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    this thread contains excellent information on all aspects of fibreglass boat building.....if you are thinking of a rebuilding project of any kind ...this thread can help you......while i highly suggest that you read the whole thread....(at this time some 93 ish pages and 2200 plus posts) our fellow i boaters have suggested an "index" for fast reference of procedures and materials.

    even though this thread may look like an "advanced" thread.....i assure you, a person that has never even seen raw fibreglass or resin will be able to understand and comprehend if you read this whole thread.

    if you have any questions regarding techniques or procedures......please feel free to hit reply and quote the post number....

    cheers
    oops




    INDEX
    THIS INDEX ASSUMES YOU HAVE NOT CHANGED YOUR DEFAULT SETTINGS IN THE "NUMBER OF POSTS PER PAGE"

    crane and cradle construction.......post #1 page #1
    easy transom removal with link....post #4 page #1
    mold and mold relase agent.....post #6
    gellcoating the mold.......post #31 page #2
    fiberglassing and biax cloth.....post #48....page 2
    mold reinforcement and bracing....post #53 page 2
    ruff and scuff....post #53 page 3
    peanut butter....posts #55, 81
    important fiberglass information....(all thru the thread)...posts #55 thru 91 ish
    safety equipment........ post #80 page 4
    transom construction........ post #140 page 6
    wetting out wood .........post #164 page 7
    transom installation post #164, 165 page 7, post #203 page 9
    building stringers...post and scribe method.......post #188 page 8 post 262 page 11.
    transom tabbing.....post #206 page 9
    lap joint.....post #260 page 11
    stringer installation....post #284, 284 page 11 post #327 pg 14, post 328 pg 14.
    stringer height ....post #328 pg 14
    building a motor cage.....post #341 pg 14
    wet out table....post #370 pg 16
    building a deck...(floor) ....post #382 pg 16,
    glassing and wrapping stringers.....post # 402 pg 17 thru post #547 pg 22
    what is 1708 bi ax?.....post #514 page 21.
    underside of deck glassing...post #546 pg 22
    stringer frames....post #547 pg 22
    extending the cap...posts #560 pg 23, post 648 pg 26 thru post # 694 pg 28
    snapping turtles first post ......post #658....pg 27
    flipping the hull.....post #697 page 28 thru post #701 page 29
    fairing the hull....posts # 736 pg 30 thru 1128 pg 47
    reinforcing a keel posts #737 pg 30
    why did i do it ?....post #774 pg 31.
    gellcoating a hull......posts 1128 pg 47, post #1185 thru #1190 pg 48
    re fairing the hull with gellcoat...post #1241 pg 50 thru
    why the re fair of the gellcoat?.....post #1291 pg 52
    finishing sanding on gellcoat ......posts #1354 pg 54 thru 1482 pg 60
    a typical gell coat repair....post # 1409, 1410 pg 57
    flipping the hull ........post # 1582 pg 64 thru post #1589 pg 64
    floating the boat.....post #1590 thru 1617 pg 65
    oops avatar......post #1761 pg 71
    building a ski locker into a deck....post#1810 pg 73 thru 1855 pg 75
    building a cooler in the floor....post 1810 pg 73 thru 1855 pg 75
    installing a deck......post #1866 pg 75 thru 2083 pg 83
    a new i boats tradition....post #1897 pg 76
    oops super dooper peanut butter...ingrediants & mixing....post # 1898 pg 76
    grinding and safety equipment.....post #2016 pg 81
    fiberglass stregnth tests....post #2059 pg 83
    gellcoating a deck....posts #2068 pg 83 thru #2089 pg 84
    installing thru hull docking lights......post#2151 pg 87 and #2231 pg 90
    installing deck hull backing strips.....post #2230 pg 90
    excellent displacement vs turbo discussion.....post #2400 thru #2417 pg 97
    foaming a hull without worry of water intrusion....post 4158 pg 167



    THE HULL EXTENSION THREAD



    ok guys.....here we go.....i would have done this on share a project but i had trouble uploading there.....as i can only do six picks at a time its gonna be a multi poster...

    as some of you know...im doing a complete re-fit of my 1969 sea ray srv 190
    this is the boat before i started...as you can see some idiot backed the boat and trailer into a post a few seasons back...and the whole back corner had to be rebuilt at one time



    i would have just bought another boat but i love this one....so in the spirit of American choppers its getting a theme style re build...im gonna keep the theme of the vessel under my hat.....its really cool....ya''ll gonna love it when its done....i am hoping for a may launch....the project was offically started on dec 6 th 2007.

    one of the problems of my boat was space...no storage at all.....so when
    thinking of the refit i decided to go with 2 pilots chairs and bench seating all the way down the sides and around the back where the doghouse was and eliminate the two jump seats. that would be lots of room under the seats for storage.
    with a v8 going in and a new back bench added...i would only have 3 feet of walk space front to back...its a closed bow....so the only thing to do was extend the hull !

    in order to do this i first needed to make sure the hull was sound and eliminate any wet foam/ rotted stringers and transom.

    since i was doing all of this ....the cap had to come off....so a crane was constructed to lift the hull during various stages of construction



    an special cradle had to also be made that would accommodate the extension phase



    after the wood frame construction....the floor was pulled in sections for inspection.....some one had already done the stringers once before..but a bad job...and rot was everywhere...they also removed the foam and didn't replace it so i dodged a bullet there.



    next the cap had to come off......

    Last edited by oops!; November 18th, 2011, 11:03 AM. Reason: add index
    The Hull Extension Thread
    great info on all aspects on boat building with detailed information.

    https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=234392

    IN MEMORY OF Our friend SpinnerBait_Nut LESTER WRIGHT July 31, 1953 - Nov 26, 2008 RIP

    IN MEMORY OF Our friend Tashasdaddy Robert (bob) Griffis. October 27, 1948
    November 29 2010 RIP

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    Re: hull extension in progress with picks

    ok, more, more!!
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    • #3
      Re: hull extension in progress with picks

      after the cap was off and sitting on the floor




      then the work began.....everything had to come out....

      first some of the stringers, floor and front gas tank support



      the transom was half rotted...one side totally gone the other really good so removal was a snap



      man did i get lucky on that one.......

      *****edit*****
      this is a link to a more detailed post showing the whole process
      http://forums.iboats.com/showthread....ransom+removal

      the hull was ground down totally....every sliver of old wood and poorly laid glass was removed......about 40 hours grinding...this is a pick of a grinder goin up in smoke.



      after all the grinding.....and grinding......it came time to cut the hull......
      the hull was cut 16 inches forward of the transom...this was the flattest place to cut it...and easyest to extend the hull......
      it was cut with a circular saw with a fine tooth blade......not the madman with the chain saw!



      if you look closely at the pic you can see shiny things on the side of the hull...
      this is actually threaded rod with bolts and washers on it to brace the sides from moving in or out...you can see the threaded rod go thru the hull and attach to the other side........

      after the cut....more grinding was needed........a feathering technique was used .....very thin at the cut......down to gell coat....and feathered back to full hull thickness at 8 inches from the cut......

      i was told a six inch overlap was good but in typical oops fashion...im goin 12.

      Last edited by oops!; November 18th, 2011, 11:04 AM. Reason: add link
      The Hull Extension Thread
      great info on all aspects on boat building with detailed information.

      https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=234392

      IN MEMORY OF Our friend SpinnerBait_Nut LESTER WRIGHT July 31, 1953 - Nov 26, 2008 RIP

      IN MEMORY OF Our friend Tashasdaddy Robert (bob) Griffis. October 27, 1948
      November 29 2010 RIP

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        Re: hull extension in progress with picks

        heh heh...td your quick.....comin
        The Hull Extension Thread
        great info on all aspects on boat building with detailed information.

        https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=234392

        IN MEMORY OF Our friend SpinnerBait_Nut LESTER WRIGHT July 31, 1953 - Nov 26, 2008 RIP

        IN MEMORY OF Our friend Tashasdaddy Robert (bob) Griffis. October 27, 1948
        November 29 2010 RIP

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            Re: hull extension in progress with picks

            i consulted with two fiberglass gurus from svfarah boats...they make a really high end wakeboard boats.......fizel is the guy that actually made the first mould and plug for svfarah....and dale was his counterpart....they were originally going to do the extension...but work got in the way..so they couldn't....
            that means i am left to my own devices to figure this thing out....i still consult with them......
            they said ...regular kitchen counter arbourite was used to form the hull as it will mould nicely to the chines......

            so i went to the local construction *********r..and bought scrap rolls of thick arbourite....30 bucks worth.......4 12 foot rolls.....



            the arbourite was cut so that one piece would form the keel section.
            one would go from inner chine to the outer.....one one to form the sides...

            it is important to add the releasing agent before the mould is put in place...if not releasing agent will get on the hull and you'll never get a bond



            the releasing agent im using is called honey wax.....the can says 7 coats...the rep said three.....each coat id buffed on...left 20 mins to flash..then buffed to a shine.....acetone was used to clean the arbourite before waxing....it is also important to clean the area around the arbourite..(sweep the gosh durn floor..... we didnt!) .....as the dust will get on the mould/arbourite.....

            once the arbourite was buffed with the releasing agent it was screwed to the transom cut off.......measurements are crucial...millimetres count.....


            at that time the specially made cradles were extended to the five foot length the extension will be.....

            the keel mould was the first to be placed....it must be placed exactly....for the rest of the extension to go smooth.....
            it was placed 5 inches from the end of the hull
            and screwed to the main hull.....please notice the string lines......and the exact placement of the mould to the inner chine



            this simple thing took 7 hours....!!!!! it is one of the most crucial things in the extension......note the string lines again...dont screw it till the rear end is EXACTLY IN PLACE....



            next to go on was the side



            here is another really good shot of the side showing the threaded rod

            Last edited by oops!; November 18th, 2011, 11:09 AM.
            The Hull Extension Thread
            great info on all aspects on boat building with detailed information.

            https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=234392

            IN MEMORY OF Our friend SpinnerBait_Nut LESTER WRIGHT July 31, 1953 - Nov 26, 2008 RIP

            IN MEMORY OF Our friend Tashasdaddy Robert (bob) Griffis. October 27, 1948
            November 29 2010 RIP

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            • #7
              Re: hull extension in progress with picks





              next thing to put on is the chine to chine mould....



              youll notice the dark spots in the hull....this is where we acetoned the hull in order to duct tape the stringlines to the hull.......

              yup...red green showed up in this one

              we placed the other chine mould and duct taped the edges of the arbourite togeather

              it was at this point that........that idiot showed up....you know.....murphy???
              him and his dumb laws......i was placing a ladder over top of the boat...
              a support to lay on while i gell coat the new mould. my coveralls caught the side of the arbourite and it ripped...! that means...three more coats of wax at 20 mins flash......after 12 straight hours it knocked all the wind outta my sails......so i applied the releasing agent again and locked up for the night.

              it was my intention to form it.... gell it..... and glass it in one day.....

              you gotta know....from a working boat to a teardown and hull cut....it was important to me to finish the extension in one day......mental dispair can come in at any time at this point, and you can loose the drive to do it.....

              i have to take a few back to back trips to vancouver this week so i dont know when im gonna get the chance to climb back on it....i hope i can break away tonight and finish it....

              the process from here is simple...add the gellcoat to the new mould...via paint brush....let it tack and then add glass to the gellcoat and bond the glass to the hull.....
              the cloth im using is called vector ply......24 oz...it is a matt/woven product. that is stitiched not only diagonally but horizontally as well....so it is super strong......3 layers will do but im goin 4.....the catilist will be added for a slow cure.........and all the glass will be done at the same time...to form a chemical bond.....

              i will be adding 2 new stringers for a total of 5...that will give the hull the bow to stern stregnth needed.....as the extension is five feet....thats just in front of the motor.....at plane, the entire weight of the hull will all be on the extension area....so it has to be double strong.......

              i am having a problem that i need your input on.........
              since the extension is five feet...the arbourite is flattening out in the middle of the extension.....at the inner chines........im wondering if i can cut some plastic stuff.....(chefs use it for a cutting board) .into the shape of a chine ...and place it in the mould in the gellcoat...and glass it over......

              or should i add the chines to the bottom after the mould is pulled?

              any suggestions would be appreciated.......ill post more picks when im done....who knows....mabe tonight ill finish

              cheers guys
              oops
              The Hull Extension Thread
              great info on all aspects on boat building with detailed information.

              https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=234392

              IN MEMORY OF Our friend SpinnerBait_Nut LESTER WRIGHT July 31, 1953 - Nov 26, 2008 RIP

              IN MEMORY OF Our friend Tashasdaddy Robert (bob) Griffis. October 27, 1948
              November 29 2010 RIP

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              • #8
                Re: hull extension in progress with picks

                i have no idea, you're way over my head.
                FLORIDA GATORS
                TEBOW Country



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                • #9
                  Re: hull extension in progress with picks

                  Very ambitious, and very very impressive oops

                  Erik
                  Sea Ray SRV-210 - Winter refit
                  75-85 foot displacement hull trawler - gleam in my eye

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                    Re: hull extension in progress with picks

                    Originally posted by SgtMaj View Post
                    By how much are you planning to extend it? This is pretty cool... I wouldn't have thought something like this was even possible.
                    Ditto! I think you're Quite a guy, for taking on this project, and seeing it through! More Power to Ya!!!

                    Just having an afterthought here, I suppose if I ever did this (like that'll ever happen, I don't have the stones!) I think I'd have to put a Big Old Step in the bottom for more Speed, but I assume it would have to go further forward to work right?

                    Good Luck to Ya, Mike

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                    • #11
                      Re: hull extension in progress with picks

                      Looking good!!!

                      There is no way I would attempt something like that. You will soon be the iboats boat rebuilding expert something like Don S is in the repair section.

                      Keep us posted

                      Have a great day,

                      Rob.

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                      • #12
                        Re: hull extension in progress with picks

                        Looks good so far. You may want to just put down one layer of glass to start with, you don't want the weight of the layup to change the shape of the counter top material. Plus with 4 layers it will get fairly warm, which will increase the amount of shrink, also the heat from it curing can change the shape of that kind of mold surface. Don't worry about the chemical bond issue, depending on what type of resin you use, you'll have from a couple of days to much longer before you need to grind the surface, so you'll have plenty of time.

                        Gel coating it is nice, as it's much nicer to grind on gel coat than glass, but normally after an extention there's a great deal fairing to be done and the gel coat either gets sanded off or covered up with more glass or filler. So don't worry too much about it.

                        When measuring the hull you may find that it's not symmetrical, that's not uncommon, just try to keep the running surface true.

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                            Originally posted by MikDee View Post
                            I think I'd have to put a Big Old Step in the bottom for more Speed, but I assume it would have to go further forward to work right?
                            i really.... really....wanted to do a step on it...

                            most stepped hulls are two or three steps....one a mid ships...and one at the three quarter point........the boat would not be long enough at 20 feet at the waterline for multi steps ....so.....

                            the problem with adding just the 3/4 point step was the center of gravity on the boat is not now known. so for the step to work correctally....the water contact point..(at plaining speed) must be slightly ahead of the step.....
                            ....i had no way of knowing where this point would be.....i could guess...but if i was wrong....all the work would have been in vain...as the step would have been totally out of the water ....

                            so i started to look for my naval archetect guys...but every one was outta town...alll on holidays....ondarivr....was comin up here and he said hd would look at it....but then i had to go to vegas to pick up my other boat...!!!

                            so i just put a little rocker in the hull......
                            The Hull Extension Thread
                            great info on all aspects on boat building with detailed information.

                            https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=234392

                            IN MEMORY OF Our friend SpinnerBait_Nut LESTER WRIGHT July 31, 1953 - Nov 26, 2008 RIP

                            IN MEMORY OF Our friend Tashasdaddy Robert (bob) Griffis. October 27, 1948
                            November 29 2010 RIP

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                              Re: hull extension in progress with picks

                              Originally posted by ondarvr View Post
                              Looks good so far. You may want to just put down one layer of glass to start with, you don't want the weight of the layup to change the shape of the counter top material. Plus with 4 layers it will get fairly warm, which will increase the amount of shrink, also the heat from it curing can change the shape of that kind of mold surface. Don't worry about the chemical bond issue, depending on what type of resin you use, you'll have from a couple of days to much longer before you need to grind the surface, so you'll have plenty of time.

                              Gel coating it is nice, as it's much nicer to grind on gel coat than glass, but normally after an extention there's a great deal fairing to be done and the gel coat either gets sanded off or cover up with more glass or filler. So don't worry too much about it.

                              When measuring the hull you may find that it's not symmetrical, that's not uncommon, just try to keep the running surface true.
                              and the hull is not symmetrical....!!!! what a pita..!!!! but i made the planning surface perfect...all stringlines and mesuring tape say its bang on!

                              rivr.....thanks.....haaa haaa,m i was thinking of the one layer thing last night. ..(i didnt get away to finish)......i was also worried about the heat factor on the cure.....so im gonna do a one layer layup tp start...then the rest.
                              The Hull Extension Thread
                              great info on all aspects on boat building with detailed information.

                              https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=234392

                              IN MEMORY OF Our friend SpinnerBait_Nut LESTER WRIGHT July 31, 1953 - Nov 26, 2008 RIP

                              IN MEMORY OF Our friend Tashasdaddy Robert (bob) Griffis. October 27, 1948
                              November 29 2010 RIP

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