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How is the EPS sailing canoe project coming along?
I have been working on a design for a dinghy for my sailboat using EPS core.
The hull is finished – fiberglassed inside and out. I am refining my design before proceeding. the hull is very light, and once both the inside and outside were fiberglassed it became very stiff. I am quite happy with the results so far. I haven’t had time to put it in the water yet. I don’t know if you have worked with EPS before, but it is a nice material to work with except for two things. When you cut or sand it, the dust is statically charged and sticks to everything. I wear coveralls, tape the sleeves and legs closed, and spray myself with Clingfree anti-static spray, and I still have dust stuck to me for days. The other problem is the cost. EPS requires several layers of fiber inside and out to give it structural integrity, unlike wood which has some inherent stiffness to it. All of that fiber soaks up a lot of expensive epoxy.
I would be interested to learn more about the dinghy you are designing. I’ll be posting more on my sailing canoe once I make some more progress.
Hi! The shelter would be a great idea for EMF (electro)and ES (chemical sensitives) individuals, metal sheating blocking microwave frequencies and little or no VOC if the wood sheathing was sealed. Great idea, and affordable too. What is the R factor (R5, R10, R15)?
I would love to see (and feel, because in am both electro and chemical sensitive) your little shelter. The only thing missing is a ground I think!
If you ever show off this project and allow visitors to come and see, if not too far I would love to.
Eric: I wish you were my neighbor….your work looks so interesting. Good luck with all your projects. EM
The walls are R-9 and the roof is R-12. I’m planning on taking the shelter to the Maker Faire in San Mateo this May, so you can see it there.
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