Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Re: Armaflex source in Vancouver?
Do you mind Pming me about a rough price if you have one? Might be able to work out a trade at my cost for some marine parts if you need them. The Dashews reccommend it, as do a lot of metal boat builders, I've found a lot of references to it, but a huge variation in pricing. One person found it varied from 3100(local hvac place) to about 13k(armacell direct price). The mold resistance(Microban, funny enough the only place I think it is actually a good additive rather than on all sorts of food products where it doesn't belong) coupled with the lack of moisture absorbtion and it's toughness.
Basically it seems like the do it once, and it's right option, no screwing around, no mold later. I'll be spraying a proper adhesive, and laminating it with vinyl/carpet before installing the panels I think.
I know it's more expensive, but insulation seems like one of those really critical areas to do right, a dry warm boat is a hapyp boat for me. The mold I found behind the crap the previous owners used really encouraged me on this approach.
I'm also thinking despite the price, it'll be a nice thing for the next owner of my boat, and I'll get some practice using it, since it may behave differently. My boss is very interested in it too, as a possible replacement for the usual foam we use, so I'm paying for an education for both of us at the same time, which makes the cost a bit more palatable.
Despite all the complaints about how sailnet is all about fighting these days, it's posts like yours that make me glad to be here :-) We might have different opinions on one aspect of boats and their uses, but it stays just that, a difference of opinion. Thank you very much for that. Made an aggravating night at my second job much more pleasant.