- If you are going to be carting your boat around I d suggest you build a gunwale protector of some kind. A kindly friend donated a 12 strip of genuine 1 x 1Message 1 of 5 , Jun 11, 2009View SourceIf you are going to be carting your boat around I'd suggest you build a gunwale protector of some kind. A kindly friend donated a 12' strip of genuine 1" x 1" teak (he's a strip canoe builder), which I ripped and built into a 1/2 round protector for my 10' Whitehall. This I tacked to the outside of the gunwale so it can be pulled off eventually and resanded. Now that I've dragged the boat around the gravel driveway and around the concrete garage floor for a couple of years on the gunwale) I'm glad I did. Of course, the teak adds weight (as do the really pretty bronze oarlocks, etc), but so it goes. But think ahead to where things will wear out during the build process and not after. These boats aren't aluminum or inflatables that can take a lot of beating, so, adding the gunwale protector, maybe an extra thick strip along the keel, a pocket under a seat for an emergency repair kit (some super glue and some dacron scraps in a water tight envelope) makes sense. They do get holes and they do get damaged. They are just made out of cloth, thread and long chop sticks, after all.
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Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.comccSubject Re: [Airolite_Boats] Re: Heat N Bond on bare wood?
ted , heat & bond should be applied directly to wood .(Just finished a
12" Whitehall classic.)
Monfort,manual , video,suggest that you mask of the area that
the heat pond is applied to keep the wood clean while applying the
finish. remove tape,wipe down with acetone before applying the
h&b.enjoy building your boat,they are great. my thoughts on roving
which is a pain in the butt,is to use it as instructed if you are
going to transport it on top of your car. I just logged 5000 miles on
my Whitehall.on top of my.Saturn being towed behind my RV at high way
speeds. there is a lot of flexing at that air speed. A lot different
that being in the water.
On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 11:30 PM, Browne
> The heat and bond is only to hold the fabric in position as you shrink
> am not sure that the heat and bond will adhere correctly to the varnish.that
> Once the fabric is applied it will be finished and that will waterproof
> I suggest that you set up a test by varnishing one half of a scrap
> and see what happens.a
> It is always best to check before you do something that is not reverseable.
> I did find that kevlar roving was not necessary on my boat. I streched
> Westport 8 to 10 feet and increased the beam 20%.
> The idea for these boats came from Mr. Monfort's experience with ultralight
> aircraft which have to deal with much higher stress than the boats.
> Good luck,
> Browne Altman