are more affordable and more durable than their fibreglass counterparts, but they require special attention in regards to maintenance. Listed below you will find three simple maintenance tips for keeping your aluminium fishing boat in great shape. Remember, proper maintenance is more affordable than repairing or replacing your boat.
Keep Your Boat Dry
A common problem with aluminium boats is that they tend to corrode over time, and this is called galvanic corrosion. The easiest way to avoid this galvanic corrosion is to simply keep the boat dry. After a day out on the lake make sure to pull the plugs on your boat for proper drainage. If you use your boat frequently then consider storing it face down in a spot that gets plenty of sun. Remember: when water and metal meet, galvanic corrosion happens in aluminium. Limit your boats’ exposure to water when not in use. Another little add-on tip: remove all carpeting from your boat. Fabric is a haven for moisture and a blow to cleanliness in your boat.
Wash the Boat after Salt Water Exposure
If you take your aluminium boat out onto salt water then you are adding additional risk to the possibility of galvanic corrosion. Aluminium and salt water do not mix well and you will want to get into the habit of cleaning your boat off after every usage. Take hot water and soap and apply it liberally to your boat before rinsing thoroughly and storing dry. Pay special attention to your engine, also. Salt build up on an engine can be disastrous over a long enough period of time.
Paint the Hull
An easy way to prevent wear and tear, as well as galvanic corrosion, is to paint the hull of your boat up to the water line. Painting the hull of your boat will help to alleviate potential fouling from corrosion. In order to properly paint an aluminium hull you will need to go through several important steps in order to properly do the job. First, your aluminium boat needs to be completely clean. Then you need to take a tack cloth and rub from the water line down and below the vessel. After you do this you will next prime the boat with a primer designed for aluminium oxide surfaces. After that is done you are ready to lay down a couple coats of whatever paint you would like.
Even a reliable aluminium boat can develop a minor leak. The seams develop a gap, a rivet loosens enough to allow a small rivulet of water to dribble into the boat, or maybe a hairline scratch splits the tough alloy below the waterline. It’s happened, so there’s no use complaining. What really matters now are the actions you take next. Make them the right actions by knowing these quick fix solutions.
Trace the Leak
Minor leaks are tricky things. First of all, they’re not always easy to locate. Rivets, loosened by time or an abrasive sweep across a submerged obstacle, aren’t about to spray a jet of water, nor is an inaccessible nook in the boat about to announce the exact spot where the liquid is finding its way into your craft. One solution is to hook the boat up to your tow vehicle and use a garden hose to fill the boat with water. Viewed from the outside, you’ll see where the drops of water are leaking.
Escaping the Preparation Blues
The boat is wet, the leak is winning, and you’re trying your best not to scratch your head. Raise the bow, pull the drain plug, and let the boat dry. Get up close to the leak area. This next step may sound counterintuitive, but it’s not. Pick up a wire brush and lightly rough up the leak site. You conduct this light abrasive scrub to help any bonding agents adhere to what would otherwise be a smooth metal. Now, with the prep work done, the minor repair work turns to a high-quality marine sealant.
Systematic Repair Procedures
The goal so far has been to split the bulk of the work into manageable chunks. You’ve visually traced the leak. You’ve filled your aluminium boat with water and seen the leak in motion. Prepped and dried, your next work step involves the sealing of the small hull breach. A broad range of marine sealant adhesives are formulated for this purpose. The chosen product is brushed evenly onto split seams and hairline cracks. Alternatively, if leaking rivets are causing the problems, a waterproof epoxy gets the job done. That glutinous stuff penetrates deep into chips, cracks, and rivet gaps until no watery discharge can seep into the boat.
The systematic repair plan we’ve illustrated for you is important. It emphasizes the trace, prepare, and repair procedure that finds and closes minor leaks in aluminium boats. Chips, pinhole leaks, loose rivets, or seam gaps, all of these holes seal tightly when the above steps are followed. Incidentally, the products you choose should be abrasion resistant and flex-capable so that they permanently seal all of the leak scenarios you’ve read about today.
Galvanized spiral ducts are manufactured from aesthetically pleasing lengths of polished metal. Visually appealing by design, the locking seam coiling around the ductwork sees the pipes installed as decorative artifices, perhaps as a steel jacket on a concrete pillar. On the flip side of such architectural utilization instances, this is also an HVAC ducting solution, one that excels due to that spiral configuration.
Contemporary Ventilation Channels
The spiral design does look attractive, but it’s actually there to serve a purpose, not just to look good. Remember, lightweight metal tubes sag between their fastening hangers, but that dip never takes place here because the seam acts as a supporting backbone. Those interlocking metal sheets, cleverly fabricated by structural engineers, are basically using the spiral configuration as a reinforcing “rib,” a structural asset that keeps every channel run absolutely rigid. Employed on ceilings and wall spaces where fastening joints are sparsely installed, the attractive ducting is guaranteed to maintain its rigid outlines.
Embedding Industrial Accents
When tall concrete pillars lose their appeal, then galvanized spiral ducts are the answer. Jacketed around the pillars, the ribbed crease coils from top to bottom, until the modern space is charged with a cool alloy-reinforced aesthetic. Additionally, the installation of a working HVAC system, one that’s based on the same architectural format, heightens this industrial style. Form and function are meshing here, not clashing. Of course, an “opposites attract” design ethic also prevails in architectural projects, so look for this compelling metal ductwork in wooden churches, fabric-decorated restaurants, and countless other progressively designed interiors.
Let’s finish by talking about a few active benefits. Galvanized spiral ducting is rigid, but that coiling seam does absorb the thermal properties of the airflow, so it won’t bulge and generate noise, not like traditional rectangular ducting. Therefore, this visually attractive, energy efficient ducting type is as quiet as it is good looking. Next, that rounded ductwork profile doesn’t have any sharp edges. Even the spiral seam is fabricated to sit flush against the tubed metal segments. Curved in this manner, the cylindrical interior is easy to clean. No dust, no dirt, and no mildew-coated stains can hide from a cleaning brush or industrial vacuum cleaner here. Finally, those rounded edges and interlocking seams are designed to eliminate airflow leaks, which means an all-round energy efficiency increase. Fabricated from thin-gauge steel sections and assembled with an interlocking seam, spiral ductwork is now regarded as the superior HVAC channeling solution, plus it’s a popular pillar facade, a material that adds industrial style to prosaic concrete pillars.
For years, people have known the benefits of constructing items out of aluminium and this includes boats. Aluminium is an ideal material for boats since it is resistant to corrosion, durable, lightweight, economical and easy to maintain. The last feature is highly important to the majority of boat owners as they want to spend their free time exploring the waterways here in Australia instead of constantly working on their boats. To learn what makes the aluminium boats simple to take proper care of, read the following facts.
Aluminium Boats Require Only General Cleaning
You need to perform only general cleaning on a boat of aluminium since it does not require a special solution or treatment to remove the grime. Of course, if you leave your boat unclean for long periods of time, it may require in-depth cleaning methods.
Boats of Aluminium Do Not Require Painting
The exterior and interior of aluminium boats do not require painting to stay attractive and durable. They do benefit from a coating of anti-fouling paint on their hulls, though, below the water line. Fouling occurs when various organisms hitch a ride on the boat hulls and can even tangle in the propellers.
Aluminium Boats Are Resistant to Corrosion
Boats of aluminium are resistant to rust and saltwater corrosion. Seldom, if ever, are these an issue that needs your attention.
Aluminium Does Not Rot
Unlike timber, aluminium does not rot and deteriorate over time. As a result, the lifespan of an aluminium boat exceeds that of wood boats. In fact, it is difficult to pinpoint how long this type of boat will last for boat owners. On top of this, these boats do not attract worm or insect infestations.
An Aluminium Boat Is Easy to Repair
Repairs are easier with aluminium boats that those of other materials, which results in lower repair bills. Also, the materials for repairs are readily available today.
Ideal Boats for Both Freshwater and Saltwater Use
Boats of aluminium are ideal for both saltwater and freshwater use, which saves money and hassle. With certain other materials, you may need a separate boat to have this type of flexibility.
For further facts about what makes aluminium boats easy to maintain, consult with the AWW Group. In addition, we offer a wide assortment of these boats ranging from simple ones such as the 330 Angler to more elaborate ones like the 490 Coast Rider. You also can purchase boat trailers and outboard motors from us to ensure that you can fully enjoy whichever boat you decide to purchase from us.
Golf carts help golfers travel around the golf courses in an easy manner in order to preserve their energy for the game. Also, people use them to travel around retirement centres and other places that allow them in place of vehicles that cost more to operate. Before you purchase your own golf cart, though, you should read our advice on what to look for in this information. It will help guide you in the right direction.
Ensure the Cart Is in Optimal Operating Condition
Even with a new golf cart, you need to test drive it to ensure that it operates correctly and smoothly. Do not buy a cart that you cannot try out first. You will be able to decide if it is the model that will fit your needs in the ideal manner by doing this.
Does It Come With a Warranty?
Inquire as to whether or not the golf cart comes with a warranty. New ones should always have substantial ones and certain used ones may also come with one. While a used one may cost less, it may not always be the wisest purchase if it does not come with a warranty. It may have hidden damage or issues.
Gas and Electric Golf Carts Are Available on the Market Today
While the lifespan of both of these types of carts is about equal, gas carts are noisier and can pollute the air. For these reasons and others, the majority of golfers and other people seek out electric carts to purchase for their own today.
Check the Specifications
Do not forget to check the specifications of the cart to ensure it will handle the amount of use it will receive at your hands. Inquire about the type of motor, battery capacity, controllers and brake system that the cart has among other things. In addition, you can choose between a utility cart or golf cart configuration to ensure that it fits your unique requirements.
Price May Be a Consideration
Even though price should never be the sole deciding factor for purchasing a golf cart, it may be a major consideration, especially if you have a tight budget. Compare the cost of the carts along with their other features before you make your final decision.
To purchase quality electric golf carts, turn to AWW Group. We carry a wide assortment of them with features such as Trojan batteries, Curtis controllers, four-wheel hydraulic brakes and German motors. On top of all of this, we also offer resort and utility work carts.
Boat owners have choices when they’re selecting an outboard motor. Not positionally, of course, because the engine’s attached to a reinforced aft wall. No, there are no great decisions to be made regarding the location of the propulsion system. As for the type of engine, well, there are several options. Having said that, how do you differentiate outboard motors by type?
Basic Outboard Engine Differentiation
Mounted outside the transom, the stern of your boat hosts the streamlined engine cowling. Below the water, a submerged propeller and an advanced gearing system power the boat through the waves. If you’re aware of the different two-stroke and four-stroke engines that crouch powerfully inside those housings, you’re probably wondering how to identify them. Well, a two-stroke engine is a considerably lighter piece of machinery, one that generates lots of high-pitched noise. Conversely, a propulsion system that uses four-stroke momentum is larger, sometimes even ungainly.
Beyond The Skin Deep Looks
Your aluminium boat doesn’t necessarily need a high horsepower drive system, and it certainly won’t benefit from the power of a 4-stroke engine if that ungainly heft unbalances your craft. The prow of your aluminium boat is threatening to leave the water, so choose a 2-stroke engine if your boat’s hull demands less weight. Yesteryears models were fuel-slurpers, but contemporary dual-stroke variants have been put on a diet ever since fuel injection technology was introduced. Of course, the best things do come in small packages, and that maxim now applies to many 4-stroke power plants. A small 20-HP member of this multiple engine stroke family, for example, is apt to push you back into your seat when you install it on your aluminium boat. Just remember to check the builder’s capacity plate before buying big, though.
Weighing Important Outboard Motor Variables
Perhaps you’ve spent too much time considering stroke capacities, so let’s move on to a few other important matters. The starting technology used to engage your engine deserves a mention. Older rope cord starters are all part of the boating experience, but they can be intimidating. Fortunately, newer outboard engines are loaded with electronics, so many affordable engines use button ignition controls. That same control panel will likely contain warning indicators, which can be a godsend when the boat starts to cough in the middle of a lake.
The weight and attractively painted engine cowling sometimes conceal too much. Pull out the manual, check to see if the engine architecture is backed by two or four-stroke power. If your boating knowledge is still developing, consider an electronic ignition and a control panel array with clearly illuminated warning indicators, not a tricky rope recoil ignition assembly. Finally, use these differences to match horsepower, weight, and other important engine features to your aluminium boat.
Enjoy the boating season while you can, because it won’t last forever. Leaves fall, the wind turns chilly, and winter is on your doorstep. There’s a lot to do, and maybe you’ve left things a little late, but don’t worry too much, not when you’ve got access to a checklist for winterizing your aluminium boat. Starting off with your aluminium hull, let’s get started before the hard winter winds start blowing.
Scrubbing Aluminium Boats Winter-Clean: Part 1
Pay attention to any scratches and scrapes that were incurred during the height of the recreational season. Mark and document the worst bumps for professional attention.
Scrubbing Aluminium Boats Winter-Clean: Part 2
Start with an abrasive-free soapy detergent, something that washes away oil stains and debris. From here, let the hull dry before picking up a dedicated cleaning agent. That fluid must be formulated to act as an aluminium boat cleaning compound.
Checking for Anti-Oxidizing Protection
In this winterizing guide, you’re not about to settle for a barely clean metal framework. You’re taking this opportunity to protect the hull, not just clean the metalwork. A dedicated boat cleansing compound washes, polishes, and protects the aluminium.
Addressing Inside Storage Needs
Cover the boat. If it’s under 6-metres long (20-feet), consider storing it upside down. In taking this approach, you turn your aluminium boat into its own little boathouse.
Outdoor Storage Considerations
Store the craft on a specialised boat trailer, pull the drain plug and tilt the little ship so that any snow or heavy rain doesn’t form pools of standing water inside the boat frame. Aluminium is a naturally corrosion resistant metal, but that “resistance” feature doesn’t necessarily mean the boat is corrosion-proof.
Condition the Outboard Motor
Depending on the motor fittings, the propulsion system will require special winter care, which means practising a little TLC that targets the innards of the engine. Drain the oil and flush the engine. Remove the battery and attach it to a trickle charging unit so that it is ready for the New Year.
You can go deep when you’re winterizing your aluminium boat. An extended checklist goes beyond the above list. Pressure washing equipment removes barnacles and dead sea life from the bottom of the hull. Signs of corrosion, perhaps due to dissimilar metal contact, are cleaned before the protective coating is applied. Generally speaking, that aluminium hull is tough, not so tough that abrasive cleaning compounds can be used here, but it is tough enough to take some real elbow grease. After that power and manual cleaning work, remove what can be removed, drain what can be drained, and cover up until spring makes an appearance.
When you’re out for a quick spin around an 18-hole golf course, you’re not thinking about the differences between golf carts and golf buggies. In all likelihood, you’re picturing the “19-th hole,” the pub that’s located just inside the clubhouse. Like many other before you, you may even use the two labels interchangeably. Still, there are some very obvious differences between the two golf course cruisers.
Clarifying The Golf Buggy Form
A cavalier description mashes golf carts and golf buggies into one category, yet that’s not how the two recreational vehicles are meant to be described. In point of fact, a golf buggy isn’t even a passenger vehicle. It is a motorised cart that carries your golf bag and all of your clubs. This carriage is a little like a virtual caddy, although it doesn’t hand out free club selection tips. Instead, it gamely uses its two or more electric motors to independently wheel your club bag over gentle inclines. Ultimately, the passenger less carrier requires a handheld remote control and a willingness to stroll the golf course. On the other hand, a golf cart requires an ability to steer a vehicle and a readiness to park your posterior on a comfortable driver seat.
You Drive a Golf Carts
Handily, although this is a four-wheeled vehicle, you don’t need a driver’s licence to rent one. Obviously, the golf cart is only intended for use on the course, not on the highway. Incidentally, a third option, the golf car, does require licencing. They’re still electric, still open-sided, but a golf car is capable of reaching 90 km/h, so it can be seen on some public roadways. They’re certainly not allowed on any main thoroughfares or highways, though, so their functions are still biased towards recreational activities. Anyway, back to golf carts. This is fundamentally a driven cart, one that has room for two passengers and their golf clubs. As such, a parking space is required for this comparatively cumbersome option, whereas a golf buggy can be wheeled indoors and stored.
In rejecting this tendency to use golfing transport labels interchangeably, you’ve seen three ways of navigating the peaks and furrows on an extra-long golf course. Golf buggies are remote controlled companions, three-wheeled carriers that mimic mute and invisible caddies. A golf car is a hybrid of sorts, a vehicle that coasts around streets, hotel driveways, and large vacation resorts. Finally, golf carts are electrically powered vehicles, a conveyance form that allows tired but passionate golfers to take a seat between holes so that they can employ their energy levels while trying to reduce their course handicap.
Aluminium is a lightweight metal, a multipurpose material whose application base is now outpacing steel, at least in transport-centric applications. The light alloy dominates aerospace materials, it’s used in cars and trucks, and you’re seeing aluminium alloys in boat construction. It’s obviously a capable material, one that’s taking over every industry and commercial enterprise. Boat construction, though, what are the advantages of an aluminium alloy here?
The Malleable Alloy
Engineers talk about aerospace aluminium all the time. It’s the robust but light structural medium of choice in this high-flying industry. It won’t corrode easily, but the surface can be anodised. Basically, this common metal has a role to play in every contemporary setting, even the kitchen. Its status as a common metallic element is then matched by a workability feature, for this transformable alloy is relatively easy to process. In boat construction, aluminium alloys bend and shear readily. Panels are shaped and rolled with dispatch, and a light but strong boat frame quickly takes shape.
A Readily Repairable Boat Material
The workshop environment uses this alloy every day, perhaps to fabricate kitchen trolleys or window frames. It’s everywhere, this corrosion-resistant metal. That state of affairs guarantees a firm fabrication infrastructure, which is just what you need when your aluminium boat frame is damaged. Accidents happen, after all, but your metal-reinforced boat will easily reject most bumps. If the impact does cause significant damage, then the metal base creates a crumple zone, a means of mechanically absorbing the impact. Now, a plastic glass hull will crack under the force of a collision, but a slightly dented aluminium alloy is easy to fix, especially when the repair yard has access to the workshop fabrication infrastructure mentioned above.
Exibits Ductility-Assured Formability
In the past, boating enthusiasts imagined metal frames as clunky, square-edged affairs. The envisaged boat would likely handle poorly and look like a graceless tub. In point of fact, nothing could be further from the truth, not when you know about the ductility characteristics of this light but strong metal. A contoured hull with a water-cutting form factor is the result of a formability factor that goes above and beyond what can be achieved by other engineering solutions, including fibreglass resins. On top of that svelte outline, the aluminium alloy is easy to embellish, but its exposed metal surface won’t degrade, not because of water or ultraviolet-heavy sunshine.
Malleable aluminium alloys are used in boat construction as an ideal marine engineering solution. They’re light, strong, corrosion-resistant, and UV resistant. Back in the workshop, the metal is workable and ductile, so it readily takes on complex profiles, the kind of shapes that enable a stretched hull to power through any water and any weather condition.
When in the market for an aluminium boat, there are a number of different considerations. You should first and foremost seek out a durable brand to provide you with the maximum return on your investment. Of course, there are other features to look for in the brand that you choose to explore, such as the quality of the materials in the boats, how much maintenance they require, their fuel efficiency and if the company offers a wide assortment of models from which to make your selection. We are here to explain why the Kimple aluminium boats are best for your needs.
1. Durable Construction
Kimple constructs its boat hulls with marine-grade aluminium that is both scratch resistant and shock resistant. In addition, this grade of aluminium can withstand all types of weather conditions that occur in the spring, summer and into the latter part of the autumn here in Australia. On top of all this, Kimple Boating welds the parts of the hulls together and never uses rivets. This ensures the strength of the hulls even in rough water.
2. Environmentally Friendly Production
Another benefit of turning to Kimple for your aluminium boat is the fact that the company includes 85-percent recycled aluminium in its boat production. In addition, 95 percent of the aluminium in the boat that you select is recyclable at the end of its life.
3. Kimple Aluminium Boats Are Lightweight and Require Minimum Maintenance
Aluminium boats from Kimple are lightweight and easy to haul to and from the various waterways that you visit for fishing or pleasure riding. They also require less fuel to move through the water than heavier boats do because of their lightweight construction. Also, in between uses, all you need to do is spray off the boat with clean water to maintain it. It will never need heavy scrubbing or a new coat of paint.
4. The Company Offers a Wide Assortment of Aluminium Boats
You will have a wide variety of styles to choose from when you turn to Kimple Boating for one of the company’s aluminium boats. The selection ranges from a simple skiff runabout up to a 20-seater transport model. Kimple even custom makes boats when the need arises.
5. Offers Versatility
Aluminium Kimple boats are versatile in nature since you can navigate the rocky shore, shallow waters or traverse out to the rocky islands without worrying about the boats running aground. Even if your boat has a load of supplies aboard for the day, you can still travel the waterways with ease.
For further facts about the reasons why the Kimple aluminium boats are the ideal choice for your needs, consult with AWW Group. We are a distributor for Kimple and provide boats, Powertec outboard motors and trailers to transport your boat to and from the waterways.
Selecting the ideal boat trailer to haul your boat on with your vehicle can be a confusing task if you do not know what to look for in one. The size of the trailer is not the only consideration for one thing. You must also ensure that the trailer will carry the weight of your boat in a safe manner. Refer to the following information to learn how to choose the right trailer, according to the weight and size of your boat.
How to Figure the Weight of Your Boat
When you calculate the weight of your boat, you need to include all the additional elements that may be on the boat such as an outboard motor, fuel, water and your personal belongings. For example, one litre of fuel weighs about one kilogram. The manufacturer’s weight of the boat does not include all of these elements. If you don’t figure the boat’s weight accurately, you may purchase a trailer that is not strong enough to carry your boat in a durable, safe manner.
Length of the Trailer Is an Important Consideration
The trailer’s length should be long enough to support the entire hull of the boat as well as the rest of it. This is crucial since the hull may suffer damage during transport when the length of the trailer is too short.
How to Decide between Single-Axle and Tandem-Axle Trailers
The Gross Trailer Mass or GTM of a boat will determine whether it requires a single-axle or tandem-axle trailer. For two examples, a lightweight, small fibreglass boat that has a GTM that is less than 750 kg can be towed on a single-axle trailer while a larger and heavier boat of a weight greater than 2000 kg will need a tandem-axle trailer.
The Compliance Plate on the Trailer Should Show Its Weight Limit
Each boat trailer will have a compliance plate on it when you buy it directly from the dealer. On this plate, you will find various pertinent bits of information, including the weight limit of the trailer. With the help of this information, you can select a boat trailer with the right weight limit for your specific needs.
To learn additional facts about the boat trailers’ weight limit and how to select the right trailer for your boat, consult with AWW Group. We are a distributor here in the Victoria area of Australia for Kimple aluminium boats, Powertec outboards and boat trailers to suit a variety of boats.
Despite their compact dimensions, today’s outboard motors pack some serious power. Still, without the right propulsion hardware, that speedy craft is just an oversized canoe, a nice flotation device, but hardly one you want to paddle back to shore. Avoid that unpleasantness by using these tips to choose the right outboard motor for any aluminium boat.
Builder’s Plate Check
Not every craft is fitted with a safety information plate, although most boats should have one fitted. Search for the plate, and look for the horsepower (HP) section. The information should include the maximum weight, in kilograms, that the main engine and any auxiliary units can weigh. Obey this maximum weight limit.
The Maximum Persons Limit
This number isn’t exactly linked to the performance of an outboard engine on an aluminium boat, but, let’s face it, every buoyancy factor places a hit on the engine. Again, refer to the National Marine Manufacturers plate (NMMA) or the Australian Builders Plate (ABP) for the numbers that determine this important limit.
Considering Outboard Motor Types
The horsepower of the little engine impacts your buying decision. You naturally want to get the tinney speeding over the water. However, this velocity shouldn’t cost you everything you have in fuel reserves. Two-stroke and four-stroke outboard boat engines are the only real choice, but which one do you pick? A 2-stroke is fast and light, but it can drink up fuel. Perhaps a 4-stroke is the better choice, but do remember that these engines are usually beefier and heavier.
Weighing Aluminium Boats
As this remarkably durable metal is lighter than fibreglass, you can afford to drop the horsepower rating on the outboard engine without impacting the craft’s velocity, the knots per hour for you seagoing types, which means that heavy 4-stroke motor may be out of the running. Remember, especially if you’ve been gifted a 4-stroke outboard motor, to compare its weight to the maximum allowable outboard motor weight marked on the boat plate. If the plate isn’t fitted, call the manufacturer or sales outlet to get that information.
Aluminium boats are light and durable, with their tough little interior ribs reinforcing that natural strength factor. Due to that light build, a relatively light 2-stroke engine can provide more than enough power to propel the craft at some speed across the water. For safety’s sake, though, keep the horsepower and motor rating low. After all, your tinney plants itself well during all high-speed manoeuvres, but that stability factor can go out the window if the boat is unbalanced.
Aluminium is a frequently employed boat construction material. It’s easy to machine, of course, and there are many instances where “aluminum” (An Americanism) works as a tough transportation shell. A balance is needed, though, a mechanical toughness that works with a corresponding buoyancy profile to create a craft that cuts effortlessly through the water.
Weighing Aluminium Sheet Thickness
Everything’s about balance when boats are built, which is why we assess sheet thickness. Essentially, we want to adopt a best practice fabrication method. Rivets and mechanical fasteners are obviously easy to assess as a parts assembly aid, but these component anchors aren’t always the best choice, especially when waterproofing is a concern. After these generally accepted parts locking aids, there’s welding technology. Unfortunately, sheet thickness does broaden slightly to accommodate this assembly solution. The question is: does this sheet thickening provision have an effect on aluminium boats?
Density in a Nutshell
A denser boat rides ever-so-slightly lower in the water. The thicker sheet thickness ties in with a greater overall hull density. There’s just more metal present, so gravity has its way. Buoyancy drops, the weight of the craft increases, and its ability to sail cleanly through the waves decreases. However, that buoyancy issue is correctable. A widening of the boat, the part that comes in contact with the water, does effectively restore buoyancy. An outboard motor with a few extra horsepower of propulsion power will also overcome the heavier density.
Wide boats are heavily employed in the global transportation industry. Freight ships and cruise liners use thick panels of steel and strengthening struts to reinforce the vessel’s shaped hull. Similarly, an aluminium boat floats because it counteracts the surface tension of water. Still, it takes more engineering know-how to guarantee this flotation factor, which is why buoyancy features are often added to metal boats. In the example of a recreational craft, a boat that’s perhaps used on a lake for fishing, basic flotation features are enough to ensure this feature. They’re the foams and closed-celled polymers that stop the craft from being swamped.
Balance has played a major role in the structure and intent of this article. Aluminium sheet thickness, perhaps no more than 1.6mm, ensures mechanical strength, but vessel density is kept in line. Should that material thickness increase, the hull can widen to offset any buoyancy changes. Furthermore, an ace boat building service can add an active flotation system and a brawny outboard motor that really fully compensates for the effects of any sheet thickness increases in an aluminium boat.
Ducting wire is designed to act as a robust flexible hose backbone. Similarly, spiral duct conduits use a helical seam to reinforce a strong tubular metal profile. Vendors and engineers have obviously conspired to produce two formidable pipe-reinforcing designs. Let’s see what a lead piping manufacturer and supplier has to say about these spiraling pipe solutions.
The Drawbacks of Plain Pipe Builds
Some might say that a plain galvanized pipe is potentially twenty-percent weaker than its spiral duct counterpart. And they’d be right, for that curving seam strengthens long pipe runs so that they won’t sag or deform. Flexible hose work mirrors that strengthened mechanical profile. A standard hose does adapt and twist to conform to any directional requirements, but that elastic feature is limited by the material used in the fabricated hose. Ducting wire bolsters this resiliency factor while supplementing the pipe with ingrained metal fortitude.
Singling Out Top-Notch Wire and Seam Manufacturers
Elite fabrication shops tend to keep a finger on a global industrial pulse. They see the ebb and flow that determines contemporary design habits, intimately recognize the key benefits that make certain supplied commodities work, and they know just which products will fade into obscurity. And so it is with our services. We’ve observed the energy efficiency ratings that are part and parcel of the spiral manufactured ducting system. Ducting wire, a high-tensile metal thread, delivers similar performance gains, so all manufacturer and supplier resources are shrewdly shifting gears to adopt this flexible air conditioning ductwork solution.
An Application-Dependable Supplier
The ideal goal here is to match a client’s most demanding product requirements with a potent vendor solution, a manufacturer-validated response that checks off every requirement and feature on the original specification sheet, as supplied by that client. The fabricated tubes and their spiral seams, for example, are ideal airway conduits, as specced by the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) industry. They also function as polished formers and metal accents for concrete columns, the supports that carry massive structural loads.
That strong, steel-edged ducting wire functions admirably as a strength-facilitating hose cage, a curving framework that accommodates different types of high-end fabric, metal, and polymer coverings. Meanwhile, manufacturer and supplier diligence goes even further by establishing a solid spiral design, a helical architecture that’s as energy efficient as it is aesthetically appealing. Again, the true difference comes from keeping a metaphorical finger against the global industrial pulse, for this spiral engineering form is already well established in countries where HVAC energy expenditure costs are high.
The continued popularity of fishing on rivers and lakes has spawned countless boat designs, fishing boats made from timber, fibreglass, and aluminium are used by both beginners and professional fisher folk. However, the attributes of fishing boats, such as their seaworthiness, and the ability and ease of getting these in and out of the water, is also important. For most who do not have personal dock space to keep their boats in-water, the ease of launching and transport is more important than a boats performance.
The main characteristics of a ‘good’ fishing boat are its strength, durability and lightweight, and in these regards, the advantages of aluminium alloy in boat construction, for use on lakes and rivers, outweigh the benefits of timber and fibreglass.
Aluminium Alloy Used in Boat Construction has Many Advantages
Small boats today are mainly comprised of timber, fibreglass, and aluminium, of these three materials, aluminium is by far the most beneficial. In fact, the use of aluminium as the preferred boat building material continues to grow, greatly surpassing both timber and fibreglass. The reason for this is obvious because when compared to other materials the advantages far outweigh any disadvantages.
Aluminium vs. Timber
When comparing small timber boats with aluminium boats, the main difference is weight. While timber boats are very stable because of their weight, transporting and launching these from trailers is not as easy as lightweight aluminium boats. Also, aluminium boats require less maintenance and repairs, which are some of the major factors that drive their continued popularity among fishing enthusiasts. Basically, aluminium does not corrode, rot, and is element proof, and timber is not.
Aluminium vs. Fibreglass
It’s true, fibreglass boats are lighter than timber boats, but these still weigh much more than an aluminium boats of the same size, and moving and storing boats made from aluminium is much easier. Also, like timber, fibreglass boats are not immune to weathering, and as the material degrades from use and exposure to extreme heat and cold, cracks form, and maintenance and repair costs can exceed even timber boats.
While larger boats made from either timber or fibreglass may be more stable on the water, when it comes to the construction of small boats, aluminium alloy is the ideal construction material.
Only golfers know how fast the terrain can change on a challenging course. A traditional links course is fairly flat, but the marsh-hemmed coastline can play havoc with wheel traction. The sloping terrain on a modern course brings its own unique course-navigating problems, which is why Golf Carts and Golf Trailers are designed to accommodate some specialized performance features. Let’s see what functions and features put the AWW Golf Buggy family above the rest.
Redefining Performance-Graded Golf Carts
Relaxing golf excursions are chore-free when a four-wheeled friend is parked nearby. The electric buggy is plugged into the power supply and imperceptibly humming as it finishes its charge cycle. AWW Golf carts enhances this scenario a tad by adopting a semi-off road build. After all, this is cultivated ground, but it’s still considered a cross-country environment. The power steering, courtesy of Curtis Controllers, smoothly handles refined fairways and coarse terrain with equal ease, thus leaving the German engineered drivetrain to coast across every bump and ground depression while delivering a comfortable ride.
Addressing Golf Trailer Attributes
They’re more than utilitarian, the AWW Golf Trailers. They’re also built to an exacting manufacturing standard so that they’ll capably protect their transported loads. The fully galvanized frame endorses that statement, yet there’s more we haven’t mentioned. For example, there are two stout 13-inch tyres providing drive stability. Above the frame and its drive parts, a pair of widened transport rails are coated in indented grip patterns, a provision that ensures the Golf Buggy will always adhere to its stationary orientation, no matter how rough the drive becomes. If these safety features aren’t enough, check out the LED lights and the tiltable support platform, with the latter mechanism acting as a cart unburdening highlight.
A New Spin on the Ancient Game
Golfing trips are meant to be fun, not a chore. That message exactly sums up the spirit that has shaped these products. A broadened fleet of Golf Carts accommodates every need, with 4 wheel hydraulic brakes and power steering hugging the manicured fairways. The drive is a pleasure, the experience is a sporting indulgence, and the back-breaking golf bag is securely fastened in back.
In short, there’s an environmentally friendly electric golf buggy with rugged course navigating credentials for everyone. Its profile is bound to be compact but comfortable. Its transportation partner, a high-end golf trailer, will also satisfy the most discriminating driver, with the easy-load frame taking on the role of reliable a cart chauffeur.
Classed as a lightweight but durable metal, aluminium alloys are employed in countless transportation-related industries. The alloy has become the backbone of the aeronautics industry, for example, and its high strength-to-weight ratio also makes it a perfect material for the shipping sector. In assessing aluminium boat safety and maintenance tips, we need to know a little more about this all-purpose metal.
Aluminium: A Boat-Biased Primer
Aluminum, as the Americans call it, won’t rust or oxidize. That’s because marine-graded alloys are typically coated with an oxide coating, but even regular aluminium panels exhibit some degree of rust resistance. On top of this corrosion-resistance factor, the metal is favoured by the fabrication sector, so many factories and machine shops make intricate shapes out of the easy-to-shape alloy, including hull sections and seagoing passenger benches.
Aluminium Boat Safety
Beware of galvanic corrosion. Aluminium won’t rust under normal circumstances, but contact with a dissimilar metal will cause the alloy to deteriorate. The problem is aggravated by saltwater, so keep track of other metal parts and their effect on the boat. Next, the boat is rugged and likely built from a high-grade alloy, but it’s still susceptible to impact. If the boat passes over a submerged rock or, worse still, hits a rocky outcropping, damage may occur. Check the hull for metal deformation and holes. Similarly, exhibit all due care when wielding sharp-edged implements, for they can puncture the hull.
Lightweight Boat Maintenance Tips
It’s a tough and light craft, one that won’t consume too much fuel when it’s zipping through the waves, but, like anything else, it requires periodic maintenance. Washdown the interior, especially if deposits of saltwater have invaded the inner hull. Corrosion is unlikely, but sea water is aggressive stuff. If there’s an outboard motor attached, unfasten it with a rated winch and place it in a drum for further cleaning. Meanwhile, assess the hook-up point at the rear of the boat for fastener damage and galvanic corrosion. Finally, wash away all dirt, oil, and salty deposits with an approved brush and a bucket of soapy water.
This short guide covers the basics of aluminium boat safety. It also assesses some of the maintenance tips you’ll need to keep your compact vessel clean and undamaged. Stay vigilant. The boat is corrosion-resistant, not corrosion-proof. Take note of scratches and avoid the conditions that cause galvanic corrosion. Do so by picking up discarded copper pennies and displaced stainless steel tools.
Kimple Boats are light and durable made of marine grade aluminum providing shock and scratch resistance characteristics able to withstand extreme climate and conditions. Getting into more detail, below we will discuss the reasons why you should buy a Kimple Boat:
Whether you are looking for a small runabout or a 20 seat client transport, Kimple either has it or can make it for you. Get in touch with your local distributor to learn more about the available Kimple boat sizes.
Kimple has spent an untold amount of time on researching the right design for the right environment. Kimple’s international customer base has given them insightful research data into every possible variant of weather and boating condition on the planet. With these factors in mind combined with their no rivet philosophy makes the ultimate boats; hardy, durable, and comfortable.
Kimple uses light but durable marine grade aluminium that tolerates shocks, scratches and even bottom contact without deforming or structural deterioration. It does not absorb water, it’s burn resistant, crack resistant, fade and rust resistant. It holds up to extreme temperatures and weather, which means you can enjoy boating whenever and wherever you are in the world.
You don’t have to look too closely to see that Kimple boats are a cut above the rest, made with the international market in mind. The designs are at the forefront of cutting edge technology, which means greater fuel efficiency due to less load on your motor, sexier visual lines and better layouts .
Our all-welded ribs can take a pounding. They’re heavier, wider and stronger, making the entire boat tougher and more rigid. Ribs are positioned on narrow centers. This results in more ribs making the hull stronger for the entire length of the boat.
Kimple believes in a no rivet policy, with all the hulls fully welded. This ensures strength in the hull itself and the flooring. In areas where the water can get rough, having strong welds opposed to rivets is vitally important.
All Kimple boats are painted with a standard colour base/clear coat that allows the repair of small scratches and dock rash without having to repaint the entire boat. There is also the option of having your boat in different colours as well as having a full branding print done where you can specify what your company branding is and we sort everything for you.
All Kimple Boat products are made using recyclable material and where possible are made from recycled materials to protect the environment and have as little impact as possible on it.
Small lightweight and durable boats made of aluminium are most often used for freshwater fishing. Generally a very simple craft, featuring riveted or welded aluminum hulls and bench seating, they can be operated in fish-friendly places – shallow water, coves, inlets – not many other boats can reach. The flat hull also makes the boat more stable in calm water, which is good not only for anglers, but hunters
Flat bottom aluminium boats typically have a transom onto which an outboard motor can be mounted. They are simple and easy to maintain, and inexpensive with many options to upgrade.
In Britain they came to popular notice during the Planned French Invasion of Britain in 1759, when a large-number of flat-bottomed boats were prepared by the French to ferry their invasion force across the channel. An estimated 30 million livres was spent on the construction of the boats.
Aluminium boats can be transported on a trailer or on top of a vehicle or in a bed of a ute. This makes it very convenient to take on different types of fishing or hunting trips.
Contact the professionals at AWW Tinnies today to discuss your boating requirements.
The first step in discussing trailer boats is understanding just what the term means. A trailer boat is a boat small enough to be stored on dry land, transported via the trailer and launched into the water from the trailer, all without extensive assembly or disassembly.
There are advantages to a trailer boat over a larger boat that resides on the water for its entire useful life.
The first major advantage is the cost of storage. To handle a trailer boat, a simple and inexpensive shed is more than enough. For larger boats that must stay on the water at all times, one must have either a private dock on expensive waterfront property or a rented boat slip at a marina. The cost of either storage option for large boats can be quite high.
The second big advantage of trailer boats is also related to the ability to store them virtually anywhere. The biggest risk to boats that are constantly on the water is usually storms. Even a well moored boat can be dashed against the dock and damaged or even sunk. For those who have the deluxe mooring facilities that allow the boat to be lifted and stored above the water, preparing for a coming storm often means dropping everything else and making a special trip to stormproof the boat.
The last, and possibly most important, benefit of a trailer boat is the ability to choose different bodies of water. A trailer boat can be enjoyed in a local lake or taken across the country to a vacation location. Larger craft must often be disassembled and transported by professionals to a new location. The versatility of the trailer boat allows the owner to choose any destination suitable for the boat.
There are three general tiers of trailer boat:
Small Trailer Boats – These may be anything from wave runners to fishing skiffs. Such boats are small enough for a couple of people to carry and tow easily behind virtually any roadworthy vehicle.
Medium Trailer Boats – This category would include the smaller boats suitable for towing skiers behind or bass boats. When someone thinks of trailer boats, this category of boat is generally what comes to mind.
Large Trailer Boats – These boats push the envelope of being true trailer boats. In fact, most of the owners of such boats moor them at docks because their size pushes the limits of what one can tow behind a personal vehicle. Cabin cruisers suitable for skiing or enjoying a day on the lake are the most common large trailer boats.
Fishing is one of those survival tactics that was so engrossing and entertaining that it made the transition from necessity to hobby. Those lucky enough to live within convenient traveling distance to the Murray river system have a variety of game fish that they target. This variety covers the gamut of sizes and also provide a variety of differing culinary uses that keeps people coming back for more.
Redfin and perch are the best option to target for those who are into the pure entertainment of the sport and want to catch fish that put up a great fight. While relatively small, redfin display a healthy desire to stay in the water. The major caution for those hoping to experience this battle is to avoid heavy tackle. Equipment that is capable of hauling in a fish that weighs hundreds of pounds is going to completely overpower any fish that is five pounds or lighter, regardless of how active it is. The previous all applies to the Murray Perch as well. While both fish are fighters and are similar in size, the perch is an indigenous species and can be eaten or returned, while the redfin is an introduced species and considered a nuisance fish that should never be returned to the water. Luckily, redfin and perch also happen to both be delicious so keeping any redfin is seldom considered a burden.
These are the “best of both worlds” fish that can be found in the Murray River system. Catfish are the Murray River system’s transitional fish. For those who want a decent fight from a bigger animal, catfish fit the bill. In other words, they can grow larger than the previous fish mentioned but are a little less active when hooked. One of the big differences that sets catfish apart from other fish mentioned is that they virtually never strike artificial baits. This makes catfish the perfect species to target for more relaxed fishermen who would prefer to kick back and enjoy the day, occasionally pulling in a fish, instead of actively casting and retrieving during the entire outing. A protected species, the catfish must be returned after caught.
Australia’s largest freshwater fish, the Murray Cod can grow to hundreds of pounds. They are also quite delicious. This combination makes them the favorite target for both anglers who want a trophy picture next to the massive fish they caught and those who wish to fill the freezer with fish. Sportsmen who revel in the fight will likely steer clear of the Murray Cod, since the only real challenge to reeling them in is the sheer size of the animal.
What is a sail outboard motor and what benefit comes of having one?
A sail outboard motor is a motor that can be used to propel small sailboats. Since smaller sailboats tend to place a premium on the weight of the entire vessel and equipment, it is rare for a small sailboat to be equipped with an inboard motor. The things that make sail outboard motors different from outboards for other small watercraft are both the attention to reducing size and weight as well as having longer shafts. The longer shafts tend to be necessary as small sailboats do not have attachment points near water level as most small boats do.
There are three benefits of having a sail outboard on any small sailboat. The first is avoiding being stranded by a dead calm. While modern sail architecture is very efficient at catching even small breezes, there will surely rise moments where there is simply no wind to catch. In the event that there is some time constraint on the boating trip, being able to start the motor and get back to the dock under power is a huge asset.
The second benefit of such an outboard is being able to power through rougher water. When wind picks up and becomes choppy, as it does before storms, the erratic air currents and more pronounced waves can make holding a steady course extremely difficult. With a propulsion source that does not rely on the erratic wind, getting to a destination is far easier.
The last, and probably most crucial benefit of a sail outboard is control. Being propelled by the wind is a wonderful feeling, but it does not lend itself to pinpoint control. When maneuvering around docks crowded with other watercraft, the motor allows controlled propulsion to avoid accidents.
The general formula is 4HP per 2200 lbs of displacement. This is with normal use considered. Those planning to make extensive use of the motor as the primary propulsion or in areas where choppy water is more common may be wise to opt for a little more power to deal with the greater demands. One real caveat when choosing a motor is selecting a reputable local dealer. Many get pulled in by the low prices of some cheaper Chinese manufacturers and, to their dismay, learn that less expensive does not equal better value. Warranty issues and differing emissions standards are reason enough to shop locally for the outboard.
Today’s small boats are almost exclusively comprised of three materials: aluminium, fibreglass, and timber. Of the three, aluminium has become the most popular, a trend that is continuing to grow in the overwhelming favour of aluminium. Below, we will discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of aluminium versus timber as a boat material.
Weight is the first issue to compare. In extremely small boats suitable for one or two people to row, the weight could be a wash. Virtually all cultures with access to bodies of water have fashioned small watercraft of timber with weight comparable to aluminium. The problem is that in doing so, they have created something that is far more fragile than a comparably sized aluminium vessel. To create a timber boat with the strength to weather the same water hazards that an aluminium craft can handle, the wood must be so much thicker that its weight will inevitably be greater. Aluminium has a pretty clear advantage in this realm.
The other real consideration when choosing between aluminium and timber is durability. This is a complicated issue because the materials have such different properties.
First, let us look at how timber can be more durable. A well-built watercraft of timber can weather impacts far better than most similar aluminium boats. The average aluminium boat is sheathed in a thin skin of aluminium. Striking a sharp rock can put a tear in this thin material. Striking the same rock that could sink an aluminium boat could result in the timber craft floating away with nothing more than a small scratch to show for the impact. Keep in mind, this issue can be alleviated by choosing an aluminium boat with a thicker hull.
Next, we need to look at durability in terms of time. In this realm, aluminium wins hands down. There are no animals on the planet that eat aluminium or will seek to burrow into it for a home. Wood, on the other hand, must be kept away from burrowing insects. A timber boat left sitting on soil for two years will likely need serious repair, while an aluminium boat may need a little washing. Additionally, aluminium is essentially element proof. Heat, cold, humidity, corrosive salts and bases – none of these have the slightest effect on aluminium. While a timber boat can last lifetimes, it can only do so through maintenance as opposed to an innate resistance.
Traditional boats were crafted from timber. While fibreglass had a brief heyday because it took little skill and inexpensive materials to churn out many boats, the long term successor to timber as the primary material from which to build boats is clearly aluminium.
Today’s small boats are almost exclusively comprised of three materials: aluminium, fibreglass, and timber. Of the three, aluminium has become the most popular, a trend that is continuing to grow in the overwhelming favor of aluminium. Below, we will discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of aluminium versus fibreglass as a boat material.
The first comparison of the two materials is the weight. A fibreglass boat will weigh far more than a comparable aluminium boat. This fact makes moving and storing the aluminium version far easier. The lower weight can also be seen as a disadvantage. For the smallest boats, a canoe or two person skiff, for example, the low weight translates into low stability. In other words, for very small aluminium boats, the rocking of a passenger moving about has a magnified effect. In boats larger than tiny vessels suitable for hand rowing, this is not a factor. Ease of handling or increased stability, which represents the most clear advantage is a personal choice when dealing with very small boats. For larger crafts, the lower weight is invariably an overwhelming advantage.
The other pressing concern when choosing a boat’s material is durability. In this realm, aluminium is simply a better material on every front. Fibreglass cracks, so a minor impact in the right spot could cause the boat to spring a leak. The same small impact on an aluminium craft could result in nothing more than a minor dent. Additionally, fibreglass is degraded by weather. Excessive heat or cold can cause the material to degrade. It is bad enough that this phenomenon will eventually compromise the integrity of the boat, but long before reaching that point, the degrading fibreglass will become a horrible splinter hazard that makes using the boat much like floating on a cactus.
Fans of fibreglass will point out that this damage from elements can be repaired and the fibreglass refinished and sealed, all of which is true, but far better that such problems never occur in the first place.
It is not difficult to understand why fibreglass boats are rapidly losing favor as a boat material. Compared to the virtually maintenance free aluminium, why deal with something that forces a constant cycle of good -> degrading and filling all passengers with splinters -> spend money and time refinishing the vessel? In short, the only advantage fibreglass boats could have over aluminium versions is the extra stability in the smallest crafts, and the value of this advantage is very debatable.