Since everyone doesn’t have IG or not a member of Bateau.com, I will doing a build thread here. I started today build a strong back and was also able to cut some mold frames out. Here’s is the progress so far.
I tried searching for your build thread on Bateau but could not find it. Could you provide a link? I am very interested in watching your progress. Will you be updating both Bateau and this site or is one going to be more detailed than the other?
I will detail a lot of things. Such as building a one off deck, hatches that are totally foam core, no wood in this boat at all. I haven’t found any good videos or real information on foam core that was actually informative. So I will posting videos and pictures of things like that or anything else you all might want to know or learn about.
Can you do me a favor and hurry up and build this thing? Haha just joking, this is going to be an interesting build, I'll be following it. I've been wondering how to go about building a composite skiff like this.
Thanks, I have built many wood boats. This is my first full foam core. I think it will be even easier due to the fact that the foam is easier to shape than wood. I also have to create the front “stem” to shape the bow.
I went with Airex T92. The plans call for 5/8 thick, but he said 3/4 would be fine.
Yes and no. A set of plans from Bateau are easy compared to these. It is broken down into 1/32’s. Those measurements are from a CAD drawing showing the frames. His personal written measurements are to the 1/8th but not shown on a frame drawing. It in a box that has chine A to Chine B for example. I will try to take a picture of what I’m talking about later.
He really recommended not to use expensive epoxy such as S3 or West Systems. He said find an epoxy that you enjoy working with preferably 1:1 or 2:1.
This boat can also be built with polyester. I’m not familiar with it and know it isn’t waterproof.