72 Hewes Bonefisher

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by BoneCollector, May 29, 2019.

  1. BoneCollector
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    BoneCollector New Member

    Well guys I’m new here and new to boat building. Diesel mechanic turned cop and now looking for a hobby. I am a little familiar with fiberglass, I’ve built a few smaller projects (push pole platforms) so I have the glassing idea down.

    I picked up an all original 72’ Hewes Bonefisher. I intended originally just paying a shop to do the work and be done. But something is telling me to build it my self (bad idea I know, maybe)

    My first question is what’s the best way to build up the front and rear deck for storage? And how do you attach it to the hull? Also I’m planning on going with marine grade wood to keep the cost down. If I’m going to glass both sides, what thickness of ply wood should I go?

    If there’s a central location I can find the information please share and thank you in advance! I attached some pictures of my starting point.
     

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  2. kapnD
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    kapnD Senior Member

    Id lean towards foam rather than plywood, as a skinny water boat that is poled around needs to be as light as possible.
    There are not large quantities of foam and glass involved, so for very little increase in cash outlay, you can create a very satisfactory product that won’t rot out, and will be easier to work with.
     

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  3. BoneCollector
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    BoneCollector New Member

    My question is how or what do I use to build the bulkheads for the platforms for the front and rear? Also how do I attach it to the boat it self? Do I just glass in the supports?

     
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