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post #4 of Old 06-26-2001
VIEXILE
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Glassing hull

I''ve read a book by a gentleman out of Mattapoisett, Mass about fiberglassing wooden boats - probably called Fiberglassing Wooden Boats, as a matter of fact. He came across as a firm believer, if done correctly. (Don''t know where the book went when I moved to the VI.) This means thousands of the appropriate type and material staples, the correct number of layers of chop/biax/chop or whatever and good hull preparation and layup planning. There''s hundreds of old lobster boats in Maine with glassed-over hulls. The old guys used to simply careen the lobster boat on the full moon tide as far up as they could get it, glass one side, jockey it over, glass the other and launch on the next full moon. Sure, Epoxy is great, but polyester resin is MUCH less expensive. Don''t ask us non-experts, though. Track down the book.
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