Fibreglass Boats: Construction, Gel Coat, Stressing, Blistering, Repair, Maintenance

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A&C Black, Jul 15, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 312 pages

This masterly work will continue to be an invaluable source of reference for
anyone wanting practical advice on working with GRP, in order to make
repairs and improvements correctly and thus extend the life of their

Since it was first published 45 years ago, Hugo du Plessis' Fibreglass Boats has become a classic, relied upon by owners, surveyors and boat builders keen
to understand how fibreglass behaves, and obtain practical advice on
working with GRP. In a deliberately non-technical manner, he explains
the peculiar nature of fibreglass, its durability, its weaknesses,
where its likely to fail, the effects of use and the weather, plus the latest research into causes of the biggest worry for owners - blistering and osmosis.

'One of the most respected works on the subject... thorough and its scope is vast' Yachting Monthly
'A long-established classic' Kelvin Hughes

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Section A General principles
Principles of fibreglass boatbuilding
Tools and working conditions
Health and safety
Section B Understanding how fibreglass can fail
Physical failure
Turning a bare moulding into a boat
Attaching fittings
Hardspots and stress concentrations

Destructive influences
Factors of safety
Effects of heat
Double shell mouldings
Sandwich or cored mouldings
Wood and fibreglass
Fibreglass and other materials

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About the author (2013)

Hugo du Plessis has spent a lifetime working with fibreglass. Fifty
years ago he was one of the pioneers, starting as a moulder and
boatbuilder and later becoming a surveyor specialising in fibreglass.
He has owned boats for over sixty years and his books have sold all
around the world.

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