The other trick part is the attachment. Due to my lower back being very bad over the last summer I have not been able to begin any restoration work. In our latest Taco Marine Project Boat video, the first 4 minutes is about selecting rub rail that best fits the size of your boat and the different choices in materials. Contender This hardtop was custom-built on our 15' x 18' mold. This can be fastened it to the stringers with thickened epoxy and stainless steel screws. I am thinking of a couple of layers of bi-axle 17oz.
That fiberglass is pretty thin and won't take much stress without getting some help. Not even going to bring up the C-Fab fiasco either. We will use the mold to create the parts necessary for your hard top or enclosure. The deck is a big part of her structural integrity, once that lid is off there is a danger of the hull flexing out of alignment if she is not propped evenly. Rub mold wax all over it. We made a couple of minor adjustments because of the irregular shape of our bimini frame and that was it.
The final step is to remove the set screws one at a time and drill and tap for the 10-24 screws. The whole thing will be still flexy so don't try lifting right off the table and care is needed when parting from the mold surface of your table. With winter coming on I need some sort of protection. I bend the foam over and do the outside of the curve sheathing first. A major concern was the added weight a fiberglass top would present that high off of the deck. Typically the ones that don't, are the least costly figures. The panels also have a protective plastic covering that needs to be removed before the panels are in place.
This is especially true for big parts like the hull, liner and console, but still holds true for smaller parts like fishboxes and hatches. Cover the frame with a large sheet of fiberglass roving looks like woven fabric. Seal all the joints between the plywood panels with glass tape and epoxy. Each rivit hole had to be over sized, filled, re-drilled and sunk in and faired. Once the cored section had cured, I drilled and fastened the hardtop edges to the frame tubes with self-tapping screws. Boat manufactuers and toper companies use the form method because they are producing multible copies of a form. And also, any advice on the best type of decking to install, either teak only or one of the new types of decking.
We trust our lives to our boats. The final layer should be fiberglass roving, to ass surface strength. I will be transporting the boat up from the Detroit River to our own sound in the spring. Our plans are to continue our lifestyle and to change our cruising grounds a bit and visit those inland lakes and rivers we never could with our sailboat. From the very beginning, Al Miller, Owner, and his crew were extremely helpful through the entire process. I have a 25hp Yamaha 2 stroke on it and does 15 to 19 knots, depending on the number of passengers. With stitch and glue construction, you sand the resin and very little fiberglas, but ware a respirater.
Re: Making a fiberglass hard top for my T-top? Once the measuring sheet is completed, go to the and request a quote. Yes , I would score the plywood sheets lenght wise to alow for flex to creat the curve over the top of the roof. It sounds from your message that you are already aware that you are going to have to get it all off, it's the only way to do a proper job. At first we thought it was mold or mildew, but the stains were not the usual dark color of mildew. Trojan Sea Raider Express,Teak Decking by Robert C Fraser Walkerton, Ontario, Canada I have received great info so far from other members on this site.
Finally, I painted it top and bottom with off-white deck paint to provide extra protection from the elements. If you make the panel flat, the outer skin will try to stretch and the inner skin will attempt to compress, meaning the inner skin will likely wrinkle or pucker, while the outer skin cracks. Us duck hunters build our boats with this method and take them out in the worst weather and in freezing temps. Yacht brokers, captains and especially owners appreciate our custom private websites that we create and update frequently to keep you informed on exactly what the status is on your boat with progress photos, captions, schedules, timeline updates, as well as videos. Instead they were a very bright shade of green.
There are foams that will work and of course ones that don't. We are renowned for our outstanding marine refinishing, custom carpentry, and fiberglass design and construction that are fully integrated with your choice of unique features and options with an artistic touch that's second to none. Any time I am installing stainless steel fasteners into aluminum, I coat the threads of the fasteners with a product called. Want curves, rip the plywood into one inch strips, attach together with cable ties, position and tack weld with epoxy puddy. As the boating season warms up and spring becomes high summer, you may find that bit of shade from your convertible bimini top over your cockpit is just too small and, as cooler nights take hold in late summer, you may want more roof than a bimini offers.