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Old 05-20-2010, 08:28 PM   #1
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Installing new helm seat

I started the job last week. I will hopefully finish it over the weekend, or pretty close to. I need to glass the wooden support for the base and eventually paint the area around the seat.
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:22 PM   #3
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Built my base. Epoxied bolts in a 1/2 inch ply, sealed and glassed in place. Just a bit of fairing and painting left to do.

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nice what did the seats run you?
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:10 PM   #5
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If by run you you mean the price, around $600 for this one. I also have a matching L-settee on the way for about the same price.
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im thinking about doing something similar later on this summer
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*for future refrence. Or for those other doing the same job. if you make your last covering a veil, sort of a fiberglass tissue paper.* You won't have the glass matt showing thru. Dirt gets in there and really shows later. Makes a real smooth surface.*

Looking at your pics.*If your deck flexes when you walk on it, you may have some delamation issues. To get a good bond wherever you have an attachment it must be ground down to bare glass. *Fiber glass doesn't like voids or air pockets. and it doesn't bend at a 90deg. You really need to roll all the air pockets out of the resinated glass.
Woven Roving comes in a tape of different widths. If your edges do start to come loose.* I would grind back to glass and tab the edge with it.

Comes with the experience of all the glass work I have had to redo.*

Greatest thing about fiberglass is you can always grind it*back and start over.
As far as those 90deg turns, you can make a paste of cabosil ( powdered glass and resin) I use a rubber spatula to form a cove so the glass can bend at about a 3/4" radius. Especially where your sidewalls meet the deck
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Thanks for the tip SD. I've done some fairing to smotth things a bit and I painted with non skid.
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