Need real fiberglass / Composite help

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by noeettica, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. noeettica

    noeettica Well-Known Member

    I Would like to have a meaningful discussion on the topic outlined above Please E-Mail me

    Having the discussion on an open forum is pretty useless as it turns into s "Boxing Match" :mad:

    Thanks in Advance !
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Eh, 'glass is 'glass Dave. The art is in the application.
    Obtaining the best strength to weight to cost ratio is the hard part.
    Already been some fairly serious examples of what works and what don't
    posted and discussed here recently. The decision is up to the builder.
    The choice is to go at it ignorant and half adzed, or to do the research
    and apply what you've learned. For a low tech, minimal tools,
    dispos-a-boat backwater beater, an epoxy-'glass-wood combo will do.
    For long term durability and strength the newer structural composits and
    poly/vinylester resins work well. For extreme hulls, carbon-kevlar-epoxy
    and ultra-light high strength cores are the answer, as long as price is not a concern.
    Then again, for simplicity, effectiveness and durability....aluminum is still a great hull choice.
    Especially since it can be recycled at the end of it's lifespan.

  3. Frank_Sebastian

    Frank_Sebastian Well-Known Member

    Give me a call Dave. I still work for one of the aircraft companies part time. Some composite construction materials provide much more strength than others. Weight to strength is the goal, but first you determine how much strength you need.

    I am at 772-fiveeightnine-62 16. I look forward to speaking with you.

    Best regards,