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How to easily make and work with Fiberglass Honeycomb Panels This short how-to video details how to make lightweight sturdy fiberglass honeycomb panels. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com demonstrates how to laminate the panels as well as how to finish the exposed ends. These panels are lightweight, strong and will not become saturated with water or delaminate over time. Perfect for boating projects. We used fiberglass mesh for one side and biaxal, which is a combination of mesh and woven cloth combined with resin from totalboat to laminate the panels

How to make a Wind Screen Grab Bar for a Carolina Skiff J16 We purchased a Carolina Skiff J16 as a project boat. After doing some fiberglass repairs and modifications as well as making a lexan windshield we decided to built a wind screen grab bar out of 7/8 aluminum tubing. The grab bar is important because on these little skiffs something to hold onto is needed on even calm days. I used a pipe bender and standard hand railing fittings to create this grab bar.

How to make a Bilge pump well in a Carolina Skiff

DIY Carolina Skiff Boat Projects

Carolina Skiff J16 project boat from www.DIYeasycrafts.com

How to make a floating boat ramp for a Carolina Skiff We purchased a Carolina Skiff J16 as a project boat. After doing some fiberglass repairs and modifications we designed and built a small floating boat ramp so the boat could easily be winched out of the water. Utilizing pressure treated wood, and black dock floats we created a tapered platform, then used trailer bunk rollers and a trailer winch. This DIY boat lift design worked nicely for our J16 Carolina skiff but the concepts could be easily adapted for other types of small boats.

How to make a bow platform for a Carolina Skiff
How to easily remove bottom paint from a boat
How to make a Lexan windshield for a Carolina Skiff
Carolina Skiff Test ride and speed trial
How to attach Jetdock cubes to existing wood floating dock

How to make a bow platform for a Carolina Skiff out of strong lightweight honeycomb panels This short how-to video details how to make lightweight sturdy honeycomb bow platform for a Carolina Skiff J16. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com gives an overview of how he laminated the panels , used a cardboard template and then added support and attached the new structure to the hull. The end result is a bow casting platform that is strong, lightweight and will not become saturated or delaminate over time. We used fiberglass mesh for one side and biaxal, which is a combination of mesh and woven cloth combined with resin from totalboat to laminate the panels

How to make a DIY Lexan windshield for a Carolina Skiff J16 We purchased a Carolina Skiff J16 as a project boat. After a bunch a small fiberglass repairs including making a honeycomb panel bow deck, bilge pump well, and rolling on fresh gelcoat I decided to make a windshield or wind screen. I purchased a sheet of 1/4 thick tinted lexan 18"x24" and some rubber grommets. We cut out a cardboard template and then cut and bent the lexan to shape. Check out this short how to video which details everything you need to know in order to build your own skiff windshield.

How to easily attach JET DOCK cubes to an existing wood floating dock We purchased some used Jet Dock cubes for a Carolina Skiff J16 project boat. The goal was to have an easy drive on floating dock so the Carolina Skiff could stay on it year round. For out J16 we used 10 cubes in length and five wide. We used thee half thick cubes as the ramp and bordered it with full cubes as a funnel to guide the boat into correct orientation. JETDOCK recommends using multiple spring lines to attach their floating docks to wood dock but we wanted something a little more rigid. Once finished we used 1 1/2 galvanized pipe and standard dock rings to attach it to an existing floating dock.


How to make a Carolina Skiff wind screen grab bar. www.DIYeasycrafts.com

How to make a Bilge Pump Well for a Carolina Skiff J16 Many Carolina Skiffs do not have a bilge well. In fact most have two scuppers which are located at or below the waterline. This lets an inch or water constantly on the deck. The solution is to install a bilge well, plug up the scuppers and let an automatic bilge pump pump the deck dry. This short how-to video details how to cut out and fiberglass a bilge pump well for a Carolina Skiff J16. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com gives an overview of how he cut through the deck and coated the box or well with fiberglass. He also installed plastic wood to screw down the bilge pump into and a top screen to prevent debris from clogging up the bilge.


Carolina Skiff J16 Test Ride and Speed Trial We purchased a Carolina Skiff J16 as a project boat. After a bunch a small fiberglass repairs including making a honeycomb panel bow deck, bilge pump well, windshield, and rolling on fresh gelcoat we are finally ready for sea trials. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com gives an overview of what went into the project then powered by a 50hp Suzuki outboard demos the boat in action.

JET DOCK Drive on floating dock for a Carolina Skiff We purchased some used Jet Dock cubes for a Carolina Skiff J16 project boat. The goal was to have an easy drive on floating dock so the Carolina Skiff could stay on it year round. For out J16 we used 10 cubes in length and five wide. We used thee half thick cubes as the ramp and bordered it with full cubes as a funnel to guide the boat into correct orientation.

How to easily fix drilled holes in fiberglass This short how-to video details how to fix small holes in fiberglass. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com gives an overview of the seven easy step process and then demonstrated how he repaired dozens on holes on our Carolina Skiff project boat.


How to easily roll Gelcoat on a boat We purchased a Carolina Skiff J16 as a project boat. After a bunch a small fiberglass repairs we wanted to change the color and apply gelcoat. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com gives an overview of how easy this three step process is. We used gelcoat with wax waited for a non windy day. First step was to lightly sand with 80 grit then wipe down the hull with acetone. We rolled on three thin coats without waiting for the gelcoat to dry.

Jet Docl drive on floating dock for a Carolina Skiff
Carolina Skiff Test ride and speed trial

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How to make fiberglass honeycomb panels
How to Roll gelcoat on a boat
DIY floating boat ramp for Carolina Skiff. www.DIYeasycrafts.com

Easiest way to remove bottom paint from a fiberglass boat This short how-to video details how to easily remove bottom paint from a fiberglass boat. Dan Berg from www.DIYeasycrafts.com demonstrates how totalboat's total strip paint remover was used to remove 20 years worth of bottom paint from a Carolina Skiff. This product exceeded our expectations and eliminated hours of sanding. Total Strip is applied with a large brush and then can be left to work for up to 24 hours. Its then scrapped off with a 4 inch putty knife. Afterwards a light sanding with 80 grit easily removes and remaining bottom paint.