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Where to buy cheap 4u boats?
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Author Where to buy cheap 4u boats?
3vcos
Looking to get some boats for my 200r modules. I don't need power or distro (I like taking care of that). My current modules are sitting in some Hammond-esc boats that I cut down.

Anyone know of any cheap options for boats? I prefer the 17" by 3" ones.
jimfowler
how cheap is cheap? protocase in new york has good prices for small run stuff. i might have a boat or two that i can sell you but it's 6u wide.
3vcos
When I think of hammond boxes, I think of spending $25 for a box I need to modify.

Does protocase have 4u buchla type boxes files on hand?
jimfowler
i paid 100/boat for my 6u boats but i bought 5. the solidworks files provided by roman are here: https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=161377 but 6u is the smallest. protocase was very good about working with me on specifics. i would imagine if you provided them with the 6u files they'd be able to modify to make 'em 4u.
rkilman
what's the problem with the hammond boats? They seem like the perfect solution for you, provided you can live with multiples of 4x module width.
djs
I use the BUD AC423 boats:

https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Bud-Industries/AC-423?qs=CQy37LO2 zRmnq5hAbCzctg%3D%3D

You just have to cut down the edges a bit. I do the same with you- I use the CGS distro boards and an external PSU.
davebr
djs wrote:
I use the BUD AC423 boats:

https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Bud-Industries/AC-423?qs=CQy37LO2 zRmnq5hAbCzctg%3D%3D

You just have to cut down the edges a bit. I do the same with you- I use the CGS distro boards and an external PSU.

I just made a boat with the BUD cabinet as well. I used pneumatic nibbler to take 1/8" off the upper and lower edges and cut one side flush and the other to 1/4". I drilled and tapped the mounting holes for 3mm but the aluminum is thin so some of them stripped out. I simply epoxied nuts on the underside of the edges. I have photos on my Buchla Cabinets page.

Dave
GrantB
I have found it much easier and cleaner to trim BUD boats with a set of aviation snips. Wiss green and red.
the bad producer
Interesting about the pneumatic nibbler and aviation snips, will have to try that - I use a jigsaw! Dead Banana

On another note, I much prefer the Hammonds to the Bud enclosures, possibly because for some reason when buying from Mouser (to the UK) the Buds incur an extra fee for being large items, the Hammonds do not - figure that one out!
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