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?
I think this is what your looking for, or the same basic idea.
Originally Posted by Kyle
Log off and go float, hang in the party coves, Show and shine on the trailer, fill up the boat, wax it, v-drive, jet, outdrive, and if you got a canoe and your reading this, you sir, need to phucking upgrade.
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?
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.
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.