Another Swamp Girl's Progress

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jheger
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Another Swamp Girl's Progress

Post by jheger » Mon Jan 31, 2005 7:39 pm

Matt:
Couldn't wait any longer, had to put her in the water and see if she floats. Not only does she float but she paddles very well, tracks good and is stable. I even stood in her to see if I would be able to pole for red fish in the Texas flats. Didn't want to get too aggressive with the cold water but with a little practice I think standing will be easy to obtain. I have a drifter and she compares with that in the stability department. Now it looks like I will have to spend more time and effort in making her look presentable.
Thanks again Matt, Sparkey and MK for your help and encouragement. Any advice on the type of varnish she will need to complete the project?
Matt, don't forget what we talked about for the next one.
James

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Re: Another Swamp Girl's Progress

Post by jem » Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:01 pm

jheger wrote:Any advice on the type of varnish she will need to complete the project?
Matt, don't forget what we talked about for the next one.
James
I've heard could things about Z-spar.

The next one...hee hee hee...got em hooked! :twisted:

If you look at the swamp girl page on the website, you'll see James' fine work:

http://www.jemwatercraft.com/proddetail.php?prod=SG

scroll down to the pictures link.

You did a great job! :)
-Matt. Designer.

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Post by Kayak Jack » Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:28 pm

Z-Spar is a very good varnish. I believe that it has the highest UV protection factor available. Use it above the water line only. It is softer than epoxy, and - no UV under the water anyway.

It is also my understanding that, as the varnish is exposed to the sun, the UV protection works by breaking down instead of other things breaking down. So, every few years, sand it off & replace it to protect the epoxy.

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Post by jem » Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:34 pm

yes very true Jack. Varnish is not as good as paint and requires more attention...but once a year or more is plenty. Just depends how hard you use your boat.

Sys 3 has their Spar Urethane Varnish which is supposed to be pretty good. You could go with their clear coat LPU paint. More expensive.
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