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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:46 am 
Hi Guys,

I've decided to have a go at one of Toms awesome designs and build a sonnet 16.

Now comes the tricky part of sourcing materials in Australia. I'm hoping that someone on this forum will have been down this road before and know a good local source for the 19mm T6 6061 aluminium tube or the PVC skin.

So far the best skin material I have found locally is flexi-cover available at clark rubber for about $22 /metre (Ouch). And nothing positive on the T6 aluminium.

Also, I was wondering how much stronger the T6 aluminium is to the standard aluminium you would find at a hardware store?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:19 am 
Hi cole,

I'd certainly appreciate this information too if you find it :)

Two companies that I made note of in my preliminary search.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:21 am 
Hi Folks,

Just in case you haven't found anything since your enquiry, here are two vendors that I used to build my Sea Otter. - couldn't get 6063 or 6061, only 6060. Now that its cut, fit and bearing evidence of light immersion into salt water, I'm looking at either annodising or alodening it. More homework. - Based in Melbourne but with offices in other states. Bought my 672gsm, vinyl glue and hardware from there. Bought my hot welder off ebay.


PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:32 pm 
Hi all,

Tom Yost mentioned this site and your query, so thought I'd jump in and let you know what I used.

I went to Paskal also. In Melbourne they were very helpful and showed me different fabrics (PVC) I could use, I can't recall what my choice was but it's black PVC used for boat covers and outdoor banners (I think), choice of colours (so I got black :D ) and it was around $17 p/m. Around 2.4m wide though, so I should get two hulls and one deck out of a 6m length.

I have just skinned the hull of my timber Sea Cruiser and it worked well. Deck will go on this weekend. You can get cheaper stuff, especially looking for roll ends or offcuts.

For the glue, a company that makes & repairs ocean-going PVC inflatable boats recommended Bostik 1669 "sole attaching cement" (for glueing shoe soles on). Heat-activated and apparently excellent for PVC.

The Ferrari glue recommended by Paskal was luckily out of stock when I wanted it, as apparently it's $100 for a litre or less, whereas 4 litres of 1669 was $50, so should last me a few boats.

I haven't done a folder yet so no help with the aluminium frame, sorry.

Hope this helps though.


PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 2:43 am 
You might be able to source your tubing through a aircraft parts supplier.

Have a look at

and more particular

page 68.

They have 6061T6 tubing 3/4 x 0.049 for $2.10 a foot if you go by the website
also 6061T6 5/8 x 0.049 at $3.30 per foot and 6061T6 1/2 x 0.049 at $2.20 a foot.

For a Sea Ranger that is about $375 worth of metal plus delivery as they are based in QLD.

Hope this helps.

Tim w

PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 2:59 am 
Just notice that the prices listed in my last post are probably in dollars US.

Tim W

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