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Umm, shedding little pieces of styrofoam is really bad for the environment. Birds, fish and other wildlife often mistake tiny pieces of plastic for edible food, and can't digest the plastics. If they eat enough of it...they die.
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There have been a few commercially made boats that were plain uncovered styrofoam, it does make for a nice solid boat.

Typically, if you look around you'll see styrofoam cups and floats for swim docks etc, that have 'erosion' at the waterline from all the crud in the water. A layer of fiberglass would work nicely to protect it from that.

If you do the fiberglass, adding runners on the bottom will allow for sacrififial wear strips and keep the boat useable for a long while.

Cheap is good, but if you have to keep replacing something, it's no longer cheap.

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But free is better, and if you keep replacing it... it's still free!
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That is the silliest thing of heard in ages !

Styrofoam dinghy indeed.

Dog is dead right....its also environmental vandalism.
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I disagree. I am just helping biodegradation along on it's journey.

Making styrofoam blocks, that's environmental vandalism.
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The foam dink works... it is more like a foam coracle, because it has a flat bottom, but it sure is fun!
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We need pics, or you did not build it, float it etc!
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Cut a slot down the middle, and reduced the freeboard today. She is starting to be a boat!
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Smile I'm looking for large 1 foot X 3 foot X 32 inch styrofoam blocks

I need two of them to fit under the wood seats in my sailboat. Can you let me know where I might get them? Or could you sell them to me?

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I have access to fantastically large styrofoam blocks. I am going to build a dinghy out of one. It will be my foredeck dink. I have a nice dinghy for putting around the lake, but I need one to tend my 24' sailboat.

Will this work? I don't really feel like spending any money on epoxy... maybe I will glass it along the keel and at the oarlocks but nowhere else.

Will oil paint melt the styro?

Has anyone done this with the white low density foam?

Pictures when it is done!
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If you leave it in the water it will beome water logged.marc
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