Sea Kayak - Fiberglass or not...

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Sea Kayak - Fiberglass or not...

Post by Olivermj » Mon May 27, 2013 3:29 am

Hi, I am looking to build a sea kayak for my second boat build. Trying to decide whether to fiberglass exterior of sea kayak or go full s&g. Recommendations, tips, and pro/cons are appreciated!

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Re: Sea Kayak - Fiberglass or not...

Post by vupilot » Mon May 27, 2013 8:32 am

I would, without it any scratches on the bottom, nails caught on a dock, rubs of the paddle against the boat and beaching on a sand/gravel beach can too easily damage the wood with use. When fiber-glassed with even a light weight cloth it gives the boat a armor shell and keeps the wear and tear limited to only the finish. I would use 4oz cloth.

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Post by Olivermj » Mon May 27, 2013 10:20 am

Thanks sir! It will be a good excuse to try fiberglass on a smaller scale too!

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Post by Bill Edmundson » Mon May 27, 2013 3:32 pm

Oliver

Chris is still too young for you to start calling him Sir :!: :lol:

He's right and a good builder. :wink:

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Post by Lowka53 » Tue May 28, 2013 10:09 am

Bill Edmundson wrote:Oliver

Chris is still too young for you to start calling him Sir :!: :lol:

He's right and a good builder. :wink:

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you saying chris isn't a old fart like us retired folk :twisted: :roll: :wink: 8) :lol:
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Post by Bill Edmundson » Tue May 28, 2013 1:27 pm

Rod

Nope, He & Heather have at least one baby in the house.

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Re: Sea Kayak - Fiberglass or not...

Post by jeffh » Tue May 28, 2013 3:21 pm

I have a 16.5ft CLC kayak that I built in 2010. It is fiberglassed from top to bottom. Yesterday, when I pulled it back up onto our dock, it got a scratch on the bottom that is probably 10" long on the bottom. Since it is glassed, I am not worried at all.
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Post by Lowka53 » Tue May 28, 2013 5:28 pm

Bill Edmundson wrote:Rod

Nope, He & Heather have at least one baby in the house.

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Re: Sea Kayak - Fiberglass or not...

Post by Olivermj » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:46 pm

Thanks for the follow-up gentlemen! I am ordering the plans and getting to work when I return from deployment overseas this August! Thanks and I'm sure there will be more silly questions to come!

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Re: Sea Kayak - Fiberglass or not...

Post by vupilot » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:19 am

Just to clear it up, the only baby in our house is the boat "first born"

Thanks for your service and enjoy your project with your family and friends when you get home.

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Re: Sea Kayak - Fiberglass or not...

Post by rubyjean » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:41 pm

Yes, I like to use 6oz on the outside for extra protection on rocky beach's... I also add an extra 4" tape on the keel line and fair for even more protection... Doesn't add very much more weight for the extra protection.. I also glass the inside cockpit section to make this more friendly before adding the deck....

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