Been a while since I posted but I've been busy working g on the boat. Planking is all on. As you'll see I've got all the screw holes plugged and a coat of epoxy on and now is sanding. I'm hoping to get started on fiber glass before long.
This leads to yet another question. How much fiberglass to use.
The plans call for one layer of 7oz. I'm particularly concerned about abrasion resistance though. This boat will get beached frequently. I want it to have good resistance to scrapes and gouges and punctures. And just generally speaking I want the surface to be tough. I don't want to have to worry about a scrape or gouge going through to the wood and needing immediate attention.
So the question is, is there any value in putting an extra layer of 7 oz glass on the hull? Or perhaps putting down just one layer of heavier glass like a ten ounce.
Also the plans call for a keel strip. I would like to increase the protection there as well. My plan is to apply this on top of the fiberglass but then apply a layer of Dynel over the keel strip. It's supposedly much easier to form to sharp bends and it's particularly abrasion resistant. I would radius the edges of the keel strip and put a fillet at the junction with the hull.
Last question is in regards to strakes. Would anyone recommend them for this boat? Will the keel strip be sufficient to prevent sliding in turns? I will likely use this boat to tow a tube or skier if that makes a difference.
Anyway just wanted to share update and get some advice on this next step.