Do not adjust your browser settings that is a video at the bottom of this post. Skipping to the end of the post just to watch the video will not be tolerated, you must read my broken sentences and mangled paragraphs before you get the big payoff at the end.
This shrimp cooker was brought to us by the owner of one of our earlier boats, the unit was in rough shape and need lots of attention. Dan tried to convince the owner that it would be better to build a new one, but here at Clark Island Boat Works the customer is always right. So instead of building a new cooker John pulled all the guts out of the cooker and proceeded to replace every part except the outer shell (aluminum). The inner shell was made out of thin stainless steel and blue insulation was secured between the inner and outer layers. The top edge was then banded and riveted in place. The working components of the cooker work like a boat exhaust, the burner (blue box) forces heat though a coil and the exhaust exits the tall pipe on the left. The coil heats up to a temperature hot enough to heat water to the cook the shrimp (amazing). This is just one example of the type of interesting welding projects that end up at our shop.
Over the years John has fabricated tons of items for the boats we build, but its his ability to do other things that gives us an edge over the competition. Whether its fixing a broken part to a snowmobile or building aluminum ramps for a moving company John comes through every time. If you need anything made of metal (aluminum, bronze, stainless, mild steel, etc...) bring an idea to Clark Island Boat Works and when the project is over prepare to be impressed. Just don't tell John how valuable he is, I don't want to have to give him a raise. Sometimes its tough to believe that the "metal artwork" is built in a small garage. Don't skip to the video at the bottom of the post, its a unguided tour of the inside of the welding shop.
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36' Calvin = fuel tanks done, laz gelled, etc.
Northern Bay = more of the same, sand, gel, etc.
What I did = paperwork and billing all day!! (8:00am to 6:00pm and I didn't even get to the bottom of the pile)
No hits on the 42' Mussel Ridge yet, by Friday it should be sold. If that happens I might take a couple of weeks off to celebrate. The blog will suffer during my vacation but I don't think I would care. Thanks for reading. This one feels like a forced post, I only have myself to blame for that. We started a Google Adwords campaign so you might see some Clark Island Boat Works banner ads as you surf the interweb. Please don't click them!! Its a convenient way to get to the site but it costs me $$$ and is designed to direct new people to the site (not the loyal followers). It sent 10 new people to the site yesterday and it wasn't activated until 2:00pm, thanks Erika. Alright, as promised, the unguided tour of the welding shop. This video took like 3 hours to edit the sound and laugh track were the toughest part.
This typing is to center the vid.