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my kick panel under the deck was installed in a angle . can i put it in straight up & down ? is there a reason for being cut a couple inches from the deck (flex)? thanks
 

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Dont know about the angle but I have heard a lot about the gap being there to prevent the panel from busting up your hull when you hit one of them wakeboard boat swells.
 

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Dont know about the angle but I have heard a lot about the gap being there to prevent the panel from busting up your hull when you hit one of them wakeboard boat swells.
thanks , thats what i thought . any body know about the angle though, i would like to install it straight up for better rigidity . sont wanna use wood ,wanna use honeycomb stuff with glass on both sides.
 

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Wog what is this honeycomb stuff you speak of ? curious ? Tom
hi tom, it is like plastic plywood but there are honeycomb shaped cells in it so it is super light wieght ,both sides need to have glass put on it & thats where you get your strength .
 

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hi tom, it is like plastic plywood but there are honeycomb shaped cells in it so it is super light wieght ,both sides need to have glass put on it & thats where you get your strength .
Just curious how well it "bonds" and accepts resins etc , just finished a toe plate / bulkhead (nothing to pattern) what a bitch of a postion to work with , both patterning and glass :)Unsure, did however discover empty calking gun tubes to use laminating resin/colloidal silica works very well
 

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Sounds like I need to cut mine loose at the top where I glassed it in. Glad I haven't hit the water in it yet. Sometimes my better ideas ain't!:grin:
 

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Just curious how well it "bonds" and accepts resins etc , just finished a toe plate / bulkhead (nothing to pattern) what a bitch of a postion to work with , both patterning and glass :)Unsure, did however discover empty calking gun tubes to use laminating resin/colloidal silica works very well
tom i'm not sure how they do it but it has a fiberous sides that is designed just for resin. i bought this at a major composite store.
 

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Sounds like I need to cut mine loose at the top where I glassed it in. Glad I haven't hit the water in it yet. Sometimes my better ideas ain't!:grin:
my bulkhead was cut so the top had a gap so the glass was in such a way that it could flex
 

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In my opinion, i dont think thats going to work to well. To fragile and brittle. One good wake and its going to do some damage to itself and the boat.
 

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In my opinion, i dont think thats going to work to well. To fragile and brittle. One good wake and its going to do some damage to itself and the boat.
Agreed with Futs! to tight a "bulkhead" will create stress cracks in the deck. The best bet is to glass in with a 1/4 inch gap both top and bottom. Most people can't figure out why they have stress cracks at the dash and this is why, not to mention that walking down the deck creates an area that needs to flex. Same goes with the gunnel supports. It is a fiberglass boat and now matter how light or heavy a lay-up fiberglass needs flex points and using the top half of the boat as a dance floor will create stress cracks. I am not trying to be insulting but it is what it is. Even sliding down the side of the boat will create stress cracks at the transom. The biggest enemy is rough water!!! Just my lame ass opinion and everybody can chime in and agree or disagree-hell i'm open!!! Mark
 

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Agreed with Futs! to tight a "bulkhead" will create stress cracks in the deck. The best bet is to glass in with a 1/4 inch gap both top and bottom. Most people can't figure out why they have stress cracks at the dash and this is why, not to mention that walking down the deck creates an area that needs to flex. Same goes with the gunnel supports. It is a fiberglass boat and now matter how light or heavy a lay-up fiberglass needs flex points and using the top half of the boat as a dance floor will create stress cracks. I am not trying to be insulting but it is what it is. Even sliding down the side of the boat will create stress cracks at the transom. The biggest enemy is rough water!!! Just my lame ass opinion and everybody can chime in and agree or disagree-hell i'm open!!! Mark
thanks, i am aware that a tight bulkhead will cause problems but i have no idea if this honeycomb will be strong enough on edge & if it is ok to mount it straight up & down vs the angle that its was in originally.i would beleive that if the bulkhead is only glassed in with only 1 layer ,slapping it to the deck & floor that this honeycomb would be well strong enough , i would think it would break at the attachment points of the single layer glass first. wish i knew for sure.any ideas on this? thanks,turbo wog
 

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When we replaced the bulkhead in the cp, it's about 3/8" on sides from the top,to about 1" gap in the center section, and tabbed, so its strong..but the deck will flex

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When we replaced the bulkhead in the cp, it's about 3/8" on sides from the top,to about 1" gap in the center section, and tabbed, so its strong..but the deck will flex

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Green, The flex is the most important part of redoing interior glass and support. I would say that how the boat will be used and the water it will be ran in is the biggest concern! Putting an angle on the bulk-head creates more a flex area but I don't think as this is an area for that. Again I think it all depends on intended usage. I would think that TRG or others sleeping in the back-ground would be more knowledgeable in this arena! However flex is an area that experience would come in handy! My son set his bulkhead at 1/4 gap all the way around and had alot of advice from different people. With alittle luck he will post a start to finish post later! Mark
 

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I was talking about the material. Im sure if there was a material that was light and strong it would be used in the new race boats.they are looking to get as much weight out as possiable, but they are still using wood.......:hmmm:
 

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I was talking about the material. Im sure if there was a material that was light and strong it would be used in the new race boats.they are looking to get as much weight out as possiable, but they are still using wood.......:hmmm:
Agreed Futs. My son has used only wood on his project. As you already know there is alot of kevlar and so on being used. BUT the builds keep going back to wood! M
 
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