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Posts discussion or asking about different boat building materials

foot brace installation

Submitted by John W. on Mon, 06/22/2020 - 15:12

I love Nick's videos and they are full of great stuff, but Joe Greenley has a Youtube video in which he glasses studs to the hull and the foot braces slide onto the studs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAv_rZlFUf8 It looks like a really simple idea.

Does anyone know what the stud is or where it can be purchased?
John

Tung Oil Storage

Submitted by Thomas Duncan on Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:57

I've always used the cheap, available coatings on paddles, Formby's, Watco, etc.  During a corona cabin fever episode, I splurged and bought a 32oz container of pure tung oil. Should last a little while. 

Is that stuff gonna cure in the jar, do I need Bloxygen or something else? 

Basalt and flax fabric

Submitted by tv on Fri, 04/03/2020 - 08:01

Hi, 

My epoxy and glass fiber supplier, timeout.de, also sells basalt and flax fabrics for epoxy composites. Has anyone used either of these for wooden boat building? I'm looking for something opaque for the inside, and these two are cheaper options, than carbon and/or aramid. The flax is especially appealing because it is a natural material. Unfortunately, this also means, that it will rot. 

Any kind of feedback is appreciated. 

newbe ?? on varnishes and bubbles

Submitted by Will_S on Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:10

While I've built 5 S&G boats, I know very little about how to varnish them; I just blindly did as I was told. That's no longer satisfactory. Lately I've been reading forums, etc, about the subject but I still have a couple unresolved questions. And I think the answers would be of interest to other builders.

Coating for keel protection

Submitted by Mac50L on Sat, 09/07/2019 - 06:20

In the past I've used an epoxy produce, available locally, with carborundum in it. It is a bit like putting on very thick treacle but it does work. To apply, a small container of water and a well wetted finger melding the lumps along the keel. The area to be covered should be masked off and the rest of the hull covered with a plastic sheet. It is  also a good idea to have a sheet on the floor too. All of this to stop leaving a white layer all over everything looking like a bad paint job.

Kayak painting

Submitted by Randy on Mon, 05/06/2019 - 17:00

Because of my glass/epoxy problem in a different thread I decided to paint the lower part of the hull of the Pygmy Tern 14 I just completed. My first paint job, no idea how it will hold up or even if I use an acceptable paint. So, I said to myself, maybe we could have a thread where we discuss the pro's and con's and do's and don'ts of painting. I personally like the looks of hull painted kayaks with varnished decks.

Wood suggestions

Submitted by Gary-IL on Tue, 04/23/2019 - 23:02

Hi. I'm about to start my first kayak. I'm in the Chicago area and I've yet to find any clear (or at least reasonably so) WRC and no place has NWC... at least no store that I've been able to get to. At my local wood shop (Owl for those in the area) I checked out their WRC and it was very knotty. Looked at a bunch of other options and all seemed quite heavy by comparison. The backup choice of basswood wasn't too bad appearance and weight wise but then I found their Spanish Cedar. It is not a wood I had heard of before.

Skin on frame: doubts about the fabric and lashing line

Submitted by Pfolha on Tue, 08/28/2018 - 21:07

Hello everybody,

I'm Brazilian and only found info to build a SOF in English and Spanish, I am facing difficulties in finding the recommended material, sometimes because no one sells locally, other times because I am lost in translation. So I have two questions:

  1. I only found ballistic nylon pre-coated with PVC, PU or Acrylic resin, which one should I choose? 
  2. What is "artificial sinew"? Is it a nylon line?

Thanks in advance, 

Pedro

Kayak Maintenance

Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/28/2018 - 09:14

A couple weeks ago I took time out from other projects to do some quick maintenance on a few a my kayaks. I had a broken back band, worn out gasket and a big ding to deal with. The video is below.

Probably of most interest to people is dealing with the beat up bottom of my Petrel Play SG. This boat has a single layer of glass on the bottom, doubled up only on the keel line. I take this boat to play in rock gardens where the surge sometimes drops me hard on pointy rocks.