Dusty
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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.

 

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Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"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…"
Apr 24
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"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…"
Apr 24
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Decided to go w/ Durabak for the inside bottom.  Should I affix the bottom before coating w/ durabak?  I'm not coating frames or chines."
Apr 24
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"thanks Shawn, appreciate the input. "
Apr 20
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"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. The…"
Apr 20
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Do you think that I will be prone to some sort of failure with the epoxy as time goes on?  I'm imagining the air pocket, and expansion or whatever.  "
Apr 20
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"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…"
Apr 20
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
Apr 20
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I think that's exactly what happened, heated the epoxy too much.   I'm deliberating.  It is the inside bottom of the boat, and I could easily coat it with some opaque finish.  I may do that.  "
Apr 20
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"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…"
Apr 19
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"What he said! Rick N"
Apr 19
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Hi Dusty, 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…"
Apr 19
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Essentially, then scrape it off. Lots of fun but better than sandpaper. Rick"
Apr 18
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Thanks Rick, Does it just re-wet it, and I'll be able to scrape down to the fiberglass?"
Apr 18
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"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…"
Apr 18
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"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…"
Apr 17

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Hometown:
Harrisburg
About Me:
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.
Boats I own:
Just a Maravia raft currently

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