Why Epoxy is Good for Boatbuilding – Prevents Rot, Gapfilling, Good Adhesion
A 30 year review of using epoxy for boatbuilding. How radically everything changed in the 1970s
Glues – Epoxy vs Resorcinol – short answer
Glassing – Epoxy Resin vs Polyester Resin – short answer
Preventing Rot Pt 1 – The Good, the Bad and the Fugly
Preventing Rot Pt 2 – Epoxies that “soak in”
Eliminating Screws and other Fasteners – save money and do a better job
Are 1 to 1 (1:1) Epoxys any good for boatbuilding
Using Epoxy – Fibreglassing, Glass Taping, Glues and Gluing, Coating with Epoxy, Laying Teak Deck overlay veneer, Repairing Wood Rot
Fibreglassing 1 – small areas – eg fibreglassing chines or joins between hull panels
Fibreglassing 2 – double bias tapes and glassing small complex areas
Fibreglassing 3 – bigger areas – centreboards, rudders, leeboards, keels and larger hull areas
Saving Labour by precoating plywood sheets with epoxy
Fast, clean and accurate application of epoxy glue using snap lock plastic bags (better than piping icing)
Labour and material saving with epoxy
Painting and Varnishing Advice
Incase you have been hiding under a rock – cordless drills for timber structure assembly
Using Sikaflex and Epoxy for Teak Decks over Ply
Teak Decks and Sikaflex, 5200 etc
Why is the epoxy still soft? Epoxy curing problems
What is the best way of preparing timber for gluing or fiberglassing – sand or plane but never use sandpaper more coarse than 100grit.
A lightbox to keep epoxy warm so it spreads easily and pumps well in cold weather
FAQ section on gluing endgrain in joints and scarfs
How much fibreglass will protect my plywood boat from rocks, stumps, logs and other hazards – Answer – Don’t need as much as most people think! Also a link to repairing holes in wooden and timber boats
Boat Repair methods (also use search in left column) repairing holes, fixing up old plywood boats, Mirror Dinghy Repair, Sabre, International Cadet, Scantlings for old boats
Best compilation of boat repairing, restoring and painting information on the net for plywood boats.
Fast, easy boat repairs because of eliminating fasteners from the building process.
Racing Dinghy repair and restoration step 1 – Is it a keeper? Restore an old cheap racing boat or ditch it?
Racing Dinghy repair and restoration – what details to spend money on and what not to.
Fixing up an old Plywood racing dinghy – Mirror dinghy (plywood/glass taped seams)
Removing OIL and DIESEL that has soaked into Timber
Why I hate Silicon sealant
USL Code for finding sizes of timber parts of older boats
Selecting timbers to build a canoe in Australia. Paulownia, Jarrah, Cedar – good or bad
Building Methods, General non epoxy – cedar strip, decks, lightweight boat building
Torture Boards – how to get cedar strip smooth
Joining Deck Plywood – a bad method and the proper method
Lightweight timber for lightweight boats – Paulownia (Kirri)
Fast building two canoes over a week in France – we struggle with cold and rainy weather. Using epoxy and Duct tape
Design and Plan info – Altering or modifying boat plans, Birdsmouth spars, Dory design, Collision, Canoe design
Crimes agains boatbuilding and boat design – is it OK to shrink or extend a boat in this plan – and a case study
Old designs (Hartley etc) vs Modern Designs (epoxy technology)
How the plans business works and, perhaps, how to use it to your advantage
Birdsmouth Spars – butt joints or scarf joints?
Is it sensible to design a lightweight plywood Dory for rowing or sailing?
Building cedar strip boats strong enough to take impact – canoes and sea kayaks and beach landings
Canoe Design – features of plywood, strip planked, fibreglass canoes and sailing and paddling canoes
Will giving my boat, surfboard, windsurfer, sailboard or yacht a golfball dimple finish reduce drag?
Racing Boats, Using Boats, Boat Safety, Boat tuning including Lug and Sprit Sails
Learn to sail – choosing a first boat
Some basics of learning to sail that often get ignored.
Video Tutorial – Gaining downwind control and safety through rig trim. Applies to unstayed mast rigs, Cat rigs, ketches and yawls
Why wearing lifejackets is essential – and how to get kids to wear their lifejackets!!!
Setting up lugsail and spritsail rigs (also lateen sails) for excellent performance – focus on balance lugs.
Racing Sailing Dinghies and Yachts – the low stress way of doing very well !?!
Making Carbon Fibre Components and comparison with wood.
Why exotic second hand parts of other boats cant be used on OZ Racers or Oz Geese
Construction and Building Questions from the Early OzRacer days.
Relate to OzRacer, OzGoose and general boat construction and sailing.
Hull Structure for Plywood Boats
How light can a OzRacer be built of wood? 10kg/25lbs?
The Death of Small Boat Sailing in Australia. TOO EXPENSIVE.
Designing sailboats to be stiff. Oilcanning and Twisting and the role of torsion boxes
The correct plywood thicknesses for a robust boat
Peter on how much resistance to puncture does ply really need to have
Centerboards and Leeboards
Leeboards vs Centreboards
Why the centreboard position in scows is different from pointy bowed boats and why it ended up not making a difference to the OZRacer
Are there shallow draft options for the Oz Racer – my local waters are tres shallow
Which is better – a swinging centreboard or dagger board
NACA Foils and the performance advantages
Discussion about the extreme aft location of the OZ Racer centrecase
Capsize and Recovery in OZ Racers
Why we don’t use mainsheet cleats and design for capsize and economy.
Rig, Fittings and Sail
More on planing and the behaviour of polytarp sails in stronger wind.
Photo Gallery of Rigging a OzRacer to show how to get the right sail shape – Sprit Rig
Photo Gallery of setting up a lug rig for efficiency – not an OzRacer or OzGoose but same principles
Sailing the boat well
OzRacer, OzGoose and planing – spray in the face – wind in the hair!
Sailing upwind efficiently – how fast in a non trapeze boat
Working out how well your boat performs upwind – Leeway, tacking angle, pointing angle