It’s been a while since I’ve done any actual updates about Boatworks Today; mainly because there really wasn’t anything too exciting to announce, but that has finally changed!
In this past week there has been a major over-haul of the website With ALL of that effort coming from Josh and Alyssa over at https://www.fortirisgroup.com/ They did an absolutely amazing job, and without question this new site is something that I never would have been able to do myself! When you have a chance stop in and take a tour 😉 www.boatworkstoday.com
The other bit of big news is this past week I was finally able to finish a Fiberglass guide that I’ve been working on the past couple months! This is the first of what will likely be 6 downloadable guides each covering, in depth, a different topic as it relates to fiberglass repair
Please check it out and if it looks like something that would be helpful for your projects let me know what you think!! Also sharing this post with your boating friends is always much appreciated!
Thank you in advance and have a great week!!
Join the discussion 4 Comments
I am following a couple boat renovation channels such as you and Sail Life. I have one question that I don’t seem to be able to find an answer too. I have seen deck core replacement several times and each time they do not seem to carry the core/replacement all the way to the edge of the deck. Even when the toe rail is removed the replacement and glassing stop several inches short of the edge. This seem to me to be self defeating. If I am going to reinforce and strengthen the deck why leave it weak at the attachment point seems like the whole thing would just collapse in one strong piece. What am I missing?
I am not sure about other boats, but on ours, a C&C Corvette 31, the inboard flange is reinforced with another multi-layer layup. Plenty strong. Also, the core is not there so much for strength as rigidity. Where the hull and deck come together, that “bend” along the sheer make it plenty rigid. Oh, also, with perforations along that joint every 4 to 6 inches, that’s a lot of opportunity for failed bedding to let moisture in.
Andy, I’m restoring a 1986 Blackfin SF 29.
The plywood under the tunnels was rotted so I cut out the fiberglass underneath it and replaced with foam core.
Now I’m trying to put Matt then 1708 then Matt back up.
Having trouble getting the glass to,stay up.
Using polyester resin
Couple of things to try. 1) pre-coat the surface that you’ll be applying the glass so that it has something to stick to 2) Use a roller and start rolling out from the middle of the fabric rather than an edge. Once you have it rolled out length wise then start working towards the edges 3) Don’t be shy with the resin 🙂
Make sure to have some plastic covering the ground to catch any excess drips as there will be some!
Other than that it’s just a matter of practice, you’ll get it!