Need a hand with Material decisions

Discussion in 'Materials' started by customvs, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. customvs
    Joined: Feb 2018
    Posts: 1
    Likes: 0, Points: 1
    Location: Australia

    customvs New Member

    Hi all. Just about to start my first Fibreglass rebuild. I have built mnay aluminium boats before, and this is my first glass boat. I have a Half cabin Coxcraft Calypso, and am making a estuary style tournament boat with lockers,kill and live tanks,centre console, No cabin, and lots of storage. Im pretty handy with my hands, and cant wait to start. I've been researching materials and methods for weeks now, but have heaps of conflicting info and am a little stuck on what to use for what particular jobs. I thought id come here and ask, due to it being a specific boat building page. Im also in Australia, So if i could get names of aussie avialable stuff, that would be great. Im pretty well stuck in a small rural town, and as far as shopping wise, dont have much. I have a local Chandelery the pro boats use, which supplies all the fibreglass,resin and glues, so i'm sweet there, everything else im basically limied to Bunnings,local timber yard or Ebay. Can anyne help me identify the materials i need for the questions below.

    What Glue/resin/epoxy is best for gluing new stringers and any structural timber eg seat frames,cast deck frames etc into place against the cleaned hull ???

    What timber is best to use for the stringers ? and what timber is best to use for making other structural framework ?

    What Timber and glue is best to use on building a new transom ? Stnadard ply or Marine Ply ? , and what glue to glue the transom pieces together and then glue to apply it to the hull ?

    Whats the Aussie recipe for peanut Butter with Aussie ? bunnings available products ?

    Any ideas how to go about building new gunwhales ? shaping them etc ? type of timber ? and ideas to attach and glass in cleanly ?

    Hope thats not to much to ask. they are my most pressing questions.

  2. rwatson
    Joined: Aug 2007
    Posts: 5,953
    Likes: 340, Points: 83, Legacy Rep: 1749
    Location: Tasmania,Australia

    rwatson Senior Member

    Hey mate - Australias a big place - you are going to have to say a bit closer to where you are building to get any useful advice.
  3. ondarvr
    Joined: Dec 2005
    Posts: 2,867
    Likes: 524, Points: 113, Legacy Rep: 506
    Location: Monroe WA

    ondarvr Senior Member

    And when you say "best" what aspect of it are you referring to?

    The very best products and methods can be costly and time consuming, plus some materials may be tough to find in some regions.

    Most of what you're doing doesn't require the best products, just adequate ones, your attention to detail is far more important.

  4. PAR
    Joined: Nov 2003
    Posts: 19,133
    Likes: 494, Points: 93, Legacy Rep: 3967
    Location: Eustis, FL

    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Welcome to the forum.

    What design are you building, method type and rough budget are you dealing with?
Forum posts represent the experience, opinion, and view of individual users. Boat Design Net does not necessarily endorse nor share the view of each individual post.
When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. Your circumstances or experience may be different.