Foam Core Laminate

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by Little Mac, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Little Mac

    Little Mac Active Member

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    I Figure that Mark J would know this if he notices it. I am thinking of building new side consoles for my boat and I am thinking of using foam for the core as it will be easy to glue and shape, Then covered with regular Fiberglass resin and mat. Wondering which Foam panels to buy at lowes for this project. Wondering if the blue board would work. I dont want the resin to eat it up LOL. Anyone who could answer this I would be very appreciative. Mac
     
  2. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Many people have tried using blue board foam with little success and it loves moisture.

    There are boat building foams though.
    Boatbuildercentral.com

    You got Divinycell, Renicell, and then you got the honeycomb called Nidacore.
    All are pretty expensive.

    I know building a foam core boat is about double that of building with a plywood core. The product is expensive and it takes alot more glass and epoxy to strengthen it.
     

  3. Little Mac

    Little Mac Active Member

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    alrighty then........ LOL back to wood and epoxy i go. Thought I would try something new, but not at the cost of an arm and a leg. Thanks MarkJ. I knew you would know. :wink:
     
  4. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    You were going to have to go to wood on the steering console anyway:wink:

    Got to have something meaty to attach the steering wheel to.