Books about composite boatuilding

pironiero

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Buy a fiberglass boat. Read all you want, but Don’t build a boat, buy a fiberglass boat. You can come over here to America and I’ll get you into a cheap boat that will last a long time. Long enough to sail the world. But keep learning and dreaming, that’s how I got into boats.
no, for me building a boat is at least 50% of fun
 

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Composites are wonderfully light and stiff, however, the Learning curve is steep and time is short. The Gougeon brothers wrote the book on epoxy composite work long ago. If you are really looking to build a plywood composite with an abrasion resistant cloth/epoxy skinned hull, it’s a must read. A member on this forum is highly regarded and writes articles that cover the subject at length. West System epoxy.
im only interested in fg samwich technology
 

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Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction ,... latest edition of many​


Professional Boatbuilder magazine is a definitely good resource, but they are located in Maine, not Connecticut. You can access them at www.proboat.com. You college should have a copy, which is a free subscription. Get them to get it if they don't.

Four other books that you should consult:

"Use of Fiber Reinforced Plastics in the Marine Industry", by the Ship Structure Committee (an independent organization), Publication SSC-360, 1990.

"Design Guide for Marine Applications of Composites", also for the Ship Structure Committee, Final Report, Contract DTCG23-94-R-E01010, published by Eric Greene Associates, Inc., 86 River Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403.

"Modern Boatbuilding Materials and Methods", by Steve Sleight, published by International Marine Publishing (now part of McGraw Hill), copyright 1986.

"Fiberglass Boat Design and Construction", by Robert C. Scott, 1973, originally published by John DeGraff. Now I think it is published by The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, or at least, it is available through
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Marine Composites: Design and Performance​


John Summerscales (Editor), Jasper Graham-Jones, Richard Pemberton


 
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Epoxy Basics
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of course i will, right after i find one who will take me seriously
As long as you employ them, they will take you seriously. When I was working at a composite engineering firm, most of our work was mini maxis, TP52s and other Grand Prix boats, however we had quite a lot of odd projects in the mix too. Designing composite structures is specialized and challenging, and as such it’s generally interesting a welcome to have something different come across your desk.
 

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You can also research vacuum bagging and vacuum infusion techniques. Both techniques assure the proper amount of laminate, resin and core for the optimal balance of materials for the application. The hull, bulkheads, stringers, panels and interior joinery can all be done in this manner. It would still be considered a foam sandwich layup minus the air voids and improperly distributed resin to ‘glass ratios. Different composite materials perform specific functions and determining the proper cloth and resin system and amounts per square foot is very important. There is a YouTube channel that explains composite materials in depth. If I find it I’ll link it here.
 

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https://www.boatbuildercentral.com/tutorials this link has a good overview of composite hull construction using a female mold with vertical strips. You can also purchase sample plans from your designer .. those should give you the method supported by the full plans. Is this your first build?
i mean...I've helped y father build his 11m plywood cold molded boat but it was so long ago- it most certainly does not count at all.
 

pironiero

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As long as you employ them, they will take you seriously. When I was working at a composite engineering firm, most of our work was mini maxis, TP52s and other Grand Prix boats, however we had quite a lot of odd projects in the mix too. Designing composite structures is specialized and challenging, and as such it’s generally interesting a welcome to have something different come across your desk.
I'll think about it, but their pricing is rough and if I'll take into account the fact that I want to build my boat myself-it will probably feel like cheating to me, I thought about consulting them after i get my plans ready tho...
 

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As long as you employ them, they will take you seriously. When I was working at a composite engineering firm, most of our work was mini maxis, TP52s and other Grand Prix boats, however we had quite a lot of odd projects in the mix too. Designing composite structures is specialized and challenging, and as such it’s generally interesting a welcome to have something different come across your desk.
Yah

i have a mate..composite engineer who worked with two round the world racers and two Americas cup programs

seems that there are no rules..only guidelines

he spoke highly of Russel, the engineer at Bruce Farr

when you want to eliminate parasitic weight and refine a structure you are working in uncharted waters…plenty of stuff blew up
 

pironiero

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Yah

i have a mate..composite engineer who worked with two round the world racers and two Americas cup programs

seems that there are no rules..only guidelines

he spoke highly of Russel, the engineer at Bruce Farr

when you want to eliminate parasitic weight and refine a structure you are working in uncharted waters…plenty of stuff blew up
the problem is- most of engineers fuck right off as soon as they find out that i'm russian

I'm not trying to shame anyone or anything, people believe what they believe, but this is adding a lot of frustration to the process.
 


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