Working alone, smaller pieces?

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by Bigtalljv, Jun 7, 2022.

  1. Bigtalljv
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    Bigtalljv Junior Member

    Hi,

    so I’m running into some issues working alone with some of the sheets of fiberglass I’m trying to put down, they are just too big to handle alone. Now this might be a problem of my own creation.

    How big of a difference does a seam make if I break the sheets up into smaller sections? The transom is 8’ wide, would two 4’ fabric sections be dramatically less of a good idea for the inside skins? It sure would be nice to work with smaller pieces.

    thanks
    Jason
     
  2. fallguy
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    fallguy Senior Member

    Manage the work. 2" overlap seams minimum
     
  3. Bigtalljv
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    Thanks. Sometimes I amaze myself with my stupidity. I just keep walking into that wall, ow….ow….ow.

    Much easier to make it three pieces with fairly large overlaps. 18 pieces cut and ready for the weekend.
     
  4. fallguy
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    Laminating is hard work. Do what you can to make it easier.
     
  5. Bigtalljv
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    I’m slowly learning…..
     
  6. kapnD
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    Smaller pieces of laminate equate to more work in the finishing stages, mainly in terms of filling and sanding.
    Can you find another set of hands to help?
     

  7. Bigtalljv
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    That’s an excellent point but in this particular case it’s the inside of the transom so my finish doesn’t need to be anything but workboat, it will be barely visible if you try to see it.
     
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