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Old 11-19-2007, 08:08 AM
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What type of filler is best to use for gaps of 1/8th inch or less on the keel or bottom of a wood boat?
Old 11-19-2007, 08:35 AM
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There are lots of choices. I'd probably use epoxy mixed with micro balloons.
Old 11-19-2007, 08:43 AM
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Hi fuelman8,

If the cap runs the entire length of the keel or is of uniform width, I would suggest using a some 1/8th square spruce or basswood. It should be available at your local hobbyshop. It usually comes in 36 inch lengths so if your hull is large 2 may be required. I personally wouldn't just bridge the gap with a glue joint. Hope this helps,

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Old 11-19-2007, 11:44 AM
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Thanks Piper & Chief

The 1/8 gap is only about a 1/2 inch long, then I have about 6-7 inches that is about 1/32 to 1/16th
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Believe it or not, drywall mud is an amazing filler material. Sands off easily, then you just seal it along with the rest of the hull. This was a tip I learned from Pat Tritle.
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Hi fuelman8,

If your gap is only 1/2 inch long and the rest is smaller than an 1/8th I'd just go ahead and fill that in with any of the methods mentioned before, especially if you are going to paint the hull...drywall mud to bodyfiller, pretty much anything will work. Good luck with your build.

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Old 11-20-2007, 05:26 PM
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Hi fuelman8
Lets see some Pic's of the build. I know you do good work, I have seen it.

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