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by Jim Dodd
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: How to lay the fiberglass?
Replies: 10
Views: 1064

Re: How to lay the fiberglass?

SCRAPE ! Don't sand uncured epoxy ! (allow at least 7 days to cure epoxy before sanding) I Scrape with a carbide scraper, to Feather the joint, the next day, but sooner is quite doable ! Bias strips over the stems, put the widest strip on first ! They to can be feathered within a day easily with a s...
by Jim Dodd
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: How to lay the fiberglass?
Replies: 10
Views: 1064

Re: How to lay the fiberglass?

Cruiser is Spot on ! I'd do exactly the same.

We may differ in application tools ! So a suggestion. Many will recommend a Squeege. They are good to have around ! But I'd have a Good Cigar foam roller handy, for wetout, as well as fill coating !

Good luck !

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Need sail made for 20' sailing canoe
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: Need sail made for 20' sailing canoe

Is your canoe glassed, or are you going to fit canvas to it ?
Nice project !
There is a Youtuber, Cape Falcon Kayaks. He has a very nifty sailing rig for a small Wee Lassie type canoe ! Check it out !

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh3EuB ... F8V_YpNZuw

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: NewSpring Clamps for Bead and Cove Stripping
Replies: 16
Views: 3247

Re: NewSpring Clamps for Bead and Cove Stripping

I may check into those clamps ! The good thing about my clamps, you only need one hand, the inner tube keeps constant pressure, on the strip, if the clamp should slip slightly, and the plastic tubing is always with the clamp, no bending over to pick it up if I drop it ! There is a Harbor Freight sto...
by Jim Dodd
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Need sail made for 20' sailing canoe
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: Need sail made for 20' sailing canoe

I'm sure the WCHA has some sail makers, familiar with what you want !
Look for posts from Todd Bradshaw.
http://forums.wcha.org/index.php

Good Luck !

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 16' 0" Prospector
Replies: 90
Views: 100837

Re: 16' 0" Prospector

I love the deck design !!!

A Stemless build also ! Great job !

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Hand beveling
Replies: 9
Views: 1188

Re: Hand beveling

Francis The problem of strip alignment, is the biggest reason, I go with B&C ! Those coves hold the beaded strip where it should be ! A Beveled strip must be carefully clamped, to maintain alignment, A glue joint, in a stressed area (the Bilge) will be your biggest challenge ! That's why they invent...
by Jim Dodd
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: New Stands for canoes
Replies: 3
Views: 1481

Re: New Stands for canoes

Hi Snowman I've used Exterior Watco since day one, (early 90's). Later on, I switched to Teak Watco. About $10 a quart. Though I apply it differently than what the can recommends. I like a thicker build up ! The thing about Watco, that makes it superior to a Spar varnish, or a Polyurethane, you can ...
by Jim Dodd
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 17' 0" Freedom
Replies: 114
Views: 33691

Re: 17' 0" Freedom

Yes ! I agree !
A Flotation chamber will also add structural stability to your stems, not that you need any.

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 17' 0" Freedom
Replies: 114
Views: 33691

Re: 17' 0" Freedom

Yes !

Just another question, are you planning on any additional flotation ?

With the foam layers and foam gunnels, might be enough ?

I'm adding chambers and that will again add weight, but in my build, necessary.

Thanks !

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 17' 0" Freedom
Replies: 114
Views: 33691

Re: 17' 0" Freedom

Thanks Randy !

Another builder, I know from another site, used 1/8" Divynicel. He thought his insert was just over 1 #.
For now I'm content with my wood insert, but will definitely look into foam on my next composite build !

Glad the carbon sleeve worked !

Again Thanks !

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 17' 0" Freedom
Replies: 114
Views: 33691

Re: 17' 0" Freedom

Hi again Randy ! Did you happen to weigh your foam insert on the bottom of the hull, before epoxying ? I just made a 1/8" cedar insert for a 16' solo. It weighed in at a little over 4#. After epoxying it in, I will scrape and sand, hoping to remove at least 1/4#. http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...
by Jim Dodd
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 17' 0" Freedom
Replies: 114
Views: 33691

Re: 17' 0" Freedom

Looks great Randy !
I'm guessing you won't hang seats from the gunnels.
Excited to see it finished !

How did you hold the gunnel down on the hull ? Maybe a strapping system ?

Thanks !

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Just finished on the water. 16 Prospector
Replies: 8
Views: 1578

Re: Just finished on the water. 16 Prospector

I noticed after looking through your pics Mike, that You didn't use cleats, on your strongback, between your planks. They support your strip after cutting, preventing picking them off the ground ! A simple aluminum angle clamped to the base of your saw, will ease pushing the saw ! My first saw had a...
by Jim Dodd
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Just finished on the water. 16 Prospector
Replies: 8
Views: 1578

Re: Just finished on the water. 16 Prospector

The simple beauty of a solo canoe ? Is you can go paddling when YOU want to !
I find few better ways to relax than a float down a local river, by myself !
Especially in a canoe I built myself !
Jim