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by Francis
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Thwart ideas?
Replies: 3
Views: 631

Re: Thwart ideas?

Smart idea, thank you!
by Francis
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Thwart ideas?
Replies: 3
Views: 631

Thwart ideas?

For my racing canoe I'm looking for some ideas to make my thwarts. I want to make them as light as possible, but strong enough. Because I'm gonna cover the mid-section of the canoe with Ceconite, I thought to bend them a little bit, so the water don't drip that much in the boat. For the moment my id...
by Francis
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: How to lay the fiberglass?
Replies: 10
Views: 948

Re: How to lay the fiberglass?

With all this info, I think/hope I can do a nice job! Thanks a lot!
by Francis
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: How to lay the fiberglass?
Replies: 10
Views: 948

Re: How to lay the fiberglass?

Thank you Brian, for the manual you've writed down :-) I didn't know you can sand the first layer epoxy (the complete hull) without touching the glass. Sounds risky but you have the experience, so I follow your advice. Maybe in the same line of my previous question: when laying the bias strips? My i...
by Francis
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: How to lay the fiberglass?
Replies: 10
Views: 948

Re: How to lay the fiberglass?

Thanks! So, an overlap at the keelline looks the best solution. Some say to lay both cloth (with an overlap) on the hull and wet them at the same time. I can follow the advice of Cruiser, but I read in a lot of posts that wet in wet gives a stronger bond, so maybe first I do a test to see what works...
by Francis
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: How to lay the fiberglass?
Replies: 10
Views: 948

How to lay the fiberglass?

My racing canoe is completely stripped and sanded, so it's time for the fiberglassing. I've ordered 4 oz S-glass Aerlite, De widest fabric you can find here in Europe is 77 cm (30 inch), so not wide enough to cover the complete hull in 1 time. I have 2 options in mind: I center the fabric in middle ...
by Francis
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Hand beveling
Replies: 9
Views: 1050

Re: Hand beveling

Thanks for these wise words!
by Francis
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Hand beveling
Replies: 9
Views: 1050

Re: Hand beveling

I use 3/16" strips because I build a racing canoe with a specific hull design, and with this thinner strips it's easier to take some 'strange' turns...
by Francis
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Hand beveling
Replies: 9
Views: 1050

Re: Hand beveling

Brian, thanks for the link, looks doable with this tool!
by Francis
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Hand beveling
Replies: 9
Views: 1050

Re: Hand beveling

No B&C because this time I work with very thin strips, so the gaps are not that big, but I was wondering if I could avoid these small gaps to beveling the strips.
by Francis
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Hand beveling
Replies: 9
Views: 1050

Hand beveling

I've just started to build my second canoe, and this time I want to make them without B&C so just beveling the strips. It's very difficult to find instructions how to do that. I hope here on the forum there are some builders who can help me in this process.
by Francis
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Is that the minimum weight?
Replies: 4
Views: 1220

Re: Is that the minimum weight?

Thanks a lot for your feedback! My 'first' experience with the 2.8 oz fiberglass was a difficult one. Because the fabric was not wide enough, I couldn't use it in the length but I worked in strokes from gunwale to gunwale with an overlap of 4 inch. The problem was when I put the epoxy on it, at the ...
by Francis
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Is that the minimum weight?
Replies: 4
Views: 1220

Is that the minimum weight?

Today I finished my first stripper, a racing C1 canoe (17 ft long). When I weight the boat, I was a little bit disapointed with the 16 kg (35 lbs). During the whole building process I was trying to keep the weight low. Strips: 4,8 mm, Outside: 4 oz fiberglass and 3 layers epoxy, Inside: 2,8 oz fiber...
by Francis
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Sanding Epoxy inside hull
Replies: 10
Views: 1590

Re: Sanding Epoxy inside hull

We know what to do. Thanks for all these wise words!
by Francis
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Sanding Epoxy inside hull
Replies: 10
Views: 1590

Re: Sanding Epoxy inside hull

Thanks Brian. For the extra strength I can use a 4oz bias in bow and stern. When I put the second layer fiberglass (from footbar to seat), is it a good idea to lay them in an angle (45°) to give it 'extra' strength? Is there a good trick to avoid the feathering of the glass when you apply epoxy. Som...