Boatworks Today: Fiberglassing the Hatches

You watched Andy Miller of Boatworks Today, construct his deck hatches in the last few episodes of Boatworks Today. In this latest installment, Andy fiberglasses the panels he constructed using a laminate core material, called Coosa – or Airex Board. Using Laminating Resin and Gelcoat with wax, Andy applied multiple layers of 1708 fiberglass to the boards and carefully cuts and shapes them for a perfect fit.   Taking a page from our friend and fellow YouTuber, Jimmy Diresta, Andy sped up his repetitive footage of cutting, laminating and cutting the pieces. He points out the important nuances of the project – and does it in record time. The pace has been set for 2020 boat work – can you keep up with Andy?  Let us know in the comments below!


14 responses to “Boatworks Today: Fiberglassing the Hatches

  1. Perfect timing for me! Refurbishing a 1974 33’ Egg Harbor Sportfish this winter where I am working on my bow deck (marine plywood with glass surface)! Great video! Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you for making these videos. They are very informative and very well done! I am curious to the brand(s) of power tools that you use. I will need to cut the fiberglass on the cabin deck to repair moisture intrusion and a crack in the glass. I’m particularly interested in the brand/type of saw you would recommend for cutting the fiberglass top.

  3. What is the material used to make the panels? And is it strong enough to support a person standing on it after it is glassed in?

  4. Andy I found your episodes within a day of getting this old boat. Thank heaven you were doing a transom. Gave me the courage to cut out and attempt my transom. Total boatis what i been buying. Im still a newbie and appreciate your work

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