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newbie diy fiberglass gas boat build

Discussion in 'Boat Build Projects' started by lem, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. lem

    lem New Member

    Jun 26, 2016
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    Hey everyone,

    I recently got a fiber glass boat mold from a hobby store that was going out of business. It is a 48 inch, deep vee style hull which will be power by a Chung yang cy27 aka a sikk engine.
    I am relativity new to the making parts from fiber glass mold so some help would be greatly appreciated. I know that you need wax, pva, gel coat, resin, and of course fiber glass mat/cloth, but I am not too sure on the specific steps like how long from the gel coat application to when I can start fiber glassing, and how many layers of mat to apply.

    Here is a picture of the top and bottom molds:

    (sorry couldn't figure out how to upload images)

    Also I plan on making my own stinger drive out of cast aluminum but i feel thins is the wrong form to be asking questions on that

    Thanks for reading, please reply with any tips.
  2. Gromit

    Gromit Studio Forums Elite

    Feb 10, 2017
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    Hello there,

    I don't feel savvy enough to give any actual tips with fibre glass, but here are some of my experiences: I was lucky to be part of a model club (Otago model Engineering Society in Dunedin, New Zealand) for a while and pick up lots of skills there. One of the guys is very Handy with fibre glass, coated my first scratch build and let me look over his shoulder. Since then, I have done a few myself, but in the end, it felt like too much trouble. Materials are expensive when you buy them in little quantities and still end their shelf life way before they are used up. In my current flat-situation it's a huge bother to work with an unhealthy, stinky, sticky mess. So i took my lates ship to an actual boat-builder (They do some awesome high-tech stuff. Check it out: http://www.flyer-cat.de/), who did it for a good price and left me with a professional result that hardly needed any sanding.

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