2004 Crestliner - possibly partial rebuild

inthehollar

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Hey all, quick question before I dive into something i will regret. I would like to redo the front deck on my 2004 Crestliner Fish Hawk. I'm not a welder but always willing to learn. What welder should I learn before tearing my boat up? I will only use it for this project so I am not apposed to Harbor Freight throw away machines.
 

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You will need to weld aluminum which a totally different animal than steel welding.. and alot more expensive for a machine. Either bring it to someone to do it for you, or rivet the framing together.. check out Tiny boat Nation on YouTube.

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GYPSY400 said:
You will need to weld aluminum which a totally different animal than steel welding.. and alot more expensive for a machine. Either bring it to someone to do it for you, or rivet the framing together.. check out Tiny boat Nation on YouTube.

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Why cant I learn to do it myself?
 

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You can if you want, but go price out a welder with TIG functions or a mig welder that can use an aluminum spool gun option. Chances are your Traeger BBQ is cheaper.
Most builds that aren't welded are riveted joints

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harbor freight makes a couple "cheap" welders that can run a spool gun. if you want to take the time to learn a new skill then go for it. Great way to make money on the side as well.
 
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