Discussion in 'Hydrodyne® Boats' started by barefootrocker, Dec 15, 2014.
Good deal, Bruce! Welcome aboard!
Does anyone have a good suggestion for suppliers of glass and resin products. I bought the first load of supplies from US Composites in Florida. Seems like the best prices I could find and good service, but really got clobbered on the shipping to central Wis. Moving ahead toward spring we will also be looking for good suggestions on paint, processes, brands and suppliers.
I used mainly US Composites with some of these suppliers sprinkled in. http://www.lbifiberglass.com/ http://www.saveonfiberglass.com/ http://www.aeromarineproducts.com/
I used Vinyl Ester resin, but Fleet carries gallons of polyester resin, cheap. I used some in a pinch. Kendor marine is a good source for fiberglass cloth and it is in Wisconsin. This is their online store. http://greatlakesskipper.com/building-materials-maintenance/fiberglass
The problem with shipping resin is that unless you buy 3 gal or less they hit you with a hazardous cargo fee. I get polyester resin from some Florida outfit (I will look it up if anyone is interested) for $20/gal and always buy 3 gal's. The other problem is that most of these cheap suppliers do not include the catalyst - MEK - and that is nasty stuff and unless shipped at 4 oz or less you will pay another fee. I bit the bullet and bought enough MEK to handle at least 20 gal of resin. Glass can also be found cheap on the net.
I have posted this before, several years ago. If you need wire and and connectors/terminals this place will save you a bundle:
Also in Florida.
When you buy your resin make sure it is waxless. If you use resin with wax in it (which is added to give a nice smooth finish) you have to sand between applications. You can buy a gallon of resin from your local auto parts store for $35 with wax or find it waxless on the web for $20 + shipping. Shelf life is a concern and I buy in 3 gal lots as that is the most they can ship w/o adding hazardous cargo charges.
How many gallons of resin have you used so far on your project ?
21. I have 3 more ready to go and I anticipate 2-3 more after that.
The total cost to restore a boat from the ground up is expensive. If you want to have a better than factory boat you will pay the price of a factory boat plus your labor. If you want a turn key rig buy a new boat. If you want the Dyne experience like you had in the earlier years stay on this forum. If you want a Dyne experience at a lower cost use plywood instead of coosa and balsa for the core instead of Divinycell. All of this is negotiable and will work depending on how much $ you want to spend and how much work you want to do.
I cannot do an exact cost breakdown of how much I have put into my Dyne because I don't care and have not kept exact records. I want a modern 1972 Dyne that my grand kids will drive. I can give general cost estimates and give alot of advice I have gotten on this site and will help you with your project as best I can.
We have owned the Dyne for 25 years and we still use it.
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