Stunning colour tints for epoxy creations added to Entropy Resins® range

Stunning colour tints for epoxy creations added to Entropy Resins® range

An exciting line of liquid colours has been released to add bold and beautiful tints to epoxy. The tints are part of the bio-based Entropy Resins® product range and can be added to epoxy creations (after the resin and hardener is mixed) to bring stunning deep colour, or to add softer translucent tones. Specifically designed ... More

Man builds tank with WEST SYSTEM epoxy

Man builds tank with WEST SYSTEM epoxy

If you follow the M4 west as far as it goes, you’ll arrive in the small Welsh village of Crosshands, home to a ‘Panzerkampfwagen VI’ (more commonly known as the Tiger 1 tank). Among other materials local resident Mark Milward is using WEST SYSTEM® epoxy to build a half semi-scale model of the much feared, heavily armoured ... More

Wessex Resins extends manufacturing premises

Wessex Resins extends manufacturing premises

This is the extension which is currently being built at Wessex Resins and Adhesives factory in Romsey, Hampshire. It’s due to fully complete this September, a year after ground was broken. “It’s been built to house all of our manufacturing and production,” says Sam Oliver. “Because it’s a purpose-built facility, we are even more confident ... More

PRO-SET® epoxies and WEST SYSTEM® resin and hardener combinations gain approvals

PRO-SET® epoxies and WEST SYSTEM® resin and hardener combinations gain approvals

The following PRO-SET epoxy systems have been approved by DNV GL for use on ships, yachts and as ‘laminating resin for construction of laminates made of fibre reinforced plastics’: INF-114 
Infusion Resin with INF-210 Fast, INF-211 Medium, INF-212 Slow and INF-213 Extra Slow Hardeners. LAM-125 
Low Viscosity Laminating resin with LAM-224 Fast, LAM-226 Medium, LAM-229 ... More

Chandleries currently open (June 2020)

Chandleries currently open (June 2020)

We’re all eagerly anticipating the reopening of retail outlets. In the meantime, if you’re looking to stock up on your favourite epoxy brands, here are some WEST SYSTEM®, PRO-SET® and Entropy Resins® epoxy stockists who we know are currently open. Don’t forget that we offer support either by voice or mail. Our technical team is ... More

WEST SYSTEM 105-K Glass Fibre Boat Repair Kit updated

WEST SYSTEM 105-K Glass Fibre Boat Repair Kit updated

Wessex Resins is delighted to announce it has improved and updated the WEST SYSTEM® 105-K Glass Fibre Boat Repair Kit. The kit comprises everything needed to fix minor cracks, holes and punctures as well as refit and replace hardware on a boat. The WEST SYSTEM 105-K Glass Fibre Boat Repair Kit contains: ·         250g WEST ... More

Wessex Resins joins 1% for the Planet and donates to Protect Our Winters UK

Wessex Resins joins 1% for the Planet and donates to Protect Our Winters UK

Wessex Resins and Adhesives is delighted to announce it has donated 1 per cent of its annual turnover for the ENTROPY RESINS® product range to Protect Our Winters UK. This is part of the company’s commitment to 1% for the Planet, a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through annual membership ... More

Come and see our ‘how to use epoxy’ demonstrations, at the RYA Dinghy Show 

Come and see our ‘how to use epoxy’ demonstrations, at the RYA Dinghy Show 

We’re offering free repair demonstrations on our stand C2 (Hall Three) at the RYA Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace, 29th Feb to 1st March 2020.   For racers and enthusiasts, for those with wooden or composite boats, epoxy provides a straightforward and effective way to make DIY minor repairs.  A such the demonstrations offer expert advice about fixing all-to-common problems from a season’s bumps and ... More

WEST SYSTEM workshop – Hexham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (31 Jan 2020)

WEST SYSTEM workshop – Hexham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (31 Jan 2020)

Learn the basic concepts of using and handling WEST SYSTEM® epoxy in this unique, hands-on, one day workshop. Friday 31st January 2020, ECF Composites, Hexham, NE46 4DQ Gain experience in using epoxy while experimenting with the entire range of fillers for bonding, gap filling, filleting and fairing while you build a toolbox. Use epoxy and ... More

Epoxy presents for sailors

Epoxy presents for sailors

If you’re looking for presents for sailors, take inspiration from George Isted’s recent win (pictured with Hamish Cook). He’s giving some of this mega-bundle of epoxy goodies as gifts; sharing the epoxy magic as Christmas presents for sailors in his life. Epoxy presents for sailors include: Glass fibre boat repair kits (WEST SYSTEM 105-K Glass ... More

Come and see us at Advanced Engineering and / or METSTRADE

Come and see us at Advanced Engineering and / or METSTRADE

This time of year is always busy with a great selection of shows and exhibitions across Europe including the flagship UK composites exhibition, which we are once again delighted to support. At all of these trade exhibitions, the Wessex Resins & Adhesives technical epoxy experts really enjoy meeting with customers and offering sound technical advice ... More

We’re ‘in conversation’ at Southampton International Boat Show

We’re ‘in conversation’ at Southampton International Boat Show

Join us at SIBS (Ocean Hall, J401) on Tuesday 17th September where we’ll be ‘in conversation’ with a really interesting array of expert speakers from across the marine world. (Pictured above, top row L-R: Adam Bundle, Nigel Stuart, Simon Maguire. Below L-R: James Newman, Hamish Cook, Will Reed) Adam Bundle – Rowing the Atlantic – 11:30 ... More

Join us at the Southampton International Boat Show (13-22 Sept)

Join us at the Southampton International Boat Show (13-22 Sept)

Our stand (Ocean Hall, J401) will be packed full of our experts offering top tips and project advice about using our epoxy products; from WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy, the original marine grade epoxy, to PRO-SET® epoxies for composite work and finally our Bio-Based ENTROPY RESINS®. Find out how we support the marine market, whether that’s with repair kits for dinghy sailors, or being involved from start to ... More

Epoxy Workshop, 7 Nov 2019

Epoxy Workshop, 7 Nov 2019

Looking for a practical way to increase your epoxy skills and knowledge? Book onto our one-day epoxy workshop, 7th November 2019. Here at Wessex Resins and Adhesives, we’re hosting a special event for those wanting to gain expert knowledge and hands-on experience of using WEST SYSTEM® epoxy to construct, repair and maintain their own boats, or ... More

Additive of the Month – 421 Fire Retardant Additive

Additive of the Month – 421 Fire Retardant Additive

What is it? WEST SYSTEM® 421 Fire Retardant Additive does what it says on the tin – it retards fire. It is a heavy, non-combustible powder that is added to a fresh mix of epoxy. Used for? An extra layer of fire protection in areas such as galleys and engine rooms, or anywhere there may be a ... More

Happy Birthday to Gougeon Brothers, Inc!

Happy Birthday to Gougeon Brothers, Inc!

As you know, we manufacture WEST SYSTEM®, PRO-SET® and ENTROPY RESINS® under licence from the Gougeon Brothers Inc, USA. Below Grace Ombry traces the company’s heritage, from its modest beginnings as a boat shop to a company which is now helping millions of people across the world build, repair and maintain boats of all sizes ... More

ENTROPY RESINS® new online store launched for European customers

ENTROPY RESINS® new online store launched for European customers

We’re delighted to announce the launch of a new online store to facilitate ordering the unique range of bio-based epoxy: ENTROPY RESINS. The EU online store has been added to the current North American website WWW.ENTROPYRESINS.COM and will support the existing network of distributors and retailers. You will be able to buy ENTROPY RESINS from ... More

Additive of the Month – Colour Pigments

Additive of the Month – Colour Pigments

WEST SYSTEM® Colour Pigments are available in four basic colours, and enable you to colour epoxy. What are Colour Pigments? WEST SYSTEM 501-505 Colour Pigments are made from stable coloured materials incorporated in an epoxy resin base. Currently there are white (501), black (502), grey (503) and blue (505) pigments to choose from to colour ... More

Experimentation with ENTROPY RESINS

Experimentation with ENTROPY RESINS

David Johnson (our sales director) recently visited Turkey to run an ENTROPY RESINS® workshop. As he and the delegates discovered there is something really satisfying about being let loose on the creative projects that you can make with ENTROPY RESINS Clear Casting Epoxy – a bio-based clear casting epoxy. Hosted by Sema Carckci of Etap ... More

Additive of the Month – 420 Aluminium Powder

Additive of the Month – 420 Aluminium Powder

What is it? WEST SYSTEM 420 Aluminium Powder is made from high quality aluminium that has been very finely ground. It is available in a range of tub sizes. Additives can have significant effects on basic epoxy and with 420 Aluminium Powder the metal acts as an effective UV barrier. It also gives the coating a silver ... More

Additive of the Month – March 2019

Additive of the Month – March 2019

 423 Graphite Powder What is it? WEST SYSTEM® 423 Graphite Powder has specialist applications. The material consists of a very finely ground graphite, an odourless mineral that is widely used in paints and lubricants, so is readily available and inexpensive. Used for? When mixed with WEST SYSTEM Epoxy, 423 Graphite Powder adds a natural looking grey/black colour ... More

Additive of the Month – February 2019

Additive of the Month – February 2019

G/5 five-minute epoxy – great for race repairs, spot welding and making a detachable fibreglass locker (see below). It’s an adhesive that cures in just five minutes at room temperature.  What is it? G/5 is a two-part epoxy adhesive that has been formulated to cure in just five minutes at room temperature. Used for: Any ... More

New high temperature PRO-SET Epoxy products available

New high temperature PRO-SET Epoxy products available

Did you know we have a new high temperature system available in our PRO-SET product range? Included within it are an infusion system, laminating system (with two cure speeds) and a surface coat system. They’re all able to reach glass transition temperatures of 150°C, making them great for synthetic composite mould and tooling manufacture. Plus ... More

Visit Wessex Resins and Adhesives at JEC WORLD

Visit Wessex Resins and Adhesives at JEC WORLD

JEC World is the leading international composites show and this will be the 21st time that we’ve attended the event with our brand PRO-SET Epoxy. Plus, this year we’re taking our new bio-based epoxy system, ENTROPY RESINS. “We’re interested in talking to all industry professionals,” says Sam Oliver, area sales manager. “We get to catch up with all ... More

PRO-SET stickers now available

PRO-SET stickers now available

We’re loving our new PRODUCED with PRO-SET stickers. If you’ve built, laminated or infused with our PRO-SET epoxy range, catch one of the team and they’ll be delighted to supply you with some. We’re really proud of our brand. Our epoxy is strong and produces lightweight products with amazing results from our professional users. These ... More

Worldwide learning

Worldwide learning

Infused learning Over the last few months we’ve been delighted to welcome our Turkish and Italian distributors and their customers to our PRO-SET Epoxy Seminar. Plus, we’ve had guests of Marine and Industrial visit us here in Romsey. Many of our distributors bring their customers to experience working with PRO-SET and WEST SYSTEM epoxy products. ... More

Additive of the Month – January 2019

Additive of the Month – January 2019

410 Microlight® Filler What is it? WEST SYSTEM® 410 Microlight is a filler designed to create a lightweight and easily worked fairing compound when added to a mix of epoxy. It consists of tiny thermoplastic hollow spheres, which makes it very easy to sand once the mix has hardened. Although light sand in colour when in ... More

Learn from the best – West System International course date announced

Learn from the best – West System International course date announced

If you’re looking to hone your epoxy skills or pick up tips and tricks, then West System International‘s hands-on epoxy workshops are a great place to start. The date for the next workshop is 10th January 2019, so book your place now. The workshops are hosted by West System International’s Technical Support team to share ... More

Additive of the Month – September 2018

Additive of the Month – September 2018

WEST SYSTEM® 402 MILLED GLASS FIBRE BLEND (Type: Blended adhesive filler. Product No: 402) 402 is a unique blend of powder and strands. What is it? WEST SYSTEM 402 Milled Glass Fibre Blend is a mix of individual strands of chopped glass evenly dispersed in a powder base made up of other fillers. This combination creates ... More

British style turns heads on the French Riviera

British style turns heads on the French Riviera

Whilst Epoxycraft was visiting the Cannes Boat Show this year we saw Hawksley Classic’s beautiful motorboat in pride of place by the main VIP and press entrance and we just had to bring you these shots. In 2016, Simon set up his custom boat building company in the UK’s West Country (apt, as they use ... More

Additive of the Month – October 2018

Additive of the Month – October 2018

HIGH-DENSITY FILLER (Type: Finely milled adhesive filler. Product No: 404)   What is it?  Originally designed to fix wooden blades to a wind turbine hub, 404 High-Density Filler is a very fine powder used for bonding hardware into substrates. When mixed with WEST SYSTEM epoxy, the cured material is highly resistant to compression and intense ... More

Additive of the month

Additive of the month

WEST SYSTEM product Technical Advisor Hamish Cook guides us through the range of additives available to enhance your epoxy project. Describing how to choose and use each one, Hamish provides the technical groups’ special hints and tips for a first-class result. “Fillers are used to thicken the basic resin/hardener mixture for specific applications,” Hamish says. ... More

News from our distributors

News from our distributors

How to use boatbuilding skills to fix a lorry!  HF Marin AB is our distributor of WEST SYSTEM® products in Sweden, but in addition to supplying a wide range of boatbuilders, HF Marin also provides epoxy to a leading truck repair workshop. When a lorry was brought in with side panel damage, the workshop thought ... More

A world of innovation

A world of innovation

The JEC Composites show in Paris was packed with exciting applications for lightweight composites. So whether you want a carbon-fibre drone, a surfboard with hydrofoils, or a solar-powered car, you’ll find one at the show. The annual JEC World show at the Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition centre runs for three days in early March and is ... More

Wessex Resins and Adhesives LTD achieves the transition to BS EN ISO 9001:2015

Wessex Resins and Adhesives LTD achieves the transition to BS EN ISO 9001:2015

Wessex Resins and Adhesives has achieved the transition to the latest Quality Management System and the Company is now certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2015. ISO 9001:2015 certification demonstrates the Company’s commitment to achieving its vision to be a leader in its chosen markets whilst providing extraordinary customer support at all times. Our customers can ... More

RYA Dinghy Show – see WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy Products in action

RYA Dinghy Show – see WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy Products in action

Meet the West System International team on stand C42 (Great Hall) at the RYA Dinghy Show (3-4 March 2018). Pick up tips on repairing your dinghy after a ding! Find out what products you should have with you at race events to keep you on the water and racing. Watch live demonstrations at 12:00 and ... More

WEST SYSTEM workshops

WEST SYSTEM workshops

WEST SYSTEM hosts workshops for both amateurs and professionals. We offer advice to members of the public about the use of epoxy for boat building, repair and maintenance as well as constructing composites structures. We show participants a range of expert techniques for administering the epoxy so that they are more confident using our products ... More

Meade A. Gougeon:  September 25, 1938–August 27, 2017

Meade A. Gougeon: September 25, 1938–August 27, 2017

“The wind is coming up. Tell the boys they can commence with the race.” Fittingly, these would be the last words of Meade A. Gougeon as he watched a fleet of sailboats, including his trimaran Adagio, assembling for the Great Lakes Multihull Regatta in front of his home on the Saginaw Bay. Gougeon died Sunday, August ... More

Beautiful new wheel for historic Jersey water mill

Beautiful new wheel for historic Jersey water mill

“When I was tasked with building and installing a new wheel at a historic water mill, I wanted to do it right. I’m proud of what we achieved, and the new wheel isn’t just beautiful – it will also last for decades,” says Tony Gray, Trust Joiner at the National Trust for Jersey. Quétival Mill ... More

All about: HF Marin Sweden

All about: HF Marin Sweden

When HF Marin Sweden’s Founder and Managing Director Krister Bewert returned from a nine-year trans-Atlantic voyage, he didn’t know what the future would hold. Then, he got a golden opportunity to distribute WEST SYSTEM® and PRO-SET® epoxy to boatbuilders and repair yards across Sweden and he’s never looked back. When my wife, Gunilla, and I ... More

Bow thruster tunnel Installation

Bow thruster tunnel Installation

We found this great blog online showing you the step by step process of successfully installing a bow thruster tunnel into your boat yourself – it even shows what to do if there are certain obstacles in the way. The blog comes complete with photos so you can see what the different stages look like. ... More

Photo report: The best of RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, 2017

Photo report: The best of RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, 2017

What another fantastic RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show! The event was a great opportunity to spend some quality time with our customers, from up-and-coming sailors doing repairs on their boats, to large boatyards adopting the latest epoxy infusion techniques. Between meetings, we also got to see some of the best dinghies coming out of the UK ... More

All about: Delos S.A.

All about: Delos S.A.

When Petros Dracopoulos started working for marine distributor Delos, he was “the kid that had to do everything”. Some 15 years later, however, he became Managing Director. Here, he tells us how his family business in Greece has gone from strength to strength over the years – and how the products they sell are trusted ... More

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

If you’re new to the world of epoxy and want to learn from the very basics, we have the perfect blog for you. This great guide walks you through everything you need to know about using WEST SYSTEM products – from the types of applications it can be used for, to the various curing stages. ... More

How to make a penny floor

How to make a penny floor

The story of the IT worker who made his own penny floor went viral recently – and it’s easy to see why. With a load of copper pennies, some epoxy and just a little patience, you can create a stunning bespoke floor covering that really won’t cost you the earth. Here, we talk you through ... More

A bath tub… with a difference

A bath tub… with a difference

What do you get if you cross an architect, a boat-builder and a cabinetmaker? You get Marco Casavecchia, who builds a variety of exquisite wooden items from his studio in Susa, Italy. Here, he talks to us about a recent project: a stunning wooden bathtub. How did the project come about? A customer approached me ... More

All about: Yacht Center Adriatic

All about: Yacht Center Adriatic

To his customers in Croatia, he’s known simply as “WEST SYSTEM man”. We talk to Yacht Center Adriatic Managing Director Tomislav Gjurinski about his proud association with the WEST SYSTEM® brand and why providing top-rate knowledge and support goes hand in hand with supplying the best products. It’s over 10 years now since I started ... More

Applying Carbon Fibre to a skateboard deck

Applying Carbon Fibre to a skateboard deck

We found this great blog, written by Ted from the Roarockit Skateboard Company, demonstrating a step by step process of how to apply carbon fibre to the top and bottom of a skateboard desk for a smooth, stylish finish. The blog even contains nice clear photos documenting each stage of Ted’s project, so you can ... More

Finishing a live edge wooden slab

Finishing a live edge wooden slab

Wooden slabs are rapidly becoming the popular choice amongst home owners and interior designers to create beautiful and unique pieces of furniture – and even works of art. We came across this really useful blog showing how you can turn live edge-slabs, slabs with uneven surfaces or even slabs with deep holes in them, into ... More

All about: HF Industri & Marine

All about: HF Industri & Marine

Anna Fokdal talks about her pioneering father, Hans, and how he has changed the world of Danish boatbuilding. Now I look back on it, it’s probably fair to say that my father was singlehandedly responsible for introducing wood epoxy construction techniques to Denmark. Nearly 25 years since he set up our business, we now supply ... More

Greenpower: putting engineering in pole position

Greenpower: putting engineering in pole position

The UK engineering sector is full of talent and it’s growing. The question is, how do you attract the next generation of innovators and creators? The Greenpower Education Trust may just have the answer. We caught up with retired Engineering teacher Alan Beardmore and Greenpower CEO Jeremy Way to find out more about this inspirational ... More

DIY Fibreglass Boat Repairs

DIY Fibreglass Boat Repairs

We came across this great blog written by Peter d’Anjou explaining the advice he gave to his friend for easily repairing surface damage when he scraped his 25-foot boat against some rocks. Peter suggests a DIY method to carry out the repair as well as top tips for working with epoxy – all the while ... More

Building a Trimaran as a first timer

Building a Trimaran as a first timer

We loved this fantastic blog by an amateur boat builder from New Zealand, giving you a detailed and helpful step by step guide of how he went about his very first project – a stunning Trimaran built from scratch all by himself in his spare time. We were very impressed! To read more about this ... More

All about: Marine & Industrial

All about: Marine & Industrial

‘Quality Products, Exceptional Service’. It’s the motto that has helped Marine & Industrial in Norfolk become one of the leading distributors of adhesives and sealants to the UK marine industry. We speak to Managing Director Robin Mace about the origins of this family-run business. My parents, Richard and Penny Mace, started the business in 1986 ... More

Building an efficient ice box using WEST SYSTEM epoxy

Building an efficient ice box using WEST SYSTEM epoxy

This is a fantastic blog post to help you build a custom cooler to keep your food and drinks chilled for those long, relaxing cruises. Although you can purchase good iceboxes in many shapes and sizes, this way you can make sure it’s the perfect size for the space you have. You can also make ... More

All about: Pinmar Supply

All about: Pinmar Supply

Given its beautiful location, it’s easy to see why Pinmar Supply is at the heart of the Mediterranean superyacht circuit. We speak to Commercial Director Jose Mora to discover how the Spanish arm of this global business grew from a humble corner of a workshop in Mallorca. Pinmar Supply is one of the most established ... More

All about: M u H von der Linden

All about: M u H von der Linden

If you’re in the yacht-building community, chances are you’ll be familiar with the name ‘von der Linden’. In this profile, General Manager Helge von der Linden tells us how his family’s business went from a small German chandlery to European Distributor of WEST SYSTEM® epoxy, with a little help from an English boatbuilding kit. In ... More

How to apply skid plates to your canoe for added protection

How to apply skid plates to your canoe for added protection

This a great DIY resource we found for repairing damage to the bow of a canoe. Eb’s Source For Adventure have created this handy blog with a step by step guide – complete with photos – on how to make and apply a skid plate to protect your composite canoes against damage. From preparing the ... More

Epoxy: the basics

Epoxy: the basics

If you’re new to the world of epoxy and just don’t know where to begin, this simple guide is great to get you up to speed with everything epoxy-related. From discussing the key applications epoxy can be used for, to explaining filler terminology and curing stages, you will have all of the information you need ... More

Fixing a chipped paddle

Fixing a chipped paddle

We found this great resource from a sea-water kayaking enthusiast and blogger, taking you through a simple and easy method for repairing chipping on a soft wooden paddle. Complete with images to support the process of fixing a chipped paddle, this is a great source if you’re looking for a way to fix your paddle ... More

Fixing a damaged Kevlar canoe

Fixing a damaged Kevlar canoe

We loved this informative do-it-yourself blog on fixing a damaged Kevlar canoe. If you are looking for a guide to mending light damage then this is the resource for you. It takes you through a simple 11 stage process, covering everything from finding the right resin kit to sanding and finishing the repair. You can ... More

All about: Eeles Boatbuilders

All about: Eeles Boatbuilders

Behind the doors of a modest-looking workshop in Brightlingsea, Essex, you’ll find exquisite composite parts being crafted with expert precision. Graham Eeles, of Eeles Boatbuilders, is taking the boating world by storm with his cutting-edge composite foils, masts and other designs. We spoke to him to find out how a trade became a passion – ... More

Kayak Repair Using WEST SYSTEM G/Flex Epoxy

Kayak Repair Using WEST SYSTEM G/Flex Epoxy

We were really impressed by this blog post by Fogh Marine in Canada, which came about after the company received back a damaged kayak from a customer. The blog takes you through a step by step process to repair a polyethylene kayak scupper using WEST SYSTEM G/Flex epoxy system, inclusive of photos, equipment and final ... More

Amateur Boat Building Awards: sponsored by West System International

Amateur Boat Building Awards: sponsored by West System International

The Water Craft Amateur Boat Building Awards (ABBA) will be taking place once again at the Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show, this year to be held on the weekend of 3-5 June. The competition aims to inspire more people to build their own boats and celebrates the skills of amateur boat builders, which is ... More

Every boat owner’s dream – but what happens when it starts to crack?

Every boat owner’s dream – but what happens when it starts to crack?

Ever thought about setting off into the sunset to start a new adventure? That’s exactly what this Canadian couple did when they sold their house and bought a boat to travel the world as live-aboard cruisers – despite never having sailed before. So when they discovered this wonder of a crack during their trip they ... More

Extending the engine room bulkhead to the bilge

Extending the engine room bulkhead to the bilge

We loved this fantastic blog post by Brian Milby showing you his process for extending the engine room bulkhead to the bilge. If you’re looking for tips and advice on this, you’ve come to the right place, Brian’s post covers everything from water washing and sanding to bonding with epoxy. Follow Brian’s detailed step-by-step process, ... More

Techniques for fibreglassing overhead

Techniques for fibreglassing overhead

Trying to fibreglass the bottom of a hull by yourself can be tricky but you can put your struggles to one side once you read this fantastic resource on how to do it. Following a technique similar to hanging wallpaper, this article from experienced hand Tom Pawlak runs you through a comprehensive nine-point process for ... More

Top reasons why using Six10 epoxy can help you work faster and better

Top reasons why using Six10 epoxy can help you work faster and better

If you need strength and adhesion in a hurry, or if you’re concerned about mixing epoxy accurately or don’t have the right tools for the job, WEST SYSTEM® Six10® Thickened Epoxy Adhesive could be the answer you’re looking for as it’s a pre-thickened epoxy adhesive. WEST SYSTEM Six10 is a two-part, pre-thickened epoxy adhesive, ideal for ... More

All about: Bear Mountain Boats

All about: Bear Mountain Boats

Bear Mountain Boats is a distinguished name in Canadian canoe-manufacture. In this profile of WEST SYSTEM® epoxy suppliers, co-owner Joan Barrett tells us how a little cedar canoe sparked a business venture that changed canoe building in Canada forever. Bear Mountain Boats came to life in the early 1970s, when my partner Ted Moores, searching ... More

The story of a revolutionary wooden epoxy boat

The story of a revolutionary wooden epoxy boat

Sailing legend and pioneer of marine epoxy Meade Gougeon recounts the uplifting tale of how Adagio was re-commissioned after five years in retirement. Adagio was the first large wooden boat entirely bonded together with epoxy using no permanent fastenings, which might be commonplace now but was revolutionary stuff in the 1970s. Find out how Adagio ... More

How to repair the mast truss on your fibreglass boat

How to repair the mast truss on your fibreglass boat

We found this fantastic resource from Mark Ryan on how to repair a mast truss, complete with helpful photos to guide you through the process. It needn’t be a complicated task – it just takes some patience and the experience of someone who’s been there before. Mark recommends using WEST SYSTEM 105 Epoxy Resin® with ... More

WEST SYSTEM founders Meade and Jan Gougeon inducted into hall of fame

WEST SYSTEM founders Meade and Jan Gougeon inducted into hall of fame

Courtesy of www.epoxyworks.com Meade and Jan Gougeon were inducted into The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) in October of 2015. Meade and Jan, along with their brother Joel, founded Gougeon Brothers, Inc. in 1969. They were selected because of their pioneering work in the use of epoxies for boat construction and because each are ... More

All about: Sharp and Enright

All about: Sharp and Enright

With sources of epoxy knowledge based far and wide, epoxycraft profiles some of the most influential and long-standing. Sarah Sharp, owner and manager of Sharp and Enright in Dover, tells epoxycraft all about her family’s historic chandlery and general merchants. My great, great grandfather took over the business as a sail makers in 1860. But ... More

Crowds celebrate another successful Boat Building Academy launch

Crowds celebrate another successful Boat Building Academy launch

Eight boats built by the Boat Building Academy’s class of September 2014 were launched for the first time on Wednesday 10th June 2015.  Built as part of the class’s intensive 38 week training, each boat was walked from the Academy’s workshops on Monmouth Beach down to Lyme Regis harbour, where a crowd of three hundred ... More

Time for an upgrade

Time for an upgrade

Don’s inflatable dinghy was becoming a little threadbare and, without a motor, it was of little use when trying to row in the strong winds. With the help of his team, he decided to upgrade to a ‘stitch & glue’ dinghy. As well as being far more practical, this blogger thought it would make a ... More

Strong and light: the evolution of the epoxy infusion revolution

Strong and light: the evolution of the epoxy infusion revolution

Specialist epoxies and innovative techniques have enabled boat builders to construct boats which are lighter and tougher than ever before. David Johnson looks at the evolution of infusion technology which does so much to reduce the compromises of boatbuilding. Large boat/small boat? Cruiser/racer? Sail boat/motor boat? Aluminium/fibreglass? (Or wood? Or composite?) No matter what kind ... More

WEST SYSTEM EPOXY WORKSHOP  The essential hands-on course for any boat owner

WEST SYSTEM EPOXY WORKSHOP The essential hands-on course for any boat owner

Friday 17th April 2015 Are you looking for a practical way to increase your skills and knowledge of using epoxy? If so, West System International is hosting a special event for boat owners wanting to gain expert knowledge and hands-on experience of using WEST SYSTEM® epoxy to construct, repair and maintain their own boats. The ... More

Lighter and stronger: epoxy – the ideal resin for laminates

Lighter and stronger: epoxy – the ideal resin for laminates

The most popular resin systems for creating glass and carbon fibre composites are polyester and vinyl-ester. But WSI’s technical expert Gary Thompson isn’t a fan. Fibre reinforced composite laminates are well known as being strong and highly durable materials used in many boat building applications. In practice, you start by creating a composite laminate by ... More

Marine Carpentry – repair, restoration and boat building

Marine Carpentry – repair, restoration and boat building

Charlie Hussey, a professional marine carpenter who uses wood to build, restore, repair and upgrade all types of boats, reveals his process for using epoxy on his informative blog: Charlie Hussey – Marine Carpentry. He is currently restoring M.Y Fortuna II. He began the restoration process earlier this year after hauling her out of the ... More

TRADE SECRET: Using WEST SYSTEM G/flex to bond plastics securely

TRADE SECRET: Using WEST SYSTEM G/flex to bond plastics securely

Struggling to create strong and resilient bonds between plastics? WEST SYSTEM® G/flex Epoxy can help – and a few simple techniques can make your work even stronger. You might not automatically reach for epoxy products when you need to bond plastics together. But WEST SYSTEM G/flex was specifically formulated to generate resilient, powerful bonds between ... More

The best way to avoid mistakes when using epoxy

The best way to avoid mistakes when using epoxy

David Johnson urges people new to epoxy to attend WSI’s Epoxy Workshop  course. Or, at the very least, to read the manual. If you ever read a technical computer forum you may have seen the acronym ‘RTM!’ being used to pass comment on people who have asked a particularly basic question. It stands for ‘Read ... More

Bailey Boat Cat: an unusual epoxy user

Bailey Boat Cat: an unusual epoxy user

Bailey Boat Cat is a life jacket wearing, sea breeze loving Siamese cat – who blogs about his life cruising around the Italian coast. It seems that Bailey’s family have been working on multiple projects to renovate their vessel to ensure it’s ready for cruising safely and comfortably. He recently blogged about his ‘dad’s’ love ... More

Using WEST SYSTEM Six10 Thickened Epoxy Adhesive

Using WEST SYSTEM Six10 Thickened Epoxy Adhesive

WEST SYSTEM Six10® epoxy is conveniently stored in a self-metering cartridge, providing permanent, waterproof results for all your adhesive needs – from filling holes and cracks, to bonding fiberglass and metal. Check out this video for more information and yet more reasons why WEST SYSTEM epoxy products could be right for you. Got a question about basic boat repairs? ... More

epoxycraft sets sail: the launch of our new marine epoxy site

epoxycraft sets sail: the launch of our new marine epoxy site

So, with a crash of champagne on her imaginary hull, we’re delighted to be launching epoxycraft – a brand-new website for anyone who uses marine epoxy.  It’s an online, interactive magazine full of marine epoxy news, ideas, techniques and projects from around the world. The site is sponsored by West System International, the home of WEST SYSTEM® and ... More

West System Inc. to exhibit at the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, CT

West System Inc. to exhibit at the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, CT

West System Inc.  is delighted to be exhibiting at the 23rd Annual WoodenBoat Show at Mystic, Connecticut on 27-29 June 2014.  So, if you find yourself across the pond next month, make your way there for expert skills demonstrations, live racing, craft workshops and special events about Herreshoff classic designs. Find out more on their ... More