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Old 24-05-2013, 00:14   #1
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Recommended fiberglass hull construction reads

I'm looking for books/web pages on fiberglass hulls and there construction for home builders. I have been searching google and could only find info on stitch and glue ply wood constriction.....
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Old 24-05-2013, 00:32   #2
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Re: Recommended fiberglass hull construction reads

For one off home builds, consider C-Flex. Maybe start here.



Fiberglass Boat Building for Amateurs: Ken Hankinson: 9780939070053: Amazon.com: Books



http://www.sintesfiberglass.com/site...manual-web.pdf
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Old 24-05-2013, 00:57   #3
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Re: Recommended fiberglass hull construction reads

Google and YouTube boat building, infusion, foam core, Kurt Hughes, and
WEST SYSTEM | Projects - Boat Building
Fiberlgasss Supply - Books, Videos and Catalogs
Building Technique | Multihull Design Blog
http://www.kelsall.com/UniqueKSS/WhatIsKSS.pdf
Lots of YouTube vids.
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Re: Recommended fiberglass hull construction reads

free download from west system,worth a read,even if working with polyester


http://www.westsystem.com/ss/assets/...k%20061205.pdf
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Re: Recommended fiberglass hull construction reads

yachtsurvey.com has some reading about the merits and pitfalls of different construction methods. Mostly about manufactured boats but it still applies.
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Old 24-05-2013, 03:01   #6
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Re: Recommended fiberglass hull construction reads

Great info guys thanks!
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Re: Recommended fiberglass hull construction reads

See also Jeff H’s excellent “Primer” & subsequent discussion:
A Primer on Fiberglass Construction
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Re: Recommended fiberglass hull construction reads

I've never built a boat but that Kelsall KSS method is really cool. You lay up the glass on a flat surface and then roll it up like an open cylinder and there's your hull. There's a vid of some guys doing a canoe in a couple of hours. Really cool.
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Re: Recommended fiberglass hull construction reads

I will not suggest any reading (of which there is plethora on the web). But I will suggest building any basic boat in GRP as a quick-path-to-success-in-lamination.

Making all the likely errors in flesh is the single best lesson in GRP works I have ever had.

PS Basic online tuition materials from (e.g. West System, International) are both very good take off points.

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Re: Recommended fiberglass hull construction reads

we got some good info from a book the Glen-L sells. We used them when building the small sailboat when I was growing up:

Fiberglass Boatbuilding for Amateurs-boatdesign

Not sure if it's out of date or anything anymore.
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Re: Recommended fiberglass hull construction reads

Thanks so much for the info gives me a good starting point
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