Year: 2024

PRO-SET® Epoxy Kayaks with Vacuum Infused Fibreglass and Carbon Technology

PRO-SET® Epoxy Kayaks with Vacuum Infused Fibreglass and Carbon Technology

Kayaking, a popular water sport, has seen significant advancements in technology over the years. One significant advancement is the use of PRO-SET® Epoxy in kayak construction. This technology leverages Vacuum Infused Fibreglass and Carbon Technology. This approach transforms kayak construction, providing a multitude of advantages compared to conventional methods. These materials demonstrate outstanding physical properties at room ... PRO-SET® Epoxy Kayaks with Vacuum Infused Fibreglass and Carbon Technology More

How Can You Make a Joint with Two-Step Epoxy Bonding?

How Can You Make a Joint with Two-Step Epoxy Bonding?

When you’re knee-deep in a project, the bonding stage is where things start to get exciting. It’s like seeing all the puzzle pieces come together. But to make that happen, you need two key ingredients: a clean and well-prepped surface, and the right kind of glue. Now, there’s this method called ‘two-step bonding’. Why is ... How Can You Make a Joint with Two-Step Epoxy Bonding? More

Can Beginners Start Creating Jewellery with Epoxy?

Can Beginners Start Creating Jewellery with Epoxy?

Epoxy is an ideal material for creating jewellery due to its versatility, durability, and ease of handling. Its ability to be poured into moulds or used as a coating on various surfaces, coupled with its vibrant colours and resistance to wear and tear, makes epoxy a perfect choice for crafting unique and long-lasting jewellery pieces. More

Celtic-Inspired Epoxy Woodwork

Celtic-Inspired Epoxy Woodwork

Chris, a man with a deep-rooted passion for artistry, was fortunate to grow up in a family that supported his creative interests. His father, an architect, and skilled at woodwork, instilled in him the value of creating bespoke pieces. “That spirit has stuck with me – why buy something off-the-rack when I can build exactly ... Celtic-Inspired Epoxy Woodwork More

Lochaber Coastal Rowing Club and the St Ayles Skiff Project

Lochaber Coastal Rowing Club and the St Ayles Skiff Project

Nestled in the Scottish Highlands, where the untamed coastline greets the sea, the Lochaber Coastal Rowing Club thrives. This tight-knit community’s pivotal focus is rowing, but it extends beyond mere physical exertion. The club is equally fervent about forging connections and celebrating heritage. “Lochaber Coastal Rowing Club was formed to promote and facilitate the sport ... Lochaber Coastal Rowing Club and the St Ayles Skiff Project More

Reparing Gelcoat Blisters on a Fibreglass Boat Using Six10 Epoxy?

Reparing Gelcoat Blisters on a Fibreglass Boat Using Six10 Epoxy?

Noticed Blisters in Your Gelcoat? What’s Next? You’ve just pulled your boat out of the water. There, you see it – blisters in your gelcoat. Ignoring them might seem like the easy way out, but it’s not. Neglect could lead to bigger problems like a complete hull overhaul, gelcoat removal, or even a full barrier ... Reparing Gelcoat Blisters on a Fibreglass Boat Using Six10 Epoxy? More

What Glass Cloth Should You Choose for Your Boatbuilding Project?

What Glass Cloth Should You Choose for Your Boatbuilding Project?

Choosing the right glass cloth is the starting point for any successful boatbuilding or repair project. Make the right choice with our four key selection criteria says technical expert, Hamish Cook. How to Navigate the Wide Range of Glass Cloths? Plain weave, biaxial stitched, twill weave, satin weave. The range of glass cloths available is ... What Glass Cloth Should You Choose for Your Boatbuilding Project? More

What Materials Can You Use to Make Custom Filleting Tools?

What Materials Can You Use to Make Custom Filleting Tools?

Working with WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy products opens up a world of creativity. The key to success is proper mixing. However, what happens when you want to make custom filleting tools? According to Hamish, your options are only limited by your imagination. Why is Epoxy So Versatile? Epoxy is incredibly versatile. In fact, you can use a variety of tools ... What Materials Can You Use to Make Custom Filleting Tools? More

Building ‘Lockdown’ – Working with Swallow Yachts

Building ‘Lockdown’ – Working with Swallow Yachts

I’ve been involved in sailing since my mid-teens, albeit more sporadically than consistently. Throughout this period, I primarily served as a crew member on various skippers’ boats, gaining a wealth of nautical experience. My most recent nautical adventures were based out of Oban on the west coast. It was during one of these journeys that ... Building ‘Lockdown’ – Working with Swallow Yachts More

Life Aboard Speranza

Life Aboard Speranza

Meet Glenn and Debbie, a devoted couple who have been sharing the joys of matrimony for 32 years. Nestled in the heart of Jimboomba, Queensland, they reside on a picturesque 5-acre rural property. Their passion for the sea is evident in their daily hour-long journey to their pride and joy, Speranza, a majestic 43-foot bridge ... Life Aboard Speranza More

A Journey into the Boat Industry

A Journey into the Boat Industry

Twelve years ago Mat Taylor began a career in teaching Design and Technology, finally putting his degree in Product Design to use. This quickly instilled a fascination for woodworking; he found himself irresistibly drawn to the neglected planes and chisels in the tool cupboard, eager to master the skills they represented and venture into the ... A Journey into the Boat Industry More

Why Choose Pre-Mixed Adhesive for Quick and Quality Results?

Why Choose Pre-Mixed Adhesive for Quick and Quality Results?

If you need strength and adhesion in a hurry, or if you’re worried about mixing epoxy accurately or don’t have the right tools to hand, WEST SYSTEM® Six10® pre-mixed adhesive could be the trade secret you’re looking for. What Makes Six10 a Perfect Choice for Various Applications? Six10  is a two-part, pre-thickened epoxy adhesive, perfect ... Why Choose Pre-Mixed Adhesive for Quick and Quality Results? More

Top Tips for Working with Epoxy in Warm Weather?

Top Tips for Working with Epoxy in Warm Weather?

Why is Warm Weather Ideal for DIY Tasks with Epoxy? It’s that glorious time of year when the sun is shining, the weather is warm, and we’re ready to tackle those DIY tasks and hobbies. There are projects waiting to be started and others that need finishing. But how can you maximise the use of ... Top Tips for Working with Epoxy in Warm Weather? More

Fixing a ring with G/flex® 655 Thickened Epoxy

Fixing a ring with G/flex® 655 Thickened Epoxy

Have you got some broken jewellery that’s been on your to-fix list for a while? Or maybe you are waiting to glue a household item back together? Ever found yourself wondering about the best product to use for these kinds of repairs? The WEST SYSTEM G/flex Thickened Epoxy Adhesive is a resilient, all-around, two-component epoxy ... Fixing a ring with G/flex® 655 Thickened Epoxy More

A Director’s Boat Building Journey

A Director’s Boat Building Journey

I presently hold the position of director at medical clinics situated across various locations in the Netherlands. The primary motivation behind building “anything” was the realisation that in contemporary times, we often fail to witness tangible outcomes of our efforts. The human mind is a fascinating tool, capable of processing complex monetary figures, numerical data ... A Director’s Boat Building Journey More

Can You Build Your Own Skim Board Using WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy?

Can You Build Your Own Skim Board Using WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy?

Have you always wanted to build your own skim board but don’t know where to start? Even if you have chosen the materials for your project, the next step to actually building a skim board can be daunting. But don’t worry – we are here to help! What materials do you need for your skim ... Can You Build Your Own Skim Board Using WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy? More

How Can You Protect Your Wooden Boat from Water Damage?

How Can You Protect Your Wooden Boat from Water Damage?

Water damage can significantly shorten the lifespan of a wooden boat. So, how can you defend your boat against water penetration and keep it looking smart for longer? How Does Marine Epoxy Help in Waterproofing Surfaces? Coating with marine epoxy is a fantastic strategy for waterproofing surfaces and preventing wood rot. However, there are some ... How Can You Protect Your Wooden Boat from Water Damage? More

Want Quick, Well-Varnished Wood For Your Boat’s Trim?

Want Quick, Well-Varnished Wood For Your Boat’s Trim?

There’s something about a well-varnished wood trim on boats that catches the eye, isn’t there? But let’s be honest, the traditional method can feel like it’s taking forever. Waiting two weeks for twelve layers of varnish to dry? That’s an entire summer if you’re in the UK! Can We Speed Up the Varnishing Process? You ... Want Quick, Well-Varnished Wood For Your Boat’s Trim? More

How Did a Passion for Sailing Lead to a Career in Traditional Wooden Boat Construction?

How Did a Passion for Sailing Lead to a Career in Traditional Wooden Boat Construction?

A few years ago, at the age of 28, I found myself residing along the Thames in Buckinghamshire. My journey into the boat industry began, above all, with a growing interest in sailing. Nevertheless, it was wooden boat construction that indeed caught my attention. This enthusiasm led me to enrol at the International Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft in ... How Did a Passion for Sailing Lead to a Career in Traditional Wooden Boat Construction? More

Why Is Epoxy The Best Choice For Fibreglass Boat Repairs?

Why Is Epoxy The Best Choice For Fibreglass Boat Repairs?

Not sure whether epoxy has what it takes to fix your fibreglass boat repairs? “It’s versatile, strong, reliable – and more than a match for polyester resin”, says Hamish Cook, Technical Guru at Epoxycraft. Fibreglass boats – like all boats – get damaged. It’s inevitable. Collisions and groundings cause everything from small nicks to serious ... Why Is Epoxy The Best Choice For Fibreglass Boat Repairs? More

How Much Epoxy Resin Do I Need?

How Much Epoxy Resin Do I Need?

Understanding Epoxy Resin Requirements This is a question the team at WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy get asked a lot. According to technical expert David Johnson, it’s important to have a good idea of how much epoxy resin your project is going to need before you start. You want to be sure you have enough to hand ... How Much Epoxy Resin Do I Need? More

How Can a Razor Blade Be Used in Your Workshop?

How Can a Razor Blade Be Used in Your Workshop?

In the realm of DIY and home improvement, the saying “necessity is the mother of invention” rings true. We’ve all found ourselves in situations where we’ve had to improvise with the wrong tool. This usually happens because the right one has mysteriously disappeared. But what if you could repurpose some of the tools already in ... How Can a Razor Blade Be Used in Your Workshop? More