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    ok, I'm going to attempt to glass some stringers into the mini and got a ton of questions.

    What type of wood should i use? I've noticed newer boats these days look like they have thinner stringers and that they have a nice rounded edge on one side. Can i buy the wood like that or do i have to hit it with a router?

    Can somebody walk me through the procedure of glassing them in. I've done glass work but I'm not sure what type of glass i should start with, finish with, how much, how thick, how many layers, etc...

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    The SEARCH button is your friend.

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    i like to use fir
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    kill dried fir , mahoganay, or composite would be my choice. the rounded top is routed unless your supplier will furnish them that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudPumper View Post
    The SEARCH button is your friend.
    I did search around a bit, really couldn't find any real good info on it. Found many threads with guys talking about replacing them.

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    The best place I found was a local truss building company, because they use the premium kiln dryed fir for their engineered structured trusses no big knots or cracks and real straight lumber. good luck

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    Quartersawn D-Fir will shrink the least. Graded "prime" is good stuff.

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    Do the stringers normally go in the grooves from the strakes or above them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    Do the stringers normally go in the grooves from the strakes or above them?
    You'll want clear, kiln dried fir. Mahogany is great for the decks of sail boats or when used in construction of wood hulls because of it's high oil content, but that wood is usually only varnished over. It's not good for stringers when you have to glass them in and encapsulate them in resin.

    The placement has nothing to do with the location of the strakes. Most stringers are 24" (26 to the centers) give or take, if they fit in the strake great, if not you'll have shape the bottom of them to fit the degree of the v of the hull.

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    old rigger, Thanks for the reply! I'm doing this on a small 10' boat. When laying the stringers do i just but the wood up to the hull or should i lay some cloth/matt down first and set the stringers on-top? What weight/type of glass should i use and how many layers? Do you normally try to keep the sheets of glass in one piece the full length of the stringers or is it better to work with smaller sections? last, should i glass each side of the stringers seperetly or try to have a wide enough sheet to to go hull, up over, back down the stringers, and then hull again?

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    Here's some pics of the boat.




    I already cut out the transom wood and bulk heads/gunnel supports and that center stringer.

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    shaun, sent you a pm.

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    Thanks old rigger! All that info was exactly what i was looking for!

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