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    Default Putting in Stringers???

    Wondering what trouble it would be to convert a quarter stringer boat to a full stringer boat? What kind of wood, how many layers of fiberglass mat, how do you cut out the old ones? how much would it cost?

    Also...how much more would you pay for a boat that had full stringers?

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    oh no...here we go

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    I was thinking it might be worth it not only for the support but for resale. Boats with full stringers are worth a lot more.

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    http://www.performanceboats.com/user...tructions.html

    I think this is what your looking for, or the same basic idea.
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    Whats a good wood to use?

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    If anyone could chime in as to what materials are needed to do this, I would love to hear any suggestions. Such as:

    What kind of wood to use, and what size? 2"x6"?
    What fiberglass is the better choice...cloth, mat, or both?
    What thickness fiberglass cloth/mat?
    How many layers of each
    Is polyester resin the way to go?

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    We should talk to Mike across the street tomorrow. Bet hes done this a shit ton of times

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    Quote Originally Posted by back2k5 View Post
    Whats a good wood to use?
    Looks like kiln dried doug fir is one way to go...

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    good topic, I have a 1/4 stringer boat and I am having a little problem with my motor deciding it wants to lean to the right, could be the rubber mounts but........

    anyway full stringers couldnt hurt, and a bunch more power is in the plans for me!

    ooh and get rid of my 3 point mount at the same time, but the front of the block doesnt clear....yet.

    its been done a bunch,I just cant find all the threads.

    I would have to re read but if you dont have one, a rail kit is your best bet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reno_eNVy View Post
    Looks like kiln dried doug fir is one way to go...
    would anyone know where to get some kiln dried wood in the LA area? Home depot has some 2 x 6 Doug Fir but still has the moisture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    good topic, I have a 1/4 stringer boat and I am having a little problem with my motor deciding it wants to lean to the right, could be the rubber mounts but........

    anyway full stringers couldnt hurt, and a bunch more power is in the plans for me!

    ooh and get rid of my 3 point mount at the same time, but the front of the block doesnt clear....yet.

    its been done a bunch,I just cant find all the threads.

    I would have to re read but if you dont have one, a rail kit is your best bet!
    I had the same problem. One of my mounts was starting to give...I just replaced it and all was good to go.

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    Default 16 ft 2x6 CLEAR Douglas Fir, Kiln Dried $ 58.99

    Try Chino lumber on Central ave below the 60 FWY (In Chino, ca), 909-627-3657. They carry stringers for flatbottoms. Please call first. 16 ft 2x6 CLEAR Douglas Fir, Kiln Dried $ 58.99 EA.

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    What kinda boat do you have? Do you plan on keeping it for a while?
    I've never replaced stringers before, but I have replaced a few bulkheads, gunnel supports, dashes, etc and can tell you it's a ton of work! On all the full-stringered boats I've seen the stringers extend past the bulkhead too....so that's likely another thing you'd need to remove/replace.
    As to your question about the added value of having full stringers when it comes time to sell, it's hard to say. Seems likely that the money you spend to convert will come back to you as pennies on the dollar when you sell.

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    They had a discussion in the dyno section on what was the best material for stringers. While I'm not sure there was a clear winner, I chose to use a glue laminate on my project. I bought a 2"x12"x12' from Barr lumber for $50.00. Rip it down the middle and you have your stringers. Pros of the glue lam is it's straight, won't twist, stronger, and much more resistant to rott than fir or birch. Polyester resin is fine to use and I'm using a matt glass for the stringers on my project FWIW.

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