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martin.langhoff

Cheap fibreboard box - as weatherproof sailbox?

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I have a beachcat, and some dinghies. I recently purchased some foils for the cat, and those arrived in a large fibreboard wood box.

Is there a straightforward way to weatherproof the fibreboard (ie: cheap epoxy as 'varnish'?) so I can turn it into a sailbox? It's in a safe spot, so I'm not worried about hinges/padlocks. But this is in florida, rainy, muggy, sunny, so it better be weatherproof.

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Why are the foils so special that you can't leave them in the sun? Just paint or epoxy coating, no gelcoat?

I'd think a big plastic storage box from Home Despot will be cheaper than trying to waterproof the fiberboard.

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1 hour ago, martin.langhoff said:

I have a beachcat, and some dinghies. I recently purchased some foils for the cat, and those arrived in a large fibreboard wood box.

Is there a straightforward way to weatherproof the fibreboard (ie: cheap epoxy as 'varnish'?) so I can turn it into a sailbox? It's in a safe spot, so I'm not worried about hinges/padlocks. But this is in florida, rainy, muggy, sunny, so it better be weatherproof.

It was free, right?  Couple quick coats of cheapest polyurethane or some leftover house paint will last many years.  If you're gonna ghetto rig, go all the way, lol. 

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13 minutes ago, jgbrown said:

It was free, right?  Couple quick coats of cheapest polyurethane or some leftover house paint will last many years.  If you're gonna ghetto rig, go all the way, lol. 

This. 

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The box was free, or included in shipping costs. The foils will live on the boat. But I'm missing a box for lifejackets, harnesses, sails. 

I can paint it cheap, yeah.

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9 hours ago, jgbrown said:

It was free, right?  Couple quick coats of cheapest polyurethane or some leftover house paint will last many years.  If you're gonna ghetto rig, go all the way, lol. 

This (as a second to IStream). Back when I was young and telephones actually had dials and were attached to walls we used to store things in cardboard boxes. To make the boxes last longer (as in years and years) we would varnish them. So, whatever leftover paint or varnish you can find for free (preferably something other than latex house paint).

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3 hours ago, Pro looper said:

Your box will need to be vented and be able to drain or you will have a moldy mess when opened 

This, too.

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