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This masterly work will continue to be an invaluable source of reference for anyone wanting practical advice on working with GRP, in order to make repairs and improvements correctly and thus extend the life of their boat.Since it was first published 45 years ago, Hugo du Plessis' Fibreglass Boats has become a classic, relied upon by owners, surveyors and boat builders keen to understand how fibreglass behaves, and obtain practical advice on working with GRP. In a deliberately non-technical manner, he explains the peculiar nature of fibreglass, its durability, its weaknesses, where its likely to fail, the effects of use and the weather, plus the latest research into causes of the biggest worry for owners - blistering and osmosis. 'One of the most respected works on the subject... thorough and its scope is vast' Yachting Monthly 'A long-established classic' Kelvin Hughes
Hugo du Plessis has spent a lifetime working with fibreglass. Fifty years ago he was one of the pioneers, starting as a moulder and boatbuilder and later becoming a surveyor specialising in fibreglass. He has owned boats for over sixty years and his books have sold all around the world.
Table of Contents
|Principles of fibreglass boatbuilding||p. 1|
|Tools and working conditions||p. 24|
|Health and safety||p. 27|
|Understanding how fibreglass can fail||p. 34|
|Physical failure||p. 35|
|Destructive influences||p. 41|
|Factors of safety||p. 49|
|Effects of heat||p. 53|
|Turning a bare moulding into a boat|
|Attaching fittings||p. 98|
|Hardspots and stress concentrations||p. 113|
|Double shell mouldings||p. 121|
|Sandwich or cored mouldings||p. 125|
|Wood and fiberglass||p. 145|
|Fibreglass and other materials||p. 149|
|The gel coat - that shiny fiberglass look|
|Gel coat||p. 155|
|Nasty little lumps||p. 163|
|Can the gel coat be saved?||p. 184|
|Replacing a gel coat||p. 190|
|In the beginning - moulding|
|Conditions for moulding||p. 201|
|Moulding faults||p. 210|
|Mouldless construction||p. 214|
|Inspection and quality||p. 229|
|Maintenance and use|
|Design for low maintenance||p. 234|
|Maintenance and cleaning||p. 247|
|Temporary repair||p. 259|
|Minor repair||p. 264|
|Major repair||p. 267|
|Every crack tells a story||p. 270|
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