CapeCodNorton, Nov 7, 2018
    • NSfishing
      looks sweet. what did you use for stringer material?
    • CapeCodNorton
      Coosa/Penske board@NSfishing
    • NSfishing
      nice. I'm just getting into redoing a 88 steiger craft and originally had plywood stringers, leaning towards coosa stringers and floor I think.
    • CapeCodNorton
      It’s easy to work with but about 3 times the cost. Nice thing is no rot or water absorption. Are you going to do the transom too? I would recommend it if the boat is apart already just so you don’t have to tear up the expensive material in the future. The coosa and Epoxy construction is so much lighter and stiffer than polyester and wood, you’ll take a lot of weight out of the boat for sure. The deck needs to be glassed in both sides to make it stiff. I used 3/4” coosa and some divinycell and even on spans greater than 24” the deck has no give.
    • NSfishing
      the more I look at it, I think I'd be crazy not to. its a full transom boat with an outboard bracket, transom doesn't have any cracks/ seems solid. but boat also has been out of water over 10 years. hate to get it all done and have transom crack shortly after. I've rebuilt a old speedboat before but all wood products. not overly familiar with the pros and cons of the different composites. where did you use divinycell instead of coosa?
    • CapeCodNorton
      Norton Project

      Here’s link to my rebuild, any of the tan material is the divinycell. It is rediculously light stuff but very rigged when glassed on both sides. I pretty much used it on any area not taking impacts, mainly from my lobster traps. Any of the black is coosa. So in summery the foredeck, rear bench storage, combings, and cabin are divinycell. The gunwales, stringers, transom, and deck are coosa. For you boat it’s probably better to keep a little weight with the coosa which is about 40lbs for a 4x8 3/4” sheet. The same size divinycell is about 9lbs. Comparably a sheet of 3/4” marine plywood is 75-90lbs depending on type of wood. You could always drill a few exploratory hole in existing transom and check for water damage or rot then fill in afterwards if it checks out ok.
    • NSfishing
      great job, boat came out awesome. I just need to track down some coosa board now. I think I'm going to replace transom while I'm there.
    • CapeCodNorton
      Thanks, i got everything g from Jamestown distributors in RI.
    • NSfishing
      yea I believe that will be my closest location as well. theres another place up north I've heard but a bit more pricey.
    • CapeCodNorton
      Just saw the pics of your Steiger, that thing is really sweet. Did you drill any holes in the transom, I’d so, how’s it look. You’ll be able to get her done quickly with that shop over your head. I’d imagine you plan on keeping her for a long time, the coosa board is definitely the right choice, you’ll never have to worry about it again. Do you happen to know who makes these rod holders on the top, I have a few and love them and would like to get more but can’t seem to locate them?
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