New member in NC

I'm new to boat building. I have been a commercial fisherman for years, and need some advice on a project. I have need of a larger boat and a friend gave me a 22' fiberglass hull. It is a deep v design with a badly damaged hull. I don't know the make of the boat as there is no name or numbers on her. The floor was cut out years ago and thats how it remains. I would like some opinions about whether or not i should try to repairthe existing hull or if i can cut it at the chine and glass in a wooden frame to make a flat bottom dory. The other option is to build a wooden dory and cut up the hull and trash it. Any helpful advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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RE: New member in NC

 Welcome to the forum!  For better or worse, nobody here is going to advise you to save a "plastic" hull.  You might do better to ask a more diverse group of boat builders.  We're wooden boat people (a rare and impractical group)

Good Luck

Hooper (also in NC - but the other end I imagine)    

RE: New member in NC

Fom,

Actually, a lot of us can see beauty in a well-designed boat, regardless of the material. And, as point of fact, a lot of the boats on this website can be classified as plastic hulls with a wood core and wooden fittings. Some folks may also be surprised at the number and size of plastic boats owned by the people who make their livings at CLC. So we're not all wooden boat snobs (sorry Hooper, no offense intended).

It would help a lot if you could post some pics. Then we'd know a bit better what you're up against.

Laszlo

 

RE: New member in NC

Don't know how to get pictures on here. But I'll try to find out more. Thanks.

RE: New member in NC

 You're right Laszlo.  In fact, I have a plastic boat myself.  I still think there are other forums that might be more productive to answer this problem.  Maybe Frans old man is canvassing a bunch of them.  If not,  a  possible example:

https://www.boatdesign.net/forums/  

Hooper

RE: New member in NC

Fom,

There used to be a link to a page on how to post photos, but it's disappeared.

+Hooper,

Another forum that is devoted exclusively to boat repair/restoration and rebuild with a preference for fiberglass hulls is https://forums.bateau2.com/viewforum.php?f=10&sid=24ae62c9ffd5448990c78acb683439aa

Laszlo

RE: New member in NC

Found the instructions, but not the link:

https://www.clcboats.com/various/posting-photos-forums.html 

Laszlo

RE: New member in NC

Hmmm...that is mighty curious.  If you click on the "Builders' Forum" in the banner at the top of the home page, you get to here:

     https://www.clcboats.com/forum/clcforum/

...where there are no instructions regarding photos.  However, if you open any message thread and look just above the most recent post, you'll find hypertext links labeled "Forum Guidelines" and "Builders' Forum".  The former will pop up just what it says.  The later will take you to a slightly different view of the forum at a different place in the directory tree:

     https://www.clcboats.com/forum/

...which is unexpected.  Anyway, on that page we find, amidst some other stuff above the message thread list, hypertext labeled "Click here for help on including photos in your forum posts." which has a link to the instructions to take you here:

     https://www.clcboats.com/various/posting-photos-forums.html 

...as noted above.

Something of a puzzlement, it is....

.....Michael

RE: New member in NC

I knew I'd seen that link before. Thanks Gramps. You have removed my fear of early onset senility.

Looks as if when they changed to the visual header some links weren't updated.

Laszlo

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