JC Smith
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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.

Fiberglassing bottoms
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Hello again, I continue to work through choices I can make in completing my boat project. It looks like a heavy fiberglass/ epoxy armor on the bottom is a good idea. I thought I mightgo with two…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Newman May 23.

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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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
Rick Newman replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"I agree proper mixture and application works very well. I am not saying it is super slick but it does protect the bottom of my boat from damage and is not brittle. Rick N"
May 23
Phillip Westendorf replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"JC,  If you go with graphite in the bottom coats of epoxy, take the time to read the instructions on the can.  Too much added is no good, makes the epoxy brittle.  Guess how I know?  Read my blog "Dorf's Wooden Drift…"
May 23
JC Smith replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"Dorf, good news as that is what I ordered earlier in the week. Raka did not have 10 or 12 oz cloth in stock and did not anticipate ordering more soon, so 3 layers of 6 oz it is. "
May 18
Phillip Westendorf replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"Ditto!!! I have three layers of 6 Oz. with Graphite in the last three coats of epoxy and after 4 years of draging it on-off the rivers (rocks, sand, deadheads, dirt banks, and timbers) it's holding up well.  Now Maintenance required…"
May 18
JC Smith replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"Thanks, I dont if thiz approach is better than 1 piece of triax. I like it because application should be easier for me, it looks cheaper and I get cloth wider than 50 inches"
May 9
1Jerk replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"hi bennet. not sure. maybe thats a good reason to try some FRP adhesive like titebond fast grab?? thats stuff is way less expensive than epoxy also and is made to spread so it may be perfect for the application?? maybe i'll try sika or 5200 to…"
May 9
Bennett Yarbrough replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"Thats an interesting idea, my question is won't the FRP panel most likely be a non epoxy product and so not bond well to epoxy?"
May 9
Bennett Yarbrough replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"I don't know how much better two layers of 10 oz would be than one layer of 20 oz.  I'm sure they both have their merits.  As far as bottom coating goes I'd recommend the epoxy and graphite for the sheer convenience. It…"
May 9
Kurt Selisch replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"JC, if you decide to go with two layers of cloth, I would wait until the first layer is almost cured, just still a little tacky. Then you can put the second cloth layer on and orient it easier. If you lay second layer of cloth on the first wet epoxy…"
May 9
1Jerk replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"i just purchased a large 80% wool blanket and plan to experiment with it on a 10' foam drift pram i am building.  Im going to saturate/soak a smaller piece first with water based polyurethane to see what happens.  if it works like i…"
May 7
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

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