29233RE: [Michalak] Re: Request for information on finishing and fitting out Campjon
- May 13, 2014
1) For epoxy on glass, read Gougeon, Basically, you spreaf fg cloth over the area to be glassed and apply epoxy to it until it becomes more or less translucent. When the epoxy “kicks”, but before it gets hard, apply additional coats until the weave is filled. My implement of choice for applying epoxy to the first coat is one of Duckworks’ excellent chip brushes with about half the bristles cut off. You should always wear disposable nitril gloves while messing with epoxy.
2) One of the few valid reasons to build your own boat is to get it the way you want. If you are fishing, you will need some way to anchor and this implies a cleat forward for cleating the anchor line. You will probably want a cleats to tie up to a dock and this suggests cleats on each gunwale located at your convenience. Galvanized cleats will last forever; nylon cleats will degrade over time (maybe 10-12 years). You can tie a small line to a big cleat, but you can’t tie a big line to a small cleat, so bigger is generally better. Be aware that cleats have a talent for snagging things and that it is possible to install a cleat where you can’t quite reach it from inside the boat.
3) In the US , there are not very many regulations on small boats. Regulations, such as they are, are administered by the Wildlife (or Fish and Game) Department in each state. If you contact them, they can provide you with a copy of any applicable regulations. In general, these consist of minimal safety equipment—PFD’s, a throwable device, a fire extinguisher, and signaling devices(whistle, flares, etc). Though not required, you also need a compass, an anchor, and some sort of paddle or oars.
4) It’s your boat. Mount the battery wherever you want. If it turns out you want it somewhere else, you can move it!
5) Have fun.
From: Michalak@yahoogroups.com [mailto: Michalak@yahoogroups.com ]
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:50 AM
Subject: [Michalak] Re: Request for information on finishing and fitting out Campjon
Thanks for the answers guys. (BTW, I’ve read Jim’s book, three Payson books, a couple Bolger books, and who knows what else. Have the Geougon book on hard drive, maybe I need to crack it open!) When glassing, do I fill the weave of the cloth on the bottom and why? And the cloth of the sole I will walk on? (Jim’s book said to put filler in the weave. What filler? Do I use thickened epoxy after the “initial installation of the fiberglass cloth” epoxy had cured? Then use a squeegee to smooth it out?) What size cleats, where do I mount them? (I can anticipate two guys fishing one from the front deck one from the cockpit, so trip hazards and plain old being in the way while casting or fetching a fish are considerations, but, of course, a cleat has to be placed such that it will function as a cleat.) Duckworks (selling stuff for boats like mine, I get it) sells several different materials and sizes of cleats. I’m thinking galvanized because they and I are cheap, nylon cheap too (do they hold up?). Where to mount a battery? I’m thinking forward simply to lighten the stern (even though stern mounting is simpler). Wiring and circuit breakers for probably navigation lights, maybe screaming headlights and/or modest fog lights, horns, prolly a trolling motor – guidance on cheap, safe, and reliable materials and design that will pass inspection. OK, enough blabbing. Thanks for your patience and responses.
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