Re: Paradox--Opinions Please
- I remember reading a post just within the last couple weeks from a
Micro builder who had built his keel mold and had the lead poured by
a pro. It seems a very good approach to me, if you don't want to
equip yourself (with tools, knowledge and courage) to do the pour
If I remember correctly, it was a scrap metals dealer in this case,
but I have also seen posts citing a friendly reception at a firm that
specialized in lead shielding for x-ray (and other medical)
installations. I think it may also be possible to buy a lead slab of
the right thickness from the medical shielding folds and cutting out
the shape you want, then selling the scrap back to them.
A third approach, available here in New England and probably in most
coastal areas, is to have the ballast installed by a pro boat shop.
Check out your phone book.
- Comments below:
--- In bolger@y..., ravenous@g... wrote:
> what weight glass cloth did you use on the outside of the hull?
> you glass right over the chine logs in one piece?
I built the boat pretty much exactly as Jim MIchalak specifies, with
a few minor exceptions. I *think* I used 6oz cloth. I only glassed
the bottom on the outside. First I did the bottom with the cloth,
covering the chine logs completely on the sides (but not going any
farther down the sides (the hull was upside down of course). Then I
laid 3" tape on the corners of the chine logs. Finally, I added some
extra layers of tape in the bow grounding area.
> Did you epoxy coat the inside or the deck?
Nope. I just used oil based house paint and primer, but I will use
Latex from now on. Of course I religiously knocked out all of the
little knot hole losse pieces and filled them with thickened epoxy.
> I'm starting the AF4 and
> am thinking about a light glass inside and out after completing the
> hull to avoid the checking of cheap BC Pine ply.
> Have you experienced any checking yet with the Fir?
I used AC Fir from the local yard. Yes I have had some checking, but
it doesn't bother me. I used a plywood pirogue for many years (in
South Lousiana) that was checked all over and never had any
problems. One bulkhead, however seems to be made of a defective 1/4"
sheet which has a 4" bubble de-laminated. I think I'll have to
replace the bulkhead in a year or so.
I do keep the boat in a garage, but may put her outside soon. We will
see what happens. I made a little A-frame to drape a tarp over her
> Any thoughts appreciated. I've bookmarked your site. It is very
> informative and helpful. Beautiful boat.
> > I built my 16' AF3 Sharpie, "Cream Cheese," for about $1,800 not
> > including trailer and gratuitous marine supplies, but I bet I
> > do it for $1200 if I felt like it.
> > http://www.geocities.com/sanmi
> > Frank