Front Deck options?

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by wrv993, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. wrv993

    wrv993 I Love!

    Here is a poor sketch I quickly did so you can get some idea of what I am working with... its def not drawn to scale hah


    I am trying to keep this deck as light as possible without using composites... yeahh I know composites are the best choice BUT I'm not trying to drop the bucks.

    I have two bulk heads to work with. Bulkhead 2 is a partial bulkhead (it is more like a support glassed on to the original front hull seat) The deck is nearly 6ft in length and about 54 inches across where it will meet bulkhead 1. The deck will be laying on top of the hull. The deck also needs a 7x11" hatch cutout.

    I am a pretty light guy and most my friends I fish with are around the same weight... so I'm saying the deck doesn't need to be BOMBproof. Again, I'm trying to keep it as light as I can NOT using pricey composites...

    Please I'd appreciate any input or suggestions on deck materials to use and how to properly support the deck... all keeping weight in mind - thanks
  2. jms

    jms don't let common sense get in your way


    not trying to start a giant discussion of composites versus wood...but...

    "I am trying to keep this deck as light as possible without using composites... yeahh I know composites are the best choice BUT I'm not trying to drop the bucks"

    well,granted wood's much cheaper,but,with wood,you really should be using epoxy,not a polyester based resin,or vinylester resin - these cost much more - fail to use epoxy,and odds are,that deck's gonna suffer rotting and delamination...

    now,you want it light,right ? composites are lighter than wood ;)

    strong and light - lasts indefinatley...

    composites are really not that much more money than working with wood -penske board 1/2",4'x8' - costs me around $150
    marine grade ply is around $50
    we all know wood rots - we all know composites don't...

    using a quality composite core material,like penske board,coosa or divinycell,these really won't work out to be much more than working with wood "working with wood" meaning,you're sealing it in epoxy,versus polyester,same with all framing - wood takes much more time and materials than a high density foam composite core requires...

    what may seem like a larger initial investment,actually works out better in the long run - don't be "short sighted"

    if you're doing a project,you want to do that prject to he best of your abilities,right ? and you want that project to last as well,right ?

    see where i'm going with this ?

  3. wrv993

    wrv993 I Love!

    Thanks, I've read a few of your previous posts and you seem to know a good deal about composites. I love the idea of how light and strong penske and coosa are... def the best choice... BUT like i said im trying to budget this little boat. I do have access to epoxy resins for a GOOD price... sadly not composites. So using epoxy and wood wouldn't kill me. Im not throwing the idea of using composites completely out (its been in my head for awhile now), but im a working college student so the more money i save the better... I'd love to here anyone else suggestions or ideas before I purchase the materials - thanks
  4. cutrunner

    cutrunner Cert. Yamaha technician

    Epoxy and okume
    Or dare i say it, epoxy and balsa.
    The balsa needs alot of attention, but is super light
  5. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    You can get away with 1/4 marine plywood.
    But, I'd want a layer of epoxy/6 oz cloth under and over it
    and I'd want it cambered so the curve creates a rigid surface.
    A flat section of plywood will need to be thicker to support the load.
  6. wrv993

    wrv993 I Love!

    Yeah I was looking at a piece of balsa just imagining things the other day... would require lots of attention though hah
  7. wrv993

    wrv993 I Love!

    I think I remember reading a post in the past that suggested this...
    If I were to do this how would you suggest supporting the deck to properly curve it? As of now the two bulkheads that would help support the deck are flush with the top of the hullsides
  8. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    2 ways I can think of...structural braces/bulkheads longitudinally of varying heights
    so that when the plywood is overlaid it bends to fit the top of the braces,
    or cutting a curve from a 1x2 to attach atop the existing cross hull bulkheads.

    I combined both methods

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