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by Cruiser
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Alternative finishes?
Replies: 16
Views: 1399

Re: Alternative finishes?

I never knew it existed, but I viewed your link, it does look like it is a perfect match for your needs .... if you try it, I would be very interested in your impressions, I may have to look and see if i can buy it in Canada, just to give it a try.


Brian
by Cruiser
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Fiberglass & epoxy application during very hot weather?
Replies: 8
Views: 1384

Re: Fiberglass & epoxy application during very hot weather?

Please note the correction to use lacquer thinners, not mineral spirits as originally posted ... denatured alcohol will also work to dampen the cloth ... or if you don't have those just use a clean cloth.


Brian
by Cruiser
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition
Replies: 182
Views: 25702

Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

How do I position the cleats to hold the seats? How high above the floor should they be? Straight forward, you need to know what drop (distance from gunnel to seat top) you want, measure the seat thickness, cleat top position is the drop plus seat thickness. Halfway down the page of this link is my...
by Cruiser
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Fiberglass & epoxy application during very hot weather?
Replies: 8
Views: 1384

Re: Fiberglass & epoxy application during very hot weather?

One of the steps to prepare the hull for glassing is the crack/hole filling. I was observing a building class (at BearMountain) and picked up a technique on filling the imperfections that I used on my last 2 builds and I really like it and I believe it saves much time. I don't use staples, so the id...
by Cruiser
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 17' 0" Freedom
Replies: 114
Views: 31465

Re: 17' 0" Freedom

Wow Randy, one of the cleanest layups I have seen done ......


Brian
by Cruiser
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Fiberglass & epoxy application during very hot weather?
Replies: 8
Views: 1384

Re: Fiberglass & epoxy application during very hot weather?

The only real impact the temp will have is to shorten your working time by a few minutes. Important points - clean up the area and remove anything not to do with glassing, you need a clear space to work - create a mixing station area - get a helper, it can be done solo, but you are just asking for i...
by Cruiser
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Sanding Epoxy inside hull
Replies: 10
Views: 1473

Re: Sanding Epoxy inside hull

Thanks for weighing in Jim, you are about the only builder I "know" who has actually used S glass, since Francis is using 2.8 oz material, do you think the wetout of 2 layers would still be an issue? Is wetout of S glass generic or weight related? Also, you build stemless and Francis was going to pu...
by Cruiser
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Sanding Epoxy inside hull
Replies: 10
Views: 1473

Re: Sanding Epoxy inside hull

I think it might be best to wetout both layers at the same time, 2.8 oz cloth is very light and soaking in will not be an issue. Rather than a fillet, I think I would try and use a strip of bias cut cloth on the inside of the bow and stern ends. The cloth will give structural strength, using a lot l...
by Cruiser
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Sanding Epoxy inside hull
Replies: 10
Views: 1473

Re: Sanding Epoxy inside hull

It is common to only use 2 coats of epoxy on the inside to leave some texture to the finish, to make it less slippery. If you haven't done it already, you just roll on 2 coats of epoxy ... instead of 3, which is the norm on the outside. Then a light scuffing is used before varnish. If you have alrea...
by Cruiser
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 17' 0" Freedom
Replies: 114
Views: 31465

Re: 17' 0" Freedom

Randy,

What was the order of your layup and what weight cloths did you use?


Brian
by Cruiser
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 17' 0" Freedom
Replies: 114
Views: 31465

Re: 17' 0" Freedom

Everything is looking soooo good Randy, that is one of the best copy hulls I have seen done.


Brian
by Cruiser
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"
Replies: 97
Views: 58648

Re: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"

Just for those interested in such things, I kept a record of the components weights as I put this canoe together .... it isn't exact, but it is pretty close. The goal for this build was to lose weight, increase seat strength and not lose any structural strength, so I needed to know where I was spend...
by Cruiser
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"
Replies: 97
Views: 58648

Re: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"

OK, got a chance for a first test float down at the harbor mouth today ... Getting the canoe loaded up to go https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/JUQRtkTVxxpVwrbhMM1Q9ScNVllzhH0Vnu4PGi-uVoq_MRLabQvLsjPeW0ptmcBQFnAmW7c57MFvTucRdjoOXGGsX_4jd4zprehxcd9fv3rwV-AmVtfxIM1di8BUeP4ntC5rfV2wmH73xX4Dc32BMct2s5dn7...
by Cruiser
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: FIberglassing the Stems?
Replies: 3
Views: 1164

Re: FIberglassing the Stems?

Agree with Randy .... this is a pic of what it will look like. I don't run the second strip all the way up, there shouldn't be much wear and tear there. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Ctyive4QWPxfmEuST6CLnuoFXw2arGo3YbEhZWSVzJtn_yWHScSH5wP_UvaAjqwk9c7bIDvSnl9m0ujoDZlbXb1JAb0Ih7Dlf86ge6iFQGBCdjYTE...
by Cruiser
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"
Replies: 97
Views: 58648

Re: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"

Well, the new boat is done and all trim installed, planning to get it wet this weekend. For now a few pics, I will make a final post after I get it wet and include some weights. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/FOHf5Xu9IHytxkMfK779ijMpuFx8Nd-aV9HEG97x-QVmOvB-0bC7TPR_zJqeTiccKMHNsrOe37aZkekseT-jnJrE...