In my previous articles I went over the pros and cons of fiberglass, steel, or aluminum as hull choices for your cruising sailboat. Cold molded boats, for the purpose of this series, should be looked at in the same light as fiberglass boats since they share most of the same pros and cons. In the next article I’ll discuss the various styles of rigging for boats and their pros and cons on a modern cruising boat. I am cruising a wooden boat across the Pacific right now and while I would love to argue the qualities of a finely crafted wooden vessel, you are completely correct. DeCaptain - Lance GettlerIn 2001, thirty-one-year-old Lance Gettler sold everything he owned, bought a sailboat sight unseen over the internet, and went sailing around the world. Location: NEW YORK I don't think anyone in this forum can, will or should offer any suggestions regarding a layup schedule.
As I had stated previously, there are many variables involved before anyone could give you the slightest advice as to what the layup schedule should be. Location: Eustis, FL I'd be more then happy to offer a laminate schedule, but have no idea what you have or want, which tends to make things imposable. So, if you test your new laminate and find it's twice as strong, you can reduce thickness by 30%. When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. Tom West, 71-year self-proclaimed farm boy from Poland (Indiana), wanted to sail all around the world on his own boat - so he took the matters in his hand and for the past two years he has been building his sail boat on a converted tennis court in his front yard. It is surprising to see a man, with no experience of building boats or sailing the ocean, to build his own.

Follow Us If you want to be kept up to date about what’s going on, minute by minute, then search for Grant and give us a follow! Mizozo is a user generated content site which is in the process of a major shift in business. The wood core is encapsulated in resin and fiberglass or exotic laminates protecting it from the elements.
There are many sub categories in traditional wood boat building but they all share the common trait of wood as their main building component and all require more work and upkeep than a fiberglass, steel, or aluminum boat. Because they were so prevalent for so long, there are lots of wooden boats around, many of them cheap and in varying states of decay.
They are for people who have a passion for more than just sailing, a passion for the boat itself.
You can also subscribe without commenting.Yes, please add me to your mailing list for your weekly digest! A laminate is an engineered structure, requiring a reasonable understanding of the properties and stresses involved in the materials and vessel. I guess what i am asking is there somthing better out there to come up with the same toughness but only lighter ? He plans to start sailing on his boat "Faith" as captain starting next spring for years to different parts of the world like - Greece, China or Italy, maybe the Amazon or the Galapagos -- a lot of islands.
Originally a news site, Mizozo is now becoming the first truly transparent corporate entity. All rights reserved.Here are a few shots from the process of building the new aluminum arch to hold Distant Shores II solar panels.

Many modern boats are built using the “cold molded” method which uses wood as the core of the boat which is then encapsulated with resin and fiberglass.
Unless you really like working on wood boats, have deep pockets and masochistic tendencies my only advice is to stay away from wood boats.
Not only will everything be laid out, but everyone will have a say in how things are run and get a cut of the revenue. One of the main concerns with a cold molded boat is ensuring that the core remains encapsulated and you need to take extra steps anytime you drill into the core or add any hardware.
Waste your time sailing and drinking with friends not in a boat yard replacing rotten planking. But know that I am often stuck with a varnish brush in my hand while others are off having fun. Beautiful welding!Final TweaksWe have a Rogue Wave wifi antenna and need a place to put it on the frame. Here David adds a tab to be the base mount.Sun sets over the arch - tomorrow I will hopefully be finishing up the wiring and get it running!Are you dreaming of sunny sailing where you would benefit from a solar panel installation?

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