Boat deck hardwares do everything from secure your boat to the dock like cleats and bollards, to securing your sails with cam cleats for every size line, to providing drainage and ventilation. Boat deck hardware is hard working equipment, but if you want beauty and high quality, you can have it with investment cast and mirror polished stainless steel deck fittings. Generally, the deck hardwares are investment cast from marine grade 316 stainless steel for maximum corrosion resistance and durability, which is suitable for outdoor environments
Understanding Stainless Steel Casting Process
Stainless steel casting process in CFS Foundry is an investment casting process for intricate shapes while high accuracy. It is a perfect manufacturing process when the stainless steel parts are hard to machine or fabricate. It can be used to make parts that cannot be produced by normal manufacturing techniques, such as turbine blades that have complex shapes, or airplane parts that have to withstand high temperatures.
Stainless steel casting starts from injecting wax into mold to form wax patters. This wax pattern is dipped in refractory slurry, which coats the wax pattern and forms a skin. This is dried and the process of dipping in the slurry and drying is repeated until a robust coated shell is achieved. After this, the entire shell is placed in an oven and the wax is melted away. This leads to a cavity that can be filled with the molten metal. Just before the pour, the mold is pre-heated to about 1000 ºC (1832 ºF) to remove any residues of wax, harden the binder. The pour in the pre-heated mold also ensures that the mold will fill completely. Pouring can be done using gravity condition.
Boat deck hardwares made with stainless steel investment casting often require little or no machining, because of the close tolerances that can be achieved. CFS Foundry, the professional stainless steel investment casting foundry in China, can customize a wide variety of boat deck hardwares for companies all over the world. List of cast stainless steel boat deck hardwares include:
- Deck Hinge
- Bow Chocks, Skene Chocks, Straight Chocks
- Fairlead and Gasket
- Flagpole Cleat
- Hawse Pipe
- Other Deck Hardwares
Working with CFS Foundry can deliver finished polished parts with high quality. If you are interested in our stainless steel casting sevice for your boat deck hardwares or any other marine boat parts, pls feel free to contact us!