epoxy coating a wooden boat

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by mickjur, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. missinginaction
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    missinginaction Senior Member

    Seems to me that the only real remedy for rotted wood is to get it off of your boat.

    That's what I've done with my old Silverton.

    It's a lot of work, but if you stay with it you can get it done.

    Since I've carefully assembled the new parts I suppose that the boat will last much longer then the original build, which held up pretty well for about 25 - 30 years (with reasonable care).

    If my restoration lasts 25% longer then the original build before it rots out that would make me about 90 years old.

    I'll probably be dead by then. That fact opens up another philosophical argument.

    That ones for another day......

  2. thudpucker
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    thudpucker Senior Member

    We left the Farm in 46 right after the war. We've owned boats of all kinds since.
    We've never lost a boat!
    No fires, no sinking, no rocks, a couple sand bars and several forced beachings, and the normal swamping as you beach with the Pacific at your back.

    One time I got into water too big for the boat. I thought the end had come.
    But somehow I was able to steer around the wave tops and bottoms to keep the swamping at a managable level. Almost all the floatation just floated away on that experience. I left a trail of Styrofoam for a mile or more across Prince William Sound in AK on that trip. From the air it must have looked like Laundry soap foam streaming out behind me.
    All the water in the boat caused the floatation which was under the Deck to lift the Deck, tearing the rivets loose, and the foam just floated out from under that deck, sloshed over the sides and left me all alone in an Aluminum boat and I couldnt bail and run the boat at the same time and my passenger was petrified with fear and absoluty no help at all. (OK, sit there, scream, die with me or help out and maybe we'll live through this! No answer, just more screaming and whimpering) I could have used some Beer on that trip.

    Paint a boat is something I rarely did. I dont ever remember suffering any from avoiding that chore either.
    I painted Seats to keep the Slivers down. I painted the Deck with House paint and Sand mixed into it for traction. Bad move! The Sand caused the paint to come loose around the crumbling sand. Live and learn.

    This little Jon boat will be all new wood. I'll paint it to keep the Wife's comments down to a dull roar. Epoxy Primer, and Paint. No CPES!
    And no Rocks!
  3. seven up
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    seven up Junior Member

    They seem to have wandered off ! Hmmm.
  4. thudpucker
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    thudpucker Senior Member

    Way back, when us lay people could first by F/glass as a kit, about 52 or so, Unc n' I glassed a Cedar skiff. About a 14' rowing boat for Puget Sound Salmon fishing.
    The stuff came off the Cedar (in places) in the first few months.
    That was enough for me. If Oil dont do it, remove it and put a new piece of wood in its place.

  5. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    I too remember the original miracle goo in a can craze that swept the country in the early 60's. Everyone and their brother was putting polyester on their wooden boats, because it was the cure of all cures. Well, it didn't work and a lot of folks got burned. It was enough for me to avoid epoxy for about 10 years, with the memory of polyester still relatively fresh.

    Eventually epoxy proved to be far better then polyester then the other "catalyzed" resin systems. Then I went the other way, swinging into full encapsulation mode.

    Now, I'm finding I need epoxy less and less, though some build styles absolutely need it, others just aren't well suited. So, I guess I've finally entered puberty and matured with my epoxy use.
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