Console Skiff, Fiberglass or not?

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Console Skiff, Fiberglass or not?

Post by fishyskiff » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:43 pm

Hey guys, I've been building the console skiff and am almost ready to flip it. Question is does the outside of the hull need to be fiberglassed over or am I okay with Sealer, primer and bright side paint 2 coats of each?

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Re: Console Skiff, Fiberglass or not?

Post by kens » Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:23 pm

the fiberglass skin adds so much abrasion resistance, that I vote that you need it.

the plans might say you don't need it for structural integrity, I agree,
but for abrasion resistance, I would not go without it.
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Re: Console Skiff, Fiberglass or not?

Post by Bill Edmundson » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:17 pm

I glass. It is not that difficult and it will not add that much time.

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Re: Console Skiff, Fiberglass or not?

Post by vupilot » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:42 pm

Yes! Especially on a stitch and glue built boat.

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Re: Console Skiff, Fiberglass or not?

Post by watkibe » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:14 pm

What they said ! YES !
Fiberglass gives abrasion protection, but more than that, it keeps plywood in one piece. Several years of sun and water will cause any plywood to check, surface crack, and even delaminate. Epoxy encapsulation alone is not enough. Glassing is easy, relatively fast, and cheap enough when compared to the cost of all the other materials. Also, sanding for re-painting won't dig into the surface veneer of your plywood, only into the glass.
I have built 3 boats before, and fiberglassed all of them. I am working on the 4th, a Cabin Skiff similar to your Console Skiff, and it will definitely be glassed on the exterior. I also would like to use a light weight cloth on all topside surfaces exposed to the sun.
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