Jump to content

Sign in to follow this  
JP and Nic

What epoxy are you using in Australia? Building MARTY kayak.

Recommended Posts

G'day

 

I have not been doing boat building projects for many years. While cruising in the States and Caribbean, West Epoxy was always the "go-to". I am now settled down under in Perth, WA, but don't really know people in the boating industry.

 

West Epoxy is available here, but costs an arm and a leg. Has anyone here in Aus been using an alternative that they are happy with consistent results?

 

Cheers

Nic

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've always used Bote-Cote with great success. Am using some at present in Tasmania with fast curing agent due to the very cold weather.  A bit of Amine blush which washes off OK. Costs about $160 / 6 litre kit down here.  It's a 2:1 mix so easy to get accurate, and thins nicely with a bit of heat during application. Recommended!  Brent

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Nic,

I’ve only used Bote-Cote and it has been great. Very little odour, 2-1 mix, and apparently less toxic than others. I’m in Melbourne and have bought from their local agent as well as from Pacific Boatcraft in the Gold Coast area. Regards, John

 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I built my Coresound 20 mk3 using Bote Cote and am very happy with the results. There are some cheaper epoxies including a company in Perth, but Bote Cote suited me and my aversion to toxicity very nicely.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bote Cote has a great following which is clearly for a reason. I started with International HT9000 and won't change. My one Bote Cote experience was not good by comparison. Should be readily available locally. Each to their own.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

   Nic - I'm in Perth too.  The Amateur Boat Builder's Association of WA is meeting Saturday (1st of Sept.) for a final visit to a project we've been following for years (it's the final visit because The builder is about to launch and sail away).  It's a 14 meter modified Herreshoff Mobjack ketch built in aluminium.  It's well worth seeing even though you'll have to drive down to Wungong to see it.  There will be a number of people who can direct you to good sources of Bote Cote or other epoxies.  It'll be good to meet you if you can make it.  If not, I can put you in touch with people who can talk intelligently about epoxy sources (not me :) ).

   If all else fails, talk to Gary Martin at Fremantle boat paints.  He's a wealth of information on composites and knows pretty much everybody.

   A link to the Amateur Boat Builders of WA website:

http://abba.org.au/calendar/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  


Hate ads?
Love messing-about?

Become a Supporting Member - $12 for the next year - and we'll remove the ads for you. Pay by PayPal or credit card.

Give $12 to Support Us




×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.