Hi everyone, I'm just getting started. I've gathered all the tools, read Fletcher's book about 6 times (so great), and read quite a lot of these posts (also great). I've decided to build a 17x54. …Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Dusty Apr 24.
"Yah, i've already got fiberglass, and two (threeish) coats of epoxy. I just screwed up the epoxy and didn't wet the fiberglass in a spot, so now i want to cover it up. Durabak sounds like it's pretty awesome. But i…"
"I think you could probably do that, I guess the 5200 between the frames and the bottom is just there to seal and not glue but it ends up doing both. Id just do a quick test to make sure your prep process gets it to stick to the wood…"
"Nah, I wouldn't lose sleep over it.You still have the weave of the glass covered with epoxy matrix. You just don't have the individual fibers completely filled. It's probably still 90% as strong as fully wet out.
"That would definitely work.Want some more bad news? When I pre-glassed the inside of my side panels, and then bent them into the boat, the glass on the inside of the bend "popped" in some places along the weave. I don't…"
"Dusty, if this helps your decision making, I left my spots.
I know that eventually I will damage the boat and have to make repairs. Repairs will be more noticeable than the damage spots.
However, if I were selling the boat, they would not have…"
You may have to replace the fiberglass.
I built my dory in a cold shop last winter and had to pre-warm my epoxy so it would wet out the glass.
I warmed one batch too much and dumped it on my boat just as it was cooking off. I never got…"
"In this case a heat gun will be your friend. That and a sharp putty knife or scraper. Heat, scrape, remove and repeat. Fix it right now and reduce your frustration. Sandpaper is also useful in this case to re-prepare the surface for a new coating of…"
"ok, i've got a problem. I epoxied the bare 1/2" plywood with a sealing coat of silver tip. Let it cure, then sanded smooth. I just laid fiberglass, then as I was wetting out the fiberglass, unbeknownst to me the epoxy in…"
Fell in love with rivers as a small kid, fly fishing the McKenzie. Moved away from fishing and into whitewater rafting in my 30's where i honed my river running skills for the past 15 years. Now I'm ready put the two pieces together... fly fishing and river running, and I am one who believes there is no better way to float a river than a wooden drift boat. And so i've decided to build one, God willing.