A Few Tips from Old Bilgewater
The fact of the matter is people spend as much time, and probably more, repairing their boats as they do cruising them! But thats ok, most of us enjoy tinkering and its either tackle the job yourself or hire someone to do it.
Here are a few thoughts from our pal Cap'n Bilgewater - Hopefully there is some info here on marine repairs that would prove helpful for you.
When it comes to epoxy most people just automatically think West System. But as our old pal Captain Bilgewater explains there are other choices out there.
So, lets hear it from the Cap'n.
We all know about the dreaded "wet core" found with Balsa core. Here is some info on why it occurs and what to do about it along with a few comments from our old pal Cap'n Bilgewater.
There are different materials used in boat construction to provide strength and stiffness yet still be as light weight as possible. Learn about the common ones used.
Captain Bilgewater talks about various core materials.
Balsa core, Foam core and marine plywood are the 3 main materials used in cored fiberglass boats. Almost ALL boats and high end yachts have areas that are cored.
The two main variants are the hull (cored or not) and the super structure (almoast always cored due to weight concerns)
Water Logged Balsa Core
Cap'n Bilgewater on wet core.