Aug 16
Fiberglass Boat Build Continues
posted by: Steve Jones in Fiberglass Boat on 08 16th, 2017 | | No Comments »

Now it is time to break out the fiberglass. Fiberglass resin and 1 ½ ounce mat is applied over the foam surfaces and allowed to cure. When I fiberglass over this kind of foam, I like to brush a nice thick layer of resin directly on top of the foam and then lay resin soaked pieces of mat on top of that. Like with all my projects, I allow the mat and fiberglass resin to Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 7
Fiberglass Boat Build- Keel, Hull and Sides
posted by: Steve Jones in Fiberglass Boat on 08 7th, 2017 | | No Comments »
In the post before last, I had begun to cut out pieces for the bottom portion of the hull of this boat.

As I studied the layout of the bottom of the hull, I identify the important features that I want to maintain throughout the building of this model. Obviously, an outline of the hull Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30
Fiberglass Boat Build Continued…
posted by: Steve Jones in Fiberglass Boat on 07 30th, 2017 | | No Comments »

In my last post I addressed an issue that I was having with the plug that I am building for this fiberglass project. At some point after the sponsons were covered with mat and resin I realized that they were simply too big in diameter. To correct this problem I cut the fiberglass covering off with a Dremel tool and then used a chisel to scrape the building surface clean of foam. After rebuilding the sponsons with foam and fiberglass I begin to follow the … Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26
Fiberglass Model Boat Build Moves Ahead!
posted by: Steve Jones in Fiberglass Boat on 07 26th, 2017 | | No Comments »

Getting back to building the base for the assembly of my hull, in the previous post I had just assembled the base and am now preparing to attach the piece of cut mahogany that will define the periphery of my hull.

[caption id=”attachment_83″ align=”aligncenter” width=”300″ caption=”The Building Base will define the shape Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 23
Fiberglass Boat Repair 11 Meter RHIB Model
posted by: Steve Jones in Fiberglass Boat on 07 23rd, 2017 | | No Comments »

Once I realized that my sponsons were too large (had I been paying better attention I would have figured this out prior to covering them with fiberglass!) my attention turned to what to do about them. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 19

With the keel and the hull sides attached, I can think about filling the hull with foam and carving out the bottom of the hull. As I study the hull bottom as it sits, I notice that the hull sides have some waves in them. Since it is much easier to fix this now, I go ahead and glue then clamp some thin pine strips along the inside of the hull sides about ½ inch below the upper edge. This strip will also help me with the construction of the hull bottom. Once these extra hull pieces are secure, I measure and cut Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 2
Fiberglass Model Build 11 Meter RHIB
posted by: Steve Jones in Fiberglass Boat on 07 2nd, 2017 | | No Comments »

To prepare this model for the molding process, the first thing I need to do is mount it onto a parting plane. My inclination is to use some nasty looking piece of scrap 1/8 inch piece of press board that I have laying around. However, since I am going to take a bunch of pictures of this process and turn it into yet another fiberglass instruction manual for my current series, I decided to use a nice looking piece of wood from the local Home Depot … Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 5
Fiberglass Mold Project Continues
posted by: Steve Jones in Fiberglass Boat on 06 5th, 2017 | | No Comments »

Once again work has gotten in the way of my fiberglass molding project.

In my last post I had described how I had finally sorted out the underside of the hull of my 11 meter rhib. I want to move this project forward and I think I have the right plan to do so. I have spent so much time getting the hull of this boat right that I am afraid to do anything that might generate more work on this portion of my build … Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16
RHIB – Fiberglass build continues……
posted by: Steve Jones in Fiberglass Boat on 03 16th, 2017 | | No Comments »

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes my work gets in the way of my projects – I hate it when that happens! Anyway, I had not taken photos of my sketches for this project at the time of my last post. I will post more pictures with more text this weekend.

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Dec 1
Fiberglass Boat Mold Project Continues
posted by: Steve Jones in Fiberglass Boat on 12 1st, 2016 | | No Comments »

Since my last post I have been chomping at the bit to get this hull to the point of starting the fiberglass mold. I have not been very successful. This hull has two sets of strakes on it that I have just had a tough time getting right. The first ones that I attached were too wide and too deep. The set that is attached now is much closer to scale.

When I do build the fiberglass mold for this hull … Read the rest of this entry »