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by HouTexBBC
Tue May 20, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Which plywood to use for hull
Replies: 7
Views: 2992

Meranti is a decent choice. Like kens said, the BS rating is important. Most boat builders would say that you probably should stick to BS1088 for the hull, and only use BS6566 inside the boat for flooring, bulkheads etc. Meranti is a little heavier than other marine ply products out there but if wei...
by HouTexBBC
Wed May 07, 2008 8:51 pm
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Epoxy - A batch gone off
Replies: 31
Views: 10287

There's no doubt that the mix ratio has to be accurate but getting it right is not that hard to do, with or without pumps. I just don't understand the sense that it is all that complex. If your supposed to pump an ounce and the pump is giving you 3/4 oz then you definitely have a problem, a problem ...
by HouTexBBC
Wed May 07, 2008 1:07 pm
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Epoxy - A batch gone off
Replies: 31
Views: 10287

So why not just use a less complicated epoxy. If you believe, as I do, that the quality is not that much different between the "top" brands, (unless you buy off on the advertising) why go through all the frustration?

Dennis
by HouTexBBC
Wed May 07, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Epoxy - A batch gone off
Replies: 31
Views: 10287

I suspect those who are having success with pumps are using brands of epoxy that have a ratio more forgiving than the glen-l brand? At 5:1 it's much more critical. Can someone tell me the reason for a 5:1 mix ratio vs a 2:1 or whatever? Some brands have a different mix ratio for each hardener so yo...
by HouTexBBC
Wed May 07, 2008 9:09 am
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Epoxy - A batch gone off
Replies: 31
Views: 10287

I have never had that happen to me and I've built 3.5 boats over the last 5 years. I usually don't refrigerate my epoxy (though I have done that once or twice before) and I live in Houston where it is hotter than hell most of the time. I use RAKA's basic epoxy and their slow hardener gives me about ...
by HouTexBBC
Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:40 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Southern Woods for Boat Building
Replies: 8
Views: 4038

I doubt you can build the whole boat out of it (Cypress). I have only worked with it so far on this one boat but I don't believe it is strong enough for the whole thing. That's why I went with white oak frames and a few other places where I needed strength. That said, I think I don't want to use any...
by HouTexBBC
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:52 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Southern Woods for Boat Building
Replies: 8
Views: 4038

All the wood I purchased was of a lighter color. The dealer had some boards that were darker, actually very brown in color. I wasn't sure if that meant it was just heartwood or what but decided to pick only the lighter color so as to be all the same. The Glen-L article of wood for boatbuilding seems...
by HouTexBBC
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:43 am
Forum: Fiberglass
Topic: Do This Before You Begin Fiberglassing and Painting
Replies: 4
Views: 3716

Foam rollers are the only way to spread that epoxy. I agree, you must have them and you only get one use out of each roller. I use the 6" mini foam rollers. They are a little easier to get into small places. Also, I agree with everyone regarding West Marine. That place is a joke. I don't know how th...
by HouTexBBC
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Fiberglass
Topic: corners?
Replies: 9
Views: 4359

Sharp corners are definitely a problem. Glass doesn't like to make a 90 degree turn. The smaller the glass the easier it becomes, however. I used 2oz glass topside on a particular boat I buillt because I wanted UV protection of the wood without a lot of added weight. The 2oz will almost do 90 degree...
by HouTexBBC
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Southern Woods for Boat Building
Replies: 8
Views: 4038

I too am using a lot of Cypress on a boat I am building right now and so far, I love working with it. It is everything FDMSIV said and also it is light in weight. On this particular boat I am using some white oak for certain structural framing where strength is needed but Cypress pretty much everywh...
by HouTexBBC
Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:35 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Help! rig my tunnel mite!
Replies: 10
Views: 3497

Oh, also, if you don't feel like making a jack plate they can be purchased but they tend to be expensive, like $200. If you make one, look on ebay for the 4x4 x 1/4 aluminum angle. It runs about $10.00 a foot. Have to look a while to find the right size

Dennis
by HouTexBBC
Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Help! rig my tunnel mite!
Replies: 10
Views: 3497

I think the Dillon homemade jack plate gives you 3.5 to 4 inches of vertical movement, but look at the plans and see if you think it can be made to give more. You can also set the jack plate where ever you want on the back of the transom to start with, so perhaps you start it off at a mid level posi...
by HouTexBBC
Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Help! rig my tunnel mite!
Replies: 10
Views: 3497

I think the jack plate is probably the best way to go. You will likely get better performance from your engine using a jack plate on that tunnel mite anyway. The link upspirate gave is a good one. I am actually building the Dillon Mini right now and plan to build that jack plate for it as well. As f...
by HouTexBBC
Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:15 pm
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: saw dust and epoxy
Replies: 9
Views: 6326

Microspheres (a.k.a. Micro Balloons) can be found at many boatbuilding supply places. Glen-L sells it as does RAKA, US Composites etc. I agree with FDMSIV, however I eventually decided to quit using my own dust. I never tried adding micro ballons but in general it always came out too course for my l...
by HouTexBBC
Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:59 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: ext ply vs marine
Replies: 26
Views: 9773

FDMSIV's prices are about right for what I've seen on the meranti.

I too wouldn't fool with fir, especially at those prices. Meranti is everwhere, better than fir, and less expensive.

Dennis

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