FAQ – Boat Building and Repair Methods. Epoxy, Timber, Plywood, Glues

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

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 weathers

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

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

Hull Design

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

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