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by seaslug
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Resins, Fiberglass and Paint
Topic: fairing material question?
Replies: 36
Views: 1276

Re: fairing material question?

For a lot of years, not knowing anything else, I used straight West System 410 fairing filler, which I liked and was comfortable working with and liked the consistency, but it's stupid expensive and from what I can tell it's just micro balloons with their packaging for a huge mark up in price. I jus...
by seaslug
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Resins, Fiberglass and Paint
Topic: fairing material question?
Replies: 36
Views: 1276

Re: fairing material question?

The only thing I worry about mixing accurately and precisely is the epoxy itself, otherwise fillers are just mixed in until I get the consistency I like for spreading, and that depends on whether it's on a flat or vertical surface. Not rocket science for sure, with the only caveat being, I don't use...
by seaslug
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: FS18 on the double!
Replies: 191
Views: 43186

Re: FS18 on the double!

Your boat is a real beauty, but I'm biased, it looks just like mine. I hope you love yours as much as I love mine, in fact going fishing this morning. At least 200 trips in my boat with no issues, and I still get people asking every time I go out what boat it is. I tried one of those rope ladders an...
by seaslug
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Builder's Small Boats
Topic: SG15 build
Replies: 76
Views: 32513

Re: SG15 build

Spectacular job all around, and a great paint job to finish it off. I love this hull design, and this beauty should have plans flying off the shelf. Well done, enjoy and post some water shots please.
by seaslug
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: Jeffs FS14 LS
Replies: 52
Views: 2527

Re: Jeffs FS14 LS

Hi Jeff, thanks for the compliments on my build, and welcome to the group. You've already built a beautiful drift boat, so the FS14 will be a breeze. My personal belief with these smallish flats skiffs is a fairly simple build with no wet bilge and minimum accessories. Tiller motor, running lights, ...
by seaslug
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building LM18
Replies: 20
Views: 6594

Re: Building LM18

Welcome to the group. Nothing wrong with going with the CNC kit if you can afford a little extra. That being said, it's not difficult to lay out and cut the panels, and it is actually a fun part of the project, more fun than sanding for sure. If you don't feel comfortable laying out and cutting your...
by seaslug
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: FS18 on the double!
Replies: 191
Views: 43186

Re: FS18 on the double!

You're doing a beautiful job, and I really like the rod holders. Those hatches bring back memories, I'm glad that you decided to go that route, they look great.
by seaslug
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: FS18 on the double!
Replies: 191
Views: 43186

Re: FS18 on the double!

Really nice work on everything you're doing. My decks are 3/8" and the cut out for the hatch opening became my hatch lids, but I epoxied another 3/8" piece to the underside, but smaller in size for where the rubber seal sits. My decks have 1 layer of 6oz. woven, but the undersides have no glass, onl...
by seaslug
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: LM18 Madison Wi Building questions
Replies: 119
Views: 29967

Re: LM18 Madison Wi Building questions

I've used mostly Cedar and Fir, both being very stable, I've never had a piece warp, twist, or shrink in any way, and they both take epoxy well. I've used Poplar also, and prefer it to pine, but it's a little heavier. Never use Red oak in boat building due to the open cell structure. White Oak is fi...
by seaslug
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Boat cushion materials
Replies: 9
Views: 8545

Re: Boat cushion materials

For exterior cushions you'll want to use a firm closed cell foam, and you can't go wrong with the Sunbrella brand for the cloth. I'm sure there are probably products that are similar and competitive, but Sunbrella makes excellent materials for a wide variety of uses on a boat, both interior and exte...