Spacers, stitching Sabalo 15

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Spacers, stitching Sabalo 15

Post by IanS »


Easy questions.

1. Are spacers inserted between each stitch to ensure uniform space along the entire length of panel, floor deck, whatever to be glued with epoxy...or are spacers only used where there is a hard-spot?

2. What is the recommended procedure--- a light contact (just touching)- of ply parts after stitching and then applying wood-flour/epoxy paste and NO spacers added or--- a 1,5/2mm gap between panels/parts providing the panels are accurately?

I have managed to acquire plastic ceramic tile spacers of 1.5 and thick....and will used these instead of lolly sticks or fender washers...both of which are unobtainable on the island.

Last, to you and your dear all your ones a blessed XMAS and a successful 2016.

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Re: Spacers, stitching Sabalo 15

Post by jem »

Spacers are optional. They can help align and position panels that are not behaving.

Hard spots are a no-no on power boats. Not a big deal on paddle-powered boats.

Once you have the parts aligned to your liking, apply epoxy in the seam/gap to bond and then fillet.
-Matt. Designer.
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