Fishing boats are expensive. They are also the main craft for catching enough fish each day to bring home food and a paycheck from commercial fishing lines. When your fishing boat springs a leak, you only have precious minutes to get to shore while your crew bails and pumps water out. If you have someone with welding experience on board, and you have stud welding products, you can keep your boat from sinking while the boat is still out on the water and hundreds of knots from shore. Here is what that looks like.
A Portable Stud Welding Machine
Portable stud welding machines would not take up a lot of room in your boat. If you find a corner in the engine room to stash the machine, it will be ready right where and when you need it most. A portable welding machine can be easily wheeled or carried about the hull of the ship, too.
Ceramic Ferrules to Keep Metal in Place
When ARC welders and stud welders do their work on dry land, they are typically working on steel or iron beams that lay horizontally. Still, they use ceramic ferrules, which are disks made of ceramic with a fluted neck on them, to guide the welding torch to the exact spot where the welding of metal and studs are needed.
In a vertical position on a ship's hull, the ferrules would keep the melting metal from running all the way down the side of the hull while your welder seals the crack or the hole in the boat. The melting metal would be contained within the opening of the ferrule as the welding work is being completed. The ceramic ferrules break off easily later with a hammer, leaving the boat as good as new.
Thin Steel Plates and Stud Bolts
Your onboard welder will also need thin steel plates to cover the crack or the hole in the hull. The stud bolts help secure the plates against the water pressure from outside. The plates themselves will not be able to hold out the water for very long, but with the stud bolts, the plates are as good as permanent. Ask your welder what supplies they think will be needed most in an emergency, and how much of each type of welding supply item should be kept on the boat for such emergencies. Lock the supplies in an immobile sea chest for safe keeping.
For more information, contact a company like Northland Fastening Systems.