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Old 12-09-2011, 07:57 PM
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Default painting or fibreglass

to paint or to fibreglass then paint?
I am building a 36 inche atlas van lines hydro plane racer
at the point of do i paint it
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do i fibreglass it then paint it
do know what to do
need help
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:47 PM
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Coat with epoxy, sand smooth and paint. Adding glass only makes the boat heavier, harder to repair and that will do nothing but make your boat slower. In my 29 years of building boats, the only boat I ever glassed was a Dumas sport 20 Pak, that being after I removed the deck to rework part of the fuel system, only to discover that the glass didn't help anything and made further rework virtually impossible
Old 12-09-2011, 09:11 PM
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Dumas kits are heavy enough as it is you want to limit the extra weight as much as possible, specially on a "B size hull". Hydroplanes are like planes, they must be build to run not to crash! Lucky you having a spot to run IC in Nanaimo, in the lower mainland we've been reduced to fast electric after loosing our pond to "bird watchers"[&o]
Old 12-10-2011, 12:58 PM
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thanks for the input
will keep you close in my drafts for future info .
so there is a place where one can race in the lower mainland?
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:26 PM
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Hello niteshadow,

You should go for paint rather than fiberglass. Fiber glass will make your boat heavier. So i would like to recommend you to use marine paint ot paint your boat.
Old 12-11-2011, 10:54 PM
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You could race in at the NAMBA district races in Washington. I know the season is over so you have some time until next season starts in the spring. You can get more info at http://www.namba8.com/

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