building outside

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by samh, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. samh
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    samh Junior Member

    Recently read a book from the 70's on foam coar boatbuilding where the authors built a really large cat outside. Any comments on the idea of building with airex or corecell and polyester resins outside?

  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    Pray to the weather gods and put up with their whims:) It takes the patience to work when the weather is good. If storage is free and you are not in a hurry it may be a good deal. If you pay storage, an enclosed shed will end up cheaper.
  3. bobber
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    bobber Junior Member

    could always build a shelter for it. I didnt have enough room in the garage to build, so i built the boat outside. Granted though the hull was built inside in a proper building shop, but the rest was done outside. I just built a shelter up around the boat using 4x4 posts and tarp material to cover it all up, duct tape up all the seams to stop the wind and rain getting in, and put a space heater in there to keep the temperature up when it got cold. it lasted through the winter with no problems. i wanted a shed, but couldnt find one the right dimensions, most only had a 7foot opening, and the boat is 8foot wide. so i had to do it myself, but maybe you will be able to get one wide enough. i was kinda limited by local suppliers.
    Outside does take longer though, and can get frustrating, as you often end up sitting around waiting on the weather if you havnt got somewhere dry and warm to work in.
    i would advise you find some way of being able to cover it. last thing you want is to start laying up and leave it to cure and the heaven open on it, also bugs can cause problems, as they get stuck in the resin, and die, and then later on down the line, biodegrade leaving a small air bubble where they once lay.
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