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69822RE: [bolger] RE: Paint, Glass or Dynel for my cockpit

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  • frank raisin
    Sep 10, 2013
      stored a small ply trailer sailer under a large plastic tarp for a year and had zero success in stopping water puddling in the boat no matter how i arranged the tarp.  if nothing else, condensation in damp weather - even overnight dew -dripped off the contact points into the boat.
      i now store it under a FREE-STANDING plastic tent (what is herabouts called an "igloo") and the airspace around seems to evaporate more water than gets in (though the salt spray residues sometimes gather water drops)
      rgds, frank

      To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      From: a.c.l.yen@...
      Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2013 19:22:15 -0700
      Subject: [bolger] RE: Paint, Glass or Dynel for my cockpit

      I have another smaller trailer boat that doesn't get looked after as well as it should (I spend my spare time building the Chebacco, not maintaining the old boat the Chebacco will eventually replace.)  I have found the foredeck suffers the most from weather and damage, so I will go with glass and epoxy on the deck and in the cockpit.

      I have acquired some tins of Dulux Aquanamel http://www.dulux.com.au/products/dulux-interior-products/trim/product-detail?product=2184 which I intend to use on the deck and in the cockpit.  It is water based but higher gloss and hardness than your average acrylic paint.  It is used for doors and trim, inside and outside houses. I have noticed that the acrylic paint on my Cartopper  and on my Eureka Canoe tends to rub off where it comes in contact with the trailer etc.  Hopefully the Aquanamel will provide the benefits of acrylic with the hardness of an oil based paint.

      Any thoughts or experience on this sort of paint?


      --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, <goodboat@...> wrote:

      I don’t mean to argue with those who advise glassing plywood in deck and cockpit areas, but I do want to register the advantages of not doing so. Let’s remember the savings in epoxy and fiberglass and time and labor and weight. Let’s remember that only fir plywood checks badly. Oukoume doesn’t and of course still better mahogany plywoods don’t. Let’s remember that plywood glassed on both sides can’t get rid of moisture and will rot fast f it does get wet, and that moisture will follow the grain in laminates of plywood a long long way. Let’s remember that paint breathes vapor pretty freely, while it does seal and protect against wear and water. In short, for most small plywood trailer-sailers and other dry-sailed plywood boats, paint is fine for cockpits and decks. I would only prime with epoxy after sanding and shaping fillets and while giving them and the tapes their final coat of epoxy. I leave off what glass I can, even topsides, and I use very light glass anywhere I do use it, mainly to guarantee a uniform layer of epoxy, except on bottoms.
      These observations come from a builder who finds modern “composite� boatbuilding, with plywood and fiberglass and epoxy, almost too slow and laborious! Oh for joints put together once and fastened and done with, so neat and clean! Just think how fast you could build a dory, traditionally. Paint it and go rowing, while the rest of us Instant Boatmakers are still coating and grinding and laying on glass.
      Dynel, by the way, as we’ve used it on Reuben’s restorations of the Sound Inter Clubs, for decks and cabin-tops, is more texture than I’d want, myself. A little sand in the paint, as Susanne suggests, over glass, would be enough, and save weight and money.
      De gustibus non est disputandum.  Mason
      From: bolger@yahoogroups.com [mailto:bolger@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jed Lavoie
      Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 10:49 AM
      To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [bolger] Paint, Glass or Dynel for my cockpit

      A little extra work now saves you a ton of extra work later.  Epoxy, fiberglass and paint.  The only thing I use Dynel for is abrasion resistance.  Fiberglass is stronger structurally and lighter since it requires less resin.



      From: "a.c.l.yen@..." <a.c.l.yen@...>
      To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 9:52 AM
      Subject: [bolger] Paint, Glass or Dynel for my cockpit

      I am thinking about what to coat the cockpit plywood with in my Chebacco 25 build. (that indicates that I am getting closer to finished - the cockpit is almost finished and the cabin structure is being built ).
      From what I have read and experienced with other boats, I should be glassing the foredeck to protect from checking and damage .  I might use Dynel as an alternative as it did pretty well on the bottom of my Cartopper.
      But if the foredeck needs protecting then surely the cockpit will need similar.  
      What advice/experience is there for how much coating is enough.  Epoxy+paint? Epoxy+glass+paint?, what paint?.  The boat will basically be a trailer sailer so should have a cover on it most of the time - but "should" doesn't mean that it won't blow off.

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