It is a love hate relationship with the epoxy, I hate how slow it dries , hate using it for filets, I would have been through with this boat using poly.
Love the finish you get with it ,and the fact you can take it easy because it goes off so slow.
Hate having to let a boat sit for a few days for the epoxy to cure.
I guess it is about even up :lol:
I do think it is softer than poly
I have watched your boat building skills steadily improve over the years to now, where I look at the magnificent joinery work in your stripping process and i find myself in awe of you. You have achieved a level of craftmanship most of us can only aspire to. This lovely boat and your northwind are testament to that. Bloody good job mate.
A few questions if you don't mind.
I have googled Brazos Boat Works and I really like this design.
Why did you opt for this boat as opposed to others?
Have you paddled this design before?
How did you find it performed?
I am looking for a design to suit my lovely Miss Evie to paddle in sheltered skinny water. She has practically no paddling experience and the last thing I want to do is build her a boat that will frighten her.
Coming from you that is high praise , thank you even if I dont feel it is deserved.
I have seen your boats and I am just trying to catch up with you.
I didnt pick this boat ,they ask for this design . Brazos Boat works has a challenger and a jumbo challenger , my suggestion was the jumbo because she is an inexperienced paddler and they were going to be on large lakes and marshes, the only difference is the Jumbo has 2 inch taller sides.
This boat is stable and easy to paddle and will run shallow. It isnt a speed demon just a nice paddling boat ,I think it would be a good boat for your lady, In Matts line up I would compare it to the original stich and glue Freedom .
Mick You should try the strip stitch and glue , beats marine ply in all ways and you can make them look anyway you want. It is so much cheaper also.