Fiberglassing the sides
The fiberglass was draped and rough trimmed. It is held in
place with masking tape. Note, the pieces shown here are on the
large side. They were a bit hard to remove from the cloth.
The fiberglass was applied and wet out using the "dry"
method. This is easier than I expected. Have help for mixing,
removing tape, holding tools, etc. You need one person to spread,
another to mix and a third to be a gofer.
The resin was applied with spreader and roller. This was alternated
as the spreader gives even fill and can be used to force the resin
down into stubborn areas. The roller was used for spreading on
the very vertical areas as well as smoothing out wrinkles. In
some areas it is possible to pour the resin on against the spreader
The fiberglass was wrapped up over the bottom and overlapped
~1 " at the stem.
For the transom you want your overlap points to be along the
rear edge of the sides. In this area it will be covered by the
stainless trim strips. If you do the overlap on the transom, it
may end up forever visible.
The overlap areas will want to lift a bit at the transom corners
and stem. Staple it lightly and don't play with it too much. As
you play with it you risk squeegeeing out the resin and introducing
air into the weave (which will then look milky). As the epoxy
starts to cure a bit, you can then stick it down and press out
the bubbles. If there are bubbles when you are all done drill
them out with a tiny drill and fill the gap with epoxy from a
The Glen-L book and video were very helpful. Everyone watched
it and knew what was coming up. This was my first fiberglass sheathing
experience and we were all very nervous as we started.
The second side was started while the first was still starting
to cure. This showed how MUCH, MUCH harder wet application would
be since we had to deal with overlapped areas which were still
The final texture after the first coat is that of the cloth,
much like a sailboat antiskid deck pattern. If it is too thick,
the clarity is reduced due to trapped air (foam) bubbles which
gives a cloudy appearance. The only cure for this is to remove
the fiberglass in the offending area , so be diligent in spreading.