I am currently in the process of building a hard dodger
.. details here. http://downeasteryachts.com/forums/g...ger-for-valkyr
I am still trying to figure out what to use as a top. Right now I am thinking about laminating 2 layers of quality luan together over the top of it and then a layer of 8oz glass over that maybe. The luan is 5 or 5.2 mm thick so I would have a total thickness of 10 to 10.4mm in wood and then a layer of glass. I will be mounting solar panels
as well as gps
antennas, satellite radio
antennas etc.. in it. The top will have a lip to catch water
full size is about 7'x10'
My concern for the wood is weight. The frame is about 80 lbs or so about and the wood top will probably be 200 lbs all told. I have wondered if just one layer of 5.2 mm luan with another 2 or 3 mm of glass would be strong enough to stand on.
any thoughts From those with experience building there own?
The cost of enough marine
foam to do this is probably out of the budget
at this point. The frame by the time it was done exceeded my original budget
for the whole job. Such is life. However I have to say the guys that made it are true craftsmen. It is both beautiful and incredibly strong.