I have used silica flour(finely ground up sand) and epoxy. I am very happy with this using it on the bottom of my keels, skegs and rudders. I also applied it a little way up the keel(around 80 mm) because the keels sink down into the sand…"
"Oh, I wanted to share this Chinese source with you: Ningbo Seawell Marine, Zhejiang, China, contact: "Lily", tel; 0086-18094544332. They have a large boat assessories catalogue; ex. ABS rectangular portholes, $27(you could do much better…"
"Hi; when you get to that point, consider the cheaper - and simpler - solution which Hans used: metal strips (I used stainless 304, 2cmx3mm) encased in a couple layers of epoxy/cloth). Kevlar doesn't protect against impact...Oh, and yeah,…"
"What I did on a small cat was to build up epoxy to the thickness the screws require to hold the metal strips, but without penetrating into the wood. This uses a lot of epoxy, but it does ensure no wood gets penetrated. I based the…"
"It's not that it will crack, the glued joint will simply fail. If you're going to experiment, this is probably the place to do it.
I was specifically taught to not use epoxy with white oak. Our lead boat building instructer was a fifth…"
"I think a lot of people are missing a crucial point of having "sacrificial" keel protection. The idea is to sacrifice something in lieu of the keels. That to me means that it must be easily replaceable. If you are glassing in/on your wood…"
Welcome to The Small Pahi Group. Thanks for introducing yourself. Your story has many parallels to my own. Once you take a boat out for "improvements" it is hard to get it back into the water.....Best of luck for 2014 !!
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