I am currently working on my own design RG-65 hull. It has been named the ASKOOK.
The name means "snake", in the Algonquin Indian language.
The fiberglass deck was eliminated and replaced with balsa. This saved
about 3 oz. off the hull weight. Current hulls minus the deck weigh 4-4.5 oz.
My latest build is a epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth hull. Found it too be easier
to lay-up, takes less time, less supplies and clean-up time.
This is my second attempt at building an epoxy hull using the hand lay-up method.
I don't have the equipment needed for vacuum bagging so, the end result was a pleasant suprise.
This epoxy hull weighs in at 3 oz., a nice weight savings over the polyester and
fibergalss hulls. Also tried another method of building an epoxy hull. A technique R/C Airplane modelers use. Instead
of using a heavy layer of Epoxy gelcoat or mix in an opaque resin colorant the mold has been prepped with PVA mold release.
Then Krylon (new formula--enamel) spray paint was sprayed into the mold after the PVA has dried. After the paint had dried
for a few days, the hull was layed-up. Let cure for another 4 days, then pulled the hull from the mold.
Build Log of the Askook at:
MAKING SAILBOAT MOLDS
Don't spend hundreds to have molds made. In just a few hours, you can make
your own for less than $100.00. From which you can make at least 20 or so fibeglass hulls. If you are interested in making
your own sailboat molds using POR-A-MOLD and POR-A-KAST. I have put together a step by step pictured tutorial .pdf download.
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