Polymer Composite Nails and Staples

>>> Polymer Composite Nails and Staples

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Our friends at Glen-L are now carrying these interesting looking composite fasteners. Leave them embedded as you cold mold and save the hassle of removing and filling holes.

These fastenings are excellent for attaching layers of planking during cold molding because they don’t need to be removed.

In the past, when using staples to fasten the layers in cold molding, they needed to be removed once the glue set if they were a corrosive metal. Imagine having to remove thousands of staples! Well, not any more!

Raptor® composite fastenings don’t need to be removed. The heads can be sanded right off without damaging your tools and will even take a stain.

Composite fastenings won’t replace bronze screws in boat building, but they will be of tremendous value for applying a final layer of mahogany for a planked look, for strip built boats and cold molded construction. Besides being a huge time-saver: They

  • can be sanded, sawn or cut
  • Won’t rust or corrode
  • No need to putty, can be stained, painted or left bare
  • No electrolysis or galvanic corrosion
  • They bond like glue-the entire shaft fuses permanently with wood

Nantucket Bagg – tool bag

>>> Nantucket Bagg – tool bag

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I’ve used a mainstream commercial "upright" bag as my main toolbag for several years and love it. Things don’t tend to get lost down inside, and I can carry my (rather heavy) core toolkit most anywhere I need.

Nantucket Bagg has a very nice looking, convertible canvas bag filling this same type of niche. Check out their various options. DIY Boat Owner posted a review and seemed to like it also.

Plastic Plywood

>>> Plastic Plywood

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Some interesting products showing up on the market. Mostly made from recycled plastics, these "plastic plywood" products could definitely have some applications in the boating world.

I’m a bit unclear on how they would be structurally where "creep" or slow sagging/migrations might be an issue (a problem that plastic has), but there are plenty of places a pretty much rot-free substance would be just the thing.

Sailrite

>>> Sailrite

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If you are going to be working on fabric for your boat (sails, bimini covers, cushions, etc.), you may want to check out Sailrite. They sell fabrics, commercial sewing machines and all manner of supplies.

Sailrite is truly a canvas worker’s hardware store. The company’s full product line of nearly 6,000 items is viewable online. As a full stocking retailer of marine fabrics, fasteners, thread, webbing, sail hardware, industrial and semi-industrial portable sewing machines, clear vinyl, awning hardware and do-it-yourself sail/canvas projects you will be able to find everything you need!

Epoxy order

Forgot to mention that I also ordered more epoxy and supporting supplies today… I have a fair amount of the U.S. Composites epoxy left, but have ran out of Cabosil and also wanted to get an epoxy “roller” for smoothing in some of the fiberglass tape, a couple of pumps for measuring it, etc. A friend needed some epoxy for a boat he’s repairing, so I ordered for us both and lumped it in one shipment. I ordered the larger “4 gallon” size of Cabosil… some for my friend and most for me. That may be WAY overkill, but its much cheaper in bulk. We’ll see how much I use. I bet I use it somewhere 🙂

Money = $111.45 + $20.08 (freight) = $131.53

West System – Gougeon Brothers, Inc.

>>> West System – Gougeon Brothers, Inc.

If you have dealt in the boating world for long at all, you have probably heard of West System Epoxy. Originated and still manufactured by Gougeon Brothers, Inc., West System Epoxy is the granddaddy of marine epoxy. The Gougeon Brothers’ history is an interesting read. The West System web site is a good resource of wood construction and repair information, regardless of the brand of epoxy you decide to use.

WEST SYSTEM epoxy is a high-quality, two-part epoxy formulated and manufactured by Gougeon Brothers, Inc. It bonds to fiberglass, wood, metal, fabrics, and other composite materials and is easily modified for a wide range of coating and adhesive applications. It is used for construction and repairs requiring superior moisture resistance and high-strength, and is especially suited for marine applications.