Just before we rig......

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  • 26 Sep 2018 22:37
    Reply # 6694471 on 6667181

    Hi Bill,

    while living in California I used a product made by Pacific Polymers called Elastodeck 6001 AL  I originally used it on the decks of a boat I built which was launched in 1988, I sailed her to New Zealand in 1999 and sold her there; the last I heard a couple of years ago she was again for sale and the owner was boasting of the low maintenance and waterproof decks.In 2000 I also used it on the hull and decks of a carvel planked Kettenburg PCC. In the three years I owned her after this I never saw a crack at the caulked joints. The product is a moisture cured aliphatic polyurethane, it is waterproof and stays slightly elastic after curing. I believe it is still available even though the company has been taken over by a Texas firm. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Do not tell them you are using it on a boat as it is made for concrete parking decks and most companies in the USA are paranoid about lawsuits for incorrect use of products!!

    All the best, David.

  • 26 Sep 2018 15:02
    Reply # 6693582 on 6667181
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    I've read that the two packs are too brittle for light wooden boats, they flex enough to crack the paint.

    Lol, due to the environmental concerns most of the paint shops here won't sell one part polyurethanes to anyone who doesn't have an incorporated painting business, finally found one that doesn't care so I'll have some decent paint on my Wa'apa when I get it done.

    Anytime the wind is blowing here we get the same sort of conditions, steep chop close together, I hate my flat bottomed dinghy on those days, the sculler I modded into a sailing canoe is pretty bad too, probably because it goes 3 times as fast :) 


  • 26 Sep 2018 06:25
    Reply # 6693220 on 6667181
    Yea, Latex is a very porous paint, so very logical.

    Only the 2 pack hi gloss Acryls/latex are waterproof.

    As for hand tools, I got many, I too enjoy the silence, but power gets things done...….

    Scott, yea, Black Sea is amazing, I've cruised the Turkish and Bulgarian coast a lot, lot's to see and very interesting culture wise. But it's a rough ride, short steep waves that really rock the boat.....

    Good for heavy Monohulls with lots of displacement, helps them keep momentum. 

    all d best.

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  • 26 Sep 2018 04:53
    Reply # 6693145 on 6667181
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    Three coats of oil paint should be enough to keep the mildew out, I think I had 3 coats of latex on my dinghy when the epoxy grew mildew.

    An angle grinder rocks for wood removal, especially if you invest a few bucks on the specialty disks like the turbo-plane or chainsaw disks.

    I don't care for loud power tools so I favor a spokeshave for wood removal, they're great if you know how to set them up and use them, shavings make fantastic fire starter too :)


  • 22 Sep 2018 01:31
    Reply # 6686841 on 6667181

    Looking great! I really enjoyed the two videos. I wanted to repeat what you said about using an angle grinder with a rough grit sanding disk. I have never had any luck using a hand plane or a rasp. I love my angle grinder! It goes right through wood with a very light touch. It's also really inexpensive considering how long a disk lasts.

    You mentioned the Black Sea. I just recently got back from a vacation in Mangalia up in Romania. I really liked it there. It is a beautiful body of water but unfortunately I could not find any way to go sailing while we were there. My cruising day dreams now include the ports we saw on the trip.

    Thanks for sharing your build videos. You got me thinking that building is the way to go.

    I hope to see a video of you sailing soon!


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  • 21 Sep 2018 19:37
    Reply # 6686566 on 6667181
    Never thought that could happen.....

    Anyway I put at least 3 coats of paint everywhere, on the outside 4, can go even to 5....

    So probably no problem.

    Still, good to know.

  • 19 Sep 2018 23:41
    Reply # 6677411 on 6667181
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    She's coming along nicely, can't wait to see her in the water :)

    Just a heads up on using flour for thickening epoxy, if you don't put a coat of epoxy over it after sanding you may get mildew growing on it, don't ask how I know this :)

    Bill F

  • 13 Sep 2018 06:51
    Message # 6667181

    Ply epoxy boat building is for anyone.......

    Proa Make O'Break, building up his top sides, raising freeboard before we junk rig him.


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