Projects: Building “Tucana” with epoxy resin
Tim Harrison has always had a passion for the sea. So, of course, the next logical step was to enrol onto the 38 week course at the Boat Building Academy and produce his own high quality boat.
Firstly, tell us a little about yourself
I’m a retired Civil Servant with many years sailing experience based in Taunton, Somerset.
How did the project come about?
The project came about through the 38 week long course at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis. The course is largely practical, covering traditional and modern wood construction methods and composites.
I decided to build a boat and after a discussion with the course instructors I chose to build a 12’ ‘Mallard’ dinghy, designed by Andrew Wolstenholme. I decided to call her “Tucana”.
Which WEST SYSTEM® or PRO-SET® epoxy products did you use? How did they help?
As a result of attending a lecture given by West System International and receiving help from the BBA instructors, I decided to use WEST SYSYEM 105 Epoxy Resin® and 205 Fast Hardener®.
I wanted to ensure high quality workmanship throughout the build and I knew that these products would create professional bonding and coatings.
What was the most rewarding part of the project?
It was when I finished the final detailing on the completed hull. Being able to stand back and admire my work as a finished product was an incredibly rewarding moment for me. Then, of course, being able to set her in the water and go for a sail!
What’s your top tip for boat builders looking to start a similar project?
I would certainly advise planning ahead. It enables you to envisage all stages of the build and, importantly, keep track of overall costs – avoiding any unwelcome financial surprises along the way!
For further details about the Boat Building Academy, visit www.boatbuildingacademy.com
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