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This the second version of an Oar lathe I,ve Built. The first was powered manually but as luck would have it I now own a long bed lathe with variable  speed control. Note, this would only work with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Aug 25, 2016.

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Thanks for all the great advice from the people of wooden boat people. Sorry you didn't make the credits. The trailer was a surprise to me.…Continue

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Thanks RickTrying figure this site out still... Pictures later.I have access to most of the major brands of product. I like the idea of no smell so it sounds like west system will do the trick. So…Continue

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Haven't been by in a long time.

I'm on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I built a version of the Z-Drifter a couple years ago but have found that it isn't seeing a lot of moving water. It has a 1/4" fir shoe covering most of the bottom. It is a great boat on lakes however it does need to be trailered so the cost of ferries and travel, in general, is costly. 

I would like to offer it here for sale, or trade for about $1500us with the trailer. …


Posted on July 10, 2022 at 4:15pm

Fiberglass question?

I am completely out of my element when it comes to fiberglassing the bottom of a boat. I have applied finishes to all manner of wood from turned bowls to houses. For this boat I am debating weather to fiberglass at all.

Could I just epoxy the bottom? Or just FG tape the glue lines? Or do the outside only? What fiberglass product would I use? I see in the shops Fiberglass poly resin, can I do it with west system? Can I do it in my carport (open) and still avoid the problem of the smell… Continue

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 6:38pm — 8 Comments

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At 8:53pm on July 21, 2012, Mark said…
All my photos are on my IPhone. Any tips on posting from the phone?
At 7:15pm on June 5, 2012, Rick Newman said…

Mark, I'll answer your later questions first. Polyester resin and epoxy resin are two different critters. Polyester=strong smell + poor adhesion to plywood, Epoxy = much less smell + great adhesion to plywood

There are numerous brands of epoxy, there are pluses and minuses to each. Price vs amine blush vs no amine blush vs what's available nearby vs what your best friend likes to use vs what your best friend doesn't like to use. I see that you are in British Columbia. I don't know what the marketplace is like there however I know that is located in Northwest Washington so if you have to have epoxy and fiberglass shipped or in case you want to make a trip back to the mainland and south into Washington they have most major brands and a good supply of fiberglass, cleaners, tools etc. If you do a search on fiberglassing and or epoxy here on the site's search bar you can examine discussions on techniques, the pros and cons of different formulations of epoxy and such. System III has a great free publication that lines out the basics of using epoxy to laminate fiberglass to a boat. You don't have to choose their product but many of their suggestions are sound, especially those on using epoxy safely. You'll find that vinegar is your friend.

If you were to post some pictures of your boat we can better answer your specific questions about where to apply and what to apply. If you need help with the pictures I have helped many and would be hapy to help you too.

Welcome aboard,

Rick Newman


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