Here are some photos of the cradle production. Thanks to Harry for the initial ideas on making these cradles! They are going to be much better at displacing the weight & protecting the boat than the old roller system.
Cutting the Pipe
Cradles Cut to Size (Circumference cut into 1/3 increments)
I made (6) cradles...(4) for the trailer & (2) for the beach wheels.
Steel Plates cut to size & drilled to match Bolt Holes in Cradles
Welding the Pipe Rotating Axle to the Steel Plate
Steel Pipe Axle welded to Support Plate (Welded each Side)
Countersinking for the Bolt Heads so they are flush with Cradle & will not damage the Hulls
Shake & Bake!
Cradles being formed to Hulls...(Multi-Step process that photos do not show) Keep hulls cool & plastic warm. Warm styrene slowly & gently @ low temp to form to PVC Pipe so it doesn't break or crack. Then warm PVC pipe separate & form to hulls with styrene as insulation between PVC and hulls. (Note: 10" dia. PVC cut into 1/3 increments was pretty close to the right shape, so I didn't have to mold it too much)
All parts ready to be painted!
Cradles Glued up with Polystyrene & Nylon Carpet & Strapped to Hulls for Drying/Curing
Another Photo of the Cradle Assemblies Curing to the form of the Hulls.
Hi Tad, you have done a Fantastic job of those hull supports, Be proud they look great.