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HULL THICKNESS

MINIMUM THICKNESS OF HULL ON A SPRINGER BEFORE REPLATING,JUST HAD ULTRASOUND BOAT APPROX 34FT FORWARD 12FT 5.8 AFT FOR 12FT READS 5.8 MIDDLE SECTION 3+

Asked by: mintig  | 9.01pm, Friday 7 May


WW says:

The springer boats were sold as having three sixteenth side and bottom plating. When I visited the works many years ago, some steel stock was being delivered, it appeared to be mostly surplus lightly rusted plates with nothing to indicate specs or origin.
I think the system was based on price only and I wouldnt be suprised to hear that some quarter inch plates were used if they came available at the right price.
The normal area of maximum wear seems to be at the bow and stern underwater "corners" at the junction of the side and bottom plates. These are frequently found to have been plated over. Hope this is of some use to you!
Mike.

Mike Jordan  | 10.36AM, Saturday 8 May

In the mid to late 1980's and early 1990's, Springer were generally advertised as being 6/5/3mm plate, except the Waterbug which was 3mm all round.
I agree that thicknesses were variable in production, but generally they were reasonably close, certainly in later boats. Earlier ones were much more dependant on the steel available to Springer

Mark Langley  | 5.32PM, Monday 10 May


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thanks mike

mintig  | 9.03PM, Saturday 8 May

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