Originally Posted by roblanford
BigCat, I edited my previous post before your reply was posted. My edited post is the way I wish my comment to stand.
I do appreciate your 6 weeks of fiberglassing experience. If I understand you correctly that was more than 32 years ago?
My impression of the nature of your experience and your postings, still puts you in a different league than Gideon.
I offer these comments with respect to your stature within the boat building community.
Yes, long ago. I have been bringing myself up to date recently, and have done one resin infusion. In another month or two, I will have had a reasonable amount of experience of resin infusion. Vinylester is stronger and more flexible than polyester, but no different to work with than polyester. The other thing that has changed is the use of unidirectional glass cloth, and the multi-axial layering of unidirectional cloth. I had far more than 6 weeks of using fiberglass-the training was 6 weeks. I fiberglassed for about 1.5 years. I've got a helper in my project
who was laid off when Glacier Cataman got into difficulties. He's been doing nothing but fiberglass
boat building for the last 26 years.
If you are looking for more knowledgable people who have used, for example, balsa, here's a list:
-Catamaran Designers using Balsa
Morelli and Melvin
-Stock Sailing Catamarans using Balsa
(Robertson and Caine) (Moorings)
C.I.M.s Ocean Voyager 65
You surely won't question their experience in boat design and construction?