scuba doo gets a radar and tower

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scuba doo gets a radar and tower

Post by no excuses » Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:50 am

with the new boat I have been wanting to put radar, radar tower and rocket launchers on it for tuna season. I looked around at several towers but wow the pricce is unreal. So I bought a spool gun, figured out a design and built my own. I already had the bender and the mig welder so I had most of the items I needed. three sticks of 1.25" pipe and a stick of 1.5"pipe for the pole holders, a few pieces of 3/16 flat plate and bar and I was good to go. Well besides a lot of a__ time figuring out the spool gun and settings.

A big thanks to Marie, she did all the cutting, grinding, notching ect ect, and saves me a lot of time.

I started bending

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and test fitting

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Re: scuba doo gets a radar and tower

Post by no excuses » Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:55 am

added a few pole holders

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Post by no excuses » Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:03 am

added the radar mount with a forward tilt of 3-4 degrees, also added the white all around light mount on top.

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Re: scuba doo gets a radar and tower

Post by Linedog » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:10 am

Where are you going to run the cable for the radar, anchor light?
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Post by citycatred » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:24 am

Nice pics on the wall
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Post by airsix » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:56 am

Nice work. That looks real nice. If you don't mind me asking, what brand bender is that? I've been looking at picking up a Williams Lowbuck, but yours appears to have a very nice degree wheel and the ability to do tighter radius bends.

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Re: scuba doo gets a radar and tower

Post by no excuses » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:45 am

Linedog wrote:Where are you going to run the cable for the radar, anchor light?


down through the tubes

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Post by no excuses » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:49 am

airsix wrote:Nice work. That looks real nice. If you don't mind me asking, what brand bender is that? I've been looking at picking up a Williams Lowbuck, but yours appears to have a very nice degree wheel and the ability to do tighter radius bends.

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Post by LCF » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:50 am

Wow, that's a big DIY project -- I'm really impressed. Nice work.
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Post by no excuses » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:05 am

went with the lowrance LRA-1800 that will work with my current gps/plotter and if I ever buy a HDS unit it will also work with them.


Test fitting with the radar

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the tabs are for a pair of lightst for the back deck

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Post by Dusty2 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:52 pm

Wow it almost looks like you knew what you were doin! :smt064

Ya think ya got enough pole holders??? :eek:

Nice work.

What kind of spool gun did you get and how much did they nail you for. I looked at one for my wire feed and they wanted more than I paid for the welder! :nutty:

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Post by no excuses » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:08 pm

Dusty2 wrote:Wow it almost looks like you knew what you were doin! :smt064

first project bending pipe ever, well ok maybe not my first rodeo lol :angelblue: . I just hate paying for something I can build.

Ya think ya got enough pole holders??? :eek:

only 32 :taco: counting the net/gaff holders that also hold poles, and the plastic scotty rod holders around the gunnel and transom.

Nice work. thanks

What kind of spool gun did you get and how much did they nail you for. I looked at one for my wire feed and they wanted more than I paid for the welder! :nutty:

for my miller 175 I bought the miller spoolmate 100 for $250 with the switch so I can just switch leads, bottles and flip the switch and choose mig or spoolgun. Only takes 10-15 min to convert. Miller recommended the spoolmate 3035 on a older machine like mine that goes for around $700, found out I could use the spoolmate 100 so I went that route and saved $$$. Before I bought the 3035 for that $$ I would by a AC/DC tig.


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Post by no excuses » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:25 pm

radar, vhf antena, and anchor light mounted with spare wires also pulled for the deck lights.

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Post by Dusty2 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:29 pm

Yeh, That's what I told the dude when he told me they wanted $749.95 for one to fit mine. I didn't need a whole new machine just a spoolgun! :eek:

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Post by Sabre_Rider » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:30 am

Looks awesome, can't wait for the vacation to start in 2 days. Going to be a blast, try out that new speargun to!
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Post by spatman » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:53 am

great job, stan! i wish i had welding skills like that and the space for it too!

when you're done with this project, let's talk about building a brewing stand for me. i'll pay you in beer.
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Re: scuba doo gets a radar and tower

Post by ORDiver » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:34 pm

Nice work Stan! I do think you might need a few more rod holders though. I'll be up soon to pick up "Scuba Doo 1" and give you some cash to help pay for all that.

spatman wrote:great job, stan! i wish i had welding skills like that and the space for it too!

when you're done with this project, let's talk about building a brewing stand for me. i'll pay you in beer.


Good luck paying Stan in beer!

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Post by ORDiver » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:38 pm

citycatred wrote:Nice pics on the wall


They are quite nice. I think at least two decades are covered.

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Post by no excuses » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:11 pm

spatman wrote:great job, stan! i wish i had welding skills like that and the space for it too!

when you're done with this project, let's talk about building a brewing stand for me. i'll pay you in beer.



Let me know, I work better for diet Mt. Dew though :partyman: . :neener:

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Post by no excuses » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:20 pm

[quote="ORDiver"]Nice work Stan! I do think you might need a few more rod holders though. I'll be up soon to pick up "Scuba Doo 1" and give you some cash to help pay for all that.

Been thinking about taking it out Tuna fishing and get a lil blood on it since I cannot dive for another month or two ;).

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Post by spatman » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:24 am

no excuses wrote:
spatman wrote:great job, stan! i wish i had welding skills like that and the space for it too!

when you're done with this project, let's talk about building a brewing stand for me. i'll pay you in beer.



Let me know, I work better for diet Mt. Dew though :partyman: . :neener:


i can't brew diet mt dew, but i sure can run over to costco for it!

i'll get some drawings together and when you're ready, we can talk. :taco:
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Post by CaptnJack » Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:44 am

Dang Stan, I should have you make a custom arch for Water Dog. I'd love to have a tiny radar for fall fog, get my VHF antenna and all-around lights up higher, and add some storage space for life jackets.

Mine would have to be only 1 arch since the idea is it would just attach at the transom. What is the biggest size tube you can bend?

I can even pay in Mnt Dew :D
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Re: scuba doo gets a radar and tower

Post by RoxnDox » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:02 pm

Wow, very nice project work!

One question, though - where are the rocket launchers? Are those in Phase II, or are you putting in stealth technology? :pirate:

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Re: scuba doo gets a radar and tower

Post by no excuses » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:24 am

spatman wrote:
no excuses wrote:
spatman wrote:great job, stan! i wish i had welding skills like that and the space for it too!

when you're done with this project, let's talk about building a brewing stand for me. i'll pay you in beer.



Let me know, I work better for diet Mt. Dew though :partyman: . :neener:


i can't brew diet mt dew, but i sure can run over to costco for it!

i'll get some drawings together and when you're ready, we can talk. :taco:


I will be on vacation to the coast but will get with you when I get back.

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Post by no excuses » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:33 am

CaptnJack wrote:Dang Stan, I should have you make a custom arch for Water Dog. I'd love to have a tiny radar for fall fog, get my VHF antenna and all-around lights up higher, and add some storage space for life jackets.

Mine would have to be only 1 arch since the idea is it would just attach at the transom. What is the biggest size tube you can bend?

I can even pay in Mnt Dew :D


Richard, I have the die for 1.25" pipe (1.625" OD) but they make dies for up to 2" pipe (around 2.5"). Sounds like you would want what I had on the inflatable also. I did not have the radar mount but did have my radio antenna, gps puck and a couple of pole holders on it, although that was out of mild steel.

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