Newbie builder question, help is appreciated

Discussion in 'Materials' started by Florida_Skiffs, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. Florida_Skiffs
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 35
    Likes: 0, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Englewood, Fl

    Florida_Skiffs Junior Member

    Freshwater rots faster? I always thought it was the other way
     
  2. boatbuilder41
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 159
    Likes: 4, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 56
    Location: panama city florida

    boatbuilder41 Senior Member

    My son now has my 12 ft plywood boat i built in 89 or 90. Still in good shape for its age. But we avoid standing fresh water ,never leave life jackets in boat to hold moisture and always let it dry out.
     
  3. boatbuilder41
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 159
    Likes: 4, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 56
    Location: panama city florida

    boatbuilder41 Senior Member

    No. If you think about. Back in the older days salt was used to preserve meat.no fear unless you got a steel boat
     
  4. Florida_Skiffs
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 35
    Likes: 0, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Englewood, Fl

    Florida_Skiffs Junior Member

    I think i may go with marine grade as i cant find any good exterior wood, just pressure treated cdx on homedepot, and the same for lowes
     
  5. Florida_Skiffs
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 35
    Likes: 0, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Englewood, Fl

    Florida_Skiffs Junior Member

    if its marine grade does it need epoxy?
     
  6. boatbuilder41
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 159
    Likes: 4, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 56
    Location: panama city florida

    boatbuilder41 Senior Member

    Im new to this site, but i grew up building boats and commercial fishing. It is said that lifes most valueable lessons learned are learned from failure,not success. I have made many mistakes and i still learn every day. Ask some of the old timers. Thats where i learned a lot
     
  7. Florida_Skiffs
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 35
    Likes: 0, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Englewood, Fl

    Florida_Skiffs Junior Member

    I just dont like wasting money i want to build this the right way
     
  8. boatbuilder41
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 159
    Likes: 4, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 56
    Location: panama city florida

    boatbuilder41 Senior Member

    If you want to last a lifetime and want to get by cheaper.i have fiberglass sheets 30foot long and six foot wide x 5/16" thick.....you can build entire boat from one sheet. Cheaper than you can buy plywood.$300.00 a sheet. Thats less than $2 sq ft. And it has one slick finished side.no more rot. Never gets heavier
     
  9. boatbuilder41
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 159
    Likes: 4, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 56
    Location: panama city florida

    boatbuilder41 Senior Member

    Check out the boat i just built from these same panels.just look at my pics in profile.its featured in national fisherman magazine march 2013. Artical called lafitte for a king
     
  10. Florida_Skiffs
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 35
    Likes: 0, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Englewood, Fl

    Florida_Skiffs Junior Member

    Well the problem is you're 500 miles away, Can I build a lumber yard skiff with the same principles as a stich and glue boat with it?
     
  11. boatbuilder41
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 159
    Likes: 4, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 56
    Location: panama city florida

    boatbuilder41 Senior Member

    Yes , basically the same, a little bit different. But about 1/3 the time and a whole lot less money. Plywood soaks up a lot of resin. Fiberglass sheets does not. Seams have to be gouged out and laminated from within the core outward i gouge my seams 4 inches back on each sideb. That way you get a good bond. That way you dont remove all your glass when sanding back flush
     
  12. boatbuilder41
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 159
    Likes: 4, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 56
    Location: panama city florida

    boatbuilder41 Senior Member

    I can email you the artical.if you want to check it out
     
  13. Florida_Skiffs
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 35
    Likes: 0, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Englewood, Fl

    Florida_Skiffs Junior Member

    Im just gonna stick with wood
     
  14. Florida_Skiffs
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 35
    Likes: 0, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Englewood, Fl

    Florida_Skiffs Junior Member

    OK im going to get 7 sheets of 1/2inch 4x8 meranti plywood, then the rest will be regular lumber.

    16ft 4x4
    20ft 2x8
    40ft 2x4
    16ft 1x8
    3 1/2" 4x8 cdx grade (siderails, compartments, etc)
    1 3/4" 4x8 cdx grade (inside of transom)

    looking at 800 for all the wood... Dont know weather to epoxy the whole outside or not

    Ill take the console and 25hp off my 14.5 foot boat
     

  15. Florida_Skiffs
    Joined: Feb 2013
    Posts: 35
    Likes: 0, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Englewood, Fl

    Florida_Skiffs Junior Member

    what would happen if i put my 100 hp on....
     
Loading...
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.