I am working on a Tuff Weave Wenonah canoe that has some minor hull damage where several small chunks of the paint/gel have cracked and brocken away from the fiberglass material. Most are 1x1 inch sizes of damage. I bought some of this JB WaterWeld epoxy putty and think I might give it a try for filling in the repairs. It says its first recommended use is on fiberglass boats! Looks like some really good stuff. Anybody have experience with it?
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I have it, but haven't tried it. |
Posted by: ezwater on Oct-23-13 11:37 PM (EST)
Suggest you do a few and see how it levels and sands.
tuffweave & gelcoat|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Oct-24-13 6:49 PM (EST)
I have a Millbrook OC-1 that is |
Posted by: ezwater on Oct-24-13 6:57 PM (EST)
similarly spooky looking. It has SPheretex stiffening in the bottom and Spheretex ribs up the sides. Light shines easily through the unreinforced laminate next to the broad ribs. The boat has a skin coat of red pigmented vinylester. Doesn't seem to be a problem.
It IS Tuf-Weave BUT,..|
Posted by: yatipope on Oct-24-13 8:01 PM (EST)
Has the decal right on the hull BUT,..apparently Wenonah had several different layup methods of Tuf-Weave because my Sundowner 18 is Tuf-Weave and it has the foam cross-rib supports yet this Fisherman (Adirondack) has none,..just more layers of the fiberglass/tuf-weave on the bottom where it gets all the wear and damage.
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Oct-25-13 12:38 PM (EST)
Back then Wenonah laid up hulls in core-stiffened, cross rib, center-rib, and extra-stiffened. Flex core came long after your hull became the Adirondack. The least expensive and heaviest was the extra-stiffened. It did not use ribs or a core, just extra layers of cloth. Most of the extra stiffened lay-ups had woven roving on the inside as the top layer. All the other Wenonah lay-up were finished with cloth inside.
This 16ft Fisherman is Extra-Stiffened|
Posted by: yatipope on Oct-25-13 8:42 PM (EST)
OK well that explains why this canoe is heavier than I thought it would be. It MUST be the Extra Stiffened. The inner hull does have a woven-roving look to it. The fabric is very course compared to other types of fiberglass. It is definately TUFF!
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Oct-26-13 11:28 AM (EST)
That is one Tuff layup. Smooth floor, no ribs to fracture, easy to load coolers, tolerates people walking in the canoe while beached, and too heavy for renters to carry away. High 60# range.
I remember some tuff weave foam core|
Posted by: LeeG on Oct-24-13 9:14 PM (EST)
canoes at Catch a Canoe in Mendocino way back that were no gel coat and paint splattered.
Posted by: rblturtle on Oct-24-13 7:32 AM (EST)
I have experience with JB on non canoe applications and like it,but it's not real flexable. I would be doubtful that it might crack off when the hull flexed. Something more flexable(G-Flex?) might be better.
Posted by: clarion on Oct-24-13 8:36 AM (EST)
I've been putting JB Weld on hard-used Royalex canoes for years. I apply it in a thin layer wherever the ABS starts showing through the vinyl. To the best of my knowledge I've never had it come off. It doesn't look very attractive though. Someone recently thought my Viper had the foam showing all over the place. Nope. Just JB Weld.
I fix my teeth with it. |
Posted by: ezwater on Oct-24-13 11:00 PM (EST)