JC Smith
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Graphite for bottom
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Hello all, I have applied my third layer of epoxy and 6 oz cloth to the bottom of my drift boat project. I am looking for information on the amount of graphite powder to add to my epoxy mix as I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jayson Hayes Nov 7.

Routing anchor line
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I am working on prefinishing frames before assembling the hull of my boat. I plan to use a floor mounted anchor release and route the anchor line though conduit run through the horizontal frame…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregg Maddock Jun 2.

Estimating resin qualtities
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Hello back again. The boat I will assemble is a 17x52 but not in a high side configuration. After helping a friend with some glass/epoxy work on his strip built row boat project, I plan to glass the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by chris towles May 27.

Anchor systems
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I have a pre-cut drift boat kit on its way. It probably comes as no surprise I am pouring through alternatives to outfit my boat. This morning is about anchor systems. I like the floor releases and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bennett Yarbrough Mar 29.

 

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Jayson Hayes replied to JC Smith's discussion Graphite for bottom
"Try using the Coat It instead, its a little stronger with kevlar mixed added"
Nov 7
Phillip Westendorf replied to JC Smith's discussion Graphite for bottom
"JC, Be careful in how much you add to the epoxy, too much will make the epoxy brittle.  I had this problem and had to remove a couple layers of epoxy with graphite and the went back and added several more.  Here's West Systems…"
Nov 6
Shawn Baker replied to JC Smith's discussion Graphite for bottom
"Also consider that powdered graphite may make it more difficult to adhere a future patch or repair."
Oct 10
JC Smith replied to JC Smith's discussion Graphite for bottom
"Thanks Bennett. It is very encouraging to know the final result works that well. Realized I had a brain cramp, never thinking to look at my vendor (Raka) for guidance. Their website says a tablespoon per 4 oz of epoxy."
Oct 10
Bennett Yarbrough replied to JC Smith's discussion Graphite for bottom
"Hey Jc, I ended up having to do something like 8 fill coats on my 20 oz triaxial bottom because I was putting it on way too thin. I can't remember the figure, but I put way more powder in the mix than was recommended simply because it…"
Oct 9
Gregg Maddock replied to JC Smith's discussion Routing anchor line
"It’s not.  But it is important that you do it before installing the bottom."
Jun 2
JC Smith replied to JC Smith's discussion Routing anchor line
"Sounds like predrilling is not really critical. "
Jun 2
Mike Baker replied to JC Smith's discussion Routing anchor line
"JC, If you need help getting a system I can get you one. Mike"
May 30
Bennett Yarbrough replied to JC Smith's discussion Routing anchor line
"I did mine dead center/maybe a 1/4 inch high.  For reference, I have a Regal pedal mounted on 1/2 thick board.  Everything lines up perfect.  I did wait until the frames were installed to drill my holes though so I could pull a rope…"
May 30
chris towles replied to JC Smith's discussion Estimating resin qualtities
"This is the best advice. For a hand layup, you want a 1:1 ratio. Weigh the glass you plan to layup.. add the same total weight of mixed resin. You won’t waste resin this way or buy too much or too little"
May 27
David Witton replied to JC Smith's discussion Estimating resin qualtities
"When I was building my boat, I was told that for 10 oz of cloth, I'd need 10 oz of resin. So if the bottom of a 16' boat uses 4 yards of 22 oz cloth - total 88 oz - I'd need 88 oz of resin+hardener. Hope that helps. "
Apr 3
Mike Baker replied to JC Smith's discussion Estimating resin qualtities
"I use 20 oz. triax on the bottom of my boats and it takes a little over 1 gal of West resin using 207 hardener which is 3-1 ratio. 2-1 ratio epoxy will go a bit farther. Can't help you with the sides as I rarely glass the sides of boats with…"
Apr 2
JC Smith replied to JC Smith's discussion Estimating resin qualtities
"Thanks, I thought two layers of 10 oz, one at a 45 degree bias to the other might be easier for me to apply."
Apr 2
Gregg Maddock replied to JC Smith's discussion Estimating resin qualtities
"You may want to re-evaluate the need for 22 oz triax. You will be using a lot of epoxy for just that. It is probably over kill not to mention costly. Consider 2 coats of 6 oz glass. Just a suggestion based on experience."
Apr 2
Rick Newman replied to JC Smith's discussion Estimating resin qualtities
"Then you should be very happy with this. Sometimes when I was pouring small quantities of epoxy, 20 or 30 grams for example it was easy to add a gram or two too much. Then I found it handy to have the corresponding amount of epoxy figured out so I…"
Apr 2
JC Smith replied to JC Smith's discussion Estimating resin qualtities
"Thanks Rick, anything quantitative makes feel much more confident!"
Apr 2

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