Help in Tennessee

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by Tyler, May 17, 2011.

  1. Tyler

    Tyler I Love microskiff.com!

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    Hey guys just wondering if there is anyone in the Middle Tennessee area that may be interested in helping me learn the art of working with fiberglass. My Cacci Craft is in need of a new deck and I have not the first clue on how to do this myself and would like to learn how. I will provide all materials and any beer that would be necessary in the rebuild haha. Any advice or help would be much appreciated.
     
  2. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

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    ck out bateau.com and west epoxy systems which had a manual out that was excellent
    http://boatbuildercentral.com/howto.php
     

  3. Tyler

    Tyler I Love microskiff.com!

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    Thanks for the link to the website it has answered some of my questions for sure. I guess not doing anything like this before is still really intimidating to me.
     
  4. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Working with epoxy and fiberglass is easier than using polyester resin and 'glass.
    Less fumes with epoxy and the instructions are easy to follow.
    Start with a small repair, complete it, move on to the next one.
    What you learn doing the small jobs makes the large ones easier to finish.
    Plenty of folks here with experience more than willing to offer advice.

    Some of it may actually be useful...sort of...I think... ;)
     
  5. Tyler

    Tyler I Love microskiff.com!

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    What would you suggest to be the best epoxy to use?
     
  6. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    I've had good results with MAS brand, others swear by West Systems.
    You'll want a low viscosity resin for 'glass layup
    and a heavy viscosity resin for gluing and filleting.
    Hardeners needed will be based on air temps where you are, and working time expected.
    The epoxy manufacturers all have how to videos available on line.
    Watch them, you'll see it's really not difficult at all.
     
  7. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

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    it was 42 this morning :eek:
     
  8. einge

    einge I Love microskiff.com!

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    I used to live in Nashville and floated the Caney, Elk and Cumbie all the time. I have since turned in my drift boat for a flats boat. I used to hang out at Cumberland Transit with grumpy and leo. They were a wealth of information and would be able to give you some pointers. Also I used to attend the MTFF club meetings regularly and learned all kinds of stuff about boats, fly tying etc. There is prob. somebody at that meeting who has built a fiberglass boat or two from scratch...
     
  9. Tyler

    Tyler I Love microskiff.com!

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    Thanks greenboat! I am actually down in your neck of the woods right now. Came down to Gulf Shores for the week to try to bring back some fish to Tennessee.
     
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