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Nt't'dl('ss to say. only the least l'xpensive stecl fasteners shllulrl be used in the con· struction of molds. jigs. plugs for fiherglass parts. bracing. etc.. that will never be pan of a boat, It may seem ridit'ulous to even mention something like this. but I have secn boatyard employees use bronl(' and Monel fasteners in throw-away work rathf'f than visit tht· slOckroom for steel nails and scrl'WS. "{'w Bolts These are ordinary machine bolts with square or hexagonal heads and nuts. and they are made in silicon bronze, Monel.

New Jersey 07647. I cannot go into all the construction details. but suffice it to say that while the hull is still upside down the outside fiberglass skin should bt' smoothed to the extelll desired while it is still possible to work dnwnhami, If you wish more information on sandwich construnion. th(' core manufacturers can supply you with it. Overturning a cored hull is a trying procedure because the shell is quite limber before the inner fiberglass skin is added to the laminate to complete the sandwich.

In addition to the natural decav resistance of some woods and the precautions against leaks that can be taken bv the builder, chemicals can be used that are toxic (0 fungi and marine borers. These preparations are cheap, easy to apply, and they reduce the chanct'~ of deea\'. and more recently TBTO (tributyl tin oxide) appt'a red. All of tilt'Sl' art' sold under various names hv marine paint manufact urers and art· rt'adilv availahlt· Irom suppliers. Although I am reluctant to rt'commt'nd anyone of t ht'st, as t he best, t1w experience of boat builders I have talked wit h and photos of l('st PdlH'b I hd\l' llo~dv l'''''dlllillni p"illl up TBTO as the most eff('oive prt'srrvativ(' for protection against marine horers and wooddestroving fungi.

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