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Anyone interested in a "Boat Repair Class" ?

05 January 2008 - 03:54 AM

I am a professional boat builder and also repair boats in the Marina del rey area.
Sometimes, people call me for very minor repairs that will take only 25min and $10 in materials or parts...

So I was thinking : why not teach sailors, who are not familiar with building process, how to do minor repairs ?

In my opinion it would be very helpful as a global knowledge if you have an emergency at sea or if you just want to know how to fix a small dent in your hull...

Would you be interested if I created a small class and show you how to handle resins, tips for easy repair and explain how it is made...I would provide to the  "students" some scrap materials (plywood, fiberglass, carbon fiber, Kevlar, airex, polystyrene foam, balsa core, coremat, epoxy, fillers, .....) so they can try in class, and get familiar with the materials....
I know you can already find a lot of information on internet about it but I still think that it is easier to learn with somebody showing you and it is a lot more interesting to share ideas with a group of people (in particular sailors!!)

I wouldn't do a living out of it but let's say once a month we meet on a Sunday afternoon and spend a couple of hours studying the repair techniques...
We could arrange a schedule so that one week the class is in Marina del rey, the next week in Long Beach, and San Diego and Ventura....
I just want sailors to get to know their boat as much as they can.
And I like to meet people interested in the building process and who want to know more...

It is just an idea, please let me know what you think about it....
Thank you for your attention.

Why don't you like canting keels?

02 November 2007 - 03:46 AM

Ok canting keels require some maintenance and attention and most of the time, canting keel boats are expensive but is that the only cons you can think of?

fastest 25'

02 November 2007 - 03:38 AM

hi everyone,
What is the fastest 25' monohull you have ever sailed or seen?
How fast was it?
How much does it weigh?

Thank you

Lightest 25' racing monohull?

02 November 2007 - 03:33 AM

Hi everybody,
i am planning to build a 25' canting keel light weight racing monohull. I think I can built it for 1200 pounds...
Have anybody heard of a lighter boat than that?