• From matrix composites locally to me I was quoted 4.94 K-PET100-15 Armacell PET Foam 100Kg/m3 – 15mm per m2 – £13.47 As you’ll know the price is then decided on how you go about laminating it. If you can get hold of some cheap fibreglass woven matting and polyester resin then it can workout fairly affordable. In terms of the pressure points you’d…[Read more]

  • So what is ArmaForm? Well, let’s start with how I discovered it. I remmember the day that I first stepped foot on my Seamaster 950 Flybridge motorboat. I had knowingly bought the boat as a project, but I hadn’t […]

    • This is interesting, I’m wondering if it can be used under compression points on a sailboat like the mast? Otherwise I don’t see it being a bad alternative, what was the ball park price point? I bought balsa for my recoring project.

      • Louis replied 5 days ago

        From matrix composites locally to me I was quoted 4.94 K-PET100-15 Armacell PET Foam 100Kg/m3 – 15mm per m2 – £13.47 As you’ll know the price is then decided on how you go about laminating it. If you can get hold of some cheap fibreglass woven matting and polyester resin then it can workout fairly affordable. In terms of the pressure points you’d need to take a look at the datasheet i’ve attached to the article – it goes into the fine details.

  • Hello Case, Unfortunately, I’ve checked the email correspondence for this article and i can’t find anything, so I can’t provide you a contact.
    Sorry about that and good luck with your mission!

  • Thanks for the comment Glen, I know how you are feeling. I go through waves of spending everything I have on my project then sometimes I have to treat her mean to keep me kean. Nice blog by the way, you should write something for BRP sometime. 🙂

  • Thanks for the comment Glen, I know how you are feeling. I go through waves of spending everything I have on my project then sometimes I have to treat her mean to keep me kean. Nice blog by the way, write something for BRP sometime. 🙂

  • In January we stumbled upon a wooden boat builder named Tony Osse. At the time we were on a mission to find photos of boat renovators, builders, and the awkward positions they get themselves in. It turns out […]

    • I’m not building a boat, I’m repairing/improving one. The urge to be afloat is what drives me on. As mentioned in the article,I’m thinking about the boat and what needs to be done every waking hour and am pouring every available penny into achieving my goal.
      To me, a boat,and sailing,represents absolute freedom and if I own a boat,I always have a home.

      • Thanks for the comment Glen, I know how you are feeling. I go through waves of spending everything I have on my project then sometimes I have to treat her mean to keep me kean. Nice blog by the way, write something for BRP sometime. 🙂

      • Thanks for the comment Glen, I know how you are feeling. I go through waves of spending everything I have on my project then sometimes I have to treat her mean to keep me kean. Nice blog by the way, you should write something for BRP sometime. 🙂

  • This morning, I found myself hectically cycling around Bristol on a Yobike. What’s a Yobike you ask? They are the yellow hire bike, death traps scattered around the central areas of Bristol. To make matters worst […]

  • Hello Steve – Most Butyl sealants don’t offer any adehsive properties especially Arbomast BR. Arbomast would work fine if you are using other mechanical fittings such as screws, bolts or rivets. With Butyl sealants you are essentially creating a non-setting gasket. If you want to bond the perspex to the fibreglass you must use an adehsive…[Read more]

  • Hello Lee- thanks for getting in touch are you able to explain a little more. When you say you’re resealing – are you trying to bond glass directly to fibreglass with no other mechanical fixtured aka screws or bolts?

  • We all know that when you first move onto a boat, you end up with lots, of unnecessary junk. I’m currently on my second liveaboard boat and this time around I thought I was prepared. I was never again going to […]

  • Recently I’ve been procrastinating and taking on any job that doesn’t involve refitting my engines. Why’s that you ask? Well, engineering is currently my weakest skill set, so it’s only natural that I’ll avoid […]

  • Above is a photograph of the current boat renovation people office. It also happens to be my home. The office comes equipt with a TV to distract myself from work. When I’m not about, Flat Eric guards the […]

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    I must admit, I’m not the best at finishing sections on my boat renovation project. Strangely, I created a door from scratch using a timber frame, marine plywood and added a beautifully reclaimed brass […]

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    I found this Bronze seacock in a locker, now I need to find a good use for it. Luckily it works perfectly.  The only downfall is the handle seems to be made from steel meaning it can susceptible to r […]

  • A porthole view of the quiet south Gloucestershire village Pill. There is a small collection of yachts and fishing boats next to the club that can be seen further down the river.
    Abandoned Boats – Porthole […]

  • The above photograph is the aftermath of a hi-ab crane trying to lift a wooden boat wreck out of the mud.  Boat wrecks on muddy rivers are a major pain in the ass to lift. They fill up with mud increasing the […]

  • Painting steel boats is always a losing battle especially when the area your painting is a cleat. Let’s be honest iron and salt water don’t mix but with the right paints and protective layers, they stand half […]

  • When a boat is left abandoned it’s often the windows that are the first element to get broken. Kids just love chucking stones at old windows, and hey who’s to blame them.  The paint looks so badly perished in […]

  • This abandoned tug boat was recently hired for use as a TV prop. It now sits and awaits either or a new owner or a Bristol based scrap yard.  It’s hard to imagine the boat when it was in it’s prime with its […]

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