I was hoping Dana Hager of recent Okumefest fame would share some more details about how he applied the rub strips his award winning Mill CreeK. They are beautifully done as was the entire boat. I would like to put them on my boats. I have been to his very helpful photo gallery but still have some questions?
1. Where does one purchase dyneema/spectra fabric? I can not find a web supplier that deals in anything less than 100 yard bolts, or if you have 100 yards could you sell me a couple of feet? ... or maybe CLC would like to carry it.
2. Which fabric did you use? There seem to be many different specifications.
3. I had not realized that dyneema/spectra is an ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, which raises the question of how one wets it out or gets it to adhere to epoxy resin or anything else for that matter?
4. I see that you taped off the boundaries of the patch before applying the fabric. I would love to be able to make that work but every time I have tried it, with deck hull seams or cockpit, I end up struggling to get the epoxied tape back off the boat.
5. Any clues you could provide as to how to make a bias cut piece of fabric hold its shape with the precision and symmetry of your patches would also be appreciated. Do you trim them to that shape once they are on the boat? Does Dyneema hold its shape better than glass or kevlar? Did you put the two layers on separately letting the epoxy set between them or all at one time?
6. Am I correct in presuming they are black because the epoxy contains carbon filler?
I hope I am not asking for Grandma's secret recipe, but if I am I won't be offended.