Question about glassing inside deck and hull of Wood Duck 12

I have read other posts on pros and cons of glassing vs taping only.  I am leaning toward the glassing option because of increased strength and durability. 

My question is:  does the added stiffness caused by the interior fiberglass make it much more difficult to align and stitch the deck to the hull in preparation for tacking and taping?


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RE: Question about glassing inside deck and hull of Wood Duck 12

It didn't for me.

One trick is to be ready to stitch the deck on within a day of the epoxy curing to the non-tacky stage. It takes weeks to develop its full stiffness, so if you stitch it soon it will still be relatively flexible.

Laszlo

 

RE: Question about glassing inside deck and hull of Wood Duck 12

I had the same question. Thanks Laszlo!

RE: Question about glassing inside deck and hull of Wood Duck 12

Good tip on timing.  Thanks Laszlo.  By the way, I am enjoying your "Building a Wood Duck 12" blog and am using many of the tips you have suggested.  I find it very helpful to have photos and tips beyond the instructions provided with the kit.  This is my second kayak project - the other from another kit manufacturer.  In both cases I was fortunate enough to find a building guide like yours.

RE: Question about glassing inside deck and hull of Wood Duck 12

Thanks for the kind words and glad to be of help.

Laszlo

 

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