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Fibreglass Boats Construction, gel coat, stressing, blistering, repair, maintenance



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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

Author Biography

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

Introductionp. vi
General principles
Principles of fibreglass boatbuildingp. 1
Materialsp. 11
Tools and working conditionsp. 24
Health and safetyp. 27
Understanding how fibreglass can failp. 34
Physical failurep. 35
Destructive influencesp. 41
Fatiguep. 47
Factors of safetyp. 49
Effects of heatp. 53
Firep. 55
Turning a bare moulding into a boat
Giassing-inp. 63
Joinsp. 68
Stiffeningp. 75
Bulkheadsp. 94
Attaching fittingsp. 98
Sealantsp. 107
Hardspots and stress concentrationsp. 113
Double shell mouldingsp. 121
Sandwich or cored mouldingsp. 125
Wood and fiberglassp. 145
Fibreglass and other materialsp. 149
Accessp. 151
Weatheringp. 153
The gel coat - that shiny fiberglass look
Gel coatp. 155
Nasty little lumpsp. 163
Can the gel coat be saved?p. 184
Replacing a gel coatp. 190
In the beginning - moulding
Conditions for mouldingp. 201
Mouldingp. 204
Moulding faultsp. 210
Mouldless constructionp. 214
Thicknessp. 217
Mechanisationp. 226
Inspection and qualityp. 229
Maintenance and use
Design for low maintenancep. 234
Maintenance and cleaningp. 247
Overloadingp. 251
Paintingp. 256
Temporary repairp. 259
Minor repairp. 264
Major repairp. 267
Every crack tells a storyp. 270
Testingp. 274
Disposap. 281
Indexp. 283
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