Why I hate slotted gunwales

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Post by Jimmy W » Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:34 pm

I also used Craig's method of gluing the spacers to the strip and epoxy coating the whole thing before gluing them into the boat.

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Post by Kayak Jack » Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:42 pm

My spacers were much shorter than either Craig's or Jimmy's. I would have had a concern (maybe needless?) that gluing both ends of long spacers to a piece that was laid out straight and flat while the glue set up, would create difficulties in trying to readily bend the long piece to a proper fit afterwards.

Maybe not needed, but I would have either (1) opted for shorted spacers, or (2) glued only one end of the spacers first, then the other end at installation time.

Either way, when an inwhale is glued on place with spacers, you have a very strong structural member that will withstand a lot of stress with only a little strain. I use only cords as thwarts, not solid sticks at all.
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Post by Jimmy W » Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:03 am

My spacers were pretty short, just sections of dowel. They didn't hinder the bending of the strip much.

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Post by Kayak Jack » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:06 pm

Jimmy - is that your Southwind?
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Post by Jimmy W » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:45 pm

Jack, that is the Touring Pirogue T. The Southwind still has a way to go. I finished the end pours last night. I still have to get the holes drilled through them and get the deck on it and the outside fill coats and graphite and ....

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Post by craiggamesh » Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:46 am

My spacers were much shorter than either Craig's or Jimmy's. I would have had a concern (maybe needless?) that gluing both ends of long spacers to a piece that was laid out straight and flat while the glue set up, would create difficulties in trying to readily bend the long piece to a proper fit afterwards.
My spacers were only 3/16 inch thick and the strip was 5/16 in. The bend wasn't that sharp over the length of the boat so I had no problem with bending them. After gluing them on, I glued on a layer of 1/8 inch thick walnut for a dark contrasting color and dent resistance (every thing else was softwood).
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