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Your answer proves satisfactory. I wouldn't own the glitter boat, if it wasn't free. With my Grandpa's health starting to fail he decided he would rather give it to me than sell it. It is nice for taking out on the lake though, a 4 or 5 mile trip in a wood driftboat on still water would suck, and trolling motors work a fair bit better for chasing around schools of white bass.-G- wrote: ↑Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:30 pm
1.) The bottom is 3 layers of 7oz fiberglass sheets with epoxy. That alone makes it essentially bombproof, but it also has 2 additional layers of graphite filled epoxy for extra slickness. Some guys out west that have to deal with more can openers and less sand/gravel go to the linex store and get a coat of that which is equivalent to Hyde’s G3 bottoms but even though it’s still plenty slick, the graphite filled epoxy is better for not sticking on logs, etc.
2.) you should do what I did and just start working on one. The wife will complain the entire time- including but certainly not limited to the garage being covered in sawdust, her not having covered parking when it’s -10 out, and you drinking with your friends too much in there. BUT, when it’s fimished she’ll say “you know, it is pretty cool you built that”. Steamin’ knows what goes on and can attest to my wife’s sharp tongue but I can assure you having a wooden bote you built is worth it.
3.) edit- and I’m not sure why this wasn’t blatantly obvious before... I think the biggest problem here is owning a glitter boat in the first place.
The graphite bottom is actually just graphite powder you mix in with your epoxy. For the entire bottom I think I only used about 5-6 tablespoons of graphite since you don’t want to thicken it too much and not be as smooth. The fiberglass bottom/ sides are all cloth and layered in epoxy.
You could throw one on, the transom joint is probably the most reinforced joint on the boat (thickest ply too) but I’d just have a metal plate on it so you don’t indent your wood with your mount.
You should, and post In the Suk about it. It honestly was much easier than I thought. The only skill required was patients.