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Old 03-22-2005, 11:23 PM
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Default Im thinking about bilding a boat

I have bein reading the "wild thing" construction and that has made me think about building a boat, i had drawn up the plans on

construction paper and its about 3ft by 9 1/2 inches

Am i wasting my time trying to build a boat or is it not as hard as i think

I was thinking about putting a 1/8 buggy motor in it .21 and making out of bulsa wood and then fiber glassing it, actualy

my newbor would fiber glass it for me, he owns a spa company and he has fiber glassed my skin board for me "california thing"

PLEASE HELP ME or tell me im wasting my time
Old 03-22-2005, 11:49 PM
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Default RE: Im thinking about bilding a boat

The Wild Thing or most wood boats for that matter don't need fiberglassing, just a good sealing with epoxy.
Old 03-23-2005, 06:44 AM
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Idontthink your wasting your time, i am relatively new to boating and i have bilt a fiberglass mono from scratch using my own plans...
(see my other thread... I Am Building A Boat, Need Some Suggestions)
only thing i am having touble with now (probarbly due to me only being 15) is money i cant afford the engine or any hardware atm [8D]
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Default RE: Im thinking about bilding a boat

ORIGINAL: Ron Olson

The Wild Thing or most wood boats for that matter don't need fiberglassing, just a good sealing with epoxy.
True, but don't they usually use plywood for the formers and skin rather than balsa as GT is considering?
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True, I need to read these postings a little more thoroughly. I'd advise against using balsa when building any nitro powered boat for the skins. It won't take a hit like what the lite-ply will.
Old 03-23-2005, 12:46 PM
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very true one slip up and your boat has a gaping hole in it.
Old 03-23-2005, 01:32 PM
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Default RE: Im thinking about bilding a boat

GT, go for it! There is a lot of capable help available here. You probably realize that if you have read the thread on the "Wild Thing". I also suggest you stick to plywood. Typically 1/8 to 3/16th for the bulkheads in a small boat like you are condidering. 1/4" transom and 1/16" for the skin. You could even get away with 1/32 skin for the deck if you are weight conscious.
Old 03-23-2005, 06:51 PM
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Default RE: Im thinking about bilding a boat

Well thanks for all the help and i just went to hobby people and was looking at the bolsa wood and its really flexable so it should be easy to work with and i think i might go for a bigger plan, more of a deep v and probly more like 4 feet and some type of a bigger motor
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GT, where is Chino Hills relative to San Diego? I ask because there is a great boat club that races in the model boat pond near Mission Bay on Vacation Island. You can get lots of direction from any of the club members. They will also tell you "DO NOT USE BALSA" for major structural members and the skin on your boat.
Old 03-24-2005, 05:47 PM
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chino hills is about 2 hours away from san diego and the bulsa is going to be covered by fiber glass
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i built a wild thing. converted it to outboard os 21 xm. i loved it
Old 03-26-2005, 04:54 PM
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Don't use too heavy of fiberglass.. You'll end up with a boat that weights too much.. Go to your LHS and pick up the FG cloth there.. Think you'll be more happy with that..

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