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im going to put an flush deck on my 1648 im going with all aluminum...is 1/16 1x1 square tubing enough for the deck with proper cross bracing of course...and going with 1/16 diamond plate for the floor and the deck
 

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Rocky the materials you listed are enough if you brace them well enough send me your email and i'll send you some pictures of my deck on the jon boat i used 1" square thin wall tubing and 1/16th diamond plate also .. it is the strudyest deck i have ... send me a request at [email protected]
 

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im workin on mine right now...its a 1650. i used 2inch square tubin 1/8 thick. didnt have to use as much that way
 

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you probably want to go with at least 1/8 inch thickness for the square tube. 1 inch will be fine with enough bracing if its thick enough
 

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Do not use that!!!! I have 1x1 by 1/8 thick and its NOT as strong as you might think. I had to do a lot of added reinforcement. Look into using 1x2 by 1/8. And just run the 2 inch side up and down not side to side. You wont have to use as much. Hope that helps you out

im going to put an flush deck on my 1648 im going with all aluminum...is 1/16 1x1 square tubing enough for the deck with proper cross bracing of course...and going with 1/16 diamond plate for the floor and the deck
 

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You dont want to use 1/16 for your sheeting it will flex to much it will bow between your bracing. I have mine bracing on 12 inch centers and it is dipped down between bracing. plus I put weather stripping between the tubbing and sheeting and then poprivited the decking down so it would not pop. Good luck with your build.
 

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You dont want to use 1/16 for your sheeting it will flex to much it will bow between your bracing. I have mine bracing on 12 inch centers and it is dipped down between bracing. plus I put weather stripping between the tubbing and sheeting and then poprivited the decking down so it would not pop. Good luck with your build.
so ill go every 8 inches and i think im going with the 1/8 1x1 tube i think its $36 for 22 foot peice and the 1/16th was 22 i dunno yet!!!:tap:
 

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I'd go 1/8" on everything. You're gonna use WAY more material that way (8" centers); it will be more expensive than going heavy the 1st time.

On my buiild I used 2x4x1/8" for supports and 1/8" diamond plate. Even then there was more flex than I thought there would be. 2x4x1/8" might be overkill for a 1648 though-I'd suggest 1x3x1/8". Weld them in so they are 1" at the top, and the 3" side is vertical, if that makes sense?

Heck as narrow as your beam is you prolly won't need anything running down to the floor. 1x3"s and 1/8" plate. Kinda like this:

 

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Let me know if you want pics of the 1648 deck we built you need 1/8 on everything, I'd use 1.5"x1.5"x1/8" square tubing. You'll need 2 cross braces for a5x5 deck with a 1/8" piece of diamondplate. We used 2"x2" and it was a little overkill.
 

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i had a 1648 war eagle and i used 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x .125 wall thickness aluminum tubing for frame and 4x8 aluminum sheet .125 thick. Will get pics up soon.
 

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My sugestion go with the 1/8 inch sheeting you will be alot happier.
 

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I would definitely stay away from the 1/16". I was planning on using 1" square with 1/8th thickness. Found out even that was not strong enough for the design idea I had so I had to use 1.5x1 rectangle tubing, 1/8 in. sidewall. It was much stronger and needed much less bracing. And I used 1/8 in. sheeting for the floor, and it turned out perfect.
 

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I would definitely stay away from the 1/16". I was planning on using 1" square with 1/8th thickness. Found out even that was not strong enough for the design idea I had so I had to use 1.5x1 rectangle tubing, 1/8 in. sidewall. It was much stronger and needed much less bracing. And I used 1/8 in. sheeting for the floor, and it turned out perfect.
..i know alot of people that use 1/16" and no problems......ill let yall know how it works out
 
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