Fibreglass canoe from mould

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by E.T., Sep 26, 2023.

  1. E.T.
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    E.T. New Member

    Hello,

    I'm hoping people here can provide me with a few pointers on how best to make a fibreglass canoe using a three part female mould. My knowledge on both canoes and fibreglassing is pretty limited so I'd be grateful for any advice on offer!

    I've picked up the mould shown in the photo below and would like to have a go at it. The top part separates off and the hull is in two parts, with holes so it can be bolted together down the middle.

    What I'm wondering initially is whether the canoe can be made from fibreglass alone or whether that would leave it too weak. I've seen posts about people using carbon tape or kevlar to strengthen the hull. What would people recommend for a first attempt?

    What about the top part, i.e. for the gunwales and seats?

    Thanks in advance.
    Canoe Mould.jpg
     
  2. wet feet
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    wet feet Senior Member

    Before attempting to mould a canoe you need to get some practical experience of laminating.Try producing a simple part or even a small flat sheet.Get back to us when you have a piece that looks good.A first laminating attempt is unlikely to produce a canoe to be proud of or to venture afloat in.The mould looks quite practical,but lacking in features to brace it or to hold it level while working.You won't want to be kneeling on the floor.
     
  3. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    In small boats, stiffness drives the laminate design more than strength. Maybe puncture resistance is important if going through rapids or rocky shores too. The concave area of the deck seems like a seat.
     

  4. BlueBell
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    BlueBell . . . _ _ _ . . . _ _ _

    ET,

    Welcome to the Forum.

    I would suggest West System epoxy-fiber throughout.

    Did the mold come with no info?
    Who made it?
    Who designed it?
    What was/is the lay-up schedule.

    You could hire someone with experience to lay one up for you.

    BB
     
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