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Old 30 June 2007, 15:20   #1
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New Build Aircraft 5.4

After building hundreds of my own fast fishing boats (for customers). And still no openings to build myself one. I realised that the only way i will own a boat was either to buy one. Or build a RIB, using Liverpool Power Boats Aircraft Moulds.

So here goes....

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Old 30 June 2007, 15:28   #2
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These next pics are of the hull gelcoated in International Orange.
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Old 30 June 2007, 15:35   #3
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Tango & ?

Lets add some glass.

I normally use a skincoat of 300g csm but on this hull i have used 450g csm with pigmented resin.
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Old 30 June 2007, 16:06   #4
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The 2 lower chines are reinforced with woven roving and csm prior to being filled with a filler filled with chopped strands. Pic 3 shows the effect of working with grp from a young age. In pic 4 the 1st layers of the structure on the tube rail onto the hull are laminated.
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Old 30 June 2007, 16:09   #5
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Quality thread!

One thing I've always wondered... how do you apply the gelcoat to the mould uniformly? Is it sprayed on? And how do you judge the right thickness? Several coats?
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Old 30 June 2007, 16:19   #6
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Always nice to see how a boat is built. Keep the piccies flowing.

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Old 30 June 2007, 16:21   #7
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On the transom we use Komplex combination fabric which has 600wr/450csm stitched. This comes off the transom onto the vee of the hull. The extra glass along the keel is their cause the boats for me..... Then the rest of the hull is laminated overlapping the along the outer spray rail by approx 8 inches.
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Applying the gelcoat.

Depending on what mouldings that i am building, some i brush on. But i spray mostly now. I brush gel the ring deck (top mouding) on the fishing boats because of the narrow cavities. I don't use a gauge to measure the thickness as some do, its just experience i think.....
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The internal structure now goes in use premade grp boxes and a tube which will carry the steering and control cables. These are then fully glassed into place along with the transom ply being sandwiched in place.
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The knees are then glued, screwed and bonded into place before being totally encapsulated with glass. As this will now be a seen part of the finished boat, it is done in pigmented resin. Under the floors are then flocoated and prepared for the floor.
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