Boat Building

Dispatches from the shop: Progress reports on our boat building projects, plus some useful information for those of you who are building, restoring or repairing your own boats.

Epoxy & Fibreglass in Winter

It's still winter up here in the great frozen wilds of Ontario. That doesn't mean that boatbuilding has to come to a complete stop. We can, with a few tricks, turn ice-cold epoxy into something usable.

And Then There Were Two (Hulls)

141214-200007-8151s.jpgThere's still a long way to go, but now it *looks* like two-thirds of a trimaran!

Epoxy on skin? Use vinegar.

Wet epoxy is pretty hard to clean up, particularly if you get it on your skin.

The easy solution? White vinegar. Rub the epoxy-contaminated skin with a vinegar-soaked paper towl for about 30 seconds, then wash normally with soap and water.

The vinegar arrests the curing reaction and loosens the bonds that are starting to form, allowing you to easily wash the soft epoxy away.

Compound curvature in plywood

Conventional wisdom says that plywood can't take compound curvature. That it can only be bent into conically developable sections.

That's not entirely true. The Starwind 860's amas have a bit of compound curvature, particularly in the forefoot. Here's how we create it.